In today’s South African society you will not be surprised to come across people who don’t share their opinions. In fact, why most people keep their thoughts and opinions to themselves is because they are afraid of the consequences. Unfortunately this is no longer acceptable. For 19 years South Africans have merrily rode the ‘Apartheid wave’ and sadly that wave is busy dying out. Fast.
The ruling party in South Arica is called the African National Congress. During Apartheid this party was the biggest campaigners for a free and united South Africa. However, 19 years on and the ANC now stands for corruption, corruption and more corruption. South African’s have become afraid to question their government. We have become afraid to question others behaviour and decisions simply because we don’t want to get shot at, we don’t want to be called Racist and we don’t want to stand out of the crowd. Apparently standing out of the crowd is something only insolent teenagers do.
Here is my challenge to all South Africans and those who are not. What about being ostracised is so bad?? Nelson Mandela was isolated and ostracised. So was Thabo Mbeki, Walter Sisulu and all the other beloved Freedom Fighters. Why are you afraid of standing up and being counted? With our media freedom hanging in the balance we stay afraid of the wrong thing. We are afraid to stand up for ourselves and others.
What is worse, having your voice taken away from you or giving it away?