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Oudtshoorn. 1 July 2012. 14h00. Spawned of the noisome agglomeration of ignorance, mental faineance and irrational fear; forged in the smithy of certitude; honed in the atelier of fellowship and sold in the thrift shop of two penny bargains – the ANC Government is a crucible for calamity. I squinch at the balagan whelped of factionalism in Midrand this week where idiotological (idiotic ideology) katzenjammer continued to embrown our country. It must end.
Said Noam Chomsky: “The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum – even encourage the more critical and dissident views. That gives people the sense that there’s free thinking going on, while all the time presuppositions of the system are being reinforced by the limits put on the range of the debate.”(i)
The story is told, se non è vero, è molto ben trovato(ii), that the late Van Zyl Slabbert told a luncheon meeting after FW de Klerk’s February 2, 1990 parliamentary address heralding the democratic South Africa, that the so-called “Afrikaners” (Afrikaans speaking whites, at least; at least at that time) would accept the dramatic change rather readily because the Afrikaner, to change; to follow, only needs someone, some leader, to indicate the road ahead and take the first step.
The rest is history… repeated history.
One of Apartheid’s worst legacies is “baasskap” – (white) supremacy, the kind that made any person not white do as told by the white). It is alive and well and living in Luthuli House, yauld – strong; wide-eyed; and bushy-tailed – and neatly dressed in a cheap tuxedo with “commitment to the ANC” in gold on the left sleeve.
It is abundantly evident that only the most naive, fleeceable, and round-eyed; no longer simply the most forgiving, can possibly prefer to be governed by an ANC that has never mastered local government service provision at grass roots level; that has failed tragically to implement clever strategy for the benefit of the most vulnerable; that has failed to educate the youth; that has failed to care for the infirm; that has failed to generate an environment for job creation by the monied and the entrepreneurial and the industrious.
So why are the masses still supporting the ANC and why do the masses return the ANC to power again and again?
Because the great unwashed have been kept barefoot and pregnant in the kitchen where baasskap has festered into nothing short of political slavery perfected on the one hand by a stoked fear of a repeated Apartheid (forgetaboutit, black middleclass spending is simply too attractive) and on the other hand by an in-your-face, obstinant “us blacks can also govern” mantra (but of course you can, for crying in a bucket, what’s to prove; but unfit blacks can’t govern, as unfit whites can’t)… All for the benefit of the entrancing elite.
Of course; of course there are exceptions at the top: Committed individuals who choose to believe that the ANC will somehow rediscover its founding premise.
Yet alas, historical examples of change by free will and from within are few and scarce. Nokia comes to mind. But then again there’s RIM and BlackBerry.
We need another government. This one is not working.
i. 1998. The Common Good. Odonian Press. p43.
ii. Se non è vero, è molto ben trovato (If it is not true, it is a happy invention) was apparently a common saying in the 16th Century. Giordano Bruno (1585) used it; the Czech writer, Karel Capek, used it; Antonio Doni (1552) used se non è vero, egli è stato un bel trovato.