CULTURE & BEHAVIOUR LEADERSHIP – WHAT FREEDOM HAVE WE ATTAINED. 1


“You blocks, you stones, you worth than senseless things. O you hard hearted men” ………………………………….of a vicious government. Do you know the meaning of freedom. Do you genuinely believe that your executive, management and those who follow blindly practice freedom? Do you understand impeccable trust when you are accorded a position of Leadership of a country where inhumanity towards humanity was the practice for hundreds of years, here in our country. What did you mean in your speech to the nation “we do not boast about our achievements. How do you reconcile the practices of human rights, justice and peace to 19 years of democracy when the value of corruption, mismanagement and deceit would have satisfied so much of our short-comings in education, health services, supporting the principle of ubuntu, supply of potable water and energy services to the masses of our people who live under the bread line.

Was it not the revered Nelson Mandela who sent a message to a rally in Soweto in 1985, “I cannot and will not give any undertaking at a time when I, and you, the people, are not free. Your freedom and mine cannot be separated.”

Now for my reason in judgement of the present day position of the South African society.

> The remnants of Apartheid remain entrenched in government and we will continue to be divided until the fundamental faculties of our thoughts are implanted with justice.

> The President speaks of over 700 discriminatory legislation that were repealed since 27 April 1994 yet the land issue remain inconsistent with freedom for millions of our black citizens who live in squallor conditions. Government is guilty of this gloomy picture inspite of your National Development Plan 19 years later.

> We must acknowledge that Employment Equity <EE>(as practiced in our country) and Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment are discriminatory practices particularly against the minority of our youth who had nothing to do with Apartheid (Those of the Youth who are under 30 years old).

Malcolm X who lived during 1925 – 1965 had this to say, “You can’t separate peace from freedom because no one can be at peace unless he has his freedom.”  What a pity that such a giant of a person had to be assasinated because of Justice and truth.

A comment from Abu Al-Ali Al-Sagha’i, ” Beware of the company of kings, for he who befriends them loses hiswealth to them, while he who fosters enmity towards them loses his head.”

It is true that South Africans have lost the sweetness of liberty as George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950) so aptly declared, “Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.”

We can no longer remain silent that our liberty to develop a free economy in which everyone can compete equally is tainted and corrupted by a system of governance that suits those who resist liberty. It is common knowledge that a mixed economy cannot succeed when government interferes and dictate the rules. The ordinary South African masses will continue to remain materially poor until such time that real leaders emergy and take responsibility. Freedom remain a dream to the majority of South Africans and we need to caution ourselves of a volcano, the continuous strikes in the mining, agri, textile & clothing, transport and government sectors, that can erupt and can cause greater damage to our vision and purpose of freedom.

My appeal for freedom for everyone who lives in South Africa must declare that they are free from discriminatory and oppressive practices’ more particularly perpetrated by a government with less LOVE in their HEARTS for humanity. GOD dictates that His LOVE is conditional that leaders treat your subjects equally. “The best of your rulers are those whom you LOVE and who LOVE you, who invoke GOD’s blessings upon them. And theworst of your rulers are those whom you hate and who hate you, andwhom you curse andwho curse you.”

Stop the enmity directed and those who rule, show kindness to your subjects and they will LOVE you. Be humble at all times and they will elevate you in stature.

Penultimately, it was Abraham Lincoln who lived in 1809 – 1865 who uttered, “Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.”

And finally I must add that “He who rules justly feels secure and sleeps peacefully.”

 

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