WITH the arrival of 2013 there is very little evidence of nation-building, as a result of hatred and selfishness that reign supreme among our cultures today. Unfortunately ubuntu has become one-sided and meaningless because today quotas are imposed on minority groups and there exists a belief by our ruling party that the whole South Africa exclusively belongs to it and it alone.
South Africa is at the crossroads. Not only is there division among our leaders and the numerous cultures, but in spite of all these differences it is still expected by the ruling party that minority groups must compromise and reconcile, and wish away the blatant discrimination against them.
Unless our government of the day changes its negative attitudes by not treating minority groups as its equals, our rainbow nation will never ever come to fruition.
Before 1948, various races lived side by side in our cities, villages, townships and locations in harmony as a result of compassion, love and mutual respect without any animosity towards one another.
During 1994 our ruling party received a fully developed country on a platter without any bloodshed as previously predicted, but unfortunately, 18 years later a tendency rears its ugly head among many of us to make it ungovernable, to destroy, loot and burn down everything that took years to built, through jealousy and greed.
One cannot but conclude that there is a vendetta against these minority parties. Nowadays we vent our anger on the very people who brought, with their knowhow, civilisation to our shores by establishing cities and towns, and put in place the infrastructure like industrialisation, scientific endeavour, formal education, hospitals, mining and productive forms that are giving employment to millions today and even supply us with the food on our tables.
It cannot be denied that our negative and misguided stereotype government intends to palm in all forms of government agencies for themselves with the full intent to further enrich themselves and short-change the poor.
Today it is very obvious that the present government is persisting with its BEE, affirmative action and transformation, and is only driving people, who would have been an asset for our country, to seek greener pastures abroad. It must be remembered that South Africa belongs to all of us, irrespective of colour or creed, and nobody was forced to adopt the western culture.
JG Koeberg, Bethelsdorp, Port Elizabeth