REGARDING the Unspoken Thoughts column by Kazeka Kuse on Tuesday, Julius Malema is merely highlighting issues we are all aware of and have been highlighting for ages. The problem with Malema was his happiness to accept the huge amounts of money that he allegedly earned illegally when he was on the inside of the ANC and was protected by the ANC.
We are talking about millions of alleged ill-gotten gains at the expense of the poor which impacts on service delivery. He lost his position and power base as well as his properties and money.
It is easy for him to propose populist solutions that will sink the country and probably cause civil war in South Africa.
There is no easy solution to the issue of land in South Africa.
Take the land of the farmers who are producing our food to feed the millions, and we will end up with more poverty and with hyper inflation as we will have to import food. You will not attract investors to South Africa, as they have a choice and will invest where they feel their investments are safe and will give them a decent return.
South Africa will end up with a massive brain drain – the experienced people who can help build the economy and help create sustained employment will leave the country. We already have thousands of experienced South Africans adding value to other countries who could have been doing this in South Africa.
I travel around the major centres in South Africa, and when I am at restaurants and in taxis the majority of the people offering the services are Zimbabweans living and working in South Africa. They are pleasant, educated and hard working people.
Some two million of these people have been lost to Zimbabwe due to Zanu-PF and Robert Mugabe. Their deepest wish is for Zimbabwe to be normalised so that they can go back home.
I would like Kuse to do some research with regard to the Zimbabweans in South Africa, and ask them their opinion on Zanu-PF, Robert Mugabe and their policies.
South Africa has the infrastructure and natural resources, plus a population with great potential. The problem is that the people are being reduced to dependants who are relying on handouts from the government for their survival.
Teenagers are being paid by the government through social grants to have children which then become a burden on the community because the teenagers are unable to look after them. The cycle of poverty continues.
Teenagers and young adults should be paid not to have children, and should be encouraged to get well educated and become valuable members of society. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" – Nelson Mandela.
We have a history in South Africa. All groups have added to the tapestry that makes up South Africa both good and bad.
We cannot change history, we need to learn from it and ensure that we do not make the same mistakes again. White, black, coloured and Indian people have something to offer to ensure that South Africa becomes a huge success, and we reduce and eventually eliminate poverty.
Only by working together and realising each others' strengths will this happen. Lastly another quote, "If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner" - Nelson Mandela.
Let us become partners to ensure that South Africa works and succeeds for the betterment of all who live here.
Alan Wilson, Brookes Hill, Port Elizabeth