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Katlego Modipane
Misunderstanding Mondays: How apartheid is ruining us
09H38 MONDAY, 13 JANUARY 2014
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There is no running away from the fact that apartheid is still a key factor in South Africa's economic and social development challenges today. The opposition party and largely white owned media like to point out the fact that the country has been a democracy for almost two decades now and that it is actually corruption not apartheid holding us back. There is however a lot more to it than that and our focus should be in a very different direction.

It is to be expected that the African National Congress (ANC) will use the apartheid card for as long as they can and while this may not be justifyable to many people, it is what any political party in this situation would do. The top brass in the ANC, the government leaders of this country are mostly people who were directly affected by apartheid. Similarly, the black majority who were denied opportunities back then and are still suffering from that today will still feel that the ANC is the party to vote for. To them, apartheid and its effects are very real. They live with these effects everyday. In fact, until the day that black people in general have the same opportunities that white people have, share similar privilleges and wealth, then apartheid will remain a monkey on our backs as a country.

So on the one end of the scale, we have a white minority who wont accept that apartheid played a large role in making them as privilleged and wealthy as they are today. On the other end of the scale we have the black majority who feel entitled to things because of what apartheid stole from them. Rather than share the little they get, they try and get everything for themselves, committing corruption and other crimes along the way.

The solution then simply can't be in denying the fact that the apartheid legacy still affects us. If anything, the current predicament requires that South Africa's leadership focus on healing the country instead of using apartheird as a trump card for their benefit when it is election time.. The leadership should be looking further into the future than the next elections and having the vision to see the unsustainability of their current steps.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission was an important and key step but it speaks to what has already happened rather than what is currently taking place and more importantly, the future of the country. Yet it was a powerful tool in getting us to the 1994 and 1999 democratic elections. A similar programme focused on shaping the attitudes of both white and black South Africans to a common ground would go a long way to enabling us to become much than what we are currently capable of. From education to sport, the programme should be educating the public and instilling effective measures to overcome the one thing from whose grasp we can't seem to pull away from... apartheid.

Photographer: Makhaya

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    Government needs a plan.... Not just a strategy but an actual plan of actual to carry us through this...

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    We need to share the country assets( land, mines, and banks) then we can talk about being liberated.

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