State of drama and shame

I am still yet to digest the horror that was the State of the Nation Address 2017, I really can’t bring myself to taking anything Parliament related serious, but how can I, when our own president does not take us serious. All he did was grace us with his famous sarcastic laugh, he just could not be bothered, never mind the fact that we are in this mess, because of his poor leadership skills. 

The State of the Nation was all a big joke, it was a form of entertainment for those who are naive and don’t realise the mess we are swimming in or should I say drowning in? Our government invests so much of their precious time in getting the right outfit for the SONA red carpet event, then actually investing in the people of South Africa.

 The State of the Nation was just too much, everything was just wrong, I’m still trying to get the logic behind the armed police men in shields. Oh can we also talk about how insensitive madam speaker was? What is 30 seconds of a moment of silence, when we waited a whole hour, before the President could actually address the Nation, why was that even an issue? It was the government’s error, the least they could do was to show respect to the families of the deceased. 

Anyway I will not dwell much on that, I am just scared at the rate at which I am slowly, but surely losing faith in our government and it’s leaders, makes me wonder how many of our youth shares the same sentiments, what does that say about the future of our country? I pray amongst us as the youth, lies noble characters, that are selfless and are prepared to work day and night in fixing the mistakes of our current government. 

What pains me the most, is how even when valid points were made, it was still regarded as invalid, is this what democracy is all about? Is this really, what Tata fought hard for? For people to be forcefully  evicted and intimidated by “security protection unit” or whatever you want to call them, are we going to abuse power to best suit our needs? It’s fairness not a priority now? How free are we, when walking out of parliament is the only way certain parties can make a point?

 I am disappointed in the state of our country, 23 years in to democracy, I think we still not getting it right, we still don’t know what democracy means. Why were the mikes being switched off? Is it not my right as a citizen to hear what is being said in parliament? Why switch off someone’s mike, if they are making a valid point? Are we still dealing with issues of censorship even today? So many questions, but no one to answer.

I don’t condone the behaviour of other parties, but can we address the basics here? Maybe If rules were being followed, such uncalled for behaviour would have not prevailed. I am still yet to find my space in this rainbow nation, I am still yet to educate myself more on it, because everything I witnessed last night was nothing but a violation of Ubuntu. 

If it is the State of the Nation Address, we as the citizen expect to be made a priority, we expect parties to share a common goal regardless of their affiliations, we expect unity, we expect respect and human decency. They can not be screaming, fighting and swearing, like we are watching Wrestling, this is our time, it is bad enough the government is always failing us in delivering, addressing us really shouldn’t be an issue. 

The damage that is this country is beyond deep,  it is like sitting in a sinking ship and all you can do is watch it sink. I am hoping the State of the Nation address, was an eye opener to the citizen of South Africa, I hope you all realised that it’s up to us, to make wise decisions when electing our leaders, because truth is only us can save our country. 

Mtaka mma, don’t let the good fight of our legends go to waste, rise up mbokoto and fight the good fight. 

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Note to the girl in the mirror

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By: Naledi Mokgele

Today you are going to wake up, fix your crown, look straight in to the mirror and tell that girl… That she is beautiful, worth it, and the world is her play ground. 

Today she will live her best life, she will forgive herself for her past mistakes and those who have done her wrong and she will move on with her life. 

Today you will remind that girl, that greatness lives within her, tell her she is been through hell and back, but she survived, because she is a soldier and she is not easily broken. 

Today you will tell her that, perfection is just an illusion, God loves her perfect imperfections, remind her to embrace those flaws, because they are beautiful. 

Today, you will love yourself, be happy and be unapologetic about it. 

Today, you are walking away from all the drama and negativity, 2017 is your year of self discovery, a year where you become selfish with your happiness, a year where you do you, they don’t have to like it, remember it is not about them, it is all about YOU! 

Today you are freeing yourself from the chains of this world.

Today you are not going to conform to the standards of society, live your life and shine, embrace that spark that lives within you. 

Today you rock that crown and try once again, don’t give up on yourself, but first breath, breath in the good air and breath out the bad air. 

Today I promise to love the girl in the mirror more, because she is a reflection of my soul, she never judges me, she is my biggest supporter and my only competition. She smiles back at me, when the world is ready to eat me up alive, she is the reason I have achieved all I have and the reason I am still hoping for better days and to reach grater heights. 

To the girl in the mirror, I love you and thank you for always being there when I felt alone, but most importantly I want you to know that i amdmire your strength.