South Africa is really in crisis mode. These are the worst of times, and more pain is coming. The ANC the organisation that is the fabric of society is mismanaging power. The ability of the ANC to move from one crisis to another crisis is the only consistency of this glorious liberation movement. State power was supposed to be used to advance the lives of South Africans.
The ANC, the leader of society, took resolutions at Polokwane and Mangaung for free education at higher education. The students are resolute that they want free education in their lifetime. Their struggle must be appreciated considering that graduating with a debt of around R100 000 is not the best way to start life .The ANC can kiss away state power come 2019 because there is no political will to resolve the fees issue in Higher Education.
These kids will grow up and will vote out the ANC, as the stench of coffee is oblivious to the powers that be. The rich history of the ANC in exile should be used to warn us that the end is nearer than we had thought. But unfortunately, these are times of darkness where evilness is the order of the day. Damage to property runs into million, the academic project is in jeopardy, whilst students have been arrested and a life has also been lost. In South Africa, nothing is taken seriously, until someone dies. From Andries Tatane, to the Miners at Marikana to #FeesMustFall, someone must die, blood must spill so that our aloof consciousness can react.
The students are legitimate in their demand for free education at Higher Education Institutions, but the damage to property is totally unacceptable. But again, maybe that’s unfortunately, the only language that the state understands. The conversation to convince the students that there is no money cannot accrue morality as the state was able to empty out the state coffers to fund the FIFA World Cup, the only thing that we are left with is the huge debts and stadiums which municipalities must maintain, costing millions of rands monthly.
The state paid for stadiums, and today the state cannot be oblivious to paying for free education for all at higher education. The conversation to convince the students that there is no money, will fall on deaf ears as the state at all levels has the cancer of corruption. The Auditor General releases reports yearly of poor financial management in addition to rampant corruption, robbing the taxpayers. The rampant levels of fruitless and wasteful expenditure at all levels of government is an unfreedom. If the state can live peacefully with wasteful and fruitless expenditure, then the state can live peacefully with free public higher education for all. If the state pays for free education at higher education then there will be less money for corruption, and meaningless corruption.
The state is proud of sending South Africans to study in Cuba, instead of increasing institutions and therefore access in South Africa. Because these students are far from home, newspaper reports indicate that some have taken up street ministry and some are known for being gladiators under the shadow of darkness at watering holes in Havana. The state was able to increase the number of ministers and deputy ministers, at a huge cost to the tax-payer, if the free education for all is realised, we would present infant mortality to departments and ministries that are ‘’nice to haves’’ that we can do without. The state has been increasing its debt levels, with the latest indicating that we owe R2 trillion, and the consciousness is that the nuclear deal that would costs us trillions of rands if a worthy cause. I mean really now, imagine trying to convince the students.
On average nuclear waste must be stored for 100 years. South Africa is endowed with sources for renewable energy such as the sun, and wind but our zeal for nuclear leaves a bitter taste in my mouth. The state expects the private sector to come to party, but the truth is that the private sector has created its own training institutions as they indicate the universities may not provide them with graduates that are ready for the world of work, having industry related curriculum. Am I the only one that recalls that business confidence is at a 20 year low. The state must fund free education for all so that the state can be more efficient with how it uses money, so that there is less money available for corrupt practices. The ANC which acts as an opposition party to itself, must prepare for opposition benches if it continues to play hide and seek with its own resolutions. The revolution will be televised!
Mr. Unathi Sonwabile Henama is a graduate of the University of the Free State and writes in his personal capacity.
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