Updated: Feb 7
I'm a child of the 1970s and 1980s. Back then, my country was the pariah of the world for reasons it would take me decades to understand. We were made to stand alone and fend for ourselves, made a mockery of by East and West alike. Sanctions were the order of the day. We were restricted in where we could travel, whether we could compete in international sport, and how much other countries were prepared to share of their newest innovations and creations with us.
To be clear, I am not and never will be an Apartheid apologist. I believe it was wrong for the minority in my country to dictate to others how they should live their lives based on their complexion. If we had differences in terms of our culture, we should have had an open discourse to better understand one another. If we felt intimidated or endangered by our fellow citizens, this should have been addressed by both sides reaching out with olive branches rather than guns or spears.
Today we reap the fruits of our ancestor's lack of foresight. We are now in a position of "us and them", a discourse that is being fanned and fueled by opportunists on both sides of the divide within political structures. Our leaders like the fact that we do not trust one another. They like the fact that we feel endangered by the persisting existence of those we least understand. They make every effort to promote that discourse, that enmity, and ultimately, that hatred. It serves their purpose.
I can only speak for myself and therefore I write this piece purely from my own perspective. I do not want to pursue radicalism in any form. That is to say, I do not want to be a woke, libtard any more than I want to be a fascist racist. What I want, perhaps more than I want anything else in my life, is to be a citizen of a country whose people I love and which I would die for as a nation. Sadly, within the political climate I find myself in, this is wholly impossible.
If I were to describe myself honestly, I would most likely say that I am a conservative, straight, white, Christian male. In South Africa currently, I am a demographic under threat. Literally as well as figuratively. I am made to feel like a tourist in my own land at every juncture. I am reminded constantly that my ancestors did not start out as citizens of this country. And, as a person with a disability, I am not only ignored by my government but actively persecuted as an unwanted member of society that is a drain at best, and at worst, is a reminder to the majority of someone who has benefited from privilege that has been garnered by their misery.
As much as I'd like to say that this is an unfounded rationale, I must admit that there is some truth to this position. It is why I make every effort, at every opportunity, to pay back that which this country gave me prior to 1994. I know that South Africa can succeed. I know this because I have lived in a South Africa that was successful. We used to have a government that, albeit that it legislated for some at the expense of others, knew how to run a functioning, thriving country. We had world-class education. Our military was the envy of the world. Our healthcare was second to none. And everybody had gainful employment and security. Sadly, our new government chose to throw the baby out with the bathwater – because the proverbial baby didn't look enough like them, and they couldn't have their electorate reminded of this on a daily basis. They had to create the narrative. And it had to be done by people looking a certain way for them to remain relevant.
We have just come out of a worldwide pandemic, started by the collaboration of Chinese and American scientists experimenting on viruses with gain of function attributes. In an attempt to quell this narrative entirely, we have seen in a few short years, once trusted mainstream media turned into worldwide tools of propaganda furthering the agenda of far left socialist–communist role players. The current American president, Joe Biden, has shown himself, without a shadow of a doubt, to be one of these, and he has weaponised the tools at his disposal – the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the NSA, the CIA – anyone with any ability to censor and silence those of us who see the truth.
Thus we have social media that engages in censorship, shadow banning, cancel culture, along with everything that would have seemed inconceivable just a short time ago. We have seen the rise of virtue signaling and social justice campaigns such as Black Lives Matter which, on the surface, seemed to have been busy combating racism but in fact was an agent for the furthering of Marxist fascism as demonstrated by groups like Antifa and, closer to home, political parties like the EFF and BLF.
As a South African citizen, one is told that South Africa is a constitutional democracy. At best, this is a question of interpretation. Every five years, we go to the polls to choose our next autocratic body. We, as voters, have no say in who political parties put forward for office after they are elected and given a mandate to govern. We, as voters, have no say in which laws are passed and which party priorities are legislated for. After we have drawn our X denoting our party of choice, our only course of action then is to sit on our hands and hope (and pray!) that the politicians we awarded our proxies to will follow through according to our most closely held values. This is naïve in the extreme.
So, I write this piece in the hope that it finds fertile ground with my fellow voters in my beloved Western Cape. My wish is that we, as a voting bloc, make our voices heard loudly enough so that those in power, the ones that claim to represent us, give us the opportunity to, at the very least, make our voices heard by way of a referendum. I would like to have my say on the direction that my province, hopefully, ultimately, my country goes in next. I call on the Democratic Alliance (DA) to hear me as a citizen of the Western Cape, a voter of the one province they have been given a mandate to oversee, to allow me and others like me to tell the national government and, by extension, the African National Congress (ANC), that we wish to break away and form a new nation according to our own hopes, dreams, ambitions, and values.
No longer do we want to identify with one another based on race, culture, gender, or any other salient feature that emphasise our differences rather than that which unifies us. No longer do we want to be dictated to on how our tax money is spent on politically driven vanity exercises rather than that which will ensure our prosperity, going forward, as a nation. I want to know who my representatives are. I want to have those people be accountable to me, their employer. My taxes pay their salaries, after all. I want to know that the infrastructure in my country will be timeously maintained. I want to know that our education system will not be two-tiered according to where one happens to live, our police will not be a job security facility for fat, incompetent people, that our borders won't be as porous as cheesecloth, and that our natural resources will no longer be poached and pillaged to within an inch of extinction. In short, I want a country I can be proud of again. I want leaders to be ruling us who will command respect for all the right reasons.
For me, the answer is clear. I will be voting and advocating for the Cape Independence Party, going forward, until the 2024 elections. It is my firm belief that they stand for everything I have pointed out and alluded to in this piece, and a whole lot more. I want to live in the hope that my grandchildren's grandchildren will have a future in a country in which they will thrive, not merely survive in. I do not feel I need to be a radical to achieve what I want. I do not feel I need to demonise anyone else to get to where I need to be. As long as there are honest, capable people in charge of a compact, accountable government, I believe it then falls to us as neighbours, parents, teachers et cetera to instil in the next generation a culture of togetherness, a culture of excellence, a culture of honesty, and a "can-do" mentality which presupposes that, ultimately, we are the architects of our own success, and it is up to us, not the government, to realise our most deeply held hopes and dreams for our lives.
Kindly visit the Cape Independence Party website and have a look to see what they stand for. If you feel that their message resonates with you, please consider joining as a member, and if you are inclined to and are in a position to, give generously to their cause. As with everything else, elections cost money. And, do not forget – you always get what you pay for.