Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People

Aung San Suu Kyi said that, but I’m beginning to wonder if South Africa is civilized at all anymore- for many reasons… We literally live in a constant state of fear- when my mommy darling and I go to house church we sit inside the house and the it’s locked and the alarm is armed. We seldom allow our kids to go anywhere unaccompanied and many people are afraid to let their children play in their own yards. My dad rides a bike to work and back- he keeps a tazer on the seat between his legs… it’s with him in the car too. My sister C and her significant other sleep with a loaded gun next to the bed. We live behind 8 foot fences and walls topped with razor wire and electric fencing. Everywhere you go you need a code or a remote control or someone inside to let you in. If your car isn’t air conditioned, you suffer because you’re too afraid to drive with the windows open. And then I read stuff like this…Is it just me bunnies- or is this whole article just completely messed up?! Seriously- it scares the crap outta me, and I pray that things will stay as is till Damien is finished with school… but then what about my nephews? And Damien’s kids one day? I mean, I am far from wealthy- I work my proverbial ass off so I can send Damien to a good school, in fact his fees are more than my rent- but now private schools are unfair… and this is not a new argument either. And how on earth can our government allow Cosas to declare a day of “militant action”!?!?? Is this not supposed to be a bloody democratic country!

‘Nationalise Private Schools’Johannesburg – The African National Congress-led government had failed the nation by not providing free education in all public schools, said the Congress of SA Students (Cosas) on Wednesday. “Cosas demands that all private schools be nationalised and further demands the provision of free education in all public schools,” said Cosas president Kenny Motshegoa after the students’ national executive committee meeting last week. “We demand scrapping of school fees, history to be a compulsory subject and a productive working-class-perspective curriculum.” Motshegoa said the NEC meeting assessed the education and political situation in the country. Motshegoa said: “The NEC noted that the no-fee school strategy was an act of running away from responsibility to provide adequate resources by the government, as it does not address the basic requirements in our schools.” The students also called for an increase in the age limit for consumption of liquor to the age of 21. Want to influence ANC policy “We demand that the liquor industry must provide rehabilitation centres in all districts of the country as part of their social responsibility to those prepared to quit, and focused programmes must be funded to achieve awareness of the need for the youth to refrain from the abuse of liquor.” They also called for the involvement of students in the fight against HIV/Aids. Motshegoa said the students also decided to influence the policy of the ANC and that of the government. Cosas would recommend the extension of school nutrition to high schools, business ownership by students, free education, nationalisation of private schools, provision of a single school uniform nationally, and safety in schools. ‘National day of militant action’ The students also re-affirmed their support for ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma as future president of the party and the country. Motshegoa said the NEC had declared March 16 as a national day of militant action against the department of education in demand of free and compulsory education.

Does this not smack of communism…? And didn’t South Africans spend years fighting for democracy…? My advice- if you don’t have any children then keep it that way- or wait till you immigrate to New Zealand before you have kids!Oh, and this whole militant action thing is far from unusual- our police regularly have to intervene when protests by school pupils get violent… Google it. I dare you!

8 thoughts on “Fear Is Not The Natural State Of Civilized People

  1. terri: we were indeed on the same wavelength… i wish i could tell you different!

    granny glen: i thank him every day too!

    katy katy katy: it is indeed everywhere- and we often forget that the grass only looks greener…

    gaby: a new visitor! hi and thanx for stopping by! it is a pity, but i.m.h.o. only once we can actually trust the people in power not to fill their pockets… can we start making proper progress…

    allan: he would be proud indeed… and as before, the rich will continue to get richer!

    h.e.: post to follow…

    tom cat: its not cosatu- its cosas… and at this point i’m more worried about their militant action calls than the private schools closing coz i know that won’t happen in a hurry…

  2. I wouldn’t worry about it, because whilst COSATU does have some influence in government, the ANC itself I think have become rather capitalist in their thinking, evidenced by the privatisation of many state parastatals.

    So I can’t see why the ANC would want to nationalise private schools (maybe cut state funding to them), but I can see why COSATU would want to do this, because they are after all a labour union and will always tend to move towards more government protection of institutions rather than leaving them to the devices of private enterprise..

  3. nationalised school uniforms-Mao would be proud.He was a little rough on the educators though, if I recall…

  4. Africa is presented by the media as one huge gigantic mess and next to the Middle East, the most dangerous place to live in the entire world.

    To be honest our understanding of Africa is that it is a time bomb. Thanks to the myriad of insurmountable obstacles that must be overcome from HIV & Overpopulation..
    most disconcerting of all is the failure of emancipated Colonial slaves to make any progress because of the spectacular reversion to tribal/political warfare and tyrannical despots.

    From Darfur to Joburg all we get from the media are horrible violent images and endless images of suffering and savage inhumanity…
    so we have no idea what is really going on because we only get BAD news.

    Sadly, I would say that most Westerners know more about saving the great Apes in equatorial Africa and stopping poachers who slaughter Elephants, than they do about the 870 million people who are trying to dig themselves out from under Centuries of oppression.

    Recently I watched a documentary; Guns, Germs and Steel, and learned how the Europeans successfully conquered South Africa thanks to the similarities in climate and eliminated tribal resistance through superior technology and disease..
    just like the Conquistadors did in latin America.

    I would love to hear your side of it because I saw another documentary on Joburg which is the murder capital of the world.
    All we get over here is Darfur/Black Hawk Down/Blood Diamond/Hotel Rwanda/Gorillas In The Mist you get the picture…
    from here it looks hopeless and insane…
    from top to bottom…
    how would you describe it?

  5. I lived most of my life in Mauritius and its hard for me to addapt to all these security things. I don’t say that there is no crime there but we could walk around and take the bus wherever we wanted to. As for schooling its free and all children under the age of 16 have to attend school. I don’t understand how a country like SA still don’t offer free schooling. Its a pity cause every one should have a right to education

  6. times have gotten scary everywhere. I remember when I’d walk home from clubs – these days I get scared driving on occasion when I pass through certain areas

  7. As a Mother these are the same worries I had when you kids were little, we could see it coming even then. As a granny now, well, its very worrying. Short of joining the brain drain or surfing the web for opportunities abroad with the rest of your generation, there is nothing to do but have faith and lay it at the foot of the cross. I thank God each day for my WHOLE family’s safety.

  8. Well I guess that answers the question I asked in my own post today… we must be on the same wavelength, Angel.

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