The motive behind the ‘I’m staying’ campaigners is salutary. But doomed to failure. More like failing the most needy.
The question is: who are they representing with their positive albeit disillusioned approach? Can only be those still fortunate enough to have a job, own a home, drive a car. And can afford a holiday in one of the best climates in the world. And with plenty food and entertainment around. Sure, reason enough to stay.
If they had asked the rural poor reasons why they’re staying, the answer would’ve undoubtedly been different. For what have they to stay? Empty stomachs? Shanty homes? Schools far from home? No transport? No jobs? Tribal murders?
See, dear stayers, irony of ironies, these same folk have kept their ‘Struggle’ party in power. They are still struggling but the party and its leaders are far from struggling. Monies earmarked for the promised place in the sun, are brazenly being plundered.
The ANC has created a league of its own, joining forces with crooked partners in all walks of life. Even holding hands with so-called religious business people who pray at the workplace while emptying out the vaults of millions of rand that could’ve been spent on raising the living standard of the poor.
They are in cahoots with conmen hiding in the shadow of the Taj Mahal and have together hijacked the economy of the country.
And it’s still in power, continuing on its merry old way, with no answer to bankrupt and corrupted SOES and municipalities. And runaway crime. And an education system unable to educate.
No, stayers, what you should spend your energies on is persuading the nation (not forgetting the poor, hey?) to help getting shot of a government leaving us all biting the dust and smelling the rot. We are an unhappy bunch. We are pessimistic. We are angry. We’ve had enough.
Now is an ideal opportunity for the stayers (who evidently still have the energy) to mobilise the nation to take to the streets, and give the government and main opposition (the DA in hiding) an ultimatum: "We’ll stay, if you get your act together”.
That makes more sense. A flowery hash tag only serves as cover up of a dismal situation. It does not reflect the real goings-on of a useless government. And an opposition always in reactive instead of proactive mode.
Get that right and nobody would even consider leaving.