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Ubuntu: Rebuilding South Africa

We did go through a lot and there are still more obstacles to beat, but together, as one Rainbow Nation, we can do something about it as we stand united.

• Sandile Hlayisi writes:

Jacob Zuma being sent to jail for contempt of court set forth a chain of events that saw hundreds killed, more than 3 000 arrested, 161 malls destroyed and damages up to R10 billion.

This was described as the worst violence since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

While one would think that the country is going crazy, there is this thing that makes South Africa very sane at the same time: its people! While it is absolutely true that recent weeks were full of destruction, the majority of South Africans said NO! And personally decided to stop the looting. Individuals and groups decided on their own to protect some of the buildings in their areas and township economies.

Others – and gladly the majority – decided not to be badly influenced and stayed at home to protect themselves. Other groups, regardless of color or creed, banded together to quickly handle the bad effects and rebuild their beloved country.

It is no secret that in every community, there are people who are simply merchants of chaos. They have to destroy and suppress everything and everyone around them. Like the men on black horses in the movies, who always seem to be winning as they are suppressing others, it comes to an end eventually when the masses band together and decide that they have had enough. This is exactly what is happening currently. South Africans from every religion, NPO, NGO, company and corner of the country you can think of, are coming together and demonstrating the true spirit of Ubuntu.

Philosopher L Ron Hubbard once wrote, “By their actions you shall know them. Whether good or bad, whether on another’s side or ours. And what in their actions gives us the keenest insight? Their ability to help.”

While it is easy to have one’s moral down with everything going on, Covid-19, riots, death rate increasing, vaccines and everything else, do look around as not all is gloomy.

Since lockdown hit the country, there are individuals who have been hard at work to help, individuals from all faiths, from Christians, Muslims, Jewish, Scientologists and more, all working together to do something about the situation at hand. Look at the strained health sector, working day in and day out to save people’s lives.

Look at our essential services, be it local, provincial or even national government officials, police, military, etc., working long hours to keep the country running. The merchant of chaos does not want you to look around and see all the good being done. Still, look around for yourself, there is so much beauty to see in South Africa. There are people working together to help others and uniting to rebuild our country.

So while all seems grim and sad, remember that the very great majority wants good things only for their country, and they are willing to wake up every day and work towards a better South Africa. We did go through a lot and there are still more obstacles to beat, but together, as one Rainbow Nation, we can do something about it as we stand united.


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