It has been interesting watching ordinary South African’s react to the National Elections. Especially the #thumbselfies that popped up on Facebook and Twitter during the course of 7 May 2014. So much excitement and hope for change. It was awesome to see so many people celebrate being South African.
I guess this post is aimed at people who did not vote. The next time we are at a braai and start discussing the future of this awesome, amazing and beautiful country, please keep quiet and go and play with the children. I do not need to hear your negative opinions seeing as you could not be adult enough to do your civic duty and go and vote. If you have something to say about the country, then you should have taken the time to go and make your mark. We were given a whole public holiday to go and vote, you could have taken an hour out of your day and gone down to the voting station. Instead you have lost the right to comment about the state of the country. In fact, in my opinion you should not be allowed to support any of our sporting teams either.
I am not blind to the problems in SA, I know that there is crime, corruption and bloody rude people here. There are just so many good, amazing people that quietly go about their daily business and make this country special. My ancestors fled Europe many, many moons ago to make a new home here at the Southern most tip of Africa. They suffered through unspeakable hardships and had to overcome unimaginable horrors (war, persecution, the “Great Trek”, concentration camps), but they stayed and made this their home. I am not diminishing any of this country’s dark history, too much blood has stained the ground already. It is time that we acknowledge the past, learn from our mistakes and vow to never repeat them. And build a country that we can all be proud of, not only when our rugby team is doing well.
It doesn’t matter who wins the election, what matters is that more and more ordinary South African’s have stood up and spoke up. I think it means that we are finally learning that we decide who runs the country, so we get to decide how they run it.