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Having to put up with corrupt leaders and a broken government is something South Africans have to confront every day. Being resigned to witnessing the country’s abundant natural resources being harnessed, not for uplifting millions of desperately poor citizens but for filling the already deep pockets of a small political elite is not unique to South Africa. Nowhere is desperation and distortion more abundant than in resource-rich countries.
We have learnt the hard way that the untold wealth trapped in the seams of our rock and in the nutrients in our soil does not permit us to dream of a better future, but rather to fear what scavengers will be drawn to our camp at night.
Sadly, South Africans from all classes, cultures and race share one feeling: the anger of a person who is robbed of his or her future, over and over again. But, there is a glimmer of hope. With the cupboards bare, the citizens furious, the wheels of justice – mothballed for far too long – are now shuddering to life.
At the time of writing the song, the Gupta, Zuma, “State Capture” story was everywhere, and we were all so hoping that some of these “State Capture Accused” would get caught and brought to justice. Hence, the song has a positive tone to it, in the hope that the State Capture debacle can come to some positive resolution. In the hope that a few more of the self-centred politicians of South Africa and their support networks can get weeded out. As South Africans we continue to hope. At the time of writing this “about the song” Jacob Zuma is going to court and the Zondo commission will be releasing their state capture findings soon.