I have spotted a new, growing trend in the political landscape of celebrating people based on their surname. This is a dangerous trend.
It is particularly dangerous because it has the ability to puts false prophets in powerful and influential positions.
Here is my issue with celebrating on the basis of a surname.
Are we celebrating that these struggle icons have children? Thing is, procreation is human nature so the fact that struggle heroes have children/grandchildren is not really extra-ordinary.
Are we celebrating that these kids have Struggle Icon parent/grand-parents? That too is not really an achievement as nobody has to the power to choose which family they get born into.
So why are we being made to celebrate the children/ grandchildren of Struggle heroes as if they have achieved something?
What is particularly scary about this trend is that, these kids (who haven’t even made a name for themselves) are being placed in leadership positions. Now tell me, HOW are children that come from privilege going to know the needs of the masses? This new breed of Icons Based On Surnames don’t know what it is to struggle. The majority went to good schools, have never slept hungry and would be COMPLETELY traumatised if you left them in the middle of Noord Street Taxi Rank. (If they even know where that is)
I am not saying that you have to come from a previously disadvantaged community to know struggle and be a leader.
However what I AM saying is that if these I.B.O.S were REALLY activists wouldn’t we have heard of their names before……even in university as part of src?
How convenient it is now that jobs are not easy to find, suddenly these kids become politicians and use their parents connections. What is even more ironic is that they will be the FIRST to say ‘the masses shouldn’t expect hand-outs.’ My thing is…….your parents bought you your first car……you know NOTHING……how are you going to even begin to be in a place to say ‘the miners make enough money.’
These kids we are celebrating are not tackling our social ills, they are not standing up for the rights of people and are very much into the VIP culture. What is happening before our eyes is that these ‘special families’ in government are trying to ‘keep the wealth in the family’ by putting forward their children. This system is not sustainable.
We need a government of people that genuinely care about the people…not a government of 5 families where all the aunts, uncles, grandchildren, in-laws are eating nice and expecting the rest of society to ‘eat cake!’
Can we start putting forward people we recognise as REAL leaders…..not this system based on surnames?
We want to celebrate people who have EARNED it……..