Things fall apart!!!!!

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the center cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
—W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming”

In his book, Chinua Achebe said: “There is no story that is not true. The world has no end, and what is good among one people is an abomination with others.” The irony of these quote is that every side believes their side of story is the true version and those who disagree are wrong.

I am not here to state which side is true, however, I am saddened by the aftermath after all is said and done. The fact is; the country is in flames and we need do or say something about it.

Simultaneously, I remember the words of the late struggle stalwart; Ntate Andrew Mlangeni when he said: “I am sad. My heart is bleeding when I see what is happening in my country.”

I also remember the words of Dr Gomolemo Mokae, just before we went to the National Elections in 1994, when he said that as we now face the prospect of electing a democratic government, it is now time not to do the toyi-toying but rather the think-thinking. This was an opportune time for us to prepare ourselves on how to think on how we govern the country.

I fully agree as events of the past few days(still happening today as I write) make me indeed to say; my heart bleeds for my country. I sat and watched young children, youth, grandparents, fathers and mothers who joined in the looting spree and as a result anarchy descended in our country.

Economical infrastructures; buildings and modes of transport, such as trucks, malls and warehouses were torched and damaged. This happened right in middle of the third wave of the Coronavirus peak that has put economical strain to government, businesses and individuals.

I must add that we are struggling as it is as to how to plan to rebuild the economy during and after the pandemic. The violence has added another strain to the already struggling economy.

Before you judge me, I fully understand that we have been sitting on a ticking bomb and developments, leading to the shutdown, were mere matches that may or may not have lit the fire.

Whether right or wrong calls; intentions; actions were made, bottom line is the country is burning and things are falling apart. I “hang” my head in shame as the violence and looting goes on unabated.

All I can pray for is calm to be restored and sanity to prevail. God protect South Africa and her children. Yes, things have fallen apart and mere anarchy has been loosed upon our country. I cry for my beloved country and I know you too, feel the same.

I know the sun will shine on those who stand, before it shines on those who kneel under them. The proverb means that the biggest thing will be done first than the smallest one. When finishing the biggest first, we will find it easy to finish the other problems.

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Until next week Tuesday, bye-bye for now.

Yours Truly
Tshepo Ishmael Phetoane