Thyagaraj Markandan
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28 Apr 2021
06:13

Letters | What freedom, what democracy?

Thyagaraj Markandan

What freedom? What democracy? What Rainbow Nation? It’s gone in the blink of an eye. What is freedom when you live in a shack and life is a struggle every day?

LETTER:


What freedom? What democracy? What Rainbow Nation? It’s gone in the blink of an eye. What is freedom when you live in a shack and life is a struggle every day?

Everywhere on the street corners, you see people with placards saying: “No jobs, no money and no food.”

Who is free but the political elite, corrupt government officials and criminals? We all have to barricade ourselves in our homes while the criminals roam free, prowling the streets, murdering, raping and plundering. Even places of worship, mortuaries and graveyards are not safe from criminals.

Who is free but the political elite, corrupt government officials and criminals? We all have to barricade ourselves in our homes while the criminals roam free, prowling the streets, murdering, raping and plundering. Even places of worship, mortuaries and graveyards are not safe from criminals.
Thyagaraj Markandan

What is the point of freedom when the masses are no better off than before? Do you replace one abhorrent system of government with another one, give the people the vote and call it freedom? Ask anyone who has the vote but not a plate of food and they will tell you they would rather live under apartheid than under this corrupt government that benefits only the few. The ANC can celebrate Freedom Day but for the rest of us there is not much to celebrate; only a yearning for a clean, honest and effective government that will take us out of the mess. With an ineffective opposition, that seems far off. So many gave their lives to the cause of freedom but only a privileged few enjoy it. Shame on the ANC. I hope you drank and ate heartily and enjoyed your Freedom Day.

THYAGARAJ MARKANDAN

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