South Africa ready for change
- 17 August 2016
Oh man, Democracy is not for the faint-hearted.
On the 3rd of August the nation went out to vote and 22 years after the dawn of our liberation,
it seems the country is ready for yet another significant change in its leadership. The liberation party, ANC,
suffered its most significant loss since it came to power in 1994. Yet remarkably, the country has not broken into a civil war as one would naively predict,
instead, civilians seem geared up to embrace the change.
The one image that constantly draws my attention however, is that be it a march or a manifesto gathering,
women seem to dominate the camera lenses. Though I would really love to see more of them on podiums,
one thing is clear in my mind - soon as women decide that time for change has come, then change becomes imminent.
The women of 1954 demonstrated this and women of 2016 have kept to this heroic tradition.
Given the peaceful transition of power, perhaps it is time that we composed ideologically different struggle songs.
So rather than mainly focusing on the pain & tears of women during hard times, it is only appropriate to venerate
their resilience and tenacity especially when the tough gets going.
Celebrate her power and strength, for against all odds it remains one of her brightest qualities.
Some have argued that it is rather too early to consider a female president of the Republic. I vehemently disagree.
This country so far has shown off a lot of great women leaders who can be primed to take up the position.
The only thing lagging behind is political will.
After all, the best run province is led by a woman.
And Cape Town, consistently voted one of the best cities in the world, is governed by a woman.
**August is dedicated to the celebration of women in South Africa - no guessing why August is Africappella’s favourite month (: