EDITORIAL | Sins of the fathers: Freedom Day a hollow reminder of our leaders’ failings
Almost three decades on, our government has let down those who needed freedom the most
The wailing last week in Nhlungwane, north of Durban, as a crowd gathered at the edge of a stream to mourn the people swept up by the floods in KwaZulu-Natal is a stark contrast to the mass ululation of jubilant South Africans celebrating the victory of the liberation struggle, almost to the day on April 27 1994.
“As you are standing here, you smell the bad smell. It’s painful. People are crying everywhere, people are dying because of our sins,” prophetess Nonhlanhla Mlaba told the mourners.
While the prophetess may have intoned personal sin, the biblical reference of the things a father does wrong becoming the burden of his children is inescapable. One can certainly draw parallels to present-day SA where government’s actions — and inertia in many spheres — are to blame for the suffering of the vast majority of our people. ..