Where there’s a will there’s a way, but not for the ostrich that’s SA
The issues we face have been festering for years, but we don’t find solutions. We bury our heads and hope for the best
If you listen attentively, you will think many of the challenges we face receive the attention they deserve. But ours is a special country, one that needs you to listen way more than attentively.
When you do, you will discover we do talk about our issues. The idea though is to resolve them. Yet not much resolving is happening, despite the ever-increasing decibels in our public discourse.
Take reports this week of an increase in initiation deaths. Why on Earth should anyone die in his quest to become a man? The point is not that initiation schools are unimportant. It is that the infusion of technology or medicine into our ways of doing things ought to have advanced to a point that no one dies in doing so. Why are some traditional leaders allowed to operate illegal initiation schools? Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape are notorious for this. Premiers release statements condemning the deaths, analysts talk about partnerships forged over years between traditional authorities and the department of health that yield limited success. We all get angry. Someone’s child loses their manhood or dies. We froth at the mouth. The issue is ventilated, but not resolved. ..