by Justin Foxton, Founder of The Peace Agency
“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around,
when they triumph over poverty.
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS.
I wanna lend a hand
I wanna be there for the alcoholic.
I wanna be there for the drug addict.
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse.
I wanna lend a hand.
From “Thuma Mina” by Hugh Masekela, as quoted by Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address.
Much has now been written about President Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address, but I want to focus in on the above quote.
Its use was a tactical master-stroke and very far from fluffy or sentimental. These words were chosen deliberately and are indicative of where our new President is taking this nation and what he expects from both himself and us.
With this quote, Ramaphosa sent two very clear messages.
Firstly, he let us know something of the man he is and what his main purpose will be; that he is a man-of-the-people in a very real sense; a man who would direct his energy towards the alleviation of the pain of the oppressed, the down-trodden, the sick and the poor of our country.
This was a stinging indictment of his predecessor; it was a brutal poetic slap-down of our last “man-of-the-people” President; the one who gleefully, irresponsibly, heartlessly accepted this title whilst singing and dancing and chortling and raping us.
The second thing.......Read More