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The story of Democracy

“Good evening ladies and gentleman. Welcome to South Africa. Formally known as the home of the now extinct rhino and for all its wonderful natural landscapes.

It is here where history taught us that all races, all cultures can live as one, as equal.

But now it is more commonly known as The Protest Nation.

Please ensure that you have all your legal documents handy with you as you might be harassed by the local people with out it. Also do not speak your mind or make any reference to “Freedom of Speech” or “Freedom of Expression”.

Thank you”

 

Ah the future. It looked so tasty ten years ago.

Democracy was a young child with great ambitions and a bright future. It was going to be the best thing to happen. It wanted to be a nation, not composed out of black and white, rich or poor, but a big and strong nation composed of green blooded South Africans who worked as one to build this young child called Democracy.

 

But the older Democracy grew the dimmer the light became.

Democracy be came a rich and wealthy oddity, putting on its business face when it talked to its people saying “It is going well with our great nation!” But behind closed doors it was stealing from its people. Getting high on violence and crime.

Democracy distracted its people, sending them to the streets, pitting the people against each other. Black fighting white. White fighting black. Culture against culture! And those who tried to stop Democracy was hanged in the centre of the city and portrayed as liars and criminals.

The people blindly followed Democracy as it continued killing the land.

 

There was no happy ending…

Democracys’ greed and violence destroyed everything in the land until there was nothing left… Not even for Democracy.

Democracy died of starvation alone in a war torn ditch.

The End

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I don’t get it?

The infamous group Taking Back South Africa (World Wide Revolution 2011) wants a new order… A new democracy and a new future. And now that they have caught wind of The Occupy movement, it seems to be going from strength to strength. From a small facebook page full of rag tag revolutionist, calling for revolt and “real freedom” to a small facebook page full of rag tag revolutionist, calling for revolt and “real freedom”. This page is something to look out for.

But I Don’t Get It?

The Occupy Movement is a wonderful thing, but it lacks one key factor.

When the movement started in Spain, known as the Indignants movement, which called for action against the fact that money has a bigger influence in Spanish politics than the voice of the people, it created quite a stir. This later flowed over to the more famous Occupy Wall Street movement But some seem to forget about the Robin Hood Tax movement that initially started the Wall Street occupy. Why aren’t we seeing more of that?

And then in South Africa we have tons of occupying going on, or at least that is what they are trying to do.

But why is this failing? Why are the folks of the middle class community not giving a damn and the big corporates rolling on their back sides, laughing at this little movement?

The answer is simple: No structure and no clear plan.

Today it seems easier to put the word “occupy” in front of anything and it will almost always lead to 5 people sitting on the lawn looking very bored. But, can change come from protesting in such manner?

Like I said before. The Occupy movement is such a great idea, but without proper planning and unified goals it will not succeed or reach its full potential.

But to sit back and wait for change will leave you with a bunch of people who sat on a lawn with colourful posters. Time which could’ve been spent on working with small businesses to see how everybody can pitch in to create more jobs, so that people can make more money and in turn, spend more money to grow the South African market.

At this stage groups like Taking Back South Africa are pumping propaganda on social mediums instead of working on solutions. They are so dependent on the government that they can’t survive without it. Sitting on your ass blaming this and that on the government wanting them to bring change only makes you as good as the most corrupt official.

It is time for you to stop listening to the propaganda. It is time for YOU to get up and create jobs. It is time for YOU to grow your own garden to feed your family. It is time for YOU to start a soup kitchen and helping those in need.


The change will only come from YOU and not the government. Keep that in mind.

No Comment?

No Comment?

So you’re probably thinking “Why is The South African Ginger so quiet? Did he not pledge to challenge Taking Back South Africa?”

Fear not, for my quest is far from over. But I did hit a little snag with my research and argument.

But I want to take a look at the word Democracy. This is a word which I believe Taking Back South Africa want to preserve but does not quite understand what it means.

Democracy is a form of government in which all people have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.” Wikipedia

We go back to the forming of democracy, ancient Greek, “Dēmokratía “ as they called it. It was a time when the people started taking charge and thinking for them self’s hence the word dēmokratía which means rule of the people.

After that democracy changed to a more formulated and structured system giving more power to even the poorest of souls. And after the 508BC uprising it became the standard practice.

So, we should think that this process would involve multiple sides and ideas of one main article and then the people vote for what they feel is right. But this process isn’t just a case of Do you like it or not?  Instead there are steps to take. Questions must be asked and answers must be given. We can argue that in our democracy, South Africa, that this is not happening and that the ANC control everything.  But it actually is happening. The reason why people tend not to hear about it is because they are occupied by everything ells rather than focusing on what is happening behind the scene.

So let us assume that we all agree that we all want a voice and every opinion given is creditable and that if someone questions the credibility of a group, that group should reply with an answer and let the people decide. This will make us believe that Taking Back South Africa believes in democracy.

 

But I fear that this is not the case with Taking Back South Africa.

This leads me to the reason why I have been so quiet.

Fact of the matter is that they have blocked me from their page because I have been asking questions they can’t answer. But why can’t the answer it? We can only speculate.

I was able to get back on their page to see what they are up to but I still can’t comment on anything. And one of the things that caught my attention immediately was the words “SA Day Of Rage”. This is quite disturbing because rage leads to violence. But I guess that a group like that can only brainwash ignorant people and use words like “Revolution” and “Rage” to get them fired up.

But this reminded me about their ‘Why we are encouraging all not to vote” note on facebook the day before the municipal elections. This is when my mood dropped and when I started disliking this little play group.

Encouraging people not to use their democratic right not to vote for change? Can a group who wants change do that? Can they really say that they want change but  encourage people not to vote for it?

So my friends, I am not legion but I do not forgive. I do not forget. Expect me.

For your reading pleasure: Here are the questions I asked Taking Back South Africa                                     of which I got no reply, enjoy.

Werner FantaPants Brand

Extremely sorry for taking so long to reply to ya’ll.

So, what am I faffing about?
I’m going to give you a few questions to debate about. Nothing to attack anyone, just questions. Questions which I hope, after debating, will give you insights on why I disapprove of everything you claim to stand for. And maybe I will learn a thing or two.
Let me just make clear: Any answer you give me must have attached; either a link or a number or a complete file number to back up your argument. You may reference a news article, but I will not accept it as proof to back up your argument.

1. You call your self’s “Taking Back South Africa”. You can roam freely, you can apply for work anywhere, you can go out and party your face off and buy goods freely as long as the goods are, according to our law, legal and if you use it responsible. So what do you mean when you say that you want to take back South Africa?

2.You say, and I quote “This page intends to gather, unite and inform South Africans of all races of the failure of the government to provide the basic requirements of a stable and free society. Once united we will take to the streets of our country and claim our real freedom from a government that has for too long been ignoring its citizens fundamental demands while telling the world that we are a “Rainbow Democracy”.
2.1.1. I want to first focus on the part where you say that you want to “gather, unite and inform South Africans of all races”. That is a good thing. But how do you want to gather, if we look at the 2010 estimates of 49,991,362 people?

2.1.2. Then I want to know how you are going to monitor almost 50 million people and update them on developments? Facebook and WordPress and Twitter will not suffice.

2.2. I want to draw your attention to the second statement. “Once united we will take to the streets of our country and claim our real freedom from a government”.
2.2. Okay, you gathered every one of race, colour and creed for change. Now you want to “take to the streets”. How exactly are you going to take to the streets? Will it be peaceful march in which you present the government with an official petition stating your demands and resolutions on how you can fix it? Or will it be something like we are seeing now? Will you force everyone to stop working until you get what you want?
Please keep in mind; it is not just the big corporations who are feeling the crunch sitting without petrol and diesel. It affects the small businesses even more. A personal example: My father has a small transport business, and because he doesn’t have diesel he can’t work. Which can, if not resolved quickly, cost them their house and basically everything he has worked for the past 30 years. So he will become another number to add to the poverty rate.
Something I believe you want to prevent. So answer 2.2. first and then think about it. Will you take the peaceful road? Or do you want complete anarchy?
Give me the pros and cons of both sides.

3.1. Easy question: What are your demands and why?
3.2. Let’s say one of your demands is simple; you want service delivery to improve.
Where are your hot spots where the service is the worst?
How are you going to fix it?
What plans do you have in place to not just fix the problem for a few months but to fix it completely?
What I want is State your demands and gives your plan and research. That is all.

My closing statement: Just answer the questions. Just say for example:
3.1. We demand more pie!
That’s it. No buts and uhh. Just clear cut answers.

 

 

A short statement.

So, this will be a quick blogging from my side.

After my last blog “A Letter to Ignorance” I started challenging an online based “activist” group called Taking Back South Africa. After I shared my blog with them and a rather heated debate, I sat back and took it slow. And in a relaxed, mature way I asked them a few questions.

This is my reply in which the questions were asked:

Werner FantaPants Brand

“Extremely sorry for taking so long to reply to ya’ll.

So, what am I faffing about?
I’m going to give you a few questions to debate about. Nothing to attack anyone, just questions. Questions which I hope, after debating, will give you insights on why I disapprove of everything you claim to stand for. And maybe I will learn a thing or two.
Let me just make clear: Any answer you give me must have attached; either a link or a number or a complete file number to back up your argument. You may reference a news article, but I will not accept it as proof to back up your argument.

1. You call your self’s “Taking Back South Africa”. You can roam freely, you can apply for work anywhere, you can go out and party your face off and buy goods freely as long as the goods are, according to our law, legal and if you use it responsible. So what do you mean when you say that you want to take back South Africa?

2.You say, and I quote “This page intends to gather, unite and inform South Africans of all races of the failure of the government to provide the basic requirements of a stable and free society. Once united we will take to the streets of our country and claim our real freedom from a government that has for too long been ignoring its citizens fundamental demands while telling the world that we are a “Rainbow Democracy”.
2.1.1. I want to first focus on the part where you say that you want to “gather, unite and inform South Africans of all races”. That is a good thing. But how do you want to gather, if we look at the 2010 estimates of 49,991,362 people?

2.1.2. Then I want to know how you are going to monitor almost 50 million people and update them on developments? Facebook and WordPress and Twitter will not suffice.

2.2. I want to draw your attention to the second statement. “Once united we will take to the streets of our country and claim our real freedom from a government”.
2.2. Okay, you gathered every one of race, colour and creed for change. Now you want to “take to the streets”. How exactly are you going to take to the streets? Will it be peaceful march in which you present the government with an official petition stating your demands and resolutions on how you can fix it? Or will it be something like we are seeing now? Will you force everyone to stop working until you get what you want?
Please keep in mind; it is not just the big corporations who are feeling the crunch sitting without petrol and diesel. It affects the small businesses even more. A personal example: My father has a small transport business, and because he doesn’t have diesel he can’t work. Which can, if not resolved quickly, cost them their house and basically everything he has worked for the past 30 years. So he will become another number to add to the poverty rate.
Something I believe you want to prevent. So answer 2.2. first and then think about it. Will you take the peaceful road? Or do you want complete anarchy?
Give me the pros and cons of both sides.

3.1. Easy question: What are your demands and why?
3.2. Let’s say one of your demands is simple; you want service delivery to improve.
Where are your hot spots where the service is the worst?
How are you going to fix it?
What plans do you have in place to not just fix the problem for a few months but to fix it completely?
What I want is State your demands and gives your plan and research. That is all.

My closing statement: Just answer the questions. Just say for example:
3.1. We demand more pie!
That’s it. No buts and uhh. Just clear cut answers.”

 

15 July at 19:52

 

And then, because it was a rather old post I just left a short wall post reminding them to check. They replied by deleting that reminder.

 

Because I know that sometimes post get lost on the net I re posted it, with a bit of anger. I did say some silly things about deleting peoples post and so on. But then the famous Joe Africa replied and confirmed that they deleted my first reminder, which I accepted because that is a sign of respect, telling people why they deleted their stuff.

But I was still angry and asked why they haven’t answered my questions after 2 weeks. I don’t think it is very hard questions. And again, Joe Africa told me that he will not answer my questions. The first believable reply I ever received from them. And then Joe challenged me to prove my point. And I accepted with a smile.

It is normally at this time I give you the exact quotes Taking Back South Africa and Joe Africa did give me. So that they have the legal right to say “that’s not what we meant” and so that I can back my story on why they deleted my post and that they refuse to answer my questions as well as challenging me.

 

But unfortunately that entire conversation was deleted.

 

Now, normal human thinking will start to wonder why they don’t want to answer my questions. And why they delete important “fights”.

We can only speculate.

 

So now you ask, what am I going to do about that challenge? It is simple; I am going to accept it. But you have to understand that I can’t always lecture them on how important research is and then not do it myself.

 

So here is my official statement:

 

I will study, analyze and comment on all Taking Back South Africa’s statements. I will examine whatever they say and do.

I will then compile all my findings in a proper presentation and hand it over to them, after which I will open up for all and any comments. And when Taking Back South Africa is ready to come forward and answer my questions, then we can start work on real change and not sit around tossing on the internet and copy and paste articles to invoke abhorrence onto the people they claim to help.

But this will take time. I have a full time job and that aside. RESEARCH IS NOT COPY AND PASTE.

 

I will keep an open mind and I will listen to both parties. I will not be bias. I will only research the questions and facts and comment on them.

Music In South Africa

Music in South Africa

What’s the Point?

We all love music and we have our favorite South African group or band or even solo artist that we like. But can we say that they are any good? Can we say, if we look past the international artists big budgets, that South African musicians are on the same level or even better?

Like everyone ells I have my likes and dislikes. But I support them either way and being a musician and aspiring producer myself I must know what is out there and what people like. This leads me to a lot of shows and gigs. But the young bands are taking a hit due to venues and organizers not paying, as well as the fact that few venues book small bands and keep genre with genre. And, living in Johannesburg, good venues are hard to find.

So why go on? Why try to be the next best thing?

I can bitch and say that I have heard all the metal bands that played at the resent big day festival in the first 5 minutes I got there, because almost all South African metal bands sounds exactly the same. None of them really stands out as this metal band or that metal band. They all just sound like a bunch screaming mimi’s trying to be more hard core than the next band and ending up sounding like that next band. And the fashion scene they so dearly love?

Black shoes, black hair, black clothes, black make-up and red contact lenses with piercings I don’t even dare to think where they all are! And that’s just the guys?

That’s not cool. It is sad and depressing.

And you can’t go out for a decent party without some dime a dozen metal band playing at that club.

And the thing all the vocalists do with their hands on stage. Just because the guy from Under Oath makes it look cool does not mean you can too. Try being original for once you stupid metal kid.

I can say all of this without blinking, but that’s just because I don’t like metal that much. They do what they do and they do it well! And you have to respect that. I can’t get behind a drum kit and blast like some of them can, and I’ve been playing almost 10 years now!

But if we look at the South African market, we have to accept that metal won’t make it big at this stage, and unless you start touring with big international metal band you won’t make any real money, you will still need a day job and you won’t make money off record sales because your buddy who you gave one of the first copies for free already ripped it for all his buddies, and they did the same for their buddies, and in a week everyone has a copy without spending a penny.

But how is this possible? If every week you can go to a venue and listen to 20 different metal bands in one night and have a metal fest every month, why won’t metal make it then?

The answer is simple: People go out to get drunk and party, as long as they can do that they will go to shows, but they don’t give a shit who you are therefore they won’t buy your CD or recommend other people to listen to you. So they will pay 50 bucks for a show, but that’s just to get to the bar.

And it is not just metal.

We all are suffering. Which is very sad and wrong.

Why can’t independent bands get radio play like the big South African bands? Why do we need to suffer and they get all the shine?

It is simple once again. We don’t have any independent radio stations in our country. Yeah we have campus radio but they mostly play the big bands anyway so small local bands don’t really get any from that.

In the States and Europe they have radio stations that only play metal or punk or indie. And that is what we need to start off with. Then we need big Indie fests, rock fests and metal fests! Don’t play around and mix up the genres! Get your music playing with your music.

But don’t just care about your genre. Push other bands even if they are not metal. Promote other events even if they only play house music or dub step. Go to a party were everyone only listens to Afrikaans sokkie. Don’t be scare to support South African music because you never know who you will meet and become friends with.

A Letter to Ignorance

A letter to Ignorance.

Our nation is in a state of panic. The people are rising up, fighting their municipalities and police forces. Why? Is it because they do not receive proper service? Or are they fighting injustice happening all over South Africa. For peace, equality and justice?

On one side we have the poor, setting alight to tires and burning down schools because they do not receive some basic services like trash pick-up. But obviously it is deeper than just basic services.   And then you have the “protestors” claiming they are fighting for freedom and equality on the other side. Who, after a video addressed to our president Jacob Zuma made by a internet bases group Anonymous was released onto Youtube, formed and started “recruiting” members.

We first have to look at what really drives a protest in South Africa. Who would normally protest and what will they protest?

In South Africa we will have huge protests driven by unions, almost always about money.

And then you get people protesting a bad living environment and lack of service delivery.

Then we get the novelty protestors. Protesting on behalf of the whales or to legalize weed and junk like that.

And lastly we get the “TBSA” protestors as I like to call them.

South Africa is famed for their constant union protest. We recently had a very big and harmful strike from the educational union, who scarred and hindered thousands of pupil’s education, just because they wanted a raise. We have to respect teachers and the fact that they are not well paid, but at what price? Is it really acceptable to keep thousands upon thousands of students away from education just for a raise?

We understand their argument and they do deserve more than what they are getting, but here is a theme that will appear throughout my argument, HOW ARE YOU HANDELING IT? What route did they take to achieve their goal to get a bit more money to survive our modern financial state?

Then we move on to the protestors who lives in a handmade shack and who has to dig and use a simple hole as a toilet. Those are the protestors close to my heart. And I will rather support them than any other movement or protest for the simple reason that they have nothing left to lose except their lives. They don’t care about what political party grunted at that political party or what Malema sang about the Boere, no. They only care and they only want clean water, a place with solid walls and a working sewage system where they can clean themselves.

People who will protest and ruin streets and cars just to get more money out of the government are selfish junk and should be treated as such, but those who will stand and fight for something as basic as clean water, they should be given everything everyone ells wants.

But we can’t let them run around tearing down schools and burning tires forever. What happened in Ficksburg was a very grim event. And the police who were wrong needs to get the full penalty of the judicial system. They can argue that was in self defense and I will argue and ask where their rubber bullets are. But encouraging   this behavior in a way by saying that “the police are out to get everyone”, “they can do whatever they want” or even “we should all kill the pigs (police)” will only provoke violence and more incidence like Ficksburg.

Clearly something needs to be done! We can blame the president, we can blame the government. But what are we going to do? We can keep on placing blame here and there until the cows come home for tea but that won’t help even the smallest mouse.

I will briefly talk about the novelty protestors.

The whales are important.

Weed is a drug, end of story.

Gay people have more right to dance in the streets half naked than you have to protest against their freedom of choice.

Not too long before the Ficksburg incident, a video was released. Everybody did see it. So I won’t talk too much about it.

The video was from the group called “Anonymous” and it was addressed to our president, stating that he is a bastard and South Africa is a shitty place to be in. And that the government is responsible for all the deaths and rape and AIDS. This is a fair statement. We are not the perfect nation and we, like most countries, have a lot of flaws.

And from that video arose a group, purely based on the social network Facebook, called Taking Back South Africa or like I mentioned earlier “TBSA”.

A group who claimed to fight for freedom and change.

I was excited. Finally a group that wants change, in a kind of punk why that I love so much. I was ready to get my big protesting board and hat ready for some real change in our beautiful land!

But that excitement quickly died out as the group grew. Their motives became unclear and it became clear that they did not know what they want or what to do.

It is at this point in my argument that I will say that I am not out to destroy Taking Back South Africa or anything like that, I am merely stating my opinion and what I believe they are doing wrong. I will be harsh and unforgiving.

I have been debating their motives and ways lately on their Facebook page and some followers, which in some cases got a bit heated. But I believe that my questions and arguments were not unreasonable because it only challenge their ignorance and laziness.

One of my first few questions was about what they plan to do:

  • “Once united we will take to the streets of our country” I asked how they want people to “take to the streets” and I am still waiting for an answer. There are so many ways you protest; most of those ways involve violence. Can you change a nation by using violence? Yes, violence bring on change but not with violence. The violence of the Apartheid government grew so much that it brought on a new South Africa, with peaceful negotiations and political planning from both parties, black and white.
  • The second thing I questioned was the articles they post on their page. Everything was about violence and horrific crimes brought on by protestors in other countries. You will scarcely see anything about South Africa, and that was my question: Why are you so focused on what happens over there?  And I pointed out that people who doesn’t really understand the concept of peaceful protest will take these articles as a template on how to react.
  • I also stated that “And you support Gaddafi, why?” and they did, for the first time give me a clear answer. “Werner firstly regarding Gaddafi, we do not support him and have expressed support from the beginning in principal with the people’s uprising against him. That however doesn’t mean we support NATO and American interference.” This is a fair and good answer. My only trouble with that is that they don’t know who they are supporting because even the people in Libya either supports Gaddafi or some form of NATO and American interference because they know they  need help.

After a few other questions and arguments, one of their members who has access and the privilege to comment as Taking Back South Africa step over the line…

I stated once more that if they protest it should be non-violent protest referring to Mandela and so on. But the he/she, in my opinion, insulted every last South African who wants a peaceful change for good:

-“Non violence in the face of oppression is usually an indication of impotency or     cowardliness.”

Taking Back South Africa Rep.

I will admit, my reply was not that mature as are most of my replies that I make and have made since that quote.

An indication of impotency or cowardliness?

Big words.

I did start revering to the fact that Gandhi only preached non violence. And I gave them a great quote which Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love…Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding.”

And the reply what I got was just as shocking:

“We don’t worship people and Gandhi, Martin Luther King and even Nelson Mandela for that matter are only glorified by corporate media because they posed no real threat to them in the long run.”

-Joe Afrika

I had to get my glasses to make sure that what I was reading was real! A kid telling me that the great work Dr. King, Gandhi and even Nelson Mandela did on this earth was for nothing? Just a small inconvenience?

It was at that point I had to wait before I re edited my reply to a more family friendly comment.

And it was at this stage that I wrote this play group off as just a bunch of teenagers who are ignorant enough to believe in conspiracy theories but who them self are too lazy to do proper research.

And that word, “Research”, brings me to my main argument with this “organization”.

-This page intends to gather, unite and inform South Africans of all races of the failure of the government to provide the basic requirements of a stable and free society. Once united we will take to the streets of our country and claim our real freedom from a government that has for too long been ignoring its citizens fundamental demands while telling the world that we are a “Rainbow Democracy””

That is what they have as their description on Facebook. It sounds good, aggressive, right! But when I first asked what kind of research and planning they have done, they told me that they post a bunch of article on their page. This is funny because the same “corporate media” Joe Afrika revered to in his comment about Gandhi and DR. King, is the same corporate media they rely on and see as their facts and research.  I cannot deny that the guys at News24, Mail And Guardian and Eye Witness News are doing a great job reporting the news, but a few article can not in any light count as research. Like I explained; to copy and paste an article is like a high school student copying work from the internet and handing it in as his own work. It is not research it is laziness!

And this is the crux of everything I have mentioned.

We need change. We need people to gather and bring change.

We as a nation can do it.

But we first have to sit down, look at what is wrong. Then we ask question like “What can we do?” when we have answered our questions we do research to be able to plan. After planning we move on to doing.

The only why we will be able to make this nation truly great is with

  • planed political debate
  • planed social debate
  • planed service debate
  • planed public protest.

I leave you with this quote:

“If ignorance is bliss, why aren’t there more happy people in the world?”

-Stephen Fry