Little cheer for April 27

YESTERDAY - April 27 - should have been the happiest and most celebrated day in the history of South Africa.

YESTERDAY - April 27 - should have been the happiest and most celebrated day in the history of South Africa.

But at least 58 percent of our compatriots were lucky to be able to share a loaf of bread.

Some had nothing to eat for the whole day. Countless others shivered through the cold night in makeshift homes.

The promise from the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as our first democratic president on April 27 1994, is a distant dream.

More and more people are falling into this web of hopelessness.

Like during apartheid days, colour circumscribes the geography of our lives.

Blacks live in unkept townships; the area in which a school is situated determines if your child is going to pass or fail; and whites still carry the money bags.

Blacks have attained political freedom while economic freedom remains the preserve of our white counterparts.

Unfortunately our democracy has also unleashed a wolfish instinct in some blacks for a wild rush for personal wealth.

They have impoverished the Reconstruction and Development Programme of Mandela.

The past few weeks have not helped our hopes, with racism showing its ugly head.

As a result our days are fast becoming a tearful reminder of our sad past.

Miraculously, the centre is still holding.

We must add integrity to our democracy to talk of any future - and be optimistic about April 27.

President Jacob Zuma must rid government of corrupt officials or soon we will be singing Cry, The Beloved Country.

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