The Hypocritical African Nightmare
 
One of the most critical major issues that we as Africans are suffering from is what is referred to as the crab mentality wherein members of a group will attempt to reduce the self-confidence of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress. This is one of the reasons why 24 years into democracy we are still unemployed, poor and landless. 

When someone like Julius Malema comes along and tries to free us from this mental slavery state we look at him as being too radical (in defense of colonial and apartheid perpetuated structures and institutions that not only promote white imperialism and white monopoly capital but also dehumanizes the black man) and this is our problem we mistake the shepherd for the wolf and the wolf for the shepherd. 

"If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle." ~ Sun Tzu 

The African must first be taught on his history and identity (how he was dispossessed of his land and forcefully removed from his identity) so that he can liberate himself from the shackles of mental slavery. Despite the fact that South Africa has one of the most ingenious constitutions in the world it will remain just that a parchment until we the people of South Africa black and white can implement it. If democracy means equality then why don’t we have equality?  [To be continued]