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It did not take the ANC very long to trample Mandela’s “never, never, never”

(Debate in Parliament: Establishing shared values in a polarised, diverse society to promote nation building so that everyone will feel secure)

Over the past 28 years, the ANC has obliterated the encouraging statements former President Nelson Mandela made on nation building with its words and actions dividing and destroying the country.

In his inauguration speech on 10 May 1994, Mandela said, "Out of the experience of and extraordinary human disaster that lasted too long, must be born a society of which all humanity will be proud."

And, "Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world."

But what did the ANC government do? The elderly and sickly and vulnerable are abandoned while minority rights are trampled.

Provinces failing to pay social grants on time, people dying in hospitals, children being deprived of the right to receive education in their mother-tongue are all daily occurrences.

Exceptional white students are prohibited from studying to become doctors or nurses simply because of their skin colour. And the current crisis with the shortage of doctors and nurses is the tragic consequence of this.

The level of diversity in South Africa makes it a world contained in a country.

Communities do not have to be polarised, as they currently are, but the government and parties like the EFF are constantly putting up more walls between communities.

The consequent reality is a new form of apartheid, where one is privileged at the expense of another.

Some, like the Afrikaner, are blamed for everything that goes wrong, but everything was in perfectly good working order when the ANC took over and started its rule of destruction.

Examples include Eskom, the SAA and all the other state-owned enterprises that have been destroyed and run into the ground by incompetence, mismanagement and corruption. It is increasingly resulting in the collapse of critical infrastructure.

The ANC's onslaught on minorities is evident in the current tug of war regarding the name of the Afrikaans Taal Monument and Museum (ATM).

It proves that the ANC government grudges minorities, and Afrikaans speakers in particular, having their own identity and it also confirms that the ANC has no concept of what "diversity" means in South Africa's national motto of "Unity in Diversity".

The government must rather see diversity among the people of the country as an asset and grant everyone their place in the sun.

What is currently happening in South Africa leaves one involuntarily wondering, is this really what Mandela meant when he said, "Never, never and never again …"?

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