Just when we are hoping our dear country was recuperating, Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini says SA is still a critically sick nation, needing urgent health therapists.
The Zulu king related his deep concern over the state of the nation as he described SA as a country sickened by a high loss of morality among government officials and general citizens.
Addressing traditional leaders during the grand opening of their provincial House of Traditional Leaders in Ulundi, the Zulu king touched on various controversial areas he believes the country has lost it.
One of such areas according to him, is the high level of negligence on the part of government health official which led to the loss of more that 100 mentally ill patients in Johannesburg.
The patients died after they were removed from the Life Esidimeni Health Care Centre to private facilities where they were apparently not taken care of. “Because of negligence and selfishness, such immoral acts are committed,” he said.
Another area touched by the Zulu king was the killings of leaders before and after local government elections which according to him, indicates that the nation has really lost its sense of morality.
“Yes, our country is sick if there is a parent who can report the kidnapping of her child to the police and when we all participate in the search for the baby, we find that it was not a kidnapping, but the act was within the family.
“This shows how low South Africans have dropped as they have lost respect,” he said.
Coming down to the crisis within the SASSA, the Zulu king said it was immoral of politicians to fail to find a solution to a situation that might lead to government grant beneficiaries not being paid at the month-end.
He advised South Africans to learn from the famine in Sudan, saying the leaders must meet to find ways of dealing with the drought and reserving food.
“South Africans would be stupid if they think that what is happening in South Sudan would never happen here, because there are signs that even in rich countries there are problems of poverty,”
He reiterated his call for social cohesion, which he said would deal with violence such as the killing of farmers, racist remarks and xenophobic attacks.
The description of the health status of the nation and the symptoms which the king pinpointed brings to mind comments by Ralph Mathekga, an independent political analyst and author of the book “When Zuma Goes”, who wrote on news24 columnist page that South Africa is increasingly gathering characteristics of state failure.
Mathekga, who described state failure as a situation whereby a country’s rule of law collapses and government loses legitimacy to make decisions and have its citizens obey those decisions, made mention of countries like Nigeria, Kenya and Senegal as examples of countries that has experienced state failure.
He said state failure does not take place abruptly, it creeps in slowly to a point where the entire state machinery is covered with this problem, just like waking up to a fog.
For a country like SA, the analyst said critical situations like the “illegal” appointment of Hawks boss Berning Ntlemeza and the crisis within the SASSA where the court yielded to government‘s relentless efforts to continue with a contract, are good pointers that the nation is tilting towards state failure.
“The courts are almost reaching that point of fatigue when the highest court in the land is given a false choice to either stop an illegal contract or allow it to continue because its immediate termination would harm the poor and vulnerable, then we have a crisis. This shows that our judiciary is reaching that point of fatigue,” he said.
“Even worse is the reality that Parliament and the executive are ganging up in perpetuating the collapse of the rule of law. This means that the judiciary is pitted against two arms of government.”
Nations usually deny that they are confronted with the reality of state failure because every nation thinks it is exceptional and things like state failure do not apply to them, until they say it was inevitable.
“When the executive is hell bent of defending illegality, we risk the situation where some important responsibilities that should be exercised by government end up being place under control of the courts and other institutions because government is failing to discharge its responsibility,” Mathekga ended saying as he warns citizens and government official to keep a watch against moves towards state failure.