South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy this year and we have a lot to be thankful for.
The heady days of 1994 will never be forgotten when South Africa transitioned from white minority rule to a democratic nation without going through a civil war, a fate that many were expecting and predicting.
The leadership provided by Nelson Mandela played a large role in bringing the various political parties together in order to contest a free and fair election in 1994.
The following year the Springboks won the World Rugby Cup while in 1996, Bafana Bafana won the African Cup of Nations, both on home soil.
It felt that we as a national were invincible – we were capable of overcoming any challenges that came our way. We were proud to be the Rainbow Nation and had the respect of the entire world.
Yet, 21 years later, we have been rocked by xenophobia, farmers are getting killed while women are being raped and murdered and homeless children roam our streets.
There is a sense that democracy has not benefited all South Africans, with many still trapped in poverty with little hope of escaping the sheer effort of trying to survive.
There are not enough jobs, with the lofty ideal touted in the mid 1990’s of a 6 % growth rate being long forgotten.
And we are not free from criminals who seem to be operating with impunity in the suburbs and townships all over South Africa.
Corruption is institutionalised with many regarded the back hander as the way business is done in South Africa.
As South Africa celebrates 21 years of democracy, it is clear we do not have leaders, leaving South Africa direction less.
We had a great leader in Madiba, who put our people on the path to reconciliation. He understood what it took to be a leader and was prepared to provide leadership.
Sadly Mandela’s legacy has been abandoned with South Africans once again feeling feeling isolated and hopeless and fearful about the future of our land.
We need leaders in Government, leaders in Business and leaders in the Church to guide us in fulfilling the potential we all know we have as the Rainbow Nation.
“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion.
People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”