Democracy has brought with it a lot of rights to our country. They are all important in their own ways, but one of them takes a special place in my heart. That is the right to equality. It simply means that everyone, no matter their age, race, gender, culture, religion, or anything else is equal.
In most places this right is not put to action. There are still certain jobs and activities that are still known to be men’s or women’s jobs. What happened to 50-50? For example, we have Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana. They are both national soccer teams, and to be honest, Banyana Banyana performs way better than Bafana Bafana. But because it is soccer and it is known to be a sport for males, Bafana Bafana gets the most recognition.
There is still that thing that, “Mine work is for men and women can’t do it.” If we continue in that mind-set we won’t go anywhere. You find that a mine with a lot of female miners has a high production rate because those women want to prove themselves, and they work with determination. On the other hand, the men will not be giving it their all because it is a man’s work and women can’t cope.
As South Africans, we should just change our mind-set. We have had male presidents since forever, and we have barely seen change. We should just for once try voting for a female president. Maybe she would think about creating a better life for children and women and not think about building a big house while the country’s citizens are living in squatter camps.
Most countries with female presidents seem to be doing well. We should put it to the test. We must let go of our grandfather’s mind-set that men must lead and women must follow. We can’t watch our country go down as we are sitting back and becoming tails.
We are all people and we are equal. Regardless of our age, gender, race, culture, or religion. We are all human, and no one is above others. You are not God, so don’t judge. The only one that can judge is God since he created all.
Man cannot judge a fellow man because he doesn’t know his purpose. Let’s not make other people feel uncomfortable with living their lives and doing what they believe in. What we can do is try to understand why they are doing it and try to advise them if you feel that they are putting their lives and those of others in danger.
Let’s not divide South Africa. Let’s work hand in hand because divided we fall and united we stand. Working together we can do more.