I know my letter might have come a bit too late as your exams are over and all that is left is that long wait for freedom to come in the newspaper with EVEYONE watching. I want you to know that, you really need to have passed your final year of studies with flying colours, not only for your sake but for the good of the country. I know, I know! It may seem like you have such a huge weight on your shoulders and that you are too young to have such an enormous burden to carry, but quite frankly our country needs you.
We need you to scrape up the little reputation and measly positive image we might still have left from what was the highlight of the decade …the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
If you look back at the glam and glitz the soccer brought us last year, it’s obvious that we really did mess up this year. I mean, we were the best place to be, we have a beach, fancy stadiums, a rich culture and Terry Pheto! It does not get better than that. Now this year, eish we are back to being THAT country. So dear students, pupils, scholars, uniform wearers, mall fillers or whatever the government calls you, you have to have excelled this year and this is why…
The world has this year seen us as the country that produced the fallen ANCYL president Julius Malema, who later turned on the president and openly disrespected anyone and everyone older than him.
Our very own policemen killed an innocent protestor Andries Tatane. We are the people that send young drug mules to Asian countries. We are also the bunch that proudly hire South African people to publicly sing or rather butcher our own national anthem on the world’s stage, twice. We are known as the country that almost (I said almost) won the Rugby World Cup. We are seen as the place where couples who don’t really want to be married to each other come and hire hitmen to do the job (Dewani trial). Our celebrities bleach their skin to look “beautiful”,
I hope someone hears my plea. Urgent and major damage control is needed here, and you are the only hope we have of sealing off this rubbish bin of a year with a pretty ribbon. I am so sorry if I am coming across as insensitive but this is the sound of desperation here. Please pass well so that at least I know you guys make us seem like there will be a glimmer of hope and success for 2012. I do not condone stealing Matric exam papers or copying from each other, but I do hope you studied hard to lift the SA flag higher and taken one for the team.
Poppy Pops Vilakazi