A sense of urgency is eating away at my stomach and lumping in my throat. I’m staring out the window at the town, but I feel as if I am drowning in a river of blood. Even the hot ‘berg wind blowing down from the mountains sounds sad and forlorn…
Spring is here, my favorite time of year – a time of lambs and buds… new growth in the forests… I should feel happy.
But my heart is full of dread… little lambs being born to be butchered, forests being felled.
Speaking of forests being felled… I moved back to SA end of 2013, having spent the last ten years in southern Mozambique. The logs leaving Maputo weekly defy belief… so huge you couldn't put your arms around them… off to China - the ships loaded down, headed for the motherland, carrying African resources and Africa's future with them.
It’s my greatest dread that China takes over the world – it gives me nightmares – I had a terrible nightmare once that my beloved dogs were on a spit for sale in a Chinese butchery. Let me say here and now there are many, many beautiful and wonderful Chinese animal activists. It’s the spirit/energy of China that I have a problem with. It feels like some big steel machine trampling over Earth, crushing all the little wildflowers underfoot, devouring everything, all the resources, until we’re left with a desert, burnt-out, used-up, tossed aside - a wasteland of shifting sands, and mocking echoes of rainfall.
I can’t remember who told me of a prophecy that South Africa would be the last refuge when the yellowmen took over the world. Maybe I wistfully dreamt it up to comfort myself in the dark hours. I pray for it to be true every night. Wishing it with all my heart. That there is a place that they cannot swallow up.
I never ever hear a political party, especially in Africa, standing up to China. I guess because China supported the liberation wars? (I don’t pretend to understand or judge the complexities of our African past). I just know that China is swallowing up Africa, and our beloved animals are dying out.
So – I seriously ADORE, with all my heart and soul, Prince Buthelezi for having the courage to stand up for the right of the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa – see below.
Once again the Inkatha Freedom Party have impressed me with their courage and honesty…. I LOVE them!!!!! Please world, pretty, prettiest please Universe, can IFP rule KwaZulu Natal again so I can lie down at night in peace, and actually get some sleep. Their emblem is the elephant – the gardener of the forest… enabling the forest to thrive... we need people in power with common-sense and that speak the truth if we're to have any hope for the future.
Sometimes I can't eat when I think of all the starving animals I am confronted with, scrolling down my Facebook animal advocacy groups. I don't know how, I just really don't know how, President Zuma goes to bed at night in his grand castle, whilst his people starve around him... the kids sniffing glue on the street corner not far from here. He could have fed half the country with that palace of his. Surely a leader should be someone that lets everyone else eat first, and then goes last to the table to dish up?
I believe in miracles. I believe if you pray or wish, whatever you want to call it, and call on a higher wiser Power that created this Universe that Mankind is so wilfully and stupidly destroying.. I believe that Spirit hears you... whatever we place our energy/focus on grows in strength...
So I am going to focus everyday on the Elephant governing KZN... that everybody returns home to the herd.... that we may live in a safe, thriving province, where people and nature and animals are held as sacred and honored, where everybody has enough to eat, and I can walk my child to the corner park with no fear. That will only ever happen if we elect leaders with integrity. Please, please world - THINK of how we live on Earth (which spells heart), REALISE we can change it by standing together and using our voices as a majority intent on living together in fairness, and honesty. ACT by placing the right people in the right places to change what is so dreadfully wrong and broken in our society.
IFP: DALAI LAMA VISA DEBACLE EXPOSES WEAK LEADERSHIP - 16 September 2014
During a visit to Mthonjaneni on Sunday, IFP President Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP berated Government for bowing to pressure from China in its unethical and unconstitutional approach to the Dalai Lama.
"They are barring a Nobel Peace Laureate from entering our country. Imagine a democratic country did this to Madiba or to Inkosi Luthuli? We would be outraged," said Prince Buthelezi.
However this is but one in a litany of examples of the ruling party compromising what is good, right and lawful to please its alliance partners, its funders and those to whom it owes political favours.
"We saw Government's policy of GEAR fall by the wayside when COSATU rejected it, and the NDP may well face the same fate," said Prince Buthelezi. "In the case of the Dalai Lama, the SACP made its mandate clear that Government must never allow this man with his 'perverted political agenda' into our country."
Prince Buthelezi was referring to a statement issued by the SACP last week claiming that the Dalai Lama sought secession for Tibet. It refused to be part of 'an agenda aimed at undermining the sovereignty and national unity of China', because, during the liberation struggle, China 'refused to recognise the apartheid agenda to balkanise our country'.
"This viewpoint is riddled with contradictions and ignorance," said Prince Buthelezi. "They fail to appreciate that by telling our Government to bow to China on this issue they are in fact supporting an agenda that undermines the sovereignty and national unity of South Africa."
"Tibet is not seeking secession," he said. "During the World Parliamentarians' Convention on Tibet, in Rome in 2009, the Dalai Lama made it clear that his Government-in-exile is no longer seeking the independence of Tibet, but merely a form of regionalized local autonomy."
More recently, Kalon Dicki Chhoyang, Cabinet Member in the Central Tibetan Administration, visited South Africa and explained the Tibetan struggle in these words, "Fundamentally, it is about a people's fight for its right to exist with its own distinct cultural identity and language within the provisions of the Chinese constitution. This includes the right to practice their religion openly and without hindrance from the State as permitted in all free countries. We are not seeking to secede from China."
"China may have refused to recognise apartheid's agenda of balkanisation, but as Chief Minister of KwaZulu I entirely derailed that agenda by refusing to accept nominal independence for KwaZulu. So shouldn't the SACP be urging Government to listen to Mangosuthu Buthelezi? Their politics is often poorly thought-out, yet it influences Government's agenda profoundly. This is a big problem," said Prince Buthelezi, "Government needs to show greater leadership."
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