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Dictatorships retard Africa's development: iLIVE

Lonwabo Busakwe, Khayelitsha | 2013-01-30 00:01:08.0
Government army FARDC soldiers stand in a military base in Goma December 3, 2012.
Image by: GORAN TOMASEVIC / REUTERS

Though liberated, many African countries still face civil wars, corruption, HIV/Aids and poverty.

The home of Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Thomas Sankara and many great sons of the soil, this continent is still hugely troubled.

Too many African leaders have failed to provide solid leadership and direction. Sadly, many have been caught up in corruption. Dictatorship seems to be one of the biggest demons keeping us from developing.

Africa has some of the greatest minds and talent, but we fail to use them. From the south to the north, leaders have put hunger for power ahead of the interests of the poor. Liberation movements are becoming irrelevant because they have drifted from their core values.

We must go back to our roots. We must not dwell on the pains of colonisation, but we must not forget where we come from. We should not blame apartheid for our laziness. We are in control now. We have to start loving one another.

Let us unite and fight tribalism and xenophobia. W e must encourage all black children to go to school. Those with knowledge must give back to their communities.

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