Today in South Africa there is a known fear that is slowly creeping back into our consciousness or perhaps should we say hatred for the ‘other’ for that matter. The powers that be has appealed to the masses that they must harness the positive energy from the remnants of the effects of the FIFA 2010 World Cup in each other to instill a feeling of African Unity, camaraderie and sharewood.

This fear that is supposedly creeping back into our society, one will agree, is a demonstration of a problem that has remain latent and dormant all throughout the World Cup. One should find it interesting that during the matches none of the visitors were threaten in any way. There were a few mishaps here and there, the media has reported, but one should not fail to acknowledge the efforts and delivery of SAFA, the LOC, FIFA as well as countless of man and women who, in the midst of criticism and uncertainty have delivered a superb tournament to us and the rest of the world.

Even I my self have to admit that I never thought that our country would be able to host the cup. Yes that is a tone of self confession right there. But I am happy today to ride (I did not mean write) these words and proclaim – South Africa is a great country. There is goodness in us. There are countless capabilities inherent in us, we are a gifted nation.

The cynic perspective that pervade my pen about a year ago has been solely based on unresolved issues that were there in our country before the commencement of the tournament and that remain to be there to this day. As for whether it was necessary to host the tournament I will like to point out that yes – it was necessary. For infrastructure development that we saw happening in terms of the stadia that we have inherited, the influx of tourism that took place and the projected tourism coming away in the future. Most importantly there is a heightened effect that one picks up today as the dust clear for the hype that took place, that South Africans can be united.

Now in the face of our latent hate for the ‘other’, to be specific for our African brothers and sisters who have come to our country due to numerous reasons, high ranking amongst them war and its biggest allies economic collapse, we bare our fangs for the sucking.

Are we so monstrous? The remaining part of this year ought to prove this to us, but more importantly to the world. If we have been hospitable to the sojourners who were here during the tournament how hard it is to be accommodative to those who have been denied by matters beyond their control a democratic state like ours?

Should we fail to transcend this latent hate of ours and explode to what we saw in 2008 we would prove one thing to the world, that we are backward and barbaric, that we are not peace loving people. Most importantly we will prove our very nature to our selves. That we are unsure of what we represent.

‘Look at them, such a shame, a people with a beautiful country and capability to host international events but a people who have made pact with evil itself’

will be the world mantra when it comes to South Africa. Let us stop it. Let us preempt hate thought. It is possible. A unified thought wave is easily achievable. Remember 11 June? Remember the blowing of the whistle when the Rainbow Warriors battled it out with Mexico? A nation was united, a continent was in harmony and a world applauded us following the grant opening. Remember when the boys fell in Tshwane, the mixed feelings? But then remember the rising of the Black Stars and how we united and rallied as a continent behind them? Why is it difficult to acknowledge this love for our selves, for Africans? We did it for the world it is time that we do it for our selves, for Africa – let us have one consciousness and dispel self hate. You may point out economic competition between us and foreign nationals, I would say to you that you have not even began to formulate an African solution if this is your thought pattern.

14 July

© Mmutle Arthur Kgokong 2010