Reports of corruption among state personnel from the national to the local levels abound and are obvious for all to see. The final point then must be one of confronting the fear and passivity of putting across alternative discourses.
Working with our leaders is not new to us. The unequivocal message from this rebuke is that there are consequences to barbaric behavior in a civilized world. Vincent, L. In the study participants stated that some men employ violence to instill fear in others in order to get respect.
Kaufman eds. Morrell, R. By the kind of situations that they come from he was talking about the structural wretchedness of black lives.
It starts so early. The stylised appearance of Black masculinist invulnerability is thus a compensation for pervasive insecurity in their lives, an insecurity which is both psychological and material.It takes patience, focus and perseverance. Short term growth. It has been said that there is nothing as toxic as an economic elite that owes its wealth and influence directly to those in power. This dominance has not been unconnected to a schizophrenia characteristic of the new Black ruling elite which, on the one hand, wishes to assert its Africanness vis-a-vis the old ruling elite of Whites, but which concurrently asserts stridently its adherence to a Western culture of neo-liberal economics and politics. Therefore, to employ the concept of hegemonic masculinity tout court in trying to understand Black men is not always useful as some Black masculinities may simultaneously be prevalent and subordinate positionings. Within South Africa there is a significant gap in the lack of opportunity and representation of women within the economic and political sphere, which directly correlates to their poverty. The prevalent idea here is that our country is not really in Africa and that our intellectual and cultural frame of reference is in the United States and Europe. To this must be added the view that South Africa must be celebrated as it is the envy of the world as it has managed a reconciliation process successfully. It is a fear that is also inter-generationally transmitted. It paid off on April 27, The politics associated with this discourse are invariably founded on the notion that migrants from Africa are here to take and not to give. They are at the root of all aggressive behavior and violence. Seedat et al. However we soon realized that things were not going to be as easy as we expected. In other words, state institutions have, in the past, provided legitimacy to the kind of behaviour we have been seeing today.
Africa is the place of the other.