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In less than two years we will mark two decades since South Africa became a democracy. While much reflection will focus on the democratic gains or losses of that period, we are unlikely to examine our success in the journey towards nationhood. Beyond rhetoric, nation-building remains stillborn.
Our present national reality is a construction premised on what we were against, rather than what we desire. The aspiration was and continues to be that of a society whose people are not racist or not sexist. The fixation is with the negativity that arose out of our apartheid and colonial past.
While we have been successful at trying to change laws to prevent a recurrence of past injustices, we have not been successful in influencing voluntary individual behaviour. There are no signs that there are conversations happening in the realm of the private spaces, in communities, and other close-knit social networks about what at that level needs to be done to attain a different future, positively stated.
It is as if we are a people with no fresh dreams and courage to make them happen. Despite excellent gender equality policies, patriarchy is still dominant, and to date the task of responding to it has been left to feminists. Racism was supposed to have been banished in but it is still very much alive today.
Gender discrimination against women, in many spheres of South African life is still very common.
We have claimed all these aspirations and in reality failed dismally at progress in realising them. Most disconcerting is the realisation that the worst culprits appear to be those who belong to a generation that ushered in the democratic change in South Africa.
In some ways this demonstrates the extent to which our transition was more a convergence of circumstances than a voluntary realisation on both sides that a better society was needed.
The astonishing hypocrisy that has characterised our public space since, in respect to racism and gender equality for instance, is partly indicative of this.
To date not a single person has publicly attempted to construct an image of an archetypal South African. What kind of traits do outsiders see in us that mark us out as South Africans?
While it cannot be universal and applicable to every citizen, such a construction would be a powerful instrument for nation building. In simple language it describes the individual and collective characteristics that form the pillars of national identity.
Instead we have a baffling celebration of non-hood. This is the result of a missing social theory that makes sense of our unique circumstances and responds to the realities of our divided past. It is indicative of our tendency to celebrate mediocre leadership that is unable to paint a picture of a future people across social fissures can be excited about.
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However, because of the opposition of the urban middle class they did not propose a return to conservative, Afrikaner nationalism and national socialism. What defines our South African identity?
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