Thursday, July 3, 2014
What can Cyril Ramaphosa add to the ethnic debate in Sri Lanka?
Cyril Ramaphosa is a potential Presidential candidate and is likely to become the next President of South Africa. The government has therefore agreed to permit his visit and appear civil to Cyril, despite the protestations of their Coalition partners, the JHU and NFF. Further we may need south Africa's help in the international sphere and do not wish to upset a few friends we have, as Jacob Zuma is a fellow despot in a smaller scale!
Of course the noise made by both of them far outweigh their electoral importance, and as such our Media should be castigated for even reporting what Warnasighe for the JHU says or what Weerawansa pontificates as that is totally irrelevant to the debate.
The visit is for the administration to fool the South Africans, and what is the bet he will leave with a lot of nice things to say about MR and his Govt. as they will say everything Cyril wants to hear and as is quite usual do quite the opposite. This is a tried and tested drama as it relates to foreign visitors coming to Sri Lanka to give their two cents on the impasse that is Sri Lanka. The ball is in the Govt. court to solve the problem and they can if they so wish, but they have NO INTENTION of doing so as they believe it is better electorally not to solve it for their longevity.
When we have a Govt. in power that is NOT concerned about the people who live in it what can we say that will help the state of play other than to quickly get rid of this Govt. Sadly we are not powerful enough to do so, and at present the people of Sri Lanka are completely under the spell of lies perpetuated by the Govt.
Being held hostage to this drama is not in the best interests of this country, but ALL SRI LANKANS are hostages here.
Let us hope that Cyril will be able to use his charm, that he used so eloquently in the negotiations to ensure that were able to end apartheid on our stubborn leaders to be less stubborn and sort out a very simple problem even when one looks at the ongoing problems South Africa faces today. We should be in a position to advise South Africa and not the reverse.
As long as we have these despots in power it is likely to be a long haul to be free from international interference. It is ironic that the man who says that they can solve their own problems will have to deal with international outcry until he leaves office, and then all problems will be solved. So he is the cause of international interference. He will not understand, but let us hope that the people will sooner rather than later.