There is a clear difference between South Africa(ns) and Nigeria(ns). In South Africa, they believe politics is local, whereas in Nigeria our belief is that politics is social.

South Africa’s citizens will hold their government accountable on the streets. To them, the government does not have the right to make the promise she will not fulfill, and you do not deserve their votes if your promise (manifestos) does not sit well with them. They will do everything possible to make sure the government delivers on her promise. They will offer to sacrifice with their lives. They will take to the streets. If Government still doesn’t listen, they will destroy every destroyable property of the government.

South Africans will never bow down to any intimidation from any of the law enforcement agencies of government until their demands are met, although they sometimes go overboard by involving foreigners in their fight against their governments. The illiterates among them will even blame foreigners who are medical doctors for instance as the reason they cannot secure jobs, a very funny scenario.

The pastors and the men of God will stand with the citizens. They don’t collect money from politicians. They don’t boast of having connections with politicians. They don’t force their citizens to pay Tithes in their churches. They will never preach to threaten their citizens that if they don’t pay Tithes, they will go to hell. They will never preach sogun dogoji kind of preaching (i.e. betting kind of preaching), where they tell their congregants to pay $1000 and receive a particular blessing from God. Their focus is on God. Most of the fake pastors operating in South Africa are foreigners from Nigeria, Ghana, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Congo, and some other neighboring countries. This does not mean South Africans are spiritually inclined. In fact, South Africa is a secular state. More than 90% of the population are Christians, yet the other minority religions are respected, no religion can claim being marginalized.

No church in South Africa, I repeat no church in South Africa will organize a church program during a work hour. Only the pastors and possibly the family members will attend such a program. Even when our so-called big men of God visit South Africa from Nigeria, they hardly get South Africa’s audience and the timing of the program is always after the hour (i.e. after office hours). South Africans believe more in hardworking than hard prayer. You get fired for not performing and get rewarded for good performance. South Africans hold their government responsible for lack of jobs, they don’t die in church asking God to give jobs they do not merit. Getting a job is not by connection, it’s by merit. And they won’t go to church to give testimony for getting a job they do not deserve, that they get because of the connection.

In South Africa, no employer is doing an employee a favor by employing him/her. Both the employers and employees do themselves the favor. The relationship is mutual. They both benefit from each other. Therefore, you cannot just fire an employee because you think you have the power to. Such an employer may regret her action if there is no valid reason to fire such employee.

South Africa has various ethnic tribes (Among them are Zulu, Xhosa, White Afrikaans, White English, Venda, Tswana, Tsonga, Pedi, Indians, Chinese, Jews, etc). The president of the country can choose his cabinet ministers from one tribe, and nobody will ever complain or shout nepotism. The reason is simple. They believe in performance more than ethnicity. To them, your tribe does not matter. What matters is your performance. And if such a minister or political appointee does not perform, the whole nation will shout until such a person is fired.

South Africa’s Media do not carry fake news. Investigative journalism is a beautiful job to behold in South Africa. They stand by their stories 100% of the time. This is because they do thorough investigations before they go to publishing. And if any media house or journalists does not follow the ethics of the media, the Press Ombudsman will deal with such a media house or person. I have spent 13years in South Africa, I have never seen a single case against the media won by the government.

If someone is accused of corruption, no one will shout witch-hunting. He or she must go to a competent court of law and clear his/her name. If he or she is found guilty, he will be dealt with appropriately in the ways and manner the law prescribes.

South Africans will never attack fellow citizens for his/her political affiliations or his/choice of political parties. They believe in debating issues, instead of attacking issues. They engage themselves and discuss the policies of the government among themselves. Where government has done better, they acknowledge it and where the government has not done well, they raise a point of order.

To be continued…… (Watch out for Part 2)


 Dr. Olalekan Samuel Ogunleye
Dr. Olalekan Samuel is a software developer, IT and ICT consultant, a lecturer and Public Analyst. He lectures and consults for various Universities in South Africa, Botswana, Swaziland, and Nigeria. He also consults and conducts IT and management training for various organizations across the continent. He is a public analyst on political and general issues.

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