OPINION / 2 SEPTEMBER 2019, 10:38AM / LORENZO DAVIDS
Homeless people sleep on the streets outside the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town’s CBD. Picture: Henk Kruger/ANA Pictures
South Africa recently emerged from an intensely contested election period.
Our beautiful country is built on the hard work of millions of citizens in diverse industries – from underground mining to factory floors to board rooms – who labour to keep our country going and to hopefully result in a growing economy.
Looking back over the last 25 years we recognise that building a sustainable democratic state will continue to require such hard work.
When we stop doing the hard work and opt to embrace excessive lifestyles with no regard for others – especially the poor – we must understand from history that such behaviours have caused the fall of empires, including the Roman Empire and the Mughal Empire.
The Mughal Empire ruled Afghanistan and most of the Indian subcontinent between 1526 and 1857. It is said of it: “Becoming complacent in their military superiority, the Mughal emperors grew less interested in good governance and more interested in maintaining their lavish lifestyles and expensive court.”
* Lorenzo A Davids is chief executive of the Community Chest.