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Listen to the children

Jan 23 2013 12:37
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Screen grab of the controversial FNB ad. (Picture: Supplied)

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Fin24 user Mike Hilton was one of many who sent in comments on reports that FNB has bowed to political pressure on its controversial ad campaign. He writes:

Dear Editor,

I think the FNB ad campaign is truly brilliant and must not be withdrawn because of the outcry from those who have interpreted it as an affront to the ANC or its government.

The truth often hurts... as it obviously has on this occasion... and hopefully it will become a wakeup call to those who do have the power to bring meaningful change to our society. 

I do hope they will listen instead of trying to apportion blame... why one earth do they accuse children of treason when almost every act of crime, wanton destruction, looting, theft, rape, mismanagement of public funds, disruptive strikes and murder are allowed to happen without comment and in almost total silence.

Are the critics mad?  No, they are part of the cause of the decay in our society.

If you think back to 1976 when the youth rose up against oppression...maybe the ANC is afraid that today's youth will also rise up against today's oppression - from its own chosen government and its own people... more must be done and it is campaigns like this one (FNB) that highlight the plight and the need... the ANC must listen to the words of the children carefully... and if they do, they will hang their heads in shame for letting them down and abondoning them.

Children need to be encouraged, nurtured and protected - not attacked by a paranoid and fast-becoming insecure minority.

I am currently not in South Africa, but my children are... and they are proud of the country of their birth, but not of the way it is developing since the hopes and aspirations of the Rainbow Nation were first voiced in 1994. I am sure Mandela and Mbeki and so many others are equally disillusioned the way everything seems to be heading at this time.

Listen to the children, they are the future! Listen to the children, it is their future that is being threatened and destroyed before they can even become a part of it and add their contribution.

I am a (white) pensioner and I cannot help much - except to give my wholehearted support and encouragement. To Kelly Baloyi... you were nervous, but you were brilliant... and your message came over as being very sincere... I wish you every success for the future... you have a great start! I am proud of you.

With my sincere best regards,

Mike Hilton

 - Fin24

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