AnomyThis word I like, as it sums up the situation and why it happened in the New South Africa. It is a precise sociological term attributed to a Frenchman, Emile Durkheim.
- 1. The collapse of the guiding social structures governing a specific society.
- 2. State of alienation experienced by a class or an individual resulting from such collapse.
- 3. Severe personal disorganization resulting in antisocial behavior.
These two men, de Klerk and Mandela, one an Afrikaner and one a Xhosa actually broke the back of a once very powerful nation and destroyed the basic moral guides of ALL the societies found in this very diverse land. Both sold out their very own people, one by virtue of giving away the land that Afrikaner believed was firstly his God given, and secondly he fought two wars in order to preserve what he had made of the “gift” God had given him. Mandela made a mockery of the Christian faith, with his hidden agenda as part of The South African Communist Party, and lied that his only interest was the betterment of all the people of South Africa, and giving those that had no rights before that privilege. He proved beyond a shadow of a doubt this was not true very early in his reign. One of the first things he did was prove that South Africa no longer had The Rule of Law, and the rights that concept would protect; laws were for people not within his inner circle of the ANC, not for him nor his family. The best example of this was the protection against the law of his wife, Winnie Mandela, on more than one occasion. The killing of Stompie and the cover ups of the Mandela Football Club is the best example. Where were the rights promised to that young boy?
Both received the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts, just like a few other notorious bad people in history passed.
4. The ultimate manifestation of anomy is…. Suicide.