In less than 24 hours, millions of us will visit polling stations around the country with the dream that our votes will change the country for the better. We have dreams that our votes can actually accomplish its goal of providing a better future for all South Africans. There is one problem however, and it is the African National Congress.
From their humble beginnings on the January 8 1912 to June 26 1955 when the freedom charter was adopted to April 27 1994 when all South Africans were finally free to cast their vote. They were the invaluable element which freed South Africa from its state of oppression and this has resulted in the rights to freedom, rights to education, and the right of living in a democracy where each and every South African can be equally respected.
Sadly, this is not the case. In the 17 years gone by since the ANC first took over as our government, they have diverged further and further away from the ideals that the founding fathers of the ANC sacrificed their lives for. They have fallen so short of the goals in the Freedom Charter that they cannot even identify what the first proclamation states, which is “The People Shall Govern”.
The Freedom Charter states under that “All people shall be entitled to take part in the administration of the country; the rights of the people shall be the same, regardless of race, colour or sex; all bodies of minority rule, advisory boards, councils and authorities, shall be replaced by democratic organs of self-government”.
The current ANC is different to the ANC from two decades ago. It has obtained almost dictatorship status by using race as its sole draw card. It is a strategy that has worked every election since then and the people are worse off for it. This majority rule has enabled it to perform countless crimes against the people, starting with the inequality between races to the nepotism and completely despicable corruption we face today.
We are supposed to have the freedom to choose who we want as a government, we are supposed to be the democracy that our forefathers fought and died for. When Jacob Zuma tells his constituents in the ANC that the ancestors will be upset if they don’t vote ANC - what do we label that? It is known as intimidation. Ever since the start of the election campaigning, the ANC has gone negative against every other party in terms of their campaign strategy. They promised they will deliver if the people vote for them again, and again, and again.
From the previous municipal election to this one, some people around the country have started to realize that they need a government who can deliver.
They need a government who doesn’t misappropriate funds into its own pockets.
The people need a president who doesn’t have six wives and 30 kids whose lifestyles are funded by the people working from 08:00 to 20:00.
The sad part is that those who have now become educated have realised these facts, but we are not strong enough in numbers to go against the uneducated masses. It is enough though to ensure the ANC never gets the majority to impose their rule.
We need a government who realizes it is there to SERVE the people. We desperately need a government who has the nation’s best interests at heart. We have to have a government with civil servants who are selected based on merit, and not on skin colour. We need civil servants who are competent and are truly honest. We need a government who knows where the money actually comes from (hard working taxpayers). We need a government who is completely transparent in everything they do - total freedom of information.
If anyone has read the DA manifesto, their candidate biographies and visited their website for more information, they will realise that this party does represent the ideals spoken of in the freedom charter. No matter how much negativity they face from the ANC, they work harder and harder, delivering services, delivering results. If one reads their plans for the country, they will realise that the DA actually has a strategy for tackling the dire problems that the majority of South Africans face. The ANC will put their plans together after we vote for them (sic). They have woken the ANC up to the thought that they will be able to no longer rule with an iron fist.
Ask yourself the following questions and then decide who you will give your vote to:
1. Is the president of our nation someone who is involved in the largest corruption scandal in South Africa and was allowed to get off on a technicality?
2. Is the president of our nation a man who has unprotected sex and showers to wash the HIV off?
3. Is the ANC a party which has wasted at least R5bn of taxpayers’ money in order to drive fancy cars and stay in hotels that cost R30 000 per night?
4. Is the ANC a party which accused the DA of failing to enclose 51 toilets yet they have not enclosed over 2 000?
5. Can you vote for a party which disbanded an independent investigations unit for the fear of exposing their crimes and corruption?
6. Can you vote for a party who diminishes the value of education by lowering the pass marks to increase the pass rates?
7. Can you vote for a party that will prevent you from speaking out on their corruption due to the passing of new legislation?
8. Can you vote for a party whose character is embodied by Julius Malema?
9. Will you vote for a better future or for the party that wants to ruin it?
It’s a very exciting time in our nation (every five years) and I do hope that every person casts their vote in favour of a party that really deserves it.
I really hope South Africa becomes the country we all dream of.
From an idealist who still has hope that we can progress.