Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Why the Poor Always Vote ANC

21 June, 2011

Things HAVE changed in South Africa. For the past 12 years the economy was running smoothly, our debt was very low and the lives of many started to change.

But then some saw it fit to start demolishing the forward trend by looting. So now you have millions whose lives had started to change supporting the looters, because of what they have seen can be achieved by a black government.

And those who were still in line to get a house, a job or an education will always feel hard done by. Those who feel they were overlooked have issues with the current government.

Nine out of 10 blacks will say the government is doing well since they have an RDP house or have running water or get a grant - things many did not get in the past as they were either TBVC citizens and did not qualify for these services.

They also were not allowed to come and stay in South Africa of their birth, because they were now TBVC citizens and were so called “foreigners”. Life was hard for them as most of the TBVC areas were rural, with a high poverty, illiteracy and unemployment rate.

Also human rights abuses were the order of the day, as tribal chiefs were a law unto themselves.  So who can blame them if they can’t see anything wrong with the government officials misappropriating a million rands here and a billion there?

For them it’s nothing as it does not affect them directly, for they don’t pay for water, school fees and other amenities. They are only concerned about having a roof over their head and a job - no matter how little it pays.

For them it’s about being able to face their family as a breadwinner. It’s these little things that make many vote the way they have been voting for years.  It will take a major stuff up by government for these people to see the reality of what corruption can do. And most importantly it will have to affect them directly for them to do something about it.

Also it will have to be a person within government or the ruling party who alerts them to the problem, not an opposition party or any other race. In Setswana it’s called “go mpampetsa” which means defending your kin.

In a nut shell that’s what will make a poor person sleep with the devil, as long as he has a job and a full belly.

South Africa definitely needs better leaders. Ones who are serving the best interests of the nation as a whole rather than their own narrow political interests by playing power games. Better leaders will be able to focus on providing what the nation needs rather than what the leader himself wants - more power.......

Education. Not saying all the poor are uneducated but educate the nation and I guarantee you they will not vote ANC. Thats why the government don't take schooling seriously. 

The poor always vote for the anc due to the lack of knowlwdge...they believe all the things that the government offers come from the anc. child grant, rdp, them, the anc is the source. They have no inkling idea, that these are made available by all south africans who work, and make this country governable. Educate the poor on these basic truths, the anc will lose the next election by the biggest margin ever.....

Educating the masses is the only way out of the ANC ditch but sadly the ANC feeds on illiteracy and ignorance.
When you have nothing, it's easy to follow the person who promises the most. With the ANC making all the promises, the poor have nowhere else to look, but to the ANC. Without proper education they will never learn to look beyond the rhetoric and question what the ANC promises.
Each time a promise is made, a question should be asked. If Zuma promises JOBS, the poor should respond: "How? What is the plan to create these jobs? Where will the training come from? Where will the money come from to fund the training?". If he promises HOUSES, they should ask: "Where will these houses be built? When will we get the houses? Who will build the houses? How will we afford the houses?" etc. 

Instead of asking questions of the ANC leadership they just cheer wildly and go back to accepting their lot in life until the ANC bigwigs decide to visit for votes again.

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