‘All the political parties make unrealistic promises’

2014-05-06 00:00

BEREA residents Sean and Leona Faulkner aren’t fooled by political promises. They are both pragmatic enough to believe that there will always be problems no matter who is in power.

They have made up their minds about their vote on Wednesday — even though they say the party they’ll vote for has “lied”about job creation. “We aren’t afraid to say who we will vote for. The DA has better policies although we do not agree with all of them but they are the best bet opposition against the ANC,” said Sean.

Leona said this was despite deceit from their chosen party. “What is evident is that all the political parties are making unrealistic promises in their adverts. How the can the DA claim creating six million jobs. They are lying to get your vote. More honesty would be appreciated.”

But Sean said the ruling party’s sins were greater — saying ANC had failed to act on corruption and “replaces one corrupt official with another”.

“The DA won’t win the election and the ANC will be in power for years to come but we believe the ANC must experience a sufficient dent in its majority in order for them to stop being so arrogant,” said Sean. “Crime, especially violent crime, and corruption is what we see as the biggest issues facing this country. People get killed for R10 yet there are not serious repercussions for criminals. They get released. I don’t have any faith in the police. They too are scared of the criminals,” said Sean.

He said the inability of district governments was equally worrying and that he is concerned for his daughters’ future in South Africa.

“My eldest is working three jobs and studying. She is driven but I am worried about the opportunities she will be presented with in this country because of her skin colour. She might have to go to Australia or the USA to find better prospects.”

Leona said she was concerned that a dominant single party could lead to a descent to Zimbabwe-style governance. “We both see a better future ahead for South Africa but it appears it will get worse before we are able to get over this hurdle,” said Leona.

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