Politics is meaningless

2009-07-17 00:00

I am one of the few people who may be considered to be stupid by some, because I honestly do not see the hype about politics. We hear about it in the news, we read about it in the newspapers and then we are bombarded with pamphlets, posters and road trips. Now the politicians are busy with campaigns trying to impress the public so that we can vote for them. But why is politics taken so seriously in the first place?

The way I see it, technology is the only thing that brings about decent change in our lives. We once cooked with gas stoves and now we have fitted fancy hobs that match our cupboards. We went from going down on all fours to scrub floors to vacuum cleaners that do the dirty work for us. Our great-grandfathers used to travel on horses, camels and donkeys but today we can purchase flashy cars which are constantly being improved. At some point we could only communicate via letters but now we are just a phone call away from each other. We enjoy the luxuries of microwaveable meals, hot and cold water, electric gates and air conditioning. It is technology that improves living conditions and it keeps getting better every year.

The only outcome of politics is murder, fraud and a whole lot of ill-mannered behaviour. Scams, secrets, dishonesty and underground dealings: that is what politics is about really. It’s about big stern-looking men and power-hungry women who make empty promises and pretend to have the country’s best interests at heart, while they live lavishly on our money. They beg us to vote for them and then they fail to deliver. This goes all the way from the president, right down to the councillors.

I recently heard a story on the radio about an old woman who lives with a toddler in a location called KwaMaphumulo. They live in a single room which is so tiny that their legs show outside the house when they are sleeping. They often do not have any food in the house, so she sometimes boils grass and leaves for them to eat. This woman is uneducated and old, so she cannot seek help for herself. She probably doesn’t even know there are such aids as child grants and a pension.

Isn’t it the councillor’s duty to ensure all the residents in the area are catered for? Wouldn’t it be a brighter idea to form a system where they could find out how many people do not have proper housing and how many people do not have food?

Instead hard-working individuals with big hearts end up stepping up and making donations to these people, taking them in and giving them the care and support that they need. After this old woman’s neighbour had called in on Ukhozi FM and told her story, independent business people and other members of society, who are also struggling to make ends meet, phoned in and offered their help. We have to take care of ourselves, our families and members of the community and still pay tax? Honestly!

Shouldn’t the people who are above these councillors in authority be following up with them, identifying the problems and finding ways to solve them? Who makes sure that the work is being done with the money that is given to these people? Who keeps records of the progress made on these projects? Who is not doing their job?

Every fifth year when the elections come, rich people appear on our televisions and make empty promises to the public so that they can get our votes.

Nelson Mandela was the last good man we know — a true president who had a vision. He did whatever it took to make that dream come true, knowing that it would benefit the black nation as a whole. Yes, people are different and we cannot compare any of today’s leaders with him, but none of them come close to the great man that he was. So instead of walking to the local hall to vote this year, I will be too busy trying to help the uneducated impoverished people of our country.

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