My expectations in 1994
I must say that what I expected to happen after the 1994 elections and what actually happened could not be more removed. There was a time that I saw us on the road to becoming a 1st world country.
I hated it when someone said to me that we lived in a 3rd world country. I was 28 years old and having done my 2 years in the army, had studied for a year, had worked for a few years and generally changed my political views to such as extent that I almost joined the ANC.
I wanted to see the country grasp the notion of capitalism, freedom of speech and movement, everyone would have a house with running water and electricity, those dreaded shacks would disappear and with proper education most of the citizens of our country would have jobs and earn decent money. I still believe that we almost got there, but we didn't! I still think that the process to get there was made a lot difficult than it had to be.
Can you imagine what we could have achieved with the money that has been wasted? I can go on about the things that are wrong with this country, but I choose to look optimistically at the future and say that we must never let one party decide what is good for us, we must never let one party decide how our money is spent and above all we need to have someone in government to look out for best interests.
I cherish the day, in the not too distant future when parliament sits to pass a bill and a lot of hands shoot up and say,"hold on a minute, is this the best thing for the country"?
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