To grow a government
To grow a government
As we approach the next round of national elections we find many South Africans threatening to forfeit their vote. Some feel that their vote will not change the outcome; others have lost faith in the system - that whoever is in power will only line their pockets and abuse their position.
Then of course there are the dedicated supporters who will vote for their party come rain or shine. Even supporters of a majority party still keep pushing their party to gain as many votes as possible, regardless of how many they have already.
What none of these groups realise is that they lose the ability to manage their government. When there is absolutely no chance that you will lose your position you can do what you like, when you like and spend the "company money" on anything you wish.
This is the position that an overwhelming majority-government finds itself in and it is unfortunately a breeding ground for mismanagement and corruption.
What such a government needs is something to lose.
We, the people that elect a government to serve us, need to also put in place a balance to ensure that our government does not become complacent. Why do we need this? One reason and one reason alone - it will make them better.
Most successful democracies run on a knifes edge. Take a look at the USA - Democrats 53%, Republicans 47%. If a minister is suspected of lining his pockets or the party makes an ill considered move, public vote might swing by a mere 3%. But 3% is enough to cost them all their jobs and put the other party in power.
This balance ensures that whatever they do, they do well and they police themselves internally because everyone's job is at stake. All the I's are dotted and T's are crossed.
At the end of the day I honestly don't care who is in government. It can be the ANC, DA, IFP or anyone for that matter, as long as they are doing a good job at it. Who cares what they call themselves? The essence of it is this: in order to do a good job and be ever improving they need to be challenged. They need to be walking on thin ice all the time.
I dare say that we, the people, are currently mismanaging our government. We are giving them free reign to do as they please, and like a child without boundaries they will not grow, but turn into delinquents instead. We are failing them and in turn failing ourselves.
The ANC have not done a horrific job at running the country, and I wouldn't mind if they stay in power for the next 100 years, but there are obviously a few serious issues we would like them to address. Let's give them motivation to iron out these creases.
So, if you are disillusioned and have lost faith in the system, vote for an opposition party. If you love the ANC and truly wish for them to grow into world-class leaders, vote for an opposition party.
And if they ever ask for more than a few percent lead over the opposition, then question their motives. Why would they what want a monopoly? Why do they want all this unchecked freedom and what good can come of it?
But, above all, exercise your right and responsibility and vote.
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