Pretoria – True democracy would be achieved the day politicians started to fear the voters, Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, said on Sunday.
“The voters are the bosses, the politicians are not. The day politicians fear voters, is the day democracy is working,” he said in Mamelodi while on a voter registration drive.
“Therefore we must remind people that when you say you’re not going to vote, you’re abdicating your responsibility as a boss because you’re saying let other people hire people who will work for me.”
Maimane appealed to all South Africans to go out in their numbers to register for the local government elections scheduled for August 3. He said the country had to realise that the African National Congress was no longer doing what it was put in power to do.
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“Remember that when you vote, you hire government so that it can work for you. We have had enough of these ANC people. They are no longer working for the people, they are defending Jacob Zuma, and it’s all they are doing now. Their small skeletons is what is keeping them together. That is why we must come and vote them out,” said Maimane.
He added that people should not take for granted the power that lies in voting. He said protests delivered a message of unhappiness but only the ballot box brought about change.
“When people say they don’t want to vote, they are losing their voice in democracy. Young people, this is your future. Your vote is your voice and it is in your hands. You can’t burn tyres to change a government. You burn tyres to protest but to change your government you use your vote," Maimane said.
"In 1994 the agreement was that we won’t have one party for life. It was not a marriage; it was saying to us that our marriage is to democracy and not one party. Democracy must mean one thing, that when you are dissatisfied with one party, you must vote for another,” he said.