South Africans go into the general elections with a lot of
frustration. The question on majority
of SA voters is who to vote for. With this article I will attempt to
convince voters not to spoil their ballots because there is another way
of handling this issue.
Firstly, as a country we know that politicians are strategic liars
who aim to build number 1 first (to avoid confusion I don’t mean Zuma
but themselves as politicians), and then they will look at the South
African Citizen second. All politicians try to sell the same dreams to
the South African public.
As a country we should look at this from a
different angle. Most political parties who are small tend to work
really hard to not sell dreams in an attempt to generate some publicity
for themselves and in the process get more votes. This could be a step
in the right direction for South African politics.
Seats in parliament are very important in the growth of our now
“young-adult” democracy. Majority of the seats in parliament are
occupied by the ruling party currently and this means that decisions can
be swayed in their favour.
What voting for the minor parties can do is
that the weight of power can be distributed to more people with
different ideas. An important fact that cannot be left out is that we
also need to know what that particular party stands for. We cannot be
voting for a party that has nothing to do with our individual ideals and
standards. Smaller parties will be able to provide that by having a
platform where the real burning issues can be brought up to be
discussed. Not saying that issues will be addressed but there will be
progress because questions are asked.
Imagine a South Africa that actually debates real issues in
parliament because of the interest the rest of the country has taken to
ensure that we have as many ideologies as possible that actually cater
to the masses. That is a South Africa that is alive with possibility, a
South Africa that truly reflects a rainbow nation. My vote is not my
I am voting for a progressive South Africa! Viva South Africa