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The truth about the ANC

2014-05-01 08:30

We need to take a more holistic look at the ruling party and not scorn them altogether.

They stand for humanitarian causes and with the oppressed people, promote social cohesion and justice, allow religious and other freedoms and have chalked out an all-encompassing or inclusive constitution.

Agreed, members of the ruling party have made gross mistakes and some very serious ones like the arms deal, the decision to adjourn the Ad Hoc Committee on the Public Protector’s report into Nkandla, and poor or lack of service delivery.

Moreover, allegations of maladministration, incorrect procurement procedures and corruption are daily making headlines in our mass media.

What is being overlooked is that the policies of the ruling party, except a few like abortion and same-sex marriages, are excellent. Many of us become blind to that. In other words it is not the African National Congress (ANC) that is corrupt or not delivering. It is some of the members and their representative that are dishonest and not delivering on their promises or mandates.

Granted many citizens are disillusioned with some members of the ruling party but we should not throw the good out with the bad. We should keep in mind the saying: “Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater”.

Undoubtedly we need to hold our leaders to account. We also need to demand from them transparency, accountability and to follow the rule of law. They need to live up to the principles, morals and values enshrined in the constitution.

In order to address the many challenges facing South Africa, we need to join the process and become a change agent for the greater good. Let’s not just be armchair critics and complain.

We can no longer turn a blind eye to the pervasive effects of poor service delivery, dishonesty and fraudulent activities.

If we want to stop the culture of poor service delivery and corruption, let’s do something. We all have a duty to report lack of service delivery and corruption.

A very significant feature of our Constitution is that it sets up several independent bodies, referred to as the “Chapter 9 Institutions”, to support, strengthen and safeguard our democracy and also to promote good governance.

Among the “Chapter 9 Institutions”, are the office of the auditor-general, the Public Protector and the Electoral Commission.

As South Africans we need to be vigilant and report criminal activity to law enforcement agencies and Chapter 9 institutions.

Lack of service delivery and corruption obstructs the growth of the economy, job creation and the country’s overall improvement.

South Africans of every race group, religion and creed proudly stood up against apartheid and the oppressive regime of the National Party, we now, once again, need to stand up for good governance and efficient service delivery.

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