Well 2012 has come and gone and what a year it was. I can honestly say that I don’t think one day went by where there wasn’t at least one thing entertaining/shocking worth reading. There was Malema and all his tom-foolery, The Spear painting, Nkandla, Manguang, Lonmin Mines, Safa scandal, Limpopo textbook delivery (or lack thereof) to mention but a few. Now I know some of you may be thinking ‘Why am I bringing up such negative stories’ and possibly reminding you of certain stories you’d rather forget. But all these events are the beginning of something far greater – they’re the beginning of the end of the ANC!
Now I am a young mid 20s white male born and bred in the Eastern Cape (the worst performing province in the country). I’m constantly asked by my parents why I want to stay in South Africa and why don’t I move abroad while I still can? I know deep down inside they don’t want me to leave this country, but as adults who have witnessed how governments should work (ill elaborate on this point in a moment) either locally or internationally, they see what atrocities are happening on a daily basis to ALL South Africans and I can only imagine how this must look like the end of the world to them. When I refer to governments and how they should function I’m referring to service delivery and zero corruption, freedom of speech and high employment rates, job creation and education. All these things have become foreign to us as South Africans, we have become desensitized and used to the lack of performance by our national government.
I myself am a self-professed addict on News24 and throughout the year I am constantly amazed at how any people no matter what skin colour, can read some of the articles and still profess their un-dying support for all that is wrong in this country. I had a debate with someone I know (no names) about how (as an educated person) they can continue supporting the ANC? His answer to me was that, “the ANC helped my family when I was a child and that I am forever indebted to them for that!” This got me thinking, our generation 30 years of age and below, really just don’t know any better! If you were born in the 80s you were too young to really understand anything till after apartheid had ended none the less you still got a small taste. If you were a black child during this time the government was rubbish to you as this government was more focused on segregation and trying to get into the worlds ‘Good Books’ again, than looking after you and your family. Then we get to post-apartheid – this government was also rubbish to you as an individual as all this government focused on was sucking up to the rest of the world for hand-outs, filling their own greedy pockets and providing close friends and family with high paying jobs they were neither entitled to nor qualified for. So in general these people have always had a ‘bad’ government. Now follow me on this cause I don’t want to lose you here. Only white people 30 years and older know what it’s like to have a good government. Apartheid government provided for white people, there was jobs and service delivery, education and medical facilities etc. So now you left with a group of people trying to explain how wonderful our country could be if or when the DA takes control of the country and how this government would, if not end, at least drastically reduce corruption and wasted expenditure. How this government would bring to an end poor performance delivery and provide for the expectations of any and ALL South Africans no matter what colour they are. While on the other hand you have a group of individuals who know no better, they've never had a government that performs or provides for them. All they know is this government ended apartheid and therefore they should vote for them. These people also believe that the ANC is the only reason they are able to own shops and cars and any kind of luxury in today’s modern society. Now while this may be true, these same people for reasons unknown to me or any other educated person believe that if the ANC were to lose power that they would lose all their luxuries and businesses and have to move out their houses etc. My only response to that is ‘Yes’ you do have to fear the ANC losing power and ‘Yes’ you will lose everything you have – if you have obtained these goods in an illegal manner or through corruption and fraud. Those people who have worked hard for what they own and have accumulated wealth in an honest and honorable fashion have nothing to fear by the ANC losing power - in fact one would think that they would be all for it?
Personally I don’t trust any politicians, and neither should anyone else, whether you referring to Barrack Obama or Mick Romney, Jacob Zuma or Kgalema Montlanthe and even Helen Zille. Any person that stands to gain from your vote has reason to lie (we only need to see the false promises made to the people over the last 19yrs to understand what I mean) in order to obtain that vote and you should therefore never trust anything they say at face value. The same goes for any salesman, anywhere! We can only judge them on what they have done in the past, and so far the Western Cape is doing pretty well! That being said the latest development at Manguang has provided me and many others with much hope. Personally I liked JZ for his first two years in office as he did and said nothing wrong (in fact he did nothing at all), but you can only hide the rotting stench of corruption for so long. To list even half of his wrong doings would be a mammoth task of epic proportions. ANC members are dropping steadily from all walks of life as slowly but surely everyone realises the impact of their poor voting decisions. For 2014 we need to change the mind-set of all individuals who vote for a party with undying support without thinking about the repercussions. Politics is not a game and unlike your undying love and support for whatever sports team/s you may or may not support, Political parties are not sports teams and should be voted for based of ability. If you are a Pirates or Chiefs fan or you profess your undying support for Manchester United or Chelsea. If these teams win or lose a match, this will have no impact on your daily life! If Pirates lose a match, you are not going to lose your job and go hungry. If Chelsea win a match, you won’t find a job or get service delivery. So we need to stop supporting political parties as if they were sporting teams. Cause when the ANC ‘loses’ as they are currently doing on a daily basis (if not hourly), everybody suffers and you could very well lose your job (if this hasn't happened to you already) or someone in your family or perhaps even a close friend. When a political party loses – We ALL lose!
All South Africans be optimistic, keep that little flame inside burning. Sooner rather than later, the ANC will collapse in on itself, its supporters will diminish and the DA will take over. Unfortunately the people who need to read and understand this msg are the masses in rural settlements who have no access to internet and probably cannot read even if they did – it is these people who suffer the most and who we as the public need to educate and inform, to make a difference in the up and coming elections. If after reading this whole article you still can’t stomach the thought of voting for DA, then by all means DON’T! Vote for Cope, Communist Party, Christian Party, KISS Party or don’t vote at all! Whatever you do just DON’T vote for the ANC!