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ANC - A breed apart that makes no sense?

24 March 2012, 19:28
With policies that are as clear as mud, South Africa's Democracy under ANC rule by the looks of things recently, are moving ever closer onto the knife's edge.

With constant outbreaks of bickering, infighting and tensions between themselves and affiliates such as the ANC Youth league, COSATU and the South African Communist Party, the ANC party's showy display of unity and internal democracy is like a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode.

Is it a desperate scramble for South Africa's gigantic mining wealth and reserves or is it just the fact that they are trying to hog almost every corner of the political spectrum in South Africa that's the most frightening thin to watch. And then there is their wretched and dangerous comic book comments which are so laughable regarding the perceived racist comments made by Helen Zille.

To put things in perspective, since the ANC came power in April 1994 how do their report card read in 2012 just be fare:


1.South African Population in 1994: 40.4m / 2012 it's 50.6m
 
2.Per capita Gross Domestic Product in 1994: $5,600 / 2012 it's $10,700
 
3.Children in secondary education in 1994: 58% of the population / 2012 it's 72%
 
4.Households classed as “formal dwellings” in 1994: 64 per cent /2012 it's 76 per cent
 
5.Homes with basic electricity in 1994: 58 per cent /2012 it's 81 per cent
 
6.Unemployment rate in 1994: 26 per cent/ 23.9 per cent
 
7.Share of total household income earned by black South Africans in 1994: 29 per cent/38 per cent in 2006
 
8.HIV/Aids prevalence among 15-49 year olds in 1994: 2.5 per cent /16.6 per cent in 2012  
 
9.Life expectancy at birth in 1996: 61.4 years  / 49.3 years in 2012
 
10.Maternal mortality rate per 100,000 live births in 1994: 150 / 625 in 2012
 
11.Murder rate per 100,000 people in 1994: 66.9 / 31.9 in 2012
 
12.Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index in 1994 - 21st best in the world league/  64th best in 2012.

South Africa have  modern legal and administrative institutions that provide transparency and protection for investors. It is said to have one of the world's most solid and best supervised financial systems. South Africa has a world-class private sector in parts with a reputation for quality management and risk assessment standards. It also has a tourist sector that has enormous potential.

However, despite all these achievements, 40% of the population or 20 million South Africans still live below the national poverty line. The healthcare system was "modernise" in the early 2000's,yet the infant mortality rate is still six times higher than in lets say the OECD countries. Similarly, 5.5 million South Africans have HIV/AIDS or 10.6% of South Africa's total population and 17% of their adult population.

So it's just a matter of treating the symptoms in the country and not the causes. South Africa's life expectancy at birth as seen above has dropped to 49.3 years in 2012.Which roughly means that in South Africa on average you would live 18 to 20 years less than someone else the same age as you that lives in another country. A real tragedy indeed. Something needs to be done about it? How loud are voters screaming, I can't year nothing from anywhere in South Africa.

The IMF estimated that it would take an annual growth rate of between 6% to 7% for South Africa to significantly reduce unemployment in the country.

Currently the ANC can only manage 3.4% which they don't know how to create more jobs for the locals. An inefficient job market and chronic lack of investment in infrastructure development and modernisation are the main factors behind this shortage of growth in South Africa.

To much uncertainties that are caused by internal party divisions that are undermining South Africa's business climate and private investment into the country.T hat makes the ANC a breed apart that make no sense?

The gap between the dominant ANC's perceptions of what is in South Africa's best interest and the sad realities of life in South Africa is dangerously wide. The ANC is constantly perpetuating their power so as to not allow normal credible opposition parties like the DA to govern in their place.

Has the situation in South African politics become such where the "collective punishment" being dished out by the few ANC elite cadres in politics on one end, and the many or the rest of us on the other end just paying for the actions and mistakes made in government by suchlike few in power?

References:

1.FXSTREET.com-Economic Calender.

2.Global Pacific & Partners.

3.The Telegraph Newspaper.

4.BBC News Channel.
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