The next eight or nine months will probably be the most important and hopefully the most valuable period in the democratic history of South Africa.
Before our eyes, we have seen and experienced the systematic transformation of an ethical and moral colossus, the ANC of people like Thambo, Mandela and Sisulu, into a morally vacuous, congenitally corrupt, utterly incompetent shadow of its previous self, the ANC of Jacob Zuma and his trough-feeders.
We have seen R600 billion rand being spent in the form of tenders on the enrichment of a handful; money that could have housed shack dwellers and other destitute fellow South Africans three times over. We have seen how access to the treasury has become the motivator for political game play, and how the zealous protection of the corrupt has formed the unspoken ideological basis for two ANC national conferences.
We have experienced the demise of the new South African ideals that we subscribed to in 1994.
We have a union-run education system that places more value on the protection of a horde of under-educated and under-committed teachers, than on the combined future of the generations that will follow us. We have an education minister that keeps her job because of her ANC constituency, not because of her competence.
We have a police force that employs criminals and a civil service that has become a refuge for those that are 'owed something' because of their political support. We have unemployment on a biblical scale, with no sigh of real alleviation, and a growth rate that is now second lowest in Africa.
Our electricity supply remains on the precipice because of bad management over two decades, and our telecommunications monopoly is constantly on the verge of total disintegration. Out international image is shot and our influence in vital strategic matters, both in Africa and abroad is waning by the day.
The biggest single indicator of the average ANC cadre's ability to serve South Africa, and the average ANC cadre's attitude towards fellow citizens is bugled out in the 2012 Auditor-General's report. Only 5% of municipalities got a clean audit. By implication, only 5% of municipal employees are doing the job they are so amply rewarded for.
We can no longer afford to ignore these and other facts in favour of the ANC's struggle history, or the tiresome racial rhetoric. This is no longer about black or white, old or young; this is about retaking the future, because it simply isn't what it was two decades ago. For the sake of our children and their futures, it is essential that we crush the back of the corrupt and criminal monster that rules the country today.
Sure, there are many outstanding issues that need to be addressed, imbalances that beg for redress, and in SO many ways, we still have to come to terms with our past, but surely it is clear that most of this falls outside both the will and ability of the ANC, and the rest is up to us as individuals as we interact and share ideas and ideals in our daily lives.
Eight months of deep and difficult, but essential thinking ahead. The ANC is, after all, a hard habit to break.
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