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ANC loses and the DA wins in Mangaung

22 December 2012, 21:33
DA wins in Mangaung!

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The ANC has ‘democratically’ elected its top six leadership and NEC members. It all looks well and good, and applausable. Jacob Zuma has been re-elected as the president of the ANC by over 75 %. Motlanthe was well beaten! There is no room to cry foul play. Congratulations to him and the rest of the guys in his slate. However, from the statistics in various sources and from my own personal opinion, Motlanthe is a much better and more capable leader than Jacob Zuma. In fact, even the majority of ANC members can see that. How come that is not translated into the votes? It’s as if the majority were not electing.

However, they have made a big mistake, especially in re-electing Jacob Zuma. Yes, the ANC has made a big blunder and they have created an unneccessary mess for themselves and the majority of ANC-loving people, who are not ANC-card-carrying members of the organisation. These are in the majority. Out of the 25 million voting population, the ANC normally gets more than 16 million. That is more than 64 %. That will definitely change in the 2014 elections. The magnitude of the mess will be measured sooner than one anticipated. Some few parties may benefit from this. However, the one party to benefit the most is the DA. Most will try and dispute this, but the DA has displayed an unmatched commitment to serve the people. Even the ANC, with all the state resources has been unable to emulate the success that the DA has enjoyed.

The idea of a ‘white’ rule so soon is a scary prospect for me. It seems inevitable. I admire and appreciate what the DA is doing for the people of this country and I’m confident they will continue to do a good job for many years to come. In fact, the time is coming when the majority of DA members will be black. I also don’t doubt that this will reflect in their leadership.

Politics is an interesting game. We are told that the people in the branches nominate their preferred leaders. They then send delegates to an elective conference to vote for those leaders. This sounds all well and good. However, I can’t help but ask: How do people in far flung areas, in different provinces, nominate a person who has been inactive in their affairs for more than 15 years? How do they come to such a unanimous decision to nominate him, and eventually vote for him? Friends educate me on this one. The case in point is the nomination and the eventual election of Cyril Ramaphosa to the position of Deputy President. The man has been out of politics and out of the limelight for more than 15 years. How do people then, almost in all branches, elect him? From when do they base their trust on him? From history, may be?

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