Mention the word ANC to any South African; you are more likely to end up having a long debate about corruption and the fact that we need to have a new political party to save us.
Before 1994, many South Africans had hope that the ANC will change their lives for the better; but that hope is slowly fading away. The question that I always ask is is it because of the ANC that our government is corrupt or is it because of the fact that power makes people corrupt?
To me, it’s not the ANC banner and logo that is corrupt; the “people” within the organisation itself. The ANC does not have a school of “corruption’’ where people go and learn how to be corrupt officials
Zuma does not call people in their respective offices and tell them to conduct themselves as if they are wolves and money is meant to be eaten like meat.
This makes me wonder how true the Marxist theory is; is it really in human nature to be self-interested, that when one gets power he will want to enrich himself at the cost of the poor?
This worries me because this means every political party that’s gets power wins elections gets in government will be corrupt.
Is there hope for us South Africans? Many would say yes there is; the DA has repeatedly shown that it is the better option. One would also mention the smooth delivery of services in DA led municipalities and the Western Cape.
I will then ask all the people who praise the DA to pay a visit just for a day to the Cape Town townships. People have no shelter, no proper sewerage systems, some not even electricity. Walk around; you will see young people roaming the streets because they’re unemployed.
Or better yet wait for the Cape Town winter season and see in News people living in water.
Those people must also visit DA’s policies, no mentions on gay and lesbian rights. No mentions on abortions and certainly no mention on death penalty.
Those issues are not mentioned simply because DA is a political party, it wants votes so it can get into power, it does not want to alienate Voters with such sensitive issues.
If DA is really our saviour; then why should it be worried about losing voters if it includes the gay and lesbian minority on its policies? And come out clearly on their stance on these minority issues.
Others will also point to the fact that no corruption has ever been reported on the DA. Without a doubt the DA has given people hope. But, let’s ask ourselves is there a room for them to fail?
Is there a room for them to be corrupt?
The DA has to win people’s trust; they don’t have power like the ANC. If they are corrupt like the ANC they won’t win any elections.
Again, to them too it’s not the DA banner that is running the party in the most efficient political party; it’s the people within the political party itself.
Now what makes these people different from those working for the ANC? Aren’t they all self-interested people who want power like those in the ANC ?
Considering the fact that all over the world political parties are seen as a group of “people” who abuse their powerful positions to extort bribes, to channel state resources into the hands of party leaders or supporters and to supply members and followers with lucrative positions in the public sector, can we really say without a doubt that the DA will remain the saint that it is even when they are in power?
BY: Esethu Hasane