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Democracy and dictatorship, a fine line?

26 November 2012, 16:01
So exactly when did our democracy become Jacob Zuma's dictatorship, or is the process still ongoing?

Seems to me that it has already happened but thanks to so many government spokespeople giving so much spin the masses haven't quite got the whole picture, nor is it likely that they will.

A fait accompli and in years to come nobody will know what happened, or when, or how. Much like the implementation of Apartheid, but without the fanfare and now in secret which is even more ominous.

The ANC/Zuma decide that a vote of no confidence in parliament isn't justified, because they are the majority.
Statements are made that "the compound" basically has nothing to do with us and we're to just lump it.
We're informed that the e-tolls will go ahead, as we're informed that farm workers minimum wages will be re-negotiated.

When, pray tell, will the powers that be inform us that we now live in a dictatorship, that all newspapers - and news of any kind - will have to be government approved before release and that a dusk to dawn curfew is in force?
Will they even see the need for this given that they seem already to be taking it upon themselves to dictate without bothering about opposition?
Will they instead just shoot on sight all those judged to be doing something illegal?
Will they ban people for commentating, and lock them up without trial?

If government can spend what now seems to be more like half a billion Rand than 230 million on Zuma's home/compound/harem and his cadres and comrades can continue to blow as much as they like on what they like then pray tell me again that this is still a democracy and that us taxpaying citizens have any rights at all.

I for one see it for what it really is, a dictatorship run by a tight little group of individuals with their own agendas and plans. Much like the Politburo in the Kremlin during those dark days that the world would like to forget but which the ANC seem to be hankering for.

We're no longer heading down a dark road, as some tactful commentators would say, but instead already at our destination and we're all going to rue this. Especially the poor.

I could give more examples, if I was bothered to as there are literally hundreds available, but it seems very clear to me that thanks solely to a majority in parliament the ANC and their leader have now decided that they will do as they please.
No authority necessary, no changes necessary to the constitution and no need to inform the public, and the people paying for all this wild spending, that Zuma, and his comrades, have taken it upon themselves to be appointed for life.

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