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Do our party leaders conform to party policies themselves?

05 February 2014, 15:06

Do our party leaders conform to party policies themselves?

As of lately, there seems to be a type of 'My party is better than yours' struggle happening between South African’s, especially lately due to the fact that the 2014 elections are getting closer.

We have individuals supporting parties such as the ANC, Agang, DA and EFF. The supporters from different parties often enter into disputes or debates over social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook. They build their arguments upon party policies and what their party has or what the other individuals' party doesn’t have. These individuals do not gain anything from such disputes or debates, as they are not asking the question they need to be asking themselves:

Do our party leaders truly embody the characteristics of the party itself? Do our party leaders and high status members live by the policies they perhaps help in creating? What are the inner feelings and priorities our party leaders have towards their country and its people?

Now, that is the question we should all be asking ourselves. Policies are not able to bring themselves to life or put themselves into practice - They need the right individuals to bring them to life and to practice them in the way they are intended to be practiced. Unfortunately, we do not see the policies being practiced correctly by the individuals holding political power.

We see party members creating policies and stating certain things in important conferences, yet doing the complete opposite of what they say and lead the public to believe they live by.

It is paramount that those leading a party comply with what has been set out within the party.

We all know what the recipe for chocolate chip cookies are, but if the baker is going to add raspberries instead of chocolate chips, this is going to mess up what the recipe is and what the recipe aimed to provide – Chocolate chips.

It is important to ask yourself as an ANC, DA, Agang or EFF supporter, if your party’s leaders are following what the party is based upon - its characteristics, aims, objectives, vision and policies. A party’s leader needs to bring the party’s principles to life through their own, personal actions. If you, as a leader, view your personal actions and the actions or behaviour meant to be carried out by members of that party as completely separate, and believe that your personal actions need not conform with politics (which happens to be your career) then what exactly are you doing in that party?

It goes without saying that things done with regards to your personal life need to be in sync with things done with regards to your professional life.

Leaders cannot preach the aims and policies of their party to the public, encourage them to follow the party by the book, condemn these individuals if they do not do so, and then do things the party would not permit themselves (those leaders). This makes absolutely no sense and cannot be done.

Do certain parties permit spending over R200 million on renovations for a home? Or do they encourage individuals to make agreements and then go back on them? Do they perhaps show a liking to individuals who go over the speed limits and thus break the law?

Ask yourself if the leaders themselves are based on the principles their party is based on, and you will find your answer.

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