Why vote? For change? For promises? We have democracy and we have a strong constitution. We also have thieves, politicians who bring down a system this country fought so hard to implement in society. Yet political corruption, deceit and lies and betrayal blatantly stare us in the face. Some citizens can see it, most can't and some refuse to due to possible involvement.
High-ranking politicians possess qualities and commit deeds that most of us would struggle with. Many South African Ministers in power will never accept any form of defeat and will never admit their own wrongdoing, but rather deny allegations and be locked in legal battles for months. They fear the loss of their political privileges bestowed upon themselves, which leads me on to my next point: all politicians want a share of the government-money pie. The means by which they fill their pockets knows no boundaries and as a result the country suffers. Is this what Nelson Mandela dreamed of when he dreamed of a new South Africa? Similarly, people in power expect to be above the law and one often hears the story of a ‘friend who pulled strings in the police office’. This leads to one conclusion: politicians lack the integrity to do right and protect the citizens, the people who put them in power. Because of greed, the citizens suffer.
In addition, corruption is a tool of the greedy and will always present a threat to society, especially such a society where widespread poverty is prevalent. South Africa ranks 69th out of 176 (Transparency International, 2013) in the Corruption Perception Index which puts us in the top half of the world, but nonetheless a great distance from 1st World countries. Corruption is rife and plays and central role in members of the gravy train. It is more often than not a high-ranking politician, rather than a policeman, who will give and receive bribes to, in most cases, benefit their friends and make their own pockets deeper. One constantly hears of politicians implicated in corruption trials yet later they quietly disappear, suggesting further corruption.
Furthermore, political deceit and barefaced lies plague our society, especially at election time. Masses of the population are fed propaganda in order to secure their vote. Previous examples include improved health, an increase in job availability, greater policing, better education and more houses to be built. Subsequently barely anything has happened as the funds have mysteriously disappeared or the plans were never on the table at all. This is an outrageous move to pull the wool over our eyes and to brainwash the masses who are, unfortunately, uneducated and unable to see that such promises have never come to fruition.
Consequently we should feel betrayed by our government who have not fulfilled vote-time promises, who constantly make attempts to cover up undisputable truths, such as the State Information Bill, and whose best interests are lining their pockets and not the best interests of the country. The biggest culprit is the ANC, fuelled by their desire to stay in power.
So what does the future hold for South Africa? South Africa is a country with immense strength and great success; however, politics is a deadly weakness that could potentially lead to our downfall and demise. We need politicians who hold the best interests of South Africa at heart; and from them a leader shall be chosen. I honestly believe that AgangSA do have our best interests at heart and that Dr Mamphela is one of the many South Africans who is tired of the second wave of oppression we live in. So yes, we do need to vote. We need to vote for the end of political deceit, lies and betrayal. We need to vote for the betterment of South Africa.
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