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Election Accountability

21 January 2014, 14:22

It's that time again when we have the wonderful privilege of being able to democratically vote in the next party we believe will be able to take South Africa further and improve the lives of all its citizens. At this time though, just before the actual election we have all the different parties telling us why they are the best choice, with that comes some great propositions and some rather strange and borderline ridiculous ones; however what I want to discuss is accountability when it comes to making promises and claims.

First of all, lets take a look at a man that I actually have quite a bit of respect for. His name is Cyril Ramaphosa. On Sunday he was the main speaker as the ANC launched their election manifesto for Gauteng. His statements would be expected by his comrade and colleague, President Jacob Zuma; however I hardly expected it from him. He stated amongst other things (I am not quoting verbatim) that the other parties were "Mickey Mouse" parties and that the ancestors were instructing the people to vote for the ANC. The first mentioned statement makes me chuckle just a little bit because it is completely ignorant and foolish. It resorts to below the belt tactics and holds no real weight whatsoever. What is Mr. Ramaphosa basing that on? No other party has had the chance to run the country since 1994 and certain municipalities which are run by other parties do a very reasonable job. I do not see what makes the ANC so qualified to run this country? They consistently tell the masses that they brought us freedom and on this ground they should rule but as I have mentioned in another article that is disingenuous and surely not a legitimate reason to rule at all. Although there have been some successes we are sitting in a crisis 20 years down the line with strikes and unions crippling our economy, rife unemployment, uncontrollable corruption and an education system that is pitiful to say the least.  What really gets to me though was the second comment about the ancestors instructing people to vote for the ANC. I honestly think that the IEC should step in at this point for the simple reason that it's blackmail and extortion. Jacob Zuma did something similar last time round by mentioning that voting for the opposition was like voting for the devil.  What the ANC is doing is preying on people's belief and extorting it. I am not here to discuss the credibility of that belief but it shouldn't be allowed! This would apply not only to the ANC but any party that extorts the people and preys on their belief to win votes. The ANC should be held accountable for this by the IEC and fined heavily for it.

Taking it one step further, I would love to see a tribunal set up just before the actual elections. It would be a world first in democratic countries I believe. This tribunal would take the current ruling party and their promises from the previous election and hold them accountable for them. If there are not legitimate reasons for not achieving them then that party should be fined accordingly. The ANC is promising 6 Million job opportunities, they promised 5 Million last time and we didn't come close. There are communities that are promised the world at every election and nothing happens. Those communities should be wiser but again the point is that the ruling party should not be allowed to get away with empty promises.

The ruling party is put into power by the people to govern for the people for the good of ALL the people. It's time that we hold our leaders accountable for their lack of leadership and their lack of action. I only wish that the people realised the power they have to bring about change if we stood up for this great country and removed those who continuously insult us by their greed and apathy. Its time for change South Africa...

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