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Election Results 2014 - Julius Malema, the impending deal maker.

11 May 2014, 23:00
A provocative thought from a former Senior Civil Servant!

On a serious note:

Are you really comfortable with the election results? Here’s a reason why you should be concerned.

Remember the King maker ‘I will kill for Zuma’. And then the embarrassing fallout, followed by the expulsion and the onslaught of exposure for alleged offences, ranging from tender racketeering to unpaid spoils for SARS (some of us sane people call this tax evasion). 

Well the EFF has harnessed 6.35% of the national votes. Some (the masses) would say, ah we can all sleep well now, this minuscule result is reassuring given that the radical, ill fated policies that Julius Malema and his party spelt out, leading into the elections, will certainly not manifest itself in this day and age and certainly not in the foreseeable future.

Politics has and will always be a game of not who is most honest or for that matter who remain steadfast with unquestionable integrity and character, but rather, politics is a game played by a few with the livelihood of millions. And in this game, it always boils down to ‘Deal making’, despite the need to deliver on an election manifesto or for that matter ensure that the founding principles of our democracy is upheld without fear, favour or prejudice. Personal preference and deals are what makes the political world revolve.

So, whilst I strongly believe in the ANC policies and its manifesto, I stand firm in my resolve that the ruling party should never ever have its hands on a 2/3rds majority of the national vote. To do so exposes the ‘wellbeing of perhaps the greatest Constitution and Bill of Rights’ in the modern world. 

Some may ask, how does this affect me, given that the ANC has only achieved 62.15% of the national votes? On the basis of the ANC election performance, that is 62.15%, the ‘safety net’ for our Constitution and Bill of Rights are well enshrined. 

This is where the old adage rings true, keep your friends close, keep your enemies even closer.’ In doing so, one can achieve unspeakable results. 

Is President Jacob Zuma, bigger than the ANC, certainly not! Is the party’s quest for strengthening its position, heading forward an imminent priority, given its small, yet steady decline at the polls. 

Absolutely yes.

So lets do the 2014 election numbers, ANC (62.15 %) + EFF (6.35%) = 68.50%. This is an exceptional number, exceeding the 66.66% required to legally tamper with our Constitutional rights.

Critics may argue, it will never happen. Well, not so long ago, in fact as late as the polling gates closed, no one in their right minds imagined the EFF will beat the UDM, IFP and the wonder child of yesterdays politics, COPE. 

Never is not a word to be used in the game of politics. 

Julius has a lot to offer, and the ANC has a lot to be gained. Breaking the momentum in the litigious and investigative witch-hunt for ‘The Man in the Reds Head’ may be a strong enough factor to use as a resolve for achieving an outcome that benefits the power brokers in the corridor of parliament. 

Out in the open……

The power rest not with the President of the ruling party who holds a 62.15% mandate to govern, but rather with Yesterdays King Maker, Mr Julius Malema and his 6.35% mandate. A small mandate, yet it could be the most powerful mandate ever in South African politics. 

Does Julius Malema realise that he has a momentous bargaining position? If he does, can he pull off what could be a major game changer for the South African political landscape with a monumental impact on both the domestic and international audience? Time will tell a tale of friends and foes.
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