Election outcome in key service delivery hotspots!
The question needs to be asked as to how the lack of service delivery in certain areas in our country has affected the support that the ruling party is enjoying, and the only way to really assess this is through the facts and figures of how voting in these hotspots actually occurred, and costing the ANC votes!
· In Rustenburg support declined from 72.3% to 56.6% - a drop of 15.7%;
· In Merafong (Khutsong) support declined from 74.6% to 62.0% - a drop of 12.6%;
· In Metsimaholo (Sasolburg) support declined from 66.2% to 58.8% - a drop of 7.4%;
· In Gamagara ( Olifantshoek) support declined from 66.6% to 63.1% - a drop of 3.5%;
· In Randfontein support declined from 60.4% to 54.0% - a drop of 6.4%’
· In Msukaligwa (Ermelo) support declined from 84.8% to 80.3% - a drop of 4.5%;
· In Westonaria support declined from 75.8% to 66.4% - a drop of 9.4%; and
· In Setsoto (Ficksburg) support declined from 77.5% to 75.8% - a drop of 1.7%
All of which is areas in which the service delivery has been conspicuously absent and on average a decline in support for the ruling party of 7.65%.
Community centers have been burned, tyres set on fire (has ruined roads), and infrastructure, and the community at large have been protesting vehemently for the lack of service delivery yet, amazingly in not one of the ‘hotspots’ did the support of the ruling party fell beyond 54.0% with the next lowest being 58.8%
How do we define voter apathy (indifference, lack of concern, lack of interest, lethargy, laziness, boredom, ennui, droopiness, interest) when one day you protest, and in some cases the protest turns violent, where people are even killed, yet when the times comes to cast your vote, despite your discontent (dissatisfaction, unhappiness, restlessness, displeasure) that you showed in the run up to the elections, you yet once again cast your vote in favour of the party that has not delivered in the past?
An interesting way of thinking, to once again vote for the party that has not delivered, yet your educated mind and thinking lacks, to vote for a better alternative that just might be able to deliver on those service deliveries over which protests have been earmarked with ‘affirmative aerobics’. An interesting scenario, which is indeed a riddle to solve!