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Expressing your views

03 December 2012, 10:27

'Like' my comments?

Online forums are a fantastic medium for people to express views, rant and offer their thoughts. No matter what side of the fence you find yourself, there will always be.

someone that 'likes' your comment. The problem with 'liking' a comment, is that it can lead one to feel as if what they stand for is actually being noted by more than the few

that actually use online forums.

Every rape, murder, molestation and robbery that gets reported evokes an uproar from the online community - I admit that some of the comments can be as humorous as they can be callous or just plain wrong.

People call for the death penalty and sometimes worse (string him up by his bollocks etc) and then retract back into daily life, happy that they too have expressed a view on the issue.

You see, many take issue with the fact that ANC supporters continue to vote for the ANC, which really is like continuously touching a hot plate and wondering why your fingers burn. Whilst JAY-ZU et al steal the place into

bankruptcy, the minority stares at the majority, wondering what they have been taking - surely only class A's can cause people to keep burning their fingers?

The biggest fear it seems is that South Africa slips back into colonialist oppression and the vast majority can only see this as the end result of DA rule. (No other party has really done or said much in the last few years but if any can meet the challenge then let's hear from you).

The reality of the matter is that this would not only be implausible but completely unrealistic, (Ms Zille was an anti-apartheid journalist anyway)but the current setup know that there are really only two motivators in life - fear and greed. They have both bases covered very well indeed and know how to play on empty promises.

The ANC have provided some electricity and water to some people but practically failed in every other aspect of governance - see the article in the Economist 'Cry the beloved country - South Africa's decline' to see how

the first world views the issues. The first world is first world for a reason, realise this before claiming imperialist nosiness.

So how does one move off a forum and mobilise to action? The truth is - besides one person/party standing up to the injustice and the rest supporting, I don't know. My challenge is therefore laid at the feet of the DA.

As the ANC is not working for anyone but the fat cats, my challenge is this - why not try something different, give it four years and if you don't like it - go back to where we were. What have we got to lose, it surely can't get much worse?

Our support would be conditional though but I am sure any prospective government with the people's interest at heart would have no objections (anyone from the DA feel free to comment on these):

1. Transparency - the people would demand that independent parties review all aspects of governance. This could be paid for in lieu of millions of Rands worth of parties and functions.

2. Proper transformation - the right people get the job, irrespective of colour but if equally qualified then by all means exercise bias on the side of race or gender.

3. Education - The state of our education is to be focused on from the tiny farm school through to larger institutions, unqualified or absent teachers get out - our future depends on this.

4. Crime - we are sick of being prisoners in our own homes and being suspicious of every person in the street. Whilst our police buckle under the work load, poor pay and lack of discipline. We want this fixed - at speed and in all areas, not just idyllic suburbia.

5. Our old people are hungry and still walking miles to enjoy the basic human rights - like water, many little kids are playing in sewers and going to bed hungry. Are you prepared to forego some of the luxuries the ANC     leaders currently enjoy to help end this?

6. Basic services - can we have municipalities that are audited and run by a system including AGM's or other open forums? The stealing is killing us.

7. Public transport - every day including Christmas thousands of us mourn the loss of loved ones at the hands of unroadworthy vehicles and drunk/stupid (or both) drivers.

8. Our Rhinos - these are our heritage, they need our help and we want to know what is being done.

9. Tax - perhaps VAT needs to be raised and income tax dropped, this way we can make sure a larger portion of the population is contributing. As alcohol is a factor in 65% of murders, why not start there?

10. We will pursue equality, address imbalance and make our businesses and dealings transparent if you allow us to deal with inefficiency.

11. Will you make it possible for small business start ups to get on their feet - aid them, they will employ the masses.

12. Can you focus on tourism? We have what they want, they have what we want (foreign currency) but we don't market ourselves and tourists are worried about visiting us.

13. Can you offer us local government that is targeted on REAL performance, budget and efficiency - judged by the people?

14. Get our educated, experienced and productive people back from overseas. We need them, irrespective of colour, religion or gender.

15. Promise to reduce the growing divide between rich and poor, not by taking from the rich(although they must fulfill their tax obligations without question) but by uplifting the poor and helping them help themselves.

Many would say 'where is the money going to come from?' - I would bet that between corruption and the unnecessary trips abroad, parties, over paid tenders, cars etc etc we would get pretty close to paying for all of the above.

Come on people - are we ready for change, are we ready to support another party? Are we ready to do something or do we accept the perverse state of our country as 'normal'. 

Any political parties out there-could you promise the above unconditionally and can you get this message out to those who don't have the option to 'like' or 'dislike' this article?

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