A government must be robust and astute. A government must be alert and sensitive. A government must be alert to the problems facing its people. A government must be responsive and responsible.
Can any of these adjectives be applied to the ANC?
From governing with a fist tightly clenched to the Rand, most ANC decisions are based on covering their ineptitude. They have created a black elite who seek nothing more than to cover their backs, and their recently acquired wealth.
Nobody is responsible. Nobody says I made a mistake. Nobody sees what is happening in our society. They pay consultants huge sums of money to give themselves an element of credence, but ignore the advice of their consultants, because if you have hired a consultant the problems will go away.
How many more people will be gunned down by their inept police force who think that the only way to govern is by shooting innocent people?
Our ANC government is no less fit to govern than a baby in a manger is fit to walk.
Let's look at the litany of failures. Where do you begin because there have been so many at many different levels.
If one considers the No 1 priority, this should be education. An education provides one with basic skills. These basic skills can be developed to become productive assets. What has the ANC done? They dilly dallied for years deciding on outcomes based education, they created SETA's who only provided employment for those employed by the SETA's. They shred text books to make it look like it was somebody else's fault, because the tenders are given to ANC cadres, who make money producing books so the more books you can shred the more money you can make. The bottom line is the ANC don't give a damn about real education, they only care about those cadres who are making money from the system, so that the kick-backs keep rolling in.
Next we look at the health care system. Holy Moses, what a mess up. Our people have to bring their own beds and linen to some hospitals. More people die in hospitals than out of hospitals. Hospitals are ill-equipped, under-staffed, under-fascilitated, under-prepared, and basically, there are few hospitals able to cope with the distress in our society. Need I go on?
Infrastructure? Here is a biggie. Roads, dams, electricity, just to mention a few. Never mind water. It would take me about a few thousand words to describe the total failure of the ANC to manage this.
Now we go into law and order. This is but a joke. We have 2 Comissioners of police who have dubious records in terms of applying law, never mind order. The NPA is continuously manipulated by government so as not to prosecute its own law-breakers. We have Scorpions, Hawks, and probably soon to be announced Worms. Come on guys. Are we so dumb that we have to put up with this crap?
When it comes to finances, Oh my god. The ANC have been very good at collecting money, but when it comes to where the money is spent, their is a deafening silence. Audits are not included in ANC vocabulary. Government at every level is failing to provide audit trails. Where does the money go to? How many prosecutions regarding the theft of R21 billion have there been? I will tell you. Zero.
Foreign affairs have been quite deftly handled, mainly because the international community, realising the importance (but not really all that important) of Africa in the international community, have been hoping that South Africa would be able to provide leadership in the development of our continent. There has been some really good interventions by Thabo Mbeki, but more recently, Nigeria and even Kenya are surpassing South Africa as major players on the continent. South Africa's participation in BRICS is a good move, and bouquets go to the Foreign Affairs. However, we continue to support the Mugabe regime. Why?
If one considers the overall scorecard, on can hardly imagine that the ANC have succeeded. Recent events, the deaths of some 44 South Africans, and about 32 of them killed by our own police gunfire, have contributed to the “success” of the ANC. One only has to venture down to inner city Johannesburg, at threat to one's own life, to see how much deterioration there is. I recently ventured into the city and noticed that the magnificent impala sculpture at the, once named Oppenheimer Park, had been "removed" (probably stolen). The scene was a deft expression of squalor.
I have noticed that on a daily basis there are at least 2 infractions of bad governance over a period of 18 years. That means that we have to deal with at least 700 contraventions a year. This would probably be a world record of corruption. So be proud ANC, you are probably hold the world record of corrupt governance. Hold your heads up high, at least you have achieved something of note, dubious as it may be.
The serious question arises, will the ANC give up governance without bloodshed. My guess is not, so prepare yourselves for a bloody revolution. This is the debate that should begin to occupy our minds.