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I was hungover on election day

15 May 2014, 08:26
My birthday fell the day before South Africa's fifth national election. As a result, on the 6th of May, my girlfriend and I were in a celebratory mood. As I enveloped her in an embrace of love, with the roar of breaking waves behind us, we sipped away while we watched the sun set. As evening settled, I had already had much to drink and had become a bit too tipsy to drive so my girlfriend drove us to our next destination.
As we drove through the nature reserve and around that area's beautiful farms, it was not long before the topic changed to 'white privelage'. We chatted away until we reached our relatively humble realities. I recall on more than one occasion, marvelling at the quality of life that the white people who reside there enjoy. Now a day later, pinned to my bed by an unforgiving hangover, and still partly sozzled, I feel inclined to share my political views.
With only a few hours before I vote for the first time, I, like many South Africans, am undecided on which political party to endorse in this year's elections.Having studied the manifestos of the African National Congress(ANC) and the Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF), I have been left with more questions than answers. Not so much by the ANC's manifesto, theirs is watertight, but by the one of the ultra-radical EFF.
Last night as we weaved in between and around the rather large farms, I remember on more than one occasion, the EFF popping into my head. It was not long before I visualised an EFF governed South Africa. The same giant plots we were driving passed had now been expropriated and redistributed faster than their illegitimate owners could say, 'property rights'.
Mines had been nationalised as well as banks. By now the vodka I had consumed had worked itself into my blood stream. It was at that point that logic revisited me. I realised that, as enticing as the EFF is to the landless black, its founding resolutions smack of a lack of imagination. For their prescribed solutions to materialise, they would require at least five consecutive election victories with nothing short of a 2/3 majority. Apart from that being unattainable, any mishap in governance and policy, would almost certainly worsen the complex problems that we face as a country.
Also, the fact that two of the ANCYL's 'bankruptors' in chief, are now top four on the EFF's list for parliament, says much about the moral fibre of that organisation. What is more unsettling though, is the EFF's presidential candidate's lack of experience in government. Just how has this party managed to come this far?
The combination of the EFF's inexperience as well as its immaturity became more apparent to me at that point. It is in my drunken state that the EFF ceased to be an option.
Ok fine, let us assume the impossible, that the EFF has won this election and that they have nationalised South Africa's mines without any repercussions from the global economy. Let us also place a cap on all the other sectors of the economy and assume that those sectors are performing as they are currently. With the EFF's proposed offer of R12 500 per month for mine workers, what will happen when the demands of the workers increase to R15 000 in 2021, and the EFF government is unable to concede to that figure? Will the nature of protest action not worsen? Will disgruntled workers not attack other state run industries such as the banking sector, schools and all the other centralised institutions? 
See, the problem with state authorities being active in a game that they should be neutral mediators in, is that those authorities run the risk of straining the state's relationship with civil society.
With all the intellectual property that the EFF has managed to amass, how is it that their policies defy economics' elementary laws? Where will the financial resources to execute these overly ambitious policies come from? The micromanagement of economic activity by the state should be avoided as far as it is possible.
Two hours have lapsed, my hangover has left me. In no mood to converse, I am stationed quietly in line to cast my vote. The mood is great and everything seems to be running smoothly. In front of me in the line is the son of a fallen struggle icon and behind me is a born free. The conversation around is anti-Zuma but pro ANC.
In a seizure of impatience, I have wandered off into the comfort of my mind. How is it that the ANC, the model of excellence and liberation, to most, has disintegrated into this model of inefficiency? How can the ANC rid itself of this cancerous corruption that it, as well as many other South Africans, is suffering from?
Having had already dismissed as options the Economic Freedom Flouters and the Democratic Apartheid, be it a priory in the case of the latter, I am now approaching the front of the line. I am now thinking about the child who drowned in a long drop toilet earlier this year. I am thinking about Nkandla. I am thinking about Waterkloof. I am thinking about Marikana and Lanasia.
As I skipped away in excitement, having voted in a national election for the first time, I realised how much work still lies ahead of us. As I try to recollect my short time in the voting booth, I remember being overcome by anxiety and frustration. I had vowed to vote against Nkandla but for real change... 
I have wasted your time with this article and I apologise for having you captivated. I really have no intention to further write on this topic. My training in Political Science has been overpowered by the return of this hangover that I am suffering from. We should however, be grateful of the freedoms we now possess. It is our responsibility to safeguard these freedoms and to prevent divisive chance takers from taking our country one hundred years back. As I retire back to what is left of my vodka, to celebrate, I say, God bless south Africa.

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