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Keep the ANC healthy

03 April 2014, 14:18
As a neutral, semi-concerned South African, I feel its my moral obligation to share a basic opinion.
I love political debates and enjoy people's opinions, however one thing that irritates me are people labeling others as "not intelligent" for voting the ANC.
I understand the history, the struggle and the people that have sacrificed alot to give you guys the right to an opinion, and the ANC deserve the credit for the position they put us in. Incredible.
So don't attack ANC voters, they are political passionate and grateful for what we have, and we should all be equally grateful.
However, here's an idea for you politically passionate people... Ever wondered why politicians in South Africa are questionable in their position (corrupt, or accused of such)? Simply because they are not contested by a competitor.
Everyone should know that competition is the single most important driving force for people to continue working hard to gain market share in the free business world.
I believe everyone in SA is discovering that once you challenge the incumbent leaders, things get heated, and they work harder to make things happen. - Like how a business is run.

Without anyone challenging the ANC, I feel that little work would be done. The same goes to other parties, If the DA wasn't challenged (say if they had majority), the DA wouldn't do much to keep voters. It's human behavior.

Like in the US. Republicans challenge Democrats and Obama. Result: Obama works even harder to keep Americans happy. (note: US has little race politics - a country majority white voted Obama for the highest office)

If you want to kick your current leaders into gear, vote opposition to create a "two party state". (similar to the United States). Landslide victories (60%+) are counterproductive to the objective of politics.

I will gladly vote ANC when the DA (or similar official opposition) has 0.01% over 50% majority vote, just to keep the competition real, and vice versa. Result: a transparent democracy.
Some healthy competition will keep the ANC a more transparent party. Less competition will ensure the opposite.

Basically you shouldn't want "progress" for an incumbent leader, - e.g. growth in %. Even as a supporter of the incumbent. Competition will help democracy work its magic.
Anyways, I'd like some feedback on this seemingly simple analogy. Weather you agree, or disagree? 
Are you open to competitive politics? or rather prefer a dominant leader? -  with unanimous support from everyone (i.e. 60%+) -- eg. currently incumbent ANC right now.
I'd like to get the feel for what people think when they make a decision on a leader. Very interesting. :)
Nicoleen.

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