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Money Makes South Africa Go Around.. But It Can Also Change the Balance of Power

17 April 2012, 22:18
As rational, non ANC voting South Africans, who would like to see the dreams we had in 1994 become a reality, two things are clear.

The first is that the ANC, by spending government money on 16 million social grants per year, and by telling those grant recipients that they won't get their money if anyone else is in power, are buying votes. They're buying votes from the same desperate people they have been failing for 20 years, but they are buying votes none the less.

The second is that as long as people are being lied to, and told that the measly social grants they get are solely because the ANC loves them, the balance of power will never shift.

It's supply and demand really - the ANC claims that it's only because they are the center of the universe, and the sun shines out of their bums, while social grant money flows from their fingers, there is a demand to keep them in power.

The people who are desperate enough to fall for that - all 16 million of them - will keep voting ANC until the cows come home, because there remains a demand for that money, and the ANC says they supply it.

We all know they are lying. Every time we see a blue light brigade, every time we see a story about an ANC official wasting hundreds of thousands on an overseas jaunt, we know that the ANC is throwing the crumbs of state money to the poor, to buy their votes, and keeping the lions share for themselves.

The thing is, for those 16 million people at the very bottom of the barrel, what's the alternative?

They are uneducated - thanks firstly to the apartheid government's shenanigans, and secondly to the fact that the ANC have taken our education system, wiped their bums with it, and called it improved.

They're poor. Really poor. Can't feed their families poor.

Now, I've been poor in my time. But I have an education, and when times are tough, I can come up with educated ways to turn things around. I can sell my skills. I've never been faced with the prospect of no food, and no hope.

I can imagine how desperate that would make you, and I can see how being uneducated, and subjected to governmental propaganda could make social grants seem like the only viable option.

We're stuck in a loop people.

Our government keeps people poor and desperate, and tells them that they're the only ones with the solution. The Nats did it, the ANC is doing it, and until we have an external factor involved, they're going to keep doing it.

I know we all bemoan the taxes we pay that are being wasted, but I have a suggestion that might cost us more in the short term, but offer big gains in the long term.

We have two years until 2014, and the next government election.

What if we, as the people of SA that oppose the ANC were to offer people a 'social grant' of our own?

Some of these people have to try to eke out a living at as little as R250 a month - the cost of a meal for two or three at the Spur.

What if we - the people who can afford to eat at the Spur (or at better restuarants) started an organisation that offered genuinely poor, genuinely desperate people social grants of our own?

What if we gave up those meals at Spur, and gave the money to the needy instead?

What if millions of people got extra money from their countrymen every month, just because we knew they could use it?

The only caveat being that in 2014, if the ANC still wins the national election, the money stops flowing. If the ANC remains in power then, in spite of the efforts of private citizens, there will be no more charity from ordinary South Africans.

South Africa is being bought and sold daily. Isn't it time we showed people that there's another brand to buy? That they don't have to stick with racist corruption? That we can build a country we can all be proud of without that?

South Africa is being sold, and at the moment, it's being sold to the lowest bidder. To the lowest possible common denominator some may say.

What could happen if we all stepped in to show the people who are buying lies that there is an alternative?

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