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Off my chest - My dear beloved ANC

09 April 2014, 12:18

My dear beloved ANC

I took the time to sit here and pour my heart out to you and hope that like many South Africans like me, my cries will be heard.

Born just before the liberation of this country, I can safely say that I am a benefactor of the revolution and will forever be grateful to the brave men and women who sacrificed (many with their lives) for me to enjoy the freedom that I have today. I have attended multi-racial schools and cherished the ideal of a rainbow nation. Then I fell pregnant at 18, there were programs such as the social grant put in place to assist me with the difficulties I may have faced (although I chose not to utilize this service because I wanted to be able to provide for my son myself). I benefitted even more when Learnership programs introduced by you, the biggest political party on the continent, helped kick start my career…for that I will also forever be greateful.

Our success as a country with the transformation post 1994 and the subsequent successes which followed such as hosting and playing in sporting world cups, the good maintenance of our economy and the delivery of essential services and housing to most parts of the country have left me feeling lucky and proud to live in such wonderful times of our history.

I have researched, learnt and understood our history. I am a willing participant in writing the next chapter (hopefully and even more successful one) of our history. I am also a willing participant in our democracy and I have tried my best to make my mark ever since I was able to vote. I am a firm believer in democracy, freedom and human rights.

I will try to protect my freedom and that of my family by voting each and every time the opportunity presents itself, but I have a few gripes with suggestions:

  • We need a leader that can be exemplary to the people, someone whose image is not at all tainted. Not the individual that has been representing us for the last five years, and possibly the next too.

  • We need to people in senior positions to have maximum expertise in their respectful field of employment, not for individuals to be given positions just because they are so-and-so’s closest comrade, confidant or family member.

  • We need to clam down on corruption and wasteful expenditure and fight it as seriously as we did Apartheid. Because all that stolen money could have done a whole lot for the development of this country and its economy.

  • We need to eliminate the “Sense of Entitlement” that exists within our leaders, yes it is true, they have fought in the Struggle and sacrificed a whole lot for this freedom that we enjoy today but for individuals to reward themselves with the country’s money and resources is just plain disrespectful and it echoes the ideals of Apartheid (people taking things that don’t belong to them for personal gain). Why the double


  • We also have to look at ways to improve our economy and not rely on other countries to supply for our demands. There is already a spirit of laziness within our people so freebies are one of the most crippling pillars of our economy. We should give grants and houses only to the disabled, old and child headed households, then we should take the remainder of the money and start building our own industry. Instead of selling raw

    materials, we should now enter into the production of finished products from our own raw materials (more jobs -more money – economic boost). We should be able to produce our own cotton, dye, designs and clothes…not ship them from China or Korea. If we build our own industry, there will be no need for service delivery protests as the workforce will automatically boost that. Crime will also decrease significantly.

  • We should not let external forces (i.e. the Guptas, the Shaiks, the Kebbles) dictate what the direction of our

    country should be, leaders need not take orders from anyone other than the people who have put them in those positions (that would be us, the voters).

  • We need to take education seriously and realize that 33% is NOT going to produce the next generations of

    leaders, innovators and philosophers. This also means delivering textbooks on time. :-)

  • We need leaders that will have the peoples’ best interests at heart and not enforce things on the people without full and proper consultation.( i.e. street name changes, e-tolls). We are your employers and therefore respect is a necessary courtesy you need to give us.

This is what I, the ordinary citizen would love to see happen in this beautiful land of ours but the events of the last six years have left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and I am left wondering how I could entrust YOU, the African national Congress with my future and that of my sons. If the price of bread and petrol leave me broke even before I can tend to my other essential needs, then it echoes that something is wrong in the Union Buildings.

Come May 7th, it is not us who will be selling the Revolution at a cheap price on the ballot paper; our Revolution has already been sold for nearly R4 billion in wasteful expenditure over the last five years. Our Revolution has already been sold for a R250 million rand private residence for one individual (and no Blade, these are not “white people’s lies”, it’s facts). Our Revolution has already been sold for a favour to a friend which meant sacrificing the safety of our national key-point and allowing a private plane to land on an Air-force base (no, it was not the officials’ fault, they were simply following orders). Our Revolution has been put on auction to the highest bidder (or taker) over and over again and soon it will start to perish if we do not protect it NOW.

I know the Freedom Charter and the Constitution like the back of my head and I make it a point to read all election manifestos before I decide where I am going to put my X, so I now know better. I will not vote for a certain party because I fear that Apartheid will come back if I vote someone else. I will also not vote for a certain party because my cousin was promised a free house and she gets R300 to raise a child every month.

I hope one day, the vision of the founders, leaders and protectors of this great Congress will be carried out in their true form. But until such a day comes, I will have my say and make my mark on that ballot paper…after all, it’s what my granduncle Karabo Madiba died for isn’t it?

*drops mic and walks away*

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