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SA voters' open letter to DA

09 April 2014, 15:33

Dear Opposition Party

We take note of your letter of 8 April 2014.

And whilst we agree with some of its contents, unfortunately, we must confess, that it's a little bit boring.

We understand your incessancy on pointing out the faults, especially on good governance and principled leadership, of the ruling party. After all, they are empowered with the administration of the country's resources and charged with caring for the vulnerable.

The demonstration of ethical and pursuit of efficient and progressive socio-economic development is therefore arguably requisite to most brightly emanate from their specific quarters.

Their conduct in this regard has been, well, to say the least, rather noxious. A common excuse where their incompetence could not be denied has been ignorance. A dynamic in which either of those qualities are used to justify the other is surely not suited for an echelon of the social contingent that holds the very future of millions at their peril.

It is further true that they need to be held to account.

So apart from this point to which we impassively nod whilst we scroll down your letter - momentarily in stand-by mode, escaping with a "cyber-intermission" from our usual cycle of paddling for our livelihood in "the real world" - we observe another.

You also point out the ANC has made real progress in the last 20 years. Hmm. That's interesting. Unexpected. A little intrigued, we read on. Mandela gets praised - ok heard that before - probably the singular point upon which almost all South Africans will agree to agree. Mbeki gets praised - ok, not too contentious, but, yes, that's a little new. In fact, it almost sounds a little bit, hate to admit it, conveniently new. The DA opposed the previous government as well did it not?

Anyway, one forgives them for this apparent little inconsistency as well because, well, we need some hope to hold onto in the seemingly desolate political landscape and perhaps there's a hint of it yet to come if we read a little further.

No, the rest is not very inspiring. Jacob, Nkandla and some more lecturing. Yes sure. He's a bad example and Nkandla indefensible, and anyone that doesn't have a conflicted and/or emotional basis for wanting to believe otherwise can see that. Even following our tumultuous past and the "emotional advantage" the ANC holds to counter such a collective affection, studies have shown that the majority of the youth agree on this.

But the impeachment attempt (or, glorified strike), is happening and we're sure we'll be kept updated of that. The media also have many fingers that apparently don't tire of the Nkandla issue (and good for them, I'm sure it still serves a purpose), to keep it alive.

From some of our perspectives, however, pressing on the same point on and on doesn't necessarily maintain the same appealing impact. Not as it may have when it first surfaced in our subconscious search for colour in a conditioned psyche of 50 shades of grey. Its human nature one might say.

And strangely, you seem to be aware of the unexploited capital and the promise and reward our psychological emancipation may hold. As you correctly point out, its essentially left to the people to make the ultimate decision on who we put in power and which political party we will entrust to advance our cause.

And here, dear Opposition, although you are perhaps the only alternative political hope we currently have to hold onto, and even have some qualities we think are ok, the integral quality that you lack to win decisive trust is precisely found in a human hue.

You may have been told that you don't appeal to the ordinary working class South African - one that associates the party of blue colours with one of white collars. This could be true, and though you may be utterly convinced that you are addressing a reverse on this perception, I can confess that it's not only a problem for a certain sector of society. It protrudes in various.

Against this its kept in mind: the ANC has achieved a lot. Yes. In some respects they still do. But its also true that many feel its time for something new.

So, although there are shortcomings in your offer, people do want change, they do want to believe that the hope of something better is not unattainable. And you are well positioned to be vehicle that serves such inspiration.

But what is the elusive undeveloped ingredient that may help you deliver it? Here's a thought: humour. Not necessarily comedy - but indulgence. Lower the pitch, lower the tone. Play a game of poker (not of thrones). Do not comment on the rules. Tell us what you like, what you don't like. Do not compromise your values. Do not feel offended when we tell you you're uptight. Stand with us, and accept that we are all human, and that a little dollop of Nando's may do mucho for the Muchachos.

No-one likes a know it all.

Come on DA. Step up for your hustle ;)

Give us hope while we all paddle forth.

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