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SAs Middle Class Is Under-served

17 December 2012, 07:51

There is a serious challenge in SA politics i.e. the educated middle class do not enjoy the economic, social freedom and or benefits of this country. The middle class is heavily taxed and are the second highest tax contributors (through income tax, property tax – municipal rates & taxes, VAT, fuel tax, toll fees, etc.) after commercial enterprises in South Africa.

Secondly, they are the target for criminals such as car hijackings, house break-ins etc. Thirdly, justice is not in their favour i.e. they have to pay to get a criminal(s) prosecuted while those who pay the least taxes or none at all get free legal services. Fourthly, the middle class is not entitled nor qualify for free housing, or discounted electricity due to their financial income status, yet they fund these government services and infrastructure. Lastly, education is not free for most middle class children nor is health care. Middle class whether you hate them or love them, is the cornerstone of SA’s economy since it is instrumental in job creation, skills transfer, service delivery, wealth creation and economic growth. It has the pre-requisite higher education and or qualifications, the much needed technical skills, knowledge, and experience yet no SA political party listens nor addresses their interests and needs.

Every political party is on a bandwagon of serving the masses – their rhetoric is the same i.e. it’s about job creation, free education, free health care, free housing, poverty alleviation and combating crime. From this list only one out of six key performance areas or service delivery areas may meet the need of the middle class i.e. “combating crime”. Sadly though, the crime fighting strategies are non-existence. Please I don’t want to hear people campaigning for DA which is unfortunately not representative of the demographics of SA. Worse I’ve found  some DA white supporters to be the complete opposite of Ms Helen Zille i.e. are racist in their attitude, both displayed here on News 24 and other media portals. I remembered once on SA FM radio station when Ms Zille distanced herself from such DA supporters (generally white males) who were voicing their hatred and or dislike of the SA “blacks” and claiming Ms Zille is the saviour of white South Africans. This is Ms Zille’s biggest challenge to weed out racists in her party as much as the ANC has to weed out elements of its corrupt and morally bankrupt leaders and supporters.

Now, when one looks at the ANC, all I see is a failed “glorified” political party, period. It has consistently failed its supporters or voters with the majority of them still living in poverty – we have shanty houses (shacks) in every major city in this country! These ANC supporters’ children get poor quality of education and are likely to be the future criminals who are being bred by the current basic education system. Let’s be frank, which reputable academic or training institution will admit a person with an average pass mark of 33%. The future for these 33% to 49% pass marks achieving Grade 12s is bleak, let alone the economic prosperity of the greater South Africa. The ANC is not taking education with the seriousness it deserves no wonder the country is led by the uneducated. 

The ANC is a threat to human development, empowerment and progress.  The gap between the rich and the poor will never be closed; instead it is becoming wider than before with such low quality of education being produced. I repeat, the ANC has failed the nation and its supporters, in particular the black African masses in combating crime, addressing the public health service (though I give the ANC’s Minister of Health, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi credit in the fight against HIV), unemployment and poor quality of education (ANC’s Minister of Basic Education, Ms Angie Motshekga is a disgrace) among others.

The country has become the playground for and backyard of criminals and illegal immigrants. The ANC through its laissez-faire, nepotism and poor leadership condone corruption i.e. the majority of corrupt ANC leaders and their associates (the politically connected) are hardly prosecuted. Mr Jacob Zuma who is the leader of the ANC and the country must possibly be the most indecisive and ineffective leader of the ANC. He does not grasp the economic dynamics of SA, let alone the domestic finances of his household (“Inkandla estate” and Mr Shaik come to mind). Does he have a vision of a future South Africa or is he having a vision of his homestead, his wives & concubines. I suppose those that voted Mr Jacob Zuma must be “crying” except the” tenderpreneurs” and “idiots”.

Next we have COPE which is just a bunch of disgruntled and power hungry morons who lost political power with the ANC at the ANC’s 2007 Polokwane Elective Conference. They have no direction except stabbing each other in the backs. By the way they are also guilty of ANC failures including corruption since they were running this country under the ANC banner at least for 14 years from 1994 to 2007. Their 2009 manifestos and ideas were similar to the ANC. The only difference was that they were proposing a non- Jacob Zuma leadership which would have taken the country to another form of a ”jungle” i.e. South Africans were not going to be better off either. This bunch wanted Mr Thabo Mbeki as the president of the ANC for the 3rd term which is typical of African despots who want to hang on to power, claiming to be the only one that are qualified to lead.

The ACDP is just a confused party which intend to instil oppressive Christian values, hence target vulnerable so-called Christians when political parties are moving away from being seen as supporting a particular religious belief or movement which is blatantly discriminatory. They have no future in SA which is supposed to be a secular state. We can’t have SA run on religious grounds – it will be unconstitutional! Furthermore, Rev Kenneth Moshoe is no presidential material. The man while being the leader of ACDP was involved in the “pyramid scheme” in the East Rand Township.

The PAC and AZAPO, need I say more – they have been at the “Political ICU” ward waiting to be extinct. The Inkatha Freedom party is a Dr Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi’s party! Democracy does not exist with IFP! Its majority support base still come from the Zulu speaking population albeit the party’s support is heading to the “grave” since its leaders are old and irrelevant for modern SA politics. The NFP has been the IFP’s biggest political thorn and still has to prove itself to SA citizens. The recent political spat in Kwa-Mashu Township, north of Durban, outside the Magistrate Court confirm the hatred is deep between these two parties which resulted in an NFP member killing an IFP member right in front of the police.

UDM and ID which are led by General Bantu Holomisa and Ms Patricia de Lille respectively are unpredictable, and tend to have most of their support mainly from the Eastern Cape and Western Cape (respectively). These parties pose a risk on themselves on their identity being synonymous to their founder-leaders. ID’s power sharing with DA proves that ID will never be able to succeed on its own. I foresee ID being swallowed by DA in the future. General Holomisa while I see him as being a genuine leader has surrounded himself with some incompetent leaders who are not of his calibre. The UDM will soon join PAC and AZAPO at the “Political ICU”.

I foresee PAC, AZAPO, and IFP bouncing back on the ANC’s current failures in 2014 (national government elections) and 2015 (local government elections). Even UDM may also gain votes from the ANC. The biggest losers in 2014 and 2015 will be the ANC and COPE, with DA-ID alliance possibly gaining the most votes from disgruntled and disgusted supporters of ANC and COPE. My prediction is that the DA-ID alliance may achieve close to 36%, while the ANC will struggle to achieve a sultry 52% due to voter apathy. 2019 and 2020 will see a new coalition government of national unity formed by DA-ID alliance, IFP, COPE and others. In May 2019 the news will read “ANC is the official opposition”. From 2030 the ANC will join “Political ICU” ward. By 2045 the ANC may be extinct, unless a new credible and visionary leadership is formed sooner than later.

These political parties i.e. DA-ID alliance, ANC, IFP, PAC, AZAPO, and COPE have failed to address the needs of the middle class which is growing albeit slowly. They have failed to articulate the vision of a future South Africa.

The government’s focus should be on creating the middle class majority in SA which addresses issues of poverty, poor education, lack of service delivery with respect to health care, police services, municipal services etc. Until SA political parties start to grasp that the future must be about envisioning a middle class South Africa and implementing strategies of attaining this vision in partnership with private sector, SA is still going to experience more crime than ever before. Poverty will continue to plague this country until Mr Jacob Zuma’s “Jesus” come!

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