So, the Abathembu king joins DA
The Abathembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo has divorced his long marriage with the ANC. This follows the recent Mandela family graves controversial saga which hit Mzansi with surprise and kept Mzansi’s and world’s media busy.
Interesting and indeed it was about time.
This has just reminded me the conversation I had with my dad a while ago, when he visited us. I remember saying to him “The mediocre in the Eastern Cape Province can only be solved through tough political competition, and this can only be achieved by people voting other political parties such as DA to promote such competition”
As much as I would suspect that there is some dimension of anger in the King’s decision to terminate his membership with the ANC, as was reported that he was throwing tantrums in the Union buildings some day last week, and the fact that he clearly showed, openly, much personal hatred against Jacob Zuma (calling him a “Zulu boy”) which to me does not really mean he is against the ANC as a whole, However, I still believe that, this is the start of the destruction of the ANC’s confidence that, it is going to rule ‘until Jesus comes back’ and it is also an eye opener to the party that, their absurd ego and stinky dogmatic stance over the burning issues of this country together with the abuse of the political power and conflict of interest, which all ail service delivery in the country and aimed at the self enrichment, do not take this country to the direction desired by the majority of the citizens especially the native nation.
The situation in the Eastern Cape really requires some alternative plans as we have seen and experienced few strides done by government since the inception of democracy in South Africa. Many parts of the province are still ravaged by an abject poverty, people still live without basic services such as clean water, electricity e.t.c, and the ugly situation in key departments of the province such as Education and health just worsen the condition of the province. Furthermore, the lack to show determination to improve the province by the executive management of the province, as we see, result into people leaving the ruling party and joining promising parties like DA.
This may not only attract DA membership from the King’s native nation, but may also strengthen and solidifies the party in the Transkei region as well. It is also a lesson that the party belongs to all, to those feel that the party is for whites only. This also serves as a call to other traditional leaders especially in the Eastern Cape, to review their relationship with the ANC, and yes yet again, well done to Mrs Hellen Zille, I think she has a feasible and good strategy of managing the party and indeed benefits like these shows the great stability that the party has under her leadership.
As much as we can agree that there will always be ups and downs in any governance of any political party however, I believe that the current problems in the Western Cape are worsened by the ugliness of the situation in the Eastern Cape as people escape from the province to seek green pastures in the Western Cape not only because it is their neighbour province but because it is economic better. We must also remember that things like the Mrs Hellen Zille being honoured as the world’s best mayor back in 2008 shows that she heightens her performance when she is in charge of office and lesser problems in the province proves her substantial capability to direct and lead.
Even the appointment of major males cabinet in the province, I don’t criticise it that much especially if the appointments were done on the basis of the merit and not simple on the basis of gender equality but I would be glad if they considered that and everything when they were appointing members of the cabinet.
Lastly, I think things like these (the joining of DA by Abathembu King), mean that our democracy matures and let us stay intrigued as we are still going to see more changes in the country.