Why we have to wait for our politicians to promise us heaven and earth come election time is something understandable, but is it a good practice? Or perhaps, should these politicians be trusted?
In case you missed any of “these” promises, here are just two or three of them:
1. Julius Malema was in Marikana over the weekend, promising “us” that should we vote his party into power, the would , without a doubt, roll out radical land distribution programs.
2. Just a week before that was DA’s Mmusi Maimane, saying that should “we” be wise enough to vote his party, or say vote him as the next (Joburg?) mayor, they’d do away with e-tolling.
Of course, the ANC will tag along, and come with their own elections manifesto. But as I see it, it’s the opposition parties that have got more work in their hands as are battling with an ANC that has been in power since 94. But the question still remains: Why do they have to shout the loudest come election time?
Of course, they want votes, it’s obvious. But the real questions every South African should be asking are these:
1. Can’t our politicians be forces of change without being voted into power?
2. Can’t they do something for us without them first having to become mayors?
Cause, you see, augmenting their voices the loudest during elections sends the wrong message to the public. How?
In a country that’s needs people to be innovative and resourceful with little skills or resources, these promises send the wrong impression – the impression that for one to good, or be the force of change, he or she has to be a mayor or have thousands of people vote him/her into the highest of offices to be found in the republic.
Look at folks like Nelson Mandela. He was in prison when he began the negotiation process with the political leaders of the day. They didn’t wait to become president so they could change the future.
Julius wants to become president. Mmusi wants to become mayor. I’ve got no qualms with that. They gotta have their plans relayed to the masses, I know that. But lest, they become prisoners of their own political promises, they should whatever power and influence they have now to make South Africa a better place.
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