A lot of attention has been paid recently to the elections next year and the formation of new parties, especially the EFF. The inference drawn, and for some the hope raised, is that the ANC will face a stiff challenge in holding onto power in 2014. This is plain nonsense. The ANC will hold onto power with very little difficulty next year. The marketing machinery of the ANC together with its network of patronage which has become embedded into every facet of government will ensure at least 5 more years of power if not plenty more after that.
It is quite an instruction in human nature to see the way that the ANC has skillfully managed to morph the NP’s “swart gevaar” and “rooi gevaar” into the “white racist bosses” and “Western racist neo-colonialists”, all apparently dangerous to voters. Add to this the legions of government employees who rely on the ANC for income, the hundreds of thousands who rely on the ANC for tenders and the millions of people who rely on the government for grants and the ANC has the election locked up. Fear and greed will do it for you every time if you are a politician seeking election. Actually fear and greed can sell anything. This is not new and is exactly what the NP did to hold onto power for 48 years, except with a limited voter base. This is why the NP leaders so readily found a home in the ANC (not the DA as the ANC propaganda will have you believe). The leader of the NP is now a minister in the ANC lead government, and appears very comfortable with his lot and why shouldn’t he? The ANC of today is very much like the NP of yesterday. Same tactics, same greed and hunger for power and same commitment to democracy (very little if at all).
Clearly the ANC has been hijacked by opportunists promoting their own wealth at the expense of the country and the organization. Having reviewed the Freedom Charter, I have not been able to discover any mention of R 200 million houses, presidential jets, Blue Light convoys, Tendepreneurs, sushi or any of the trappings of wealth and power. The current approach of the leaders of the ANC appears to be: secure one’s economic future and if in the unlikely event that anything is left the masses can have some. Remember – “we are drinking the Champaign for you!”
The true challenge facing the ANC is not next year’s elections but preserving its legacy, i.e. the very soul of the organisation. There is very little time to do this. Already many of today’s youth are starting to view past heros through the lens of the present. The youth, and the world, will start asking themselves, were previous ANC leaders also corrupt? Did the towering giants of the movement fight for freedom or were they also fighting for power and wealth for their own family and friends? Will millions of South Africans of all races come to curse the ANC and its leaders the way millions of Zimbabweans curse Mugabe?
There is only one thing that the ANC can do to avoid a blighted future. Nothing that the ANC does at the UN or the AU or on the world stage can help (it can, however, destroy our credibility). Nothing the ANC does in the next elections can help. The ANC cannot pull down Inkandla, The ANC cannot undo the arms deal, it will not help for the ANC to change the constitution or to give away food parcels before an election. Scaring the population, lying to the people and bribing everybody you can will keep you in power but will not save your legacy.
The only thing that the ANC can do now, is place people in charge who can get the job done. What is the job? Simple, Education, jobs, housing. Education is our investment in the future. Jobs puts food on the table now, real jobs (not government make work schemes) provide human dignity. Housing (including the service that go with it), provides shelter and comfort to our people. My plea to the ANC government and to all who love the ANC is get rid of cadres who cannot deliver, fire government employees who are rent seekers, set targets and make your people achieve them. Delivery is the only thing can save your legacy otherwise the ANC will forever be seen as the destroyers of our future. Please people, for the sake of all of us South Africans, help fix the ANC.
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