PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
Wesley Fuller
 
Comments: 33
Article views: 2568
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all Wesley Fuller's badges.
 

The ANC will rule forever...

10 January 2014, 07:59

A statement made by the President of the Democratic Republic of South Africa. This is not the first time our President has officially mentioned the infallibility and eternal nature of the current ruling party; the last time he said the reign of the ANC would end only when Jesus returned.  Some people have reacted with horror and said the ANC is using "bully tactics" going into the elections and others have simply ignored it; however I believe there is something in this kind of rhetoric that South Africans, regardless of political affiliation, need to take heed of.

I purposefully mentioned in my opening paragraph that Jacob Zuma is the President of the Democratic Republic of South Africa. The word "democracy" comes from the Greek "demokratia" which essentially means "rule of the people". A healthy democracy requires its citizens to vote and in a healthy democracy the will of the people determines who runs the country for the good of the country. I often wondered after the initial statement by Zuma about "ruling until Jesus came back" whether Zuma, or the ANC for that matter, understood democracy at all. Over and above the statements mentioned, the ANC becomes extremely irritated about anyone who criticises its leaders or representatives; going as far as asking for public apologies. What comes to mind is "The Spear" painting or Zapiro's depiction of Zuma with a showerhead. This is in stark contrast to the United States where people are allowed, through freedom of speech, to view their opinions about their current leadership without political backlash. Furthermore in most healthy democracies the leaders will never say they, or the party, are going to "lead forever" because the party doesn't determine that, the people of the nation do. This kind of rhetoric and clamp down of criticism is far more familiar in other political systems which I would like to discuss in the next paragraph.

If you even have the faintest knowledge of human history then you will know what I am going to speak about. History is riddled with men and governments who spoke very similarly to the way the ANC and its current leader does. Some of the men I can think of from the 20th century would be Stalin and Hitler. There are more before them as well. The similarity is that they never ruled forever but what they did do was leave a wake of destruction in the aftermath of their rule. Yes I am aware that we are not in the Third Reich or the Soviet Union however what concerns me is whether this "democracy" of ours will stand the test of time when the ANC's power is truly challenged.  Would the ANC gracefully step down if it lost an election or would South Africa be thrown into a violent power struggle like our neighbour's Zimbabwe? You see when a President says what he just has, it makes one wonder what He and the party would do to ensure that they rule forever?

I am not 100% sure about the answers to my questions above; however I am 100% sure that the ANC's power will be challenged and I pray that South Africans would learn to be loyal, not to a party or man, but to the Republic of South Africa and to fight for the values and the democracy that so many South African men and women, not party, fought so hard for.


Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
33 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Howard Feldman
Seriously BDS, Get a Grip

The BDS need to acknowledge what a monumental failure their South African Woolworths campaign has been. Read more...

109 comments 3341 views
Submitted by
Pierre Willemse
Boks vs Wales - the final stretch

What an enthralling year of ups and downs it has been and in my opinion a lot more ups than downs. Read more...

0 comments 320 views
Submitted by
Craig Pedersen
Thoughts of Freemasonry

Founded in South Africa in 1756, Freemasonry is South Africas oldest fraternal organisation - if not the oldest established organisation.  Read more...

135 comments 3685 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Melancholy Madness

 Read more...

4 comments 193 views
Submitted by
NotSoMysteriousBrony
The folly of Labour laws

Recently I heard that government wishes to up the minimum wage requirements for domestic workers. This got me thinking about the increased strictness of labour laws in our country.  Read more...

37 comments 1634 views
Submitted by
Kalos eidos
The Rasputin behind Vladimir Puti...

Although appearing to embrace conservatism, today’s Russia seems to be a mass of contradictions especially with the emergence of a so-called Bolshevik party and its admiration of both Stalin and Tsarist Russia. Read more...

5 comments 933 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 60% on toys!

Don’t miss out on this hot offer, save up to 60% on toys. While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.