About two decades ago we fought for the end of apartheid. A
terrifying yet brave battle for freedom that was fought with much courage. And
as democracy was gained, we elected the ANC as ruling party to lead us into the
future. A future we thought would be one of hope and prosperity.
Yet, we are still oppressed. Not by a white minority, as in
the past, but by our very own elected government. This oppression is one most
don't see as coming from government, But it is. We got a huge unemployment rate
of about 24% of our workforce, of which a large amount are young people.
Much unemployment was initiated by a high minimum wage rate
lately, with hundreds of people losing their jobs. This government is also one
of terrible corruption. Millions are spent on personal salaries for people who
don't do much and yet more on high expenditure and unnecessary raises.
The government starts
countless projects that are highly uneconomical, spending countless on them.
Many of these schemes don't even work and are quickly abandoned. And as the
government don't actually make much money, they have to tax it. Increasing tax
rates are a burden to society, with property tax hurting the housing industry,
industrial tax hurting jobs, and graduated income tax hurting individuals and
We also see a preposterous oppression of the free market.
Companies are heaped with red tape and regulations, and even small businesses
are hindered to a huge extent. Freedom is rare in a socialistic state. And as
the ANC is a highly interventionist state, freedom is becoming rare in South
The freedom of press
is hindered by the secrecy bill. The freedom to own land is hindered by land
reform. This is sad because economic freedom is an essential proponent to
overcome unemployment, poverty, and inflation.
Another aspect of the ANC is that they don't only do things
they shouldn't do, but also refrain from doing things they should. They fail to
protect South African citizens from crime while many people are being robbed,
attacked, hurt, and even murdered.
It is a loss of yet another freedom that government ought to
preserve, Freedom from crime. As long as people are morally corrupt, government
can never stop crime completely, but by better leadership and policies they can
at least lessen it. At the moment though, South Africa is one of the worst
countries concerning crime, and the ANC does not plan to improve their
policies. Maybe they'll spend more on security, just to impress their critics.
But upgrading Police office's TV sets is not really going to forward the fight
The ANC are still able to persuade most people to vote for
them, however. By promising things to people, and telling them it is their duty
to vote ANC, they are almost by default the ruling, or dictating party of South
Africa, winning a majority at every election. And though they usually don't do
the things they promised, they will probably be the ruling party well into the
The ANC do have a small bit of opposition in the form of the
DA. The DA itself is fatally flawed though, with moral, economical, and
leadership problems. I do believe
however, that though the DA is not the answer, it is at least part of it, and
that they may be open to reform. The ANC is seeing the DA as a potential threat
to their position, and are fighting a steady campaign against it, criticizing
them of racism even though they fought diligently against apartheid.
The fight for our freedom isn't actually the DA against the
ANC, but rather liberty, free enterprise, and limited government against
socialism, Marxism, and ultimately, communism. In 1994 it was the people that
overthrew white minority rule, establishing the freedom to vote for all.
Now again it is only
the people that can overthrow the burdensome and oppressive government that we
now have. Let us stand together, and gain our freedom yet again. Let us pick
ourselves up from the mud into which we have sunk, the mud of socialism and
communism. These systems of government have proved themselves dead.
Their only use? To forward yet another group that seek only
their own interests, and not the those interests and freedom that the people so
desperately need. Let us show the rest of the world that we the people, we the
land, still have that fighting spirit, and while we still have the chance, let
us choose liberty.
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