By Mzakes Ndlovu
If the editor published my article I am grateful for that. Before I start my story I would like to note that I am not from the Eastern Cape. I was born in Cape Town, I raise my kids here and I intend to stay here. The latter statement was just some information to the smart, but oh so ignorant commentators. I am also an ANC supporter, always have and always will be. In your eyes that makes me stupid uneducated thug, sheep or whatever you would like to call me. If that is how you feel, maybe I am.
Now let’s start my article: Yes, circumstances deprived me of a formal education. In modern society I would be seen as an uneducated man, I concede to that.
I have been reading comments from purported clever individuals on this News24, who often refers to ANC supporters as the stupid masses. They will also go as far as claiming that the ANC is keeping the stupid masses uneducated in order to manipulate them in voting ANC. I also came across some who believe that we should review who is illegible to vote. Thus meaning, voting should be limited to the educated. I would like to deal with this first: HYPOCRITES! You refer in such a condescending tone to ANC supporters, well aware of the fact that you need these same uneducated people to vote for you, if the DA wants to go to government. In this I deduce, that your difficulty is not in the so called uneducated people allegedly being manipulated by the ANC in order to win their votes, but rather in the DA’s failure to do same. Now you my answer; the DA is not in the manipulating of voters business. If so, with reference to the DA struggle campaign, who is a blind follower now? Most of you guys purport to be so clever, very smart and yet you believe that by insulting people, you will get votes? Think again, this time with reference to the Winds of Change Speech, which led to renewed Afrikaner nationalism.
You also like to refer to the Western Cape as the best governed province in South Africa. You do this and refer to service delivery in other parts of South Africa. You do this and yet you in all likelihood have never been to Gugs and other surrounding places. Let us first get this out of the way: I believe the ANC could have done more in these areas when in power. In saying this, I am not conceding that the DA is doing a better job here. Fact is; if you go to a place Delft today, it will look the same as when even before the ANC took over. I said that the ANC could have done more, but the DA also is not doing a better job are they? Look, let’s be honest with each other here, the other provinces are exactly the same. The richer areas will look better than the poorer areas. The point I am making is as follows: The same as the ANC, the DA is failing these areas. So what makes them better?
People also like to refer to the Cape is the place everybody wants to go to, one of the greatest cities in the world. This can however not be attributed to the DA. People don’t visit Cape Town for the DA. They do so because of the mountain, the beaches, the island etc. They have done so, before the DA, before the ANC and will continue do so even if the AWB were to take over, so is it fair to attribute that do any particular political party? I certainly think not.
With reference to an earlier paragraph where I spoke of the manipulating the voters factor. Most of you clever people, who say we, the uneducated masses believe everything the ANC says, are also being manipulated by your DA. How you may ask? With the spade of gang violence in the Cape Flats, your DA and its leader publically asked the president to send in the troops in affected areas. Doing so, they claimed will ease gangsterism in those areas. They did that, with a certain goal in mind: Let’s show the people of Cape Town that the ANC does not care about them. Let’s use their pain against the ANC. This made the clever guys jumped up in joy the ANC will be exposed again. What you clever DA supporters failed to realise is this: It showed you for what you are: The same as some of our ANC supporters; believing all the crap fed to you. Allow me to articulate on the reasons for my latter statement. Section 200 and 201 of the Constitution does not allow the employment of the Defence Force inside South Africa in circumstances other than in co-operation with the Police Service. There are good reasons for this. In a constitutional democracy it is of utmost importance that the role of the Police Service and the role of the Defence Force be kept separate. The Defence Force should normally not be employed inside the. A failure to uphold this distinction between the Police and the Military is dangerous as it will run the risk of further politicising the Defence Force and will create an incentive for politicians to deploy the Defence Force, with its arsenal of dangerous weapons, against ordinary citizens. For the DA therefore to use this tactic, shows either a manipulative nature or a general lack of knowledge on the constitution. It must be said, the in certain circumstances the constitution allows, deployment of the military in the community, however a thorough investigation in this situation would show you that this is not one of those. If the DA was campaigning for the return of specialized units, I would support that, instead they chose to manipulate their clever supporters and the vulnerable communities of the Cape Flats.
I have taken the time to peruse your DA’s manifesto. No actually, I was forced to do so as your DA, as your DA never talk about same. They merely are pointing out ANC faults. Nevertheless, i have read it and I concede, it is a well written document and the policies in same are commendable. The problem with that is, our uneducated ANC supporters won’t know it, as it is never articulated to us. This is because your DA’s campaign is based on the mistakes by government. I concede again, government makes mistakes, one of those are Nkandla (I know this one was coming in the comment section). I fully support any initiative against Nkandla, just for the record. Point in this paragraph is however not Nkandla, but policy and manifestos. If you took the time to peruse my ANC’s manifesto, the same as I did with your DA’s, you would note the similarity amongst the two. Different manners in doing things, but comes down to the same thing. I am a simple man, I don’t know much about these policies and stuff. Remember I am just an uneducated ANC troll, what do I know? I can however tell you this: What these two policies propose, not even the Americans and Europeans can attain. So for you clever DA supporters to keep on referring me to DA policy, is somewhat unnecessary as same is the no different really to the ANC’s.
Okay let me leave you, but I want to leave you with this idea: The ANC is manipulating its voters, but so are the DA. How clever are you really if you choose to be manipulated by the DA instead of the ANC, when in essence you are manipulated in any event.