I might disagree with the DA on a lot of issues, foremost being its stance against legislation aimed at empowering black people, but that should not blind me from facts when they are staring me right in the face.
The government seems unable to explain why our economy has stagnated after more than a decade of growth. Initially it blamed the recession but it is now plain for everyone to see that that is no longer the case. I believe the government knows the reason why, it is just not letting on.
What most South Africans do not understand is that politics and business is hand in glove, no government can successfully run a country without the support of those who run the economy. There is a power binary in this country, with one group wielding political power and the other economic power.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) enjoys the support of big corporations and should this party ever ascend to power, those who control the levers of the economy will turn on the jobs tap; the tap that they shut when Zuma was elected president.
When a government enjoys a healthy relationship with the private sector there is no challenge that cannot be overcome, that is not the case in this country hence the stagnant economy and the resultant joblessness situation.
The current leadership of the ANC does not command enough respect to entice the private sector into creating jobs, in fact this sector is hording jobs as a retaliatory mechanism. The ruling party should realise that “no problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it”, to quote Einstein.
The current leadership structure is costing the country dearly and it is time the ANC rethink its stance in the interest of the ordinary man contemplating taking his own life because he can longer afford to keep the fire burning at home.
The DA can create those 6 million REAL jobs at a wave of a magic wand but at what cost?
To answer that question one has to merely look at the policies that the opposition is against: Employment Equity, Affirmative Action, Black Economic Empowerment, and Land Reform to name but a few.
The advancement of black industrialists and entrepreneurs might be stifled as, in the absence of legislation, big corporations stymie the emergence of small players, but for the ordinary man in search of a 9 to 5, it will be a welcome reprieve from the spectre of joblessness.