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The Forgotten Long Dragged Textbooks Saga – Did We Get the Answers?

28 November 2012, 10:02

I am one of those with the view that the Minister of Basic Education Angelina Motshekga is unfit to hold her office. Not necessarily due to the non-delivery of the textbooks in Limpopo and other provinces respectively, but during her tenure as the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of Education in Gauteng, she abandoned her duties to attend a court case in which Jacob Zuma appeared on charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering. 

She was quoted in the media having said education is not rudimentary important for one to be a leader, alluding to Zuma’s lack of formal education. Yet she was rewarded with the same ministerial portfolio she holds ever so light.

However, I do not blame her single-handedly for non-delivery of the textbooks in Limpopo nor does the problem lie with the incumbent MEC of Education Dickson Masemola but the problem lies collectively with:

(i)              the 66 per cent of voters countrywide who voted the corrupt African National Congress (ANC) into power;

(ii)             the 85 per cent of voters in Limpopo who voted the corrupt ANC into power; and,

(iii)            President Jacob Zuma’s systematically flawed and erratic leadership

The first problem lies with the 66 per cent of the voters who voted the corrupt ANC into power. We, as South Africans, especially the Blacks, we should stop voting for the ANC because it arrogates that it solely liberated us. Other political parties like the Pan Africanist Party (PAC) played an important part too.

Even if it did, it does not hold monopolistic rights over our votes nor we owe it with our lives or the future of the next generation. In fact, we must hold any political party accountable with our votes. Every vote we cast at the polls, should count.

The ANC has created a false impression that it has solely liberated us from the apartheid system and thus, we owe it with our lives. While Americans discuss future politics, we discuss history politics. We must stop voting for history, what the ANC has done for us in the past but, what other political parties can do for us.

Our country is now engulfed by the same disease that holds most of the African countries back. We vote for history, instead of the future we envisage or leaders with achievable political visions and with an intimate understanding of global dynamics.

In this instance, Zimbabwe bears a classic example. The vast majority of Zimbabweans excitedly vote for the Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) although the party has brought the country’s economy down to its knees.

In reality, there is no major difference between Zimbabwe and South Africa (SA) except that whatever that happens in Zimbabwe in SA happens under the so-called democracy. The only edge Zimbabwe has over us is that its politics are not confined within the racial lines.

In SA, we do not see politics beyond racial lines. Some political pseudoanalysts claim that we need a strong opposition party to unsettle the power-drunk ANC but the Democratic Alliance (DA) has proven itself beyond reasonable doubts that it is a strong opposition party.

It has won all the court cases it lodged against Zuma’s faulty decisions, from the unlawful extension of former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo, the appointment of Menzi Simelane and the seemingly non-existent spy tapes.

The DA has even intruded the ANC’s stronghold areas. However, no matter how hard it tries, the Blacks will continue to vote for the ANC, irrespective whether it delivers or not, as long as they are not ruled by the Whites again. The same way the Whites continued to vote for the National Party during the apartheid era.

The second problem lies with the 85 per cent of voters in Limpopo province who voted the corrupt ANC into power. They should blame themselves, not the ANC for letting their own kids down.

As the nation, when are we going to take blame for making the wrong decisions at the polls? They voted the ANC knowing very well that the party is corrupt, yet they expect the different results.

Come 2014 National Elections, they will be happy to be given free T-shirts and transported with free buses to the ANC rallies. Few months later, they will be all over the streets protesting against poor service delivery. Ours is obviously a vicious cycle.

The Limpopo government corruptly squandered the taxpayers’ hard-earned money with impunity. The poor Minister was notified around June 2011 about the looming textbooks crisis and the province was placed under the national administration in November, four months later.

Instead of calling for the resignation of Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale or the President to fire him, the poor Minister was used as the scapegoat. Even if the President had fired her or the Minister resigned herself, that would not have solved the problem because it does not lie with her alone. The problem is built-in the corrupt Zuma-led government.

The third problem lies solely with President Zuma who has ascended to the highest office without any vision envisaged except enriching himself, his family, and friends as well as infiltrating the Zulus into his Cabinet.

He has already shuffled his Cabinet three times but still the desired results are not forthcoming. “Does the problem lie with the Ministers or with him?” How does he justify the recycling of incompetent Ministers?

He transferred the Dr Sbu Ndebele from the Transport ministry to the Correctional Service. Did he transfer him to salvage his political career after the mess with the electronic-tolling system in Gauteng province?

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