The political margin of ordinary poor South Africans is palpable and each day it grows wider compared to the rich and privileged few. Across the whole world the margin between the rich and the poor continues to grow against time for those who have lived and seen the harshest of it all. The recent launch of re-election campaign by the ANC has been launched in Soweto, as a chocolate dress up to saw the promises of a better future. It is by no surprise to realise that time and time again those who have greater needs have been used as a launching platform for political spacecrafts over the years, without realising its destiny.
The election campaign of the ANC in 1994 was mainly focused at reaching the masses and influencing ordinary people with a promise of a better life for all. The 1998 election campaign sleeked to mobilise the greater majority of South African people. Fast forward 2013 it is nothing new that the most vulnerable people of South Africa in Soweto are the launching platform of the ANC’s 2014 general re-election campaign. What did these people get in the past 18 years of Democratic South Africa? The truth is that these citizens still have the thirst and the hunger of the promised New South Africa. Somewhere along the line people expect to hear the election manifesto and its promises to continue to dream about the new South Africa. The sad reality is that a few details ware revealed at the launch of the 2014 re-election campaign in Soweto.
On the other hand at the epitome of political parties that represent the privileged few, they continue to do it by the book. The Democratic Party since 1958 has been shielding the status quo as they have been good at all along. They seek to promise those who have benefited from the past an insurance to reassure them that no one would temper with whatever they have. The typical pieces of election focus in 2014 include rallying the youth to keep on working for somebody else instead of creating their own sustainable jobs. Whichever way you look at it there are few surprises.
The reality of today taking a few steps back before the 2014 election is that South Africa remains a divided society dating a way back from where we are. The constant surroundings of the reminders of the hurtful past do not need an effort from a South African child to realise that they are caught in the midst of a young Democracy. The society has the poorest of the poor who sleep hungry without meals even today. The space that they live in is getting shrunk each day to the size of match box stands that they live in all over the country. One can even wonder the voices that keep telling these people that it is alright to continue to be a slum dweller.
When a foreign national like President Barrack Obama turns the page, he finds the might South African metros like Cape Town. The city has practically entered a reactionary mode of being the refugee camp of the privileged few whilst it is underlined by constant cries of service delivery from Khayelitsha. The dreams of the DA has not been realised in Cape Town even when the policies favours them at the moment. This reality makes one wonders if South Africa is where architects of the inequalities of the past wanted it to be. The arrest of progress in the country seems to be predestined for someone to unlock the New South Africa.
Those who haven’t lost faith in the promise of the New South Africa knows that someone somewhere is working hard to make it a better country for all. There is no doubt that more than ever, South Africans needs to work together to achieve the greater good of the New South Africa. The responsibility of renewal of democratic values once again shifts to ordinary people of South Africa who are expected to participate in the election campaigns of new leadership. The recent conception of Agang political platform and others on the way should be embraced by South Africans as an attempt to saw the seeds of change .A better Country for all is more than a conviction of the mind but the attempt to put the people as drivers of their own destiny.