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The politics of the stomach

27 January 2014, 18:28

South African Politics

In the first general election (1994), South Africa saw the number of political parties registering for the purposes of getting a sit in the National Assembly, at the time it was called to be on the gravy train. It was an interesting era indeed, as the first Economic Policies (RDP) were underway. The common goal was to build the country hence RDP was the Policy to achieve such goal. Interesting parties that contsted the first general elections were among them KISS PARTY, SOCCER, PAC, ANC, IFP, NP etc. Some of the parties started to fade away or started to suffer from the natural course of death. They might not have died, but they almost dead as some they died and the next general elections we saw the birth of DA replacing NP, the birth of UDM (born out of anger from ANC), and ID (born from PAC).T

The leader of UDM, Gen Bantubonke HOLOMISA was a member of the ANC and out of the disputes he had with the ideas of the ANC he formulated his own party, perhaps to stay current with politics. Not sure if it is a good idea or not, but you are welcome to formulate your own opinion.

Independent Democrats (ID), the leader of  Patricia De lile was a mebmer of PAC and she representedd the Pan African Congress in the first general assembly. Due to the ARMS DEAL, she became famous as a results she decided to start her own party as PAC was to small for her. I could say opportunistic politics. As the arms deal issue remained in the medea in that period of second phase of government, she was relavant, but when the issue of arms deal was no longer a priority in the third of government, her party started to suffer the natural age, in the fourth era of general elections, the party died and its members were encouraged to join the DA. Also, you can formulate your own opinion in this regard.

The politics of TAC, this organisation got its strength during the era of Mr. TM MBEKI. TAC found its momentum and really made the country look bad in its social policies. Mbeki became unpopular due to HIV - AIDS issues, during the fourth era of general elections or could I say Zuma era, he managed to address the issue of HIV-AIDS, and the TAC is also suffering from aging too.

The Cope and fourth general elections, the birth of Cope was influenced by the ideas of defending the national constitution that was going to under threat should Mr. JG ZUMA become the president of the country, what is amazing is that the same party cannot handle its own affairs, its own constitution is not stable.

We are forging to the next general elections in 2014, and we are witnessing the birth of Economic Freedom Fighter (EFF) as they claim to deliver all South Africans from the chains of inequalities and poverty in our lifetime. One of the most common issue they are concern is the private residence of the Presiding President (JG Zuma). They are criticising his spending habits as well as his wealth, so as Democratic Alliance (DA). We have seen DA in 2012 visiting the private residence of the ANC President with the aim of exposing corruption in the construction this residence. I wish to know what really was going to happen if they had been given the access to the residence. Did they have scanners for pricing or they had price tags that they were going to place to each asset of the residence or perhaps they had property evaluators who were going to do evaluation for them.

We still awaits the answer on what really they were going to do if access was given. To date I never heard if the residence of the president is given to the public without following the proper security protocols, let alone the opposition party. I think this kind of politics are very desperate, and very cheap.

What South Africa needs? We need man and women who will work towards building this country in the true spirit of unionism. We need parties that will debate policies of social agenda such as Health, Economy, Education, etc.

Until then, nothing will move as the ruling party will defend its position as the opposing parties try to advance forward in something we cannot be able to put the face on. 

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