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To vote or not to vote

18 March 2014, 09:40

Contrary to what some people may think, I do not like writing about politics. Politics are a dirty game comprising of some of the things man loathes the most; deceit, greed, corruption and selfishness to name but a few. At least that’s what I think about politics in general and South African politics in particular. And it is impossible to write impartially about politics and not expect any backlash from those who may disagree with your views and opinions.

My last political piece was about my considerations for voting for Agang, so I think it is only fair that I update my position after the many changes that have occurred in the SA political scene since then. http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/Why-Im-Voting-Agang-20130628

For those of us wanting radical change in our country’s politics, we were looking forward to a party like Agang. The reason for this being that we hoped it would bring much needed transparency, class, pride and dignity to politics country again, unlike the puppet show we seem to be experiencing at present. I am also getting sick and tired of being called unpatriotic and ignorant of the South African struggle and apartheid merely because I refuse to accept the mediocrity and sheer arrogance and disregard of the common citizen by the current ANC leadership.

The Agang/Democratic Alliance failed merger however, made some of us lose all credibility for Mamphela Ramphele. As smart as she may be, and as noble as her intentions may be, that farce left a sour taste in our mouths which would make it hard for me to trust her with my vote again. This leaves many with the option of either consider voting for the Economic Freedom Fighters or the DA. I would not actually call myself an intellectual, but I’m not an idiot.  And although Mr Malema might also not be much of an idiot as some would think, the constant retort about land re-distribution and mine nationalisation makes me doubt if he has enough capacity to deal with the real difficult issues like the economy, unemployment, crime, health and education. It is for this reason that it would not be easy for someone like me to vote for the EFF. I am not even going to bother mentioning parties like COPE either.

The only option seems to be the white man’s favourite party, the DA. I try and stay clear of the racial undertones always present when discussions of the DA and Helen Zille come up. I might have nothing against the DA per se, but they have not really honestly won my vote either. Therein lies the big conundrum. Will the vote for the DA be a declaration that only a white person or party is good enough to fix the ills of our country? Granted, the last 20 years of our democracy would seem to agree with that statement. But I personally refuse to believe that there are no competent, ethical and trustworthy black people capable of brining South Africa out of the quandary we currently find ourselves in. Where these politicians are, I’ll be damned if I know. Maybe they are yet to lift their hand to declare themselves ready and able to bring the necessary change to this country. Some people may not get this, but after constantly being told how stupid, incapable and unsuitable you are based purely on the colour of your skin, I want nothing more than to prove these sentiments wrong once and for all. Mandela cannot be the only saviour of the black man in South Africa.

In the meantime, I find myself at a weird juncture, one which I have never had to face since being eligible to vote in South Africa’s democratic elections. Who my vote will eventually go to, I haven’t the faintest idea. What I do know however is that it’s unlikely that the ANC will get it, at least not in its current state. The sad possibility is that for the first time I am actually considering not voting at all in the coming elections. As I will not waste my vote and cannot let the ANC take advantage of us anymore, I somehow need to make a stand and show them that we matter. That making decisions with apparent disregard of how the public feels is no longer acceptable. I have been waiting for the ANC to get a wakeup call for a while now and my only hope is that this year they will finally get it.

How else do we expect them to govern with the interests of the people in mind again? 

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