Every time I read the term 'ruling party' I cringe. Visions of Louis XV and his 'heady' reign, and his famous wife and her 'let them eat cake' pop into my mind.
When I think of 'ruling' I think of feudal lords, drinking in their filthy grand halls while peasants shiver in huts. I think of dictators guzzling champagne while people die.
Perhaps, when the ANC refer to themselves as the 'ruling' party, it's not a misnomer after all?
They're not doing much different, are they? Their excesses are clear to see, while people starve. Not really the people's party, are they?
The thing is though, we don't need a 'ruling' party at all.
We need a governing party. We need a managing party. We need someone who knows how to run a business, and who applies that knowledge to South Africa, and we need them soon.
A country IS a business. On a larger scale, with more shareholders in the form of citizens, and with a much more complex structure, but it is a business.
Until a country reaches the point of economic prosperity, it cannot hope to climb further up ol' Mazlow's heirarchy as a collective, and so far, we've failed dismally to do that.
The longer we are 'ruled' by the feudal lords, the harder that job becomes for whoever will take up the task next.
However, there is no doubt that whoever does follow the ANC will have their work cut out for them, and if they don't focus on the basics: education (even if it means mandatory adult basic education), small business and economic growth and nation building, they will fail too.
Stop looking for a ruler. Look for a manager. You are a shareholder. Every shareholder has the right to get together with other shareholders, and fire bad managers.
Fire them already. Before it's too late.
Someone else here said that pigs would fly before the DA took over. That may be true. But we'll all go skiing in hell before the ANC makes a success of SA.