It was put to me that whoever has the funkiest T-Shirt and dances the best gets the vote?
It is actually more sinister than that. The ANC are keeping the masses under educated and brainwashed into thinking that they can blame everything on the apartheid regime and the whites for all of life’s problems today.
But if you look at Rwanda...up and coming economy, exciting future ahead, and one of the best prospects in Africa right now considering its recent history is quite significant...Nigeria (with its problems) taken top economic country by far...South Africa should be leading this continent.
But the "ruling" (note, not the "governing") party has only one agenda...and that is "Power". To retain power you need voters...to retain power and be corrupt you need voters that are uneducated and have limited media access (hence the attempt to silence the media). So schools without books, massive unemployment...some of the poorest standards of education, living, health and so on....all comes down to one simple thing.....At the cost of the tens of millions of peoples lives, futures and dreams in this incredibly beautiful and diverse country...a handful of big fat cats are doing whatever it takes to retain power and line their pockets with as much cash as their greedy pockets can hold. They don't give a rats arse about the man in the shack....they just want him stupid enough to keep voting for the ANC (and heaven forbid...the EFF, 'cos he has the same agenda). The shack man is told that a DA vote is a vote that will bring back apartheid, and this, understandably, scares a lot of people. But democratic politics takes time...what I pray for is that the opposition parties start combining. That Zille drives, with her energy, but the DA gets a black front person. That the Public Prosecutor role is respected and the law implemented. That SARS come down like a ton of bricks on Juliaaass and also JZ (should he not have a tax bill of note for assets accrued? 40% of R200,000,000.00 is a lot of flippin' money). I am happy to have an ANC government...really I am, but they must run the country as the constitution has been laid out...give us all a chance of a future. But an ANC that have some integrity and morals.
Ipsos did a poll on what the people of SA thought of the ANC....Apparently it was a genuinely credible poll. 45% support the ANC. So where the hell are the non ANC supporters at voting time? We have 38 Million people that are eligible to vote 25 Million registered and only 18.6 Million that could be bothered to vote....I ask with tears in my eyes...where are the other 19.4 Million voters?..... Don't one of you that did not vote even start to complain about this country and the politics...I will freak!!
It is funny in a sick kind of way...I am S.African by birth, but raised in the UK...grew up with the "free Mandela" Amnesty International, bleeding hearts for SA era. Family here and in the UK...I spent time here in the late 80's and early 90's. So I think I had a good over all perspective of what was going on. What is sad is that after all that has happened, good and bad, in the last say 25 yrs, this voting apathy is pathetic. To fight for a freedom to vote and not bother, or just to be able to have an opposition to a corrupt ruling party is not a good enough reason to give up 20 minutes of your life, or a day if it needs to be, and get your arse into a voting booth and do something about it.....well it is just plain sad. Then you have two thirds of your "born frees" that have the chance to vote for the first time that don't even bother to register....I do not understand the mentality.
Interesting point being made on E News by Justice...the new middle class black S.Africans are not voting ANC. In Gauteng the loss of 11% of the vote is primarily due to "educated" black voter. Probably E Tolls too...but still interesting
This is a young democracy, and voter turnout is not unusual if you compare to many parts of the world. But being a young democracy with so much at stake, and so many so called politicians sucking the country dry and destroying millions of peoples futures. Now is a time to stand up in force and use your deserved vote to make a difference.
You are going to say that I should have been saying all of this before the election. Maybe you are right. But I was under the illusion that massive amounts of corruption, Nkandla, service delivery protests, E-Tolling, Boomagate…etc would have made a really significant loss for the ANC…it did not hardly make a dent
Please people…the next chance is the municipal elections in 2016..use your vote. And in the meantime, let us pray that we survive another 5yrs of Jacob Zuma before we have a chance of being heard again.