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Why voting DA makes sense for ANC supporters

13 April 2014, 19:10
By no means am I a devout DA supporter. My preferred party (which I wont mention) aren't contesting this election. So, by default I must choose which party to vote for. It's currently a toss up between DA, Agang and EFF (EFF purely to help ensure Malema gets a seat in parliament to annoy JZ). So my article is all about a logical conclusion I came to after reading some responses on News 24 from staunch ANC supporters, labeling the DA a whites only party and the fear of apartheid returning if the DA ever gets placed in charge of the country. So here goes.
Firstly, apartheid cant come back. Our constitution is so well written that not even a semblance of apartheid can return, no matter who is in office. In order to change the constitution, you require a two thirds majority, and lets face it, not even Zille's wildest dreams for the DA has gone that far. So relax, if auntie Zille EVER gets to be president, there will be no apartheid. But lets say for instance the DA does manage to get a two thirds majority (66/6%) of the votes and in their silliness they attempt to bring back apartheid or something like it. This would be a suicidal thing to do. Back in the apartheid era, both the army and the police were majority of white people, so they could get away with enforcing unfair laws. Currently, the majority of people in both the armed forces and the police are black. The only logical conclusion of such an action would mean instant armed reaction from the populace (including myself, for I refuse to live in a country that is not free) and the party in charge would have no defense. In the end, the party in charge would be forcibly removed from office and hopefully shot. So no, at no point in time can apartheid return to this nation, the structures ensuring this are too firmly in place and lets face it, to take them down would be too much of an effort and the majority of the nation would stand in the way.
Now with the fear of apartheid addressed, lets look at the white man's party. The DA has not been a white man's party for quite a while. Back in Tony's day, you could say that they were, but lets face it, those days are gone. The DA has realized that their future does not lie in either improving the country for black or white people, but for all people. Their policies listed on their website speaks to this. 
With those two concerns addressed I will now move on to the logic of voting DA as an ANC supporter.
Lets face it, if you are an ANC supporter, the ANC dont need to work for your vote. All they need to do is show up. Their support is so entrenched within the lives of every supporter it has almost become a religion. In the past twenty years they have gotten used to just winning. They dont need to deliver on promises, they dont need to care about the poor, all they need to do is say look, here we are, remember apartheid, we stopped it, vote for us. On the other hand, the DA are not in this position. If they want your vote, they know deep down in their souls, they must work for it. They cant cut social grants if they come into power because then they will lose the next election. They cant ignore education, because then they will lose the next election. They cant build 250 mill houses, refuse to deliver services, let their ministers use the tax payers money for lavish hotels, let corruption flourish or anything like that, because then they will lose. Because if they win an election, they know that the work required to keep you voting for them will be so intense that they cant mess up even once. In other words, they will work harder for you than the ANC will, for no other reason than that they would HAVE to in order to remain in power. Now that is called motivation. Think about it, who would you rather have in government, a party that knows it will have to work their asses off for you to stay there, or the ones who know that all they have to do is show up.

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