Winds of Change.
There is an air of discontent blowing all across South Africa, and its gathering momentum on a daily basis. The People are getting very restless. People power is awesome, and if this power in mind thought and spirit could be applied to unite The People of South Africa, it could become a country for “The People.” As we all know, it is presently a country divided. This caused by a corrupt government that is destroying South Africa. One could put pen to paper and start listing all the bad things that’s have been happening in South Africa since Jacob Zumas inauguration five years ago, but this would just once again be rehashing stuff that we already know about. “What about all the good stuff that is happening,” we are asked when we air our views on the bad stuff that is happening. The good stuff that is happening by the way, just happens to be the way a country should be run anyway. No discussion here.
A true Democracy consists of four basic and key elements.
Ø A political system for choosing and replacing the Government through free and fair elections.
Ø The active participation of “The People” as citizens in politics and civic life.
Ø Protection of the Human Rights of all citizens.
Ø A rule of law, in which the laws and procedures apply equally to all citizens.
A Democracy allows “The People” to choose their leaders and hold them accountable. It is “The People” who decides who represents them in Parliament. This done, by choosing between competing (Opposition) parties in free fair elections. It is important to know that “The People” are the highest form of political authority. Power of “The People” should flow to the leaders who are in power for limited periods. “The People” should be free to criticize and to observe how elected leaders conduct the business in Government, and elected leaders should listen to “The People” and respond to their needs and suggestions.
It is very important that citizens are aware that Opposition parties are vital in a Democracy, and a Democracy becomes so much stronger when “The People” allow themselves, and are allowed to participate in the right to express opinions, listen to the views of other people, even if one disagrees. In a good Democracy no one should denounce a political opponent as evil and illegitimate because they have different views. “The People” have the right to know and the right to respond.....
In a Democracy the “Opposition” party act as a watch dog of a system. They form a shadow Cabinet to exercise vigil over the performance of the sitting Government. It is the Opposition parties who keep the Governing party on their toes, and therefore it is very clear that the role of the Opposition party is vital to the healthy growth of a Democracy.
Fast forward to a South African Democracy which does not hold true to the very core of what Democracy should be, Healthy, vibrant, and for “The People.” This, because the leadership in this beautiful country is rotten to the core, and really do not care about “The People.” How can they, in all reality, be true to “the People” when they support a President who doesn’t care? Their very actions bring them down to his level of incompetency and disregard.
A successful leader is full of vision.
A leader needs to listen to “The People.”
A leader serves the people.
A leader earns respect.
A leader earns trust from “The People.”
A leader walks the talk.
A leader speaks from the heart and engages with the listeners.
A leader enjoys debating.
A leader provides a positive example for others to follow.
A leader has a conscience.
A leader is transparent.
Jacob Zuma is not a good President, and South Africans deserve better.
Next year 2014, millions of born frees are going to vote for the first time. Their concerns are not about the struggle, but rather about their future. There is an air of discontent blowing all across South Africa, and the people are getting restless. After all, according to our democracy, it is a government of people, by the people and for the people.
Look what happened with the Arab Spring and the power of angry and disillusioned people... People power is awesome.