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The ANC is not a race

2011-05-03 10:11

As we draw closer to the 2011 municipal elections in South Africa an increase in politically motivated and emotionally charged letters written by passionate News24 readers seem to be the order of the day.

It is obvious that numerous writers are feeling extremely disenchanted and are writing out of a real concern for the future of our country and all of its citizens.

Writers are mostly fed up and disillusioned with the current government and its impotence in providing even the most basic services like clean water. These dynamics motivate people like you and I to take the time to write a letter in the hope that it is published on a public platform which is open to comment, debate and abuse.

There is immense significance in the shared public sentiment in a number of these articles. The writer attempts to outline how they feel in South Africa 2011, endeavouring to draw from their own experiences and the shared sentiments of their family members, friends and colleagues. Often comments are made that will offend certain demographics, as opinion often does not have a firm foot in fact and is drawn from their social environment and associated bias.

Articles are frequently followed by heated debate that seems all too often to have a racially motivated undertone rather than a constructive political debate and solution. The more we debate, the more we understand, the more we learn and the closer we get as a society. Without debate we would fail to be a democracy. But through generalising and arguing one race is better than the other is not helping anyone except the ruling party who seems to draw strength through racial alienation.

The dark underbelly of popular SA politics reveals a more sinister plot craftily engineered by ANC, a plot that will ensure their political survival and domination. Racial fear mongers are strategically placed in our society and are given ample airtime in the media to instil and breed trepidation and prejudice amongst different race groups. They are surviving on race fuel, and if they can keep the majority sceptical along racial lines they secure their longevity as the dominant political party.

The signifier that this subversion by the ANC is working can be found in the racially motivated comments that often follow politically inspired articles. Often the reader’s comments are more subversive than the actual letters, giving one a unique insight into the deluded mindset of many South Africans. Their racial aversions influenced by cultural stigmas and more often than not fear.

There exists an undertone of anxiety and prejudice, which has through crafty propaganda immersed itself in the culturally diverse race groups of South Africa. One of my employees said to me yesterday that they were told by one of their ANC counsellors that if they didn’t vote for the ANC Mandela would die and the whites would steal their jobs. As audacious as this sounds it is paramount to fear mongering.

As soon as someone writes a politically charged letter it automatically turns into a race row. The comments quickly move to whites calling blacks savages and saying they must go back to the bush where they came from, blacks calling whites colonialist oppressors that are no longer welcome in SA. Statements like blacks need to go back to the Iron Age where the whites found them and give back all the “white invented” technology like cellular phones, cars, computers, sanitation and electricity are commonplace. Black readers then retort with the argument that whites enslaved them, stole their identities, enforced segregation and before we know it a race row explodes with no outcome, because there isn’t one if we begin a debate in this context. We need to engage in POSITIVE constructive dialogue to move forward.

One of the primary areas for concern when reading the reader comments is that we appear to be under the misconception that the ANC is a racial group or entity for blacks only. This however is not the case, it is a political party like any other party in South Africa. Countless white activists fought for the freedom and human rights of all South Africans. The propaganda that the ANC is the party for the blacks, DA for the whites is being promoted on the ground by the ANC in its efforts to keep SA alienated and the race groups polarised into political parties and thus placing the ANC firmly at the helm.

It can also be argued that the ANC draws its power from its political strength and not its ability to lead or govern. A government can be politically powerful but governmentally inept if its electorate can be easily influenced. People often ask how they can possibly still be in power after all their failures. Failures undeniably evident in countless botched community projects, failed service delivery, crumbling infrastructure, bankrupted parastatals and billions in squandered taxpayer money. Yet through all of these shortcomings they have remained politically powerful.

The articles in the media exposing massive corruption, gross incompetence, and nepotism/cronyism that is running rampant in the ANC currently is not an attack on black people, they are attacking a system that is clearly failing in every single one of its mandates. You don’t need to be a political scientist to see that our government is in a shambles and is not benefitting the man on the street, the very people whose freedom they supposedly fought so hard for.

Maybe the ANC started with good intentions, but as we have learned through various forms of historical literature: “the road to hell is paved with good intentions”.  

If the ANC die hard supporters would take their blinkers off and swallow a few empty calories of pride and admit that the ANC has failed South Africa in almost every quantifiable facet of governance including service delivery, education, housing, health care and the basic protection and safety of its citizens we can begin to move on as a nation. We cannot carry on down this river of denial till we all sail over the edge.

The National Party failed us and the ANC is failing us now. A common trend can be noted, again not requiring a PhD in politics: The average citizen is yet again on the receiving end of the raw deal. The ANC continue using basic woodwork tools like Julius Malema to entrench the very prejudices and bigotry that they vehemently deny they promote. The National party used similar tactics to encourage racial fear through propaganda and racial stereotyping during apartheid.

This tactic has been adopted by the ANC’s own little Joseph Malema Goebbels to keep the people divided and suspicious and the masses are eating it up like bananas on the ANC campaign trail. This is their primary weapon, and the race card is their only tool in controlling their voters and keeping them loyal. The white man is the devil and the DA the disguised apartheid henchmen operating in the shadows to steal away your freedom.

Similarly to during the apartheid years, today an elite few are benefitting from the spoils of our labours while the majority still live in abject poverty. The limited numbers of taxpayers are carrying an unsustainable burden, with massive amounts of tax revenue being misappropriated, squandered, lost or stolen by members of government. Whites are pointing fingers at blacks, blacks pointing fingers at whites. Politically powerful leaders are engaging in various forms of racially motivated hate speech, speaking of revolution and other using passive aggressive comments placed in or out of context to garner support.

What we need to understand is that the ANC is not a race; it is a corrupt deteriorating political party that was given a mandate by the people to govern and deliver on their promises laid out in the freedom charter. It’s not about blacks failing, and whites laughing at them and propagation their failures because they now “own the country” but can’t manage it. It’s about opening our eyes for a second and looking around us. Look at how the top brass in the ANC are living. They are living in ignorant opulence, flashy cars, 5 star hotels, first class air travel, while handing out tenders to their friends and family members. Self-enrichment is not a right of government; it is the right of hard working people who should be given equal and fair opportunity to compete in an economical environment that promotes freedom and equality.

We need to stand up as one nation united by the common experience of being taken for a ride by every government that has ever led South Africa. We need to give the next party a chance to show us what they can do for all of us and not just an elite few. It’s time to stop believing promises that bear no fruit.  Who are the richest people in South Africa currently? It’s the people who have aligned themselves with the ANC, how can this alignment be justified and accepted? The Zumas are getting richer by the day, the Mandela family is filthy rich and the list goes on and on. Big business is too scared to speak out because their pockets are being lined and controlled by the ANC so it’s really up to you and me to vote with our brains, not our hearts.

A famous quote by Mark Twain goes a long way in contextualizing our current political environment: "Loyalty to country ALWAYS. Loyalty to government, when it deserves it." The ANC is not our country, South Africa is. The pure arrogance of politicians saying the ANC will rule till Jesus returns reeks of a total detachment from reality and conceit. The ANC does not deserve our loyalty or respect. These attributes are earned and not dished out because of their political position and empty promises. We need to be loyal to ourselves and put South Africa first. We all deserve it.

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Comments
  • The Spear - 2011-05-03 10:17

    The propaganda that the ANC is the party for the blacks, DA for the whites is being promoted on the ground by the ANC in its efforts to keep SA alienated and the race groups polarised into political parties and thus placing the ANC firmly at the helm. agreed.

      IandI - 2011-05-03 10:55

      The ANC is supposed to be a non-racial party, but as soon as they see Helen Zille then they become a black party and tell voters than the DA will bring back apartheid and such other nonsense.

      Jo - 2011-05-03 11:08

      It's time voters started adding up one + one = two. The endless conferences + corrupt tender deals = billions missing from service delivery.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 11:17

      Tshepo, the reason you dont understand these things is simple, you are thick as a plank.

      Lottie - 2011-05-03 11:28

      @Poloyatonki - No, no and no. The fact that you really believe that (assuming for the moment you're not a troll) means that the abovementioned propaganda has been a success with you. So how old are you is my next question. Was it apartheid's fault that you were poorly educated, or was it under the ANC's watch that you have received sub standard education and are unable to think critically and rationally? The thing I find mind boggling is that (regardless of you), the ANC has had ample time to address the education standards/system in this country - such an important factor in all facets of a society - but they have failed dismally. Even though it is such a basic fundamental that they should be providing, standards just keep getting worse, and I know I am not the only one that wonders if it is purposely done to keep the population malleable and subservient @Wayne - So well argued. Thank you. It's a pleasure to read well thought out and presented arguments. And I do agree with you completely. It's just a matter of when more of the population will have the ability to see through the propaganda and understand that as you point out, this is about South Africa and South Africans, not about a political party and any so called 'allegiance' voters should have. There should be no such thing in politics. Governance should only be accepted when it is fair, just and democratic - and definitely not self-serving. They are there to serve the people and the country, not the other way around!

      bent5000 - 2011-05-03 11:43

      Poloy, you've just proved the writers point

      BigD - 2011-05-03 14:35

      @ kiss the boer. You are living in the past and have been brain washed by your anc brothers. Wake up and get a life. You will be shocked to find out that you are not of South African origin but came in from the north when the whites arrived looking for work.

      Stox - 2011-05-03 15:30

      KissTheBoer: We'll give you 'your' land back. Only if you let us take back everything we put into it with our own money and technology. The education you speak of, didn't exist before the evil white man came. The big cars you want, didn't exist before the white man gave it to us. The democratic freedom you 'fought' for, didn't exist either. These are all Western notions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17m8OnHC7dQ&feature=youtube_gdata_player Watch it. From the horses mouth as well so you can't call it white propaganda. No doubt you'll find some other feeble way to dismiss what this guy is saying anyway...

      Spyker May - 2011-05-04 00:51

      Indeed – no political opposition has ever been defeated by cooperating with them or with their electorate – JUST ASK THE ANC...

      paulf - 2011-05-04 07:11

      As we celebrate our 17th year of freedom, one can’t help but wonder if this is the South Africa that so many of us wanted and voted for? To those who were not part of the struggle for freedom, you might not understand the painful joy that filled South Africans on 27 April 1994. Freedom Day is a day when all South Africans are reminded of the pain, struggle and anguish that occurred as a result of colonialism and oppression. It is a day when we were set free from the historical ties of domination by the “white man”. Almost 20 million South Africans queued to take part in the country’s first free and democratic elections on that day in 1994. It was the first non-racial election to take place in South Africa, finally setting its citizens free from colonialism. On Freedom Day we commemorate the heroes and heroines who shed blood and lost lives making South Africa a country for all, where we all live in harmony irrespective of our race, nationality, sex, creed or sexual orientation. Freedom Day is meant to remind us that South Africans are “one people with one destiny.” But is this true? Are we as South Africans all free when people still live each day in fear of being violated, where citizens live in poverty and without jobs, where women fight to be heard and represented and where gays and lesbians are raped and murdered? Is this a South Africa we voted for? We have come a long way in a short time but freedom should mean much more. Freedom should mean emancipation from poverty, unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Freedom should mean a better life for all. Abahlali baseMjondolo, an intellectual movement formed in 2005 in Durban, reminds us that “there are many South Africans who feel like the freedom they are meant to have is a cruel joke which attempts to gloss over the true social concerns of citizens. “This day actually reminds us how un-free we are. All South Africans may be officially free to vote in government elections, but why vote for a system that ignores your human need?” The Gini index ranks global inequalities of wealth and has consistently ranked South Africa as one of the most unequal nations on the planet. The gap between rich and poor is not shrinking. And through all the successes that South Africa has witnessed and continues to celebrate, gender inequality remains a major problem. Women and men do not receive the same treatment and acknowledgement in the corporate world and in the societies they belong to. There is a gap that still needs to be filled in order for women to say “we are free from oppression and discrimination”. South Africa is at the top of the list of countries where violence against women is the most extreme and common. Recent Gender Links research in Gauteng found that three quarters of men have admitted to perpetrating violence against women in their lifetime – many of them have raped women more than once. When can we celebrate a day where we will be freed from this violence and celebrate equal rights for all? How will true liberty ever reach our soil? My father used to recite a poem by Charles Osgood that was a bit silly but also thought-provoking. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.” Change begins with you. It is time we stop putting responsibility on others and instead begin trying to make a difference within our societies. There are some inspiring examples of this. Women and men are fighting for change today, all across the Middle East. Our own example may be the most inspiring. There is no easy road to freedom, Nelson Mandela said in his speech. As we celebrate South Africa’s 17th year of freedom let’s keep in mind that some of us are still fighting a battle to be free. Until that battle is won, none of us have truly seen freedom.

      paulf - 2011-05-04 07:24

      All Parties are Not Race!!! SA is a Democratic country which we all voted for in 1994. Everyone has a Right to Vote for whom they think can and will lead the Country for the Best for All!!!!

      Vive la Revolution - 2011-05-04 10:09

      @ Author: Reading this letter nearly brought me to tears. You will not understand how optimistic I feel about the future of this country knowing that there are individuals like you who are genuinely concerned about the interests of South Africans as opposed to any one of this country's racial, religious and demographic groups. The quicker we realise that this government is screwing us all over, irrespective of our race or political affiliations, the faster we will realise that the only true way to attain a better life for us all is by working together as opposed to continuously highlighting the skin deep differences which are being used by the ANC government to divide us.

      paulf - 2011-05-04 12:38

      The ANC uses Affirmative Action (reverse racism) to maintain control of all government departments and institutions. It is a legal way to install ANC cadres in jobs that are well paid as a reward for supporting the ANC and also guaranteed future support. Although Affirmative Actions was suppose to help blacks to improve their backlog in the economy, it is in reality used to promote the ANC's power over every aspect of public life in south africa. Whites were removed from positions in goverment and institutions and replaced by ANC members with no experience, qualifications or ethics. The result is massive corruption, a huge drop in government sevices, explosion in crime, ext. And the best of all is that the very people, the poor oppresed black masses are now even worse-off than during Apartheid. People dying a voilent death has risen three fold, Crime has increased 1000%, goverment service has just about collaps, government corruption steals about 10% of the tax income, our schools are rated 130 th out og 139 countries, we are slipping on every international scale related to governance. So the only way the ANC can stay in power democratically is throgh racism. Elections based on race pollitics guarantees victory.

  • Slapper - 2011-05-03 10:30

    Records speak for themselves and the ANC record is not good, in any area of our lives. Enough now. Shenanigans and more promises, finger pointing and other tricks do not work anymore. The ANC lost the plot when they said they will rule until the second coming, well the second coming must be close, or the ANC is again lying.

  • Dougalan - 2011-05-03 10:34

    A government is supposed to govern for the benefit of ALL its citizens. However the ANC's track record is an extremely poor one, starting with fraud and corruption at the very top. There's the Arms deal, where billions were not only spent for unnecessary equipment, now largely unused and unmanned, but tens of million were creamed off into the pockets of ANC leadership. And hardly a day goes by that another story of ANC wastage and corruption doesn't emerge, whether it's R170 million supposedly being allocate to 'upgrade' Zuma's house, or millions being spent on 49 ANC members travelling to New York, staying first class, when only 4 could attend the conference, or Shiceka's trips, or R2 billion being needed to rebuild faulty RDP houses built by ANC tenderpreneurs. Supporting the ANC is not like supporting a soccer team. It's the national government, funded by taxpayers (probably most of which do not support the ANC and its corrupt, wasteful practices). What South Africa and the poor now need is a decent government that will not steal or waste money as the ANC does, but instead uses it to build a better South Africa for ALL, not just a few ANC elites. And race has nothing to do it.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 11:31

      poloyatonki, do you understand anything about who runs a country and for whose benefit they run it. Do you honestly think the ruling party should only benefit those that voted for it?

      Dougalan - 2011-05-03 12:03

      Poloyatonki, let's get real mate. The DA has most definitely improved the lives of the areas where it has started to govern. All the DA-led municipalities have had unqualified audits, which means that all moneys were accounted for properly. About 90% of ANC-led municipalities have NOT had unqualified audits, meaning money has gone missing without trace. Now either money is properly spent for the benefit of all the people in the area governed by a particular party, or it is not. So the only way, going by proven history over the last 17 years, for people in a particular area to get the greatest benefit of taxpayers' money is to have an honest government in charge. Hopefully, more and more educated people will realise in the coming election that the ANC has not only NOT kept its promises ('a million new jobs' etc), but that they have shamelessly stolen public funds by the billions. Surely, if you are an honest man, you cannot defend the ANC's rampant corruption?

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 12:20

      Polo please man, the ANC government is a government of the Republic of SA, not just the anc sheep. Yet is not even managing to provide service to all ANC sheep and they have toyi-toyid throughout the last 17 years of ANC misrule. LAstly, all taxpayers, regardless of who they voted for, fund the ANC government to provide public services to all of them. The smaller parties are not in government.

      Buzzbar - 2011-05-03 12:32

      I agree with polodonkey - in the same light, only those people who voted for the ruling party should pay tax!

      Wishbone - 2011-05-03 12:35

      Poloyatonki, the more you comment, the more you prove the author's point. In this case you are proving that the government isn't for the people but merely for ANC supporters. The old NP was exactly the same. Are you happy that your party is behaving so similar to the old NP? I guess as long as you are benefiting it's ok?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 12:54

      Dougalan.. When ANC got the power in 1994, SA was in a far greater mess that will be impossible to clean in just 17 years. I for one have never seen any country in the world that was able fix things in just 17 years, unless they didnt have the same amount of mess as us. ANC had a lot to do "healing wounds, Getting us on a global stage, the list is too log". Corruption is a minor thing.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 13:15

      poloyatonki, how can you say corruoption is a minor thing when it is widespread across all things ANC. It is the ONE thing that threatens the future of SA. Tell me exactly how many years will it take to fix things. Just remember, you have been told the ANC are corrupt and inept and dont give a damn about joe public. When its all gone wrong for you dont complain.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 13:22

      Poloyatonki, you say SA is much better now than in 1994. Can you list all these things that are better because it isnt education, healthcare, governance, life expectancy, crime or corruption. Its your big chance to back up what up to now have been baseless statements.

      BlackLikeMe - 2011-05-03 13:48

      Really? Polo that was a seriously dof response!!! But it seems that even the abused dog will keep following it's owner. Oh how dissapointing it must be believing all the ANC's promises just for them to never actually deliver on any of them. Did you see them driving in their fancy cars throwing t-shirts out the windows to the poor running barefoot to pick them up...how nice of them. Maybe they should sell the overpriced (R1mil+) cars and use the money to actually provide the poor with life essential services and food. The ANC cronies are arrogant fat cats using your vote to secure the tax payers money for them to live a life of excesive wealth and luxury. Their greed is shameful and the utter disdain with which they treat the poor while they stuff themselves is criminal and evil. There is no limit to the measures and tactics the ANC will take and use to ensure their continued rule of South Africa's tax income, they will lie, kill, intimate and worse to remain the beneficiaries of SA's hard working tax payers income...they must, for how else will they be able to fund their excessive lifestyles?

      Louis Cipher - 2011-05-03 13:50

      @Polio. Absolutely agreed. Impossible to clean up the mess that Apartheid created in 17 years. However, if you add up the amount of millions in squandered money and tender handouts to friends and families top ANC members, do you not think this would have helped to get closer to the dream in a shorter space of time? Apartheid aside, your ANC is stealing from the very people they meant to protect. There are 2 types of ANC supporters. 1) You fear you will actually have to work for your money and NOT get tenders handed on a platter, or 2) you too uneducated to know any better than to trust blindly, which is cultist behaviour. Either way it's sad. Not sad for you, but sad for my country to move forward.

      Krush - 2011-05-03 13:51

      @Poloyatonki. You are clearly not the brightest crayon in the box.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 14:02

      OK. A show of hands: how many people think Poloyatonki and crew are a bunch of bored white teenagers who like to stir #$%^ on the internet by making racially inflammatory remarks?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 14:08

      Louis Cipher, SimonP, Wishbone... Obviously if you were living in comfort before 1994 you wont see my point of view, for some one lived in a shack like me till 1997 when we got our free RDP house (As promised by ANC) you would see that those who think 17 years is enough are being ridiculous. We need to give ANC more time.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 14:15

      BlackLikeMe... You can go all over the world, you will never find a country which everyone is happy with the ruling party. The simple maths is that majority decides who is the best leader for thier country. And the other thing, ANC is not using my vote, they gave me that right and my vote will always remain thier vote. And please dont insult me "calling me a dog"

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 14:31

      Poloyatonki, so the fact that a few got free housing makes everything about SA better? The billions of Rand stolen by the ANC could have built thousands of houses, hospitals and schools. Thats right BILLIONS STOLEN by your ANC from the very people who vote for them.

      SeanJ - 2011-05-03 14:40

      poly, go do some research. in fact many countries were able to heal far greater wounds in 17 years. germany and japan after world war 2 doubled their industrial output in just 20 years. they were world economic powerhouses within 30 years after the war. so dont come tell me 17 years is not enough time. We would be well on our way to being a strong ecomonic power in the world if we had a honest governemnt that didnt steal tax money. Remember those countries had to rebuild everything in the country. The ANC were fortunate enough to inherit world class infrastructure so the job was half doine. they just need to build on build on that. but wat did they do. Everything is a rotten mess now... Use your head a little poloyatonki

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 15:04

      SeanJ.. World war 2 did not last for 350 years like apartheid thats why it was quick and easy for those countries to fix the mess.

      grimbie1 - 2011-05-03 18:00

      @poloyatanki.. just a quick one really..umm apartheid yeah.. 1948 to 1994. Do the maths or use google and youll see that 350 years was actually around the time the castle was being built in cape town. So look at the history of your country and maybe get a bit more information on the beautiful country you call home. Need more time.. well seems the culture of the ANC is to take it slowly...very slowly..have a heineken then take it a little slower. As previously mentioned countries that have had their infrastructure totally destroyed and much worse have recovered in half the time. ANC are slow...! ANC are corrupt..! How can you vote for someone who steals from you.?

      craig - 2011-05-03 22:21

      Education is key!!!! Once the government stops corruption, employs capable, qualified teachers then people like Poloya-tokilosie will see how corruption affects ALL in south africa, corruption = NO foreign investors = NO money = NO jobs = CRIME, but I guess the idiot wont understand that either. You dont have to vote DA, there are many other parties. What matters is that you smart enough to NOT vote ANC ever again.

      RJL - 2011-05-04 08:37

      Lol so according to poly, apartheid started 8 years before van Riebeeck landed in SA. Wow, those white opressors were good! :-P

      Lawence - 2011-05-04 15:47

      Poloyatonki: 'Corruption is a minor thing.' Corruption is running at 20% of the GDP. Explain Minor to me please

      grimbie1 - 2011-05-04 17:29

      @ poloyatonki.. As i said please get an education before you decide to state an opinion. Apartheid started in what was it 1948. Prior to that slavery was abolished by the british empire in about 1830 or somtime then. That was the British who passed that. If im not mistaken apartheid was originally from the Dutch empire. So apartheid really doesnt have 350years on it, as well Jan Van Riebeck landed in the Cape in 1652. So anyways hope you are inspired just a bit to get an education as maybe you would be enlightened to the real world around you.

      RiRo1 - 2011-05-04 17:40

      Poloyatonki, your knowledge of the time of Apartheid is actually a proof how you are being lied to. Please research on your own and don't take other people's word for it. It started in 1948. It means if it went on until 1994, it was a total of 46 years. Bye :-D

      Sanity - 2011-05-05 14:52

      Poloyantoki I cannot begin to believe you! You telling us that you are so indoctrinated by being offered an RDP house such that won't use simple logic. Is that house still standing anyway? It's not about time the anc has been in power bt it is what they have not done so far. Why then the basic infrastructure left by the apartheid gov is falling apart. Public health services are a big mess, in many areas un this country learners still use a tree for lessons; not because there was no school but because the corrupt officials can not rebuild a school blown away by a tornado. Roads are left to disintergrate completely & there is zero maintainance & consequently a huge budget will be needed to rebuild these roads again. The only thing that the anc know is to make this country a welfare state through these child grants by using our tax monies. By so doing the anc is quaranteeing its existence by being supported by these poor beneficiaries who will keep on breeding kids just to get more free money. The anc leadership is arrogant, ill disciplined, think they are above reproach & no one who's not an anc member will ever tell them anything. They lack accountability & they are incompetent. They often to resort to petty politics by reminding the poor & desperate ppl tah tthey fought for their freedom. We don't eat, drink, accommodate history & it had never eradicated poverty. I'm sick & tired of Zuma's rhetoric speeches & I don't listen to him anymore cos what he'd say are pure lies.

  • AJ - 2011-05-03 10:36

    The fact that the average ANC supporter cannot (or will not) distinguish between Helen Zille and Hendrik Verwoerd, tells me all I really need to know about the prevalent mindset in South Africa. I cant take much confidence or positive sentiment from that, that's for sure.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 12:22

      If you take the most illiterate, unemployed rural ANC voter who went as far as Standard 4 in schooling as the average voter, then I agree with you. By the way, it is from that pool that the ANC is deriving its current majority of votes

      prev-ABUSED - 2011-05-03 12:51

      Do you think these people who went as far as Standard 4 in schooling dont know what contributed to them not having decent education.

      AJ - 2011-05-03 12:59

      @Themba Thwala, yes it is indeed baffling that the ANC derives it's strongest support from those it lets down the worst. A sure sign of a voter clinging to a party's perceived past glories rather than a party that can deliver future glories. A vote is always for the future, never the past. History books and not ballot papers should record our past, dont you think?

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 13:43

      I think it's an exaggeration to suggest that the average ANC supporter cannot or will not distinguish between Helen Zille and Hendrik Verwoerd. Is it inconceivable that the average ANC supporter might rather be put off Helen Zille because her party is largely made up of, funded by and supported by white people from the middle and high income brackets? And that, as a result, Helen Zille's party naturally pays greater attention to that group of people's interests? And, is not also inconceivable, that DA supporters accusing people of voting for another party soley out of ignorance, lack of education and susceptibility to manipulation might make those people question whether the DA and its supporters actually respect them and have their interests at heart?

      Louis Cipher - 2011-05-03 13:58

      @Kisstheboer. There is a difference between educated and intelligent. That said, I think you are neither.

      AJ - 2011-05-03 14:12

      @spacemonkey: Ironically if I had little to my name that is precisely the type of party I would be attracted too, rather than shy away from. They represent my aspirations for the future I want, far away from the poverty I would find myself in now. Supporting people that seem to view my current poverty as acceptable or not worth doing anything about is the last type of person I would lend my support too.

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 14:42

      Themba Thwala.. If that person is the most illiterate, unemployed rural voter who went as far as Standard 4 in schooling, then how did he end up suppoting ANC, is it because other parties failed to get the most illiterate, unemployed rural person to give them his vote.... How stupid is that.

      Together - 2011-05-03 14:52

      I hope that that voting pool realise that very little of the money and resources meant for service delivery is ever going to get to them under this leadership. Kentucky chicken once every four years and a bus-ride - I hope that's worth SA's future. I think that rural voters are selling their childrens' future way too cheap - and why aren't their relatives and friends from the cities telling them the truth? Is this terrible fear of change being sold as a cultural virtue? What a cruel and terrible lie.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 15:13

      @AJ Do you mean you’d support a party that focuses on the interests of those in the middle and upper income brackets? In that position, I’d prefer to support a party I believed would help me achieve my aspirations, not a party that focuses on protecting the interests of those who’ve already achieved theirs. And, it’s one thing to support a party that you believe will help you to educate yourself. It's another entirely to support a party who purports to represent your interests while in the same breath dismisses your opinion on your own welfare as the words of an ignorant, misguided and desperate fool who can’t be trusted to know what’s best for himself.

      AJ - 2011-05-03 15:47

      @spacemonkey You're assuming the DA only has a plan and interest for a certain type of people. Regardless of who their supporters are the DA (and most parties let's be honest) has a plan for each and every South African in their manifestos. I'll hitch my wagon to the one that best uses the funds available to improve the lives of all of us - that being the DA. Consider the DA is doing a better job of service delivery to the poor than the ANC (as it widely acknowledged), then one could argue the DA (more than the ANC) actually has the poor at heart. Zille and Co are essentially paying more attention to those in poverty than the ANC is. The fact that most white people can identify with this effort is nothing for the DA to be ashamed of, nor should it count against the party.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 16:30

      Polo agreed: the ANC liberated us from apartheid. But those of us who are literate have now been able to see that the ANC cannot govern. The uneduated are told to vote for the ANC because otherwise their grants will be stopped. If they were educated, they would know that grants are a constitutional right and even the DA would have to provide them. They are also told that if they vote for the opposition their ancestors will turn away from them, they will go to hell, etc,etc. Only an enlightened (educated) person would be able to tell that the ANC is lying. That is how Mugabe is still clinging to power and hopes to die in office. The rural illiterate voters of Zim are what is keeping him in power because they believe anything he says. Kisstheboer, how come you have killed Kortbroek, Derek Hanekom and many other whites in the ANC?I am sure if you were to repeat your statement in an ANC meeting you would be expelled you idiot.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 16:31

      Kisstheboer, how come you have NOT killed ... Make sure you are not high on tik before you come here to vomit and pass that off as comment okay

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 17:58

      @AJ I'm trying as best I can to keep away from an ANC vs DA debate. I'm not trying to make the point that the ANC is better than the DA (that's not even my personal opinion). I blame the fact that you seem to miss my point on my own lack of communication skills -- as noted elsewhere, if I was better at making my point, I might've given politics a shot. Here's a very simple but not quite accurate version of the point I was trying to make: DA supporters calling ANC supporters 'idiots' probably does more to keep people voting for the ANC than any of the ANC's own dirty tricks. Why would anyone vote for a party who's supporters have that opinion of them?

      Pencilgraffiti - 2011-05-03 21:03

      @ Themba - Thank You! Appreciate your comments

      craig - 2011-05-03 22:26

      @Themba Thwala, Poloya-tokilosie just proved your point! HE is the uneducated voter who only went as far as std 4. lmao.

      AJ - 2011-05-04 05:04

      @spacemonkey: I agree pigeon holing a party's supporters is not the best way to engage them. That said and done, an ANC supporter could be as kind to me as they want, it will not change how much I am prepared to vote or not vote for the ANC. If a DA supporter does the same thing, similarly I would not amend my likelihood to support a party more OR less. If the LEADER or a a elected REP of that party said something to ostracise me then of course that would be different (as a white, I get plenty of that from ANCYL et al). However if I am honest, knowing all we know about the ANC performance, nepotism, corruption, childish rantings about Jesus being on their team, very nationally expensive management decisions and gross wastage of money (arms deal etc), accompanied by plunging standards across most entities (aside from tax collection), how CAN I POSSIBLY (DA Supporter or not) have a positive view of a citizens capabilities if (despite all that) they still say "Yep, I know that, but it's still the party for me - they best' and THEN in the same breath demonise another party who has been roundly acknowledged as a better performer. I can't respect that mindset, it's not the way I approach and judge policy. It's madness.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 06:27

      Craig, thanks for the laughter. "Poloyatokolosh" :)

      2sense - 2011-05-04 16:00

      @ Koos - That is the longest sentence iv ever read. WTF? Please try and use full stops next time.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 18:52

      Koos, your head is too far up Juju's big behind for you to be able to think straight. I think that is why you call me names instead of challenge me on the arguments which I have raised. Why not go and have your way with a goat as you rural types are known to do? You will hopefully come back less stressed and we can debate. I hope at least you have the sense to take my advice mfana wasemamplazini

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-05-03 10:37

    The ANC is not a race, but is an evil organization supported mainly by the black race. That's a fact...a sad fact.

      Together - 2011-05-03 14:56

      The current ANC is like the US Republican party under George W Bush - hijacked and unrecognisable. If they can't start to walk straight and stick to their own charter, South Africans of all colours and from all walks of life must fire them. And please don't fall back on the "no other choices" propaganda - everyone has a choice - and everyone has a responsibility to make a change in SA. It's NOT about colour, it's about delivery and accountability.

  • Kevin - 2011-05-03 10:47

    The anc is not a Race , just a huge failure

  • BRAKKENJAN STORMER - 2011-05-03 10:55

    tony,is this another of your scams of building houses for blacks in constantia?you mean schacks?you are hopeless.the Coloureds are not that stupid,could only be you and anc mates.you are the skunk of the earth.

  • David - 2011-05-03 10:58

    I think you have written a well balanced article. I, and colleagues, feel that in the new democratic South Africa, of which the ANC has been head for the past 17 years, they have failed the people miserably. The only way to find out if another political party can govern better, is to vote for them. Put your "X" in another spot.

  • Chronoman - 2011-05-03 11:02

    It is a pity that especially black people in SA do not understand how a democracy works. To most blacks it means that all must agree on any particular issue. It does not mean that you can go into a booth and make your cross where you think it should be made. No, all must agree in advance where the vote should go. The other day a township threatened that if their complaints are not dealt with they will not vote in the coming elections. They do not understand that they can actually vote for another party to show the level of their dissatisfaction, a practice that is followed in all democracies. A question: Can a country really be democratic if the majority of its voters do not understand democracy?

      Jo - 2011-05-03 11:11

      I think you are wrong - I think that many black and white South Africans understand it all very clearly. The neo ANC maximises exposure to poor, unemployed and young South Africans - groups most vulnerable to empty promises and fear-producing lies. We'll see how it all pans out.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 11:35

      @Jo, precisely why the ANC want to keep high levels of poor, unemployed young south africans.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 12:25

      For most poorly educated blacks, there is no alternative. The challenge is on the opposition to prove itself worthy of being the alternative. The opposition has been making slow inroads, unlike in the past

      Krush - 2011-05-03 13:53

      Chronoman, you are right. Uneducated masses voting for the one with the loudest mouth. (And the free drumstick). Which is why I say, only tax payers should be allowed to vote.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 14:08

      @Themba Thwala Exactly. I often wonder why we just hear complaints about the ANC but no questions like 'what can the DA do to win the support of more black people living in townships?' And then, I realise that no-one asks those questions because the response will be an overwhelming 'it's pointless, they're too stupid and/or uneducated to see that they're being swindled by the ANC, they'll just vote for the forever'. And, of course, that makes me think -- how stupid is it not to vote for a party whose supporters all have that opinion of you?

      Together - 2011-05-03 14:59

      An excellent point, spacemonkey - if only rural voters realised how much this version of the ANC despises them, it would change the way they look at them. And you really have to despise the poor if you are regularly failing them and pocketing the money meant for development. Imagine stealing from the POOR?

  • xman - 2011-05-03 11:08

    I read the entire article and i must admit there are some things I agree with and many more I just found hard to swallow. For starters talking abt the negative comments frm News24 readers, its clear where most of those come from, its only a handful of people who have the courage to defend the anc in the face of people calling us all kinds of names (which frankly is getting old as most of us grew up hearing those insults and stereotypes anyway). Secondly, the idea that somehow the racial polarization in our country is solely due to the anc is frankly disingenuous; i find it incredible tht people who believe this somehow do not see the role apartheid played in dividing south africans along racial lines (oh i forgot apartheid been over for 17yrs, we shld all just hold hands and sing kumbaya?)...my point is both the apartheid gov and indeed some in the anc are responsible for this...we are suspicious of each other..you cant blame people who were victims of a brutal system (apartheid) for being suspicious ..afteral dont they say one beaten twice shy? Many in SA, myself included resent the corruption, arrogance, incompetence etc by the ruling party...however I would never align myself with people who think they are superior than me NEVER

      Jo - 2011-05-03 11:29

      Well, Xman, the neo ANC must really annoy you because they think that all the voters of SA are stupid enough to buy countless botch-ups and rip-offs. My objections are not based on race, and they have nothing to do with the ANC that espouses the Freedom Charter - I object to the current set-up that live like emperors while delivery is slower than it has ever been - and the money-pool for delivery is shrinking. One should never vote emotionally - this is not the same as supporting a soccer team for life, no matter how badly it does.

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 11:47

      @xman, what leads you to believe that people think they are superior to you. Perhaps you have an inferiority complex or you have fallen hook line and sinker for ANC propaganda. You know (as stated) that the ANC is corrupt, arrogant and incomptetent but you still vote for them because..............APARTHIED.

      David Edwards - 2011-05-03 12:15

      Xman - Do you really think all whites think they are superior to you? Half of the people stirring things up were not raised under apartheid. So is this the legacy of hate passed from parents to children? Anyone who is williong to work hard and make it in the world will gain respect of others. On the other hand, those looking for a hand-out will be ignored.

      Overeenkoms - 2011-05-03 12:20

      Dear Xman. If you did read through the whole article you would notice that Wayne did put blame on the NP and the ANC for the polarisation of race in SA. Thus apartheid and the new 17 year government have a lot in common. All the ANC has done is change the government ruling party emblem from NP to ANC and nothing else.

      Wishbone - 2011-05-03 12:43

      There's much irony in the last line of your post! The ANC leadership surely think they are superior to their supporters because they take them for granted. Zuma's latest call to vote now and sort out the candidates later is surely proof of this mindset? A party who thinks that they never have to EARN votes definitely has a superiority complex!

      xman - 2011-05-03 12:47

      @SimonP I do not have inferiority complex....what I do have is resentment towards anybody that think just because of the color of their skin they are better than me. Lets NOT pretend like this in NOT happening. Seems easy for some to talk abt "hatred" passed down when it comes to other racial grps bt never look at themselves. My folk are no racists nor did they ever teach us to hate anyone; but I learned under apartheid tht because I was blk I was inferior, incompetent, I was incapable of studying math and science etc (all of which was just astounding to me). Lets not pretend like we dont see whats going on in these forums..anything thts blk is associated with incompetence, failure, lower standards...I had another NUTJOB right here tell me tht even my college education had to be watered down for me to be able to compete with the "superior race" why because I am blk...and u want me to believe tht none of you are walking around with superiority complex? read through the comments and you will see what I am talking about

      xman - 2011-05-03 13:06

      @David read through the comments on any article here news24 and then you tell me the answer to your question

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 13:18

      @xman, thanks for the confirmation, you do have a inferiority and persecution complex to go with the massive chip on your shoulder.

      xman - 2011-05-03 13:25

      @SimonP whatever man. u can believe watever u like it dont phase me one bit

      Jo - 2011-05-03 13:46

      Xman - I agree with you on the foolishness of judging people by the colour of their skin. Judge them on what they do - not what they look like or what they say. If they're really transparent about their dealings, do exactly what they say they'll do, and can be trusted with your money and your childrens' future, then that makes them worthwhile as leaders. And such people come in ALL colours, and in ALL parties.

      oistar - 2011-05-03 13:46

      Xman: I don't think that whites feel they are more superior by default. It is what we are witnessing by the present government (and its supporting mouthpiece trolls eg Malema and Winnie) that makes us feel we must be superior. Many of us did fear for the future of South Africa at the 1994 turning point, and many of us feel we have been proved right. We can only stop feeling superior when you (yes the ANC and its followers) start performing, stop corruption and start looking after your people. But at this stage, your track record is pointing dismally to failure, corruption and generally inadequacy in running what was a first world country. You have only yourselves to blame, and it is only wheen you get to prooving yourselevs will we have reason not to believe we are superior.

      lotus.lindi - 2011-05-04 21:21

      Take some of your point. But "suspicious" is not the same as hateful. Plus, there are MANY, MANY South Africans of all shades (of the SAME colour :-) who have chosen to turn their backs on the insults and stereotypes they were raised with and still come across in this fallen world.I can think of worse approaches than "let's all hold hands and sing Kumbaya!" I don't understand who you are referring to as "people who think they are superior". But with ref to your hurt at the scepticism voiced re your qualification; as some-one who has family who taught in a college where the lecturers were told to mark up the failing grades of "previously disadvantaged" students, I can tell you who is responsible for people being suspicious of the well-deserved and hard-earned grades of intelligent and hard-working darker skinned people: those who insist on affirmative action, affirmative marking and the like!

  • Gorilla - 2011-05-03 11:13

    "The ANC is not a race" ?? Not? they play the race card a lot though.

  • Al-Jackal - 2011-05-03 11:16

    Fantastic article, good to read a well written article and logic sense on top of that. Thanx for that.

  • Judith - 2011-05-03 11:20

    Well thought through article Wayne, we do need to ensure good governance and to break the veil of deceit

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-03 11:21

    The ANC sure seems to have the interests of only one race at heart.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-03 12:26

      Does that race include the Derek Hanekoms, Rob Davies, Jeremy Cronin, etc, and their families? It seems to me that just as much as the ANC is making racial mountains out of molehills, so is the average member of the opposition

      Kakabooi - 2011-05-03 13:35

      Themba. Window dressing of puppets?

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-03 13:36

      The race of hanekom et al changes nothing about my statement.

      Together - 2011-05-03 15:03

      I don't agree - the people left using bucket systems all over SA are black South Africans, the babies dying by the score in badly run state hospitals are mostly black South Africans - the families dying in countless taxi accidents on pot-holed roads in taxis driven by people with fake licences are black South Africans - as are the people losing jobs by the thousands, people emerging after 12 years of schooling being unable to read properly, the 12-year-old girls that the ANCYL wants to put on the pill because men won't stop having sex with underage girls - mostly black South Africans. I am beginning to think that this government despises us all.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 08:45

      Vaaldonkie, you need to have your eyes examined. See your optometrist pronto :)

  • L SMT - 2011-05-03 11:23

    The ANC is the best organised criminal organisation ever. They use the Malema case as their propaganda platform. All the ANC witnesses and Malema are just spewing out ANC propoganda during the court case and everything is broadcast free of charge during the day and also on every news bulletin in the evening. The biggest propaganda campaign ever paid by tax payers, and the afrikaners arranged it.

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-05-03 11:25

      Sorry...?

      Poloyatonki - 2011-05-03 11:35

      "and the afrikaners arranged it." You know this by how?

      motsokwane - 2011-05-03 12:08

      @L SMT,If you can distinguish between Criminal and stratergy,your stupidity will be healed.

      Together - 2011-05-03 15:05

      motsokwane, I know that it's a wild thought, but imagine what a great strategy accountable service delivery would be? The govt could save money on propoganda AND get the votes of satisfied South Africans.

      Mike - 2011-05-05 15:08

      "and the Afrikaners arranged it". Please expand!

  • AZB - 2011-05-03 11:41

    'n Baie nugter artikel Wayne G. Goed geskryf en goed deurdink. Vir die denkende mens om aan te kou en te oordink.

  • Bluemas - 2011-05-03 11:43

    ANC will rule RSA for many years to come...we should deal with it!

      Stryder - 2011-05-03 12:35

      "we should deal with it" Why should we "deal with it" why can they not make us happy that they are moving the country forward?

      Together - 2011-05-03 15:10

      No - the people who will have to 'deal' the rule of this ANC are the people left using bucket systems all over SA, the babies dying by the score in badly run state hospitals - the families dying in countless taxi accidents on pot-holed roads in taxis driven by people with fake licences, the people losing jobs by the thousands, people emerging after 12 years of schooling being unable to read properly, the 12-year-old girls that the ANCYL wants to put on the pill because men won't stop having sex with underage children - that's who will really have to deal with it. I am beginning to think that this government despises us all. I wish that we could 'deal' with it at elections - seems like a simple way to miss all the hunger, illness and heartache, like a way to build a future together. That's my dream for SA.

  • avhasei - 2011-05-03 11:58

    do you think 10% of population can win the election, keep on dreaming it will never happen again, ANC is hier to stay, lets talk after the 18 may and see whose the winer not DA of course not whites but 90% of SA population. never and never sauth africans will be oppressed by minority. viva ANC viva, alota continue.

      Kevin - 2011-05-03 12:19

      True ,so the poor citizens will go through life being cheated of a good honest goverment. Shame on you for wasting a vote. You can stay as you are or you can change to DA.

      grinchSA - 2011-05-03 16:15

      @ AVHASEI: Go back to school and then comment on adult platforms, you are embarrassing yourself. ANC did not win 90% of any vote ever. You are one of those brainwashed sheep the author writes about...

      grimbie1 - 2011-05-03 18:16

      umm never be oppressed again..? So explain why a white south african has to leave the country they were born in to find work. Explain why the now majority still oppresses its own eduacated people who want to live and work in the country and forces them to leave for reasons that the ANC are not providing fairly and it is essentially apartheid in reverse.

      Mike - 2011-05-05 15:11

      Did you attend school or burn it down?

  • Maddy-CT - 2011-05-03 12:05

    @ Wayne.G. Thank you for this insightful article. We only have to read the articles posted by the ANC, Cosatu and SACP on www.politicsweb.co.za to appreciate how accurately you have assessed the current state of politics in South Africa.

  • Overeenkoms - 2011-05-03 12:11

    This is with out a doubt the most constructive and best written argument I've ever read. Well done Wayne. Now if only we can put this in all 11 official languages for all to understand. Maybe an audio tape or two and for some ignorant SA citizens a copy in cave drawings.

  • Zolani - 2011-05-03 12:18

    Fantastic written artical

  • Stryder - 2011-05-03 12:36

    Is it just me or does the current ANC sound more like the PAC?

  • Goose - 2011-05-03 12:55

    What a load of codswallop! We have tons of folks commenting here and throwing stones this way & that...The bottom line is that the ANC are screwing their own people like a wh0re, while saying the DA are for whites only. As I have said before, who the hell cares what colour the people governing this country are, as long as they are honest and govern properly!!!

  • Naraku - 2011-05-03 12:58

    The ANC fans the flames of racial segregation because that is all that they have. Their supporters are yet to acknowledge that despite all the proof in the world. Racial tensions have risen under the last administration, because that was their goal.

  • spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 13:31

    I'll start with this disclaimer in the hopes that it'll compel some people to read what I say rather than dismiss my opinion out of hand: I've never voted for the ANC. I don't plan to vote for the ANC in the upcoming municipal elections or the next national elections. I take exception to two major points in the article (I have a few other minor gripes, but I won't bother with them for now): - The accusation that the ANC alone is responsible for fuelling racial tension. - The idea that the ANC's power is derived solely from the exploitation of the 'undeucated' masses. The DA was helped greatly in early successes by a portion of the white voter base that chose them primarily out of a distrust for a black government (or, at least, a black government without a sizeable white opposition). It was never an official part of any DA campaign, but early DA campaigns were essentially negative -- focused on stopping the ANC from achieving a 2/3 majority, stopping the ANC from gaining power in certain areas, etc. The DA did, of course, still actually have an independent party policy, but their early campaign successes seemed to be derived largely from simply not being the ANC. The DA profits from and cultivates the image of the ANC as a black party. For every Julius Malema stirring up racial trouble, there's a DA politician trying their best to publicise and draw attention to them. That's certainly no excuse for the behaviour of those ANC members, but it's unfair to suggest that this destructive political game has only one player. It's untrue to suggest that the ANC is kept in power simply be manipulating the 'uneducated masses'. Not only is it untrue, it's insulting to accuse someone of voting for a party only because of their weakness of mind and susceptability to manipulation or their supposed lack of education. And, since the majority of ANC voters are black, it's often understandable if the insinuation that a black vote for the ANC is the result of a weak, uneducated mind is seen as racially motivated. It smacks of the old, paternalistic NP lie -- that black people are incapable of governing or caring for themselves. There are many alternative reasons why someone might vote for the ANC: A lack of viable alternatives. The DA's supporter base is primarily middle-class, it's not unreasonable to suggest that their policies might favour that income group disproportionately. The DA's policies are distinctly right-of-centre, a person may favour more left-leaning economic policy. Despite obvious corruption and mismanagement, someone might agree with the ANC's policies in principle and believe that the poor implementation is best addressed using the party's internal policies (campaigning within the ANC to root out corruption). And the list goes on. Arguments can be made for or against any of those points, but the accusation that a vote for the ANC is nothing but uneducated, weak-minded ignorance is insulting and unfounded.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 13:57

      @Kenneth You've missed my point entirely. And, I apologise for that -- I'm not very good at getting my point across (if I was, I'd consider a job in politics). I'm not suggesting that your or anyone else should vote for the ANC -- I'm not going to, I assume you won't and anyone else needs to make up their minds for themselves. I'm also not disputing or denying any ANC wrong-doings (of which there are undoubtedly many): corruption, dirty election tactics, underhanded politics. I am saying that it's untrue that they're the only party guilty of these things. And, that the suggestion that the ONLY reason someone might vote for the ANC is because they are uneducated, desperate or easily manipulated does the opposition's cause more harm than good -- it's insulting and untrue, which drives people away.

      Kakabooi - 2011-05-03 13:59

      A vote for the ANC apparently guarantees a religious experience. The past week saw religion being wielded by the ANC in the media. You pray for service delivery, pray for correct accounts, pray for housing, pray for those 500,000 jobs, pray for.............a better life and then vote ANC again?

      Kakabooi - 2011-05-03 14:02

      Hey KissTheBoer. Don't be sexist.

      AJ - 2011-05-03 14:18

      @spacemonkey The white distrust of a black government only holds water really for the first election in 1994. The one after that, the writing was on the wall w.r.t how the ANC performance was headed. Subsequent years have proven (as have the many qualified audits), corruption, nepotism etc that much of the intial trust (whilst perhaps founded from a racist perpsective in 94), is now founded in common sense, with race having nothing to do with it.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-03 18:05

      @AJ Firstly, that damage has been done and is hard to undo. Secondly, just because there are now justifiable reasons to oppose the ANC doesn't mean that a significant part of the DA's support doesn't come from people who would oppose them largely on the basis that they're black.

      AJ - 2011-05-04 06:27

      @spacemonkey: I think people could do far worse than look at the majority of whites (and more and more blacks) as angry and very disillusioned tax payers; rather than look at some racial angle to suit. It should not be illogical to assume that people who pay a lot of money each month would gravitate to a party that has been shown to manage money better. The fact that many previous PFP Supporters etc have continued to support the DA (and NP Supporters as well of course) is neither here nor there. If I was previously disadvantaged, an NP guy supporting the DA would bother me a whole lot less than the ANC forging an alliance with the NP (of all parties)..

  • Kakabooi - 2011-05-03 13:32

    Please don't offend Joseph Goebbels. The ANC is in a race which they are about to loose.

      Mike - 2011-05-05 15:17

      Lose and loose - look them up for an educated experience! You lose somehting when it drops out your pocket and you don't know about it. Loose is when your shoe strings are not tied. English needs to be learnt, not just picked up by a std. 4 woodwork genius! And by the way - the ANC are NOT going to lose the municipal elections although I concede that they will lose a number of seats. And good luck to them (the DA i.e.)!

  • wayne - 2011-05-03 14:03

    Very nicely written, I would just like to add a few points, there will always be people living in the past, whether it is black or white, there will always be someone blaming apartheid for their misfortune, although they haven't experienced it nor know what it is about. The De la Rey song was about the afrikaner who fought against the british, i still get it today that some of my black collegues get it confused with the voortrekkers' war againts the zulu's, that changes a person's perseption, doesn't it? My most important point would be that black people are getting educated, they are seeing what the ANC has become, education opens up alot of doors and changes a person's view on things. For all I care the ruling party can stay black, all that I would like to see, and I thing I'm speaking for the majority of people ready this,is that we can live as a united country in peace, without crime, or rather crime under control, without corruption, without racial devitions, without having to have a black person in your company just so that you can earn BEE points. We all start from scratch, if you are working for a company or starting your own, black people should do the same. Education should be made available to more black communities so that they can be educated and that would enrich the country in years to come.

      lekomonisi - 2011-05-03 16:05

      the apartheid system has made you who you are today and i know you are going to deny it, but if your dad was in the same position as my dad you would have been nothing, there is this notion by whites that they didn't benefit from apartheid, a foundation was laid long ago even today it is still in existence so a Malema like and Mugabe would sorted all of this immediately after 1994 elections but Madiba sold us.

      lekomonisi - 2011-05-03 16:16

      Your last comment you are mentioning educating black brothers, let me ask, just look around where you are working currently and tell if the whites around you have any degrees or diplomas? my experience having worked for couple of companies is that whites are not educated they gave each other jobs but when it comes to blacks we are always told to get educated, whole lot of rubbish, to all other whites do the same look around and you will realise that your fellow whites are not educated and the worst part is that they don't mind to pay you less than a white with no qualification and if you challenge it you will be victimised,

      Fanie - 2011-05-03 19:45

      @lekomonisi my Father grew up during the 1930's depression- BEFORE apartheid laws - they had no technology at home - he built a radio from pieces he found on a scrapheap the first in their area He ended up as a Very Senior Manager electronic engineer retired from IBM in 1991 after 37 years of service - I can go on but the bottom line is he drew himself up by his bootstraps and worked his way up - in those days the woodworkers in the South Cape was treated as filth by the English. ALL of my grandfathers children(5) and grandchildren (16) are graduated - so YOU have to think again about your accusations regarding whites

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-04 00:01

      @wayne None of us really starts from scratch. If any of us were thrown out into the wilderness as young children and left to fend for ourselves few of us would even survive, let alone thrive. If you compare the average black child born in 1994 to the average white child, you'll find that the white child started with far more: they were born into a higher income family, they had greater access to healthcare, sanitation and other basic services, their parents could afford to send them to better schools, etc. That imbalance is largely due to Apartheid. To blame the white child for the black child's situation would be unfair. The white child did not ask to be into a position of privilege, just as the black child did not ask to be born at a disadvantage. But, it's not at all unfair to expect the white child to show compassion and realise that the black child has been unfairly disadvantaged by an unjust system.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-04 00:43

      @lekomonisi I believe Nelson Mandela promoted reconciliation because he knew that it's a hollow victory when the oppressed become the oppressors. Look back at the history of Afrikaners and you'll see that they were oppressed by the British. Look at the reason why many white settlers (Dutch, British, French) ended up in South Africa -- they left their homes to escape poverty and systems that oppressed the poor, they left their homes to escape religious persecution. And many changed from being victims to being perpetrators. It's rare to find a man like Nelson Mandela who makes a concerted effort not to do the same. That said, there was pragmatic wisdom in his reconciliatory approach too. Apartheid was very 'successful' in ensuring that a minority held a virtual monopoly on skills, expertise, wealth and the means to create wealth. And, he knew that the majority who were deprived of those things would benefit most if the minority could be convinced to co-operate in uplifting those who were deprived. I know you'll probably say 'well, clearly that hasn't worked -- I don't see any co-operation'. I'll give the same response I give to those who try to deny that Apartheid played a large role in creating the poverty we see today: 17 years is not really a long time. The first children born in a democratic South Africa aren't even old enough to vote yet. We all need patience and persistence.

      AJ - 2011-05-04 06:36

      @spacemonkey: Nelson Mandela also had 2 choices when release. 1) Was to be the voice of reason, forgiveness, calmness and expect and receive plaudits the world over, being feted by each and every nation at the highest level. 2) or he could have intiated the acceleration of the destruction of the country due to revenge, anger etc etc (and end up being president of a cesspool). One does not need to have Max Clifford as one's PR Agent to know what is the correct choice. He made the correct choice, as would I have, and you, and the majority of people worldwide (given the same circumstances). For Mandela it was largely a self fulfilling prophecy, taking the high road was the only road really in the end. After that long in prison why punish yourself further and destroy something i.e. South Africa further...

      wayne - 2011-05-04 09:01

      @lekomonisi , Where I work most high paid white people are required to have a degree in engineering. I honestly havent ever seen a white people just giving eachother jobs, we are the kind of people that employ people who can take the world forward. We have given a bursary to a black kid in matric so that he may go and study engineering when he is done with school at the end of this year. I understand that some people are born advantaged that others, but what I am merely saying is that black people have the chance to make a good live for themselves, get educated now so that your children can have the advantage. The next generation of blacks will be even smarter than the one before, that is how we did it. Also there is the factor that the government should make provision for more people to go to school, but I am sorry to say that they would rather take the money and put it in their pocket that thinking of the good that they could do by providing education so that the next generation will be alot smarter.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 09:01

      spacemonkey, you response to Wayne is so apposite and brought me close to tears. In my street where there were over 40 kids that I grew up with, only 2 of us went to 'varsity. When I was in Std 8 (now Gr 10), my dad, who only had Std 5, had already told me I should find a job as he was not coping with the four of us! Needless to say I found other ways to fund my education through high school. When I first went to 'varsity in the 90s, I had a single parent who was also a domestic worker earning R150 p/m. I had also attended a rural school during my matric (due to riots in my township) where some of the teachers had only matric. At 'varsity I could not even string together two sentences without breaking the rules of grammar due to the fact that we were taught written, not spoken english. Howver, I went into the same classes and tutorials with rich kids who included Gary Player's child and some of the other rich folks (black and white). Imagine having to lift myself literally with my bootstrings in order to be on par with my inadequate preparation for higher education! Wayne, how many of my contemporaries could have survived under the same circumstances? Not many! How many white children can claim to have gone through similar experiences? I doubt that any would raise their hands

      wayne - 2011-05-04 09:10

      @lekomonisi , I forgot to mention one thing though,you were saying that white people want black people to get educated but we give jobs to each other, where I work, the majority of people are black, and they dont really have education, but we still employ them and train them to become good at what they do. If a position is open in their section, we encourage that they recommend a relative or a friend as we trust the people who work here, so if you trust you friend or relative to work for us too, then we will consider this person. You must also understand that the higher you are educated, the more money you earn, I have seen so many wanting alot of money but their skills and education does not correspond to the salary they want to earn. Education is power, it cannot be taken away from you,always remember that.

      Kakabooi - 2011-05-04 09:45

      Hey Superhuman Themba. Do you have a job today and did you get it due to your beneficial AA status? Why did your dad have 4 kids in the first place? Two years on and you claim singleparent mom only? So you reckon you suffered? Read the article in the Beeld which prof Jansen wrote.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 10:05

      Hey Kakabooi, it sounds like you are full of kaka already. Why not go back in the veld and kaka first before commenting. The kaka seems to have moved up your spine and occupied the space between your ears. If there is not toilet in the trailer where you live, don't worry. Just let me know so that I can ask the municipality in your area to bring you a bucket. And yes, you have my permission to delete my comment once you have read it :)

      sponkie - 2011-05-04 13:11

      @lekomonisi Hey Wena! You stupid racist. What is this about 'Madiba sold us'. Don't include me in your racist utterings. Whites realised they were wrong, that is why the majority of whites voted YES and allowed us to be reconciled. You seem to suggest that we should have killed/removed the whites in 94. You are a racist, because you hate whites and you feel inferior. I am proud to be black and to work towards a better South Africa for all (black, white, yellow, brown). That is why I will not be voting for your ANC.

      AJ - 2011-05-04 14:26

      @sponkie - it was not a case of 'whites realised they were wrong' as if it is a blanket statement. Many whites never supported the NP and we did NOT need to realise we were wrong at all.

      PowaPuffGal - 2011-05-04 14:45

      AJ, moet nie skaam wees nie. The NP did not return to power for 48 years on its own and without the help of the majority of whites who kept voting for apartheid bru

      AJ - 2011-05-05 05:13

      @PowaPuffGal: I'm not disputing many (majority)people voted for it, but accept many did not,certainly in my (parents)circle. It is also worth noting how the voting worked, ie by areas. It is not difficult to remain in power when 1000 farmers in Venterburg is 1 seat and 50 000 people in Sandton is another seat. The NP won more seats by far. There were always alternatives to the NP, and many people chose them. End of story.

      Alpahbrutus - 2011-05-05 09:15

      @ lekomonisi et al So you think you deserve a free ride because you didn't grow up in a house in the 'burbs with a beemer or two in the garage and you weren't schooled at Saint Something School For The Privileged. You think that the whiteys owe you? Amazing how guys like you have selective amnesia about the last 17 years. You get all the advantages of affirmative action, the entitlements, access to government contracts etc. but it's not enough. You aren't a millionaire or a billionaire or whatever yet, so it's obviously the fault of the whites. Now it seems that you want the whiteys to go back in time and change the past so that you can also have the life of Riley. Admit it, you use the old apartheid chestnut to beat us down so that we will sit down and shut up and call you "baas", so you can feel what its like to oppress us. Well, guess what, I for one am sick and tired of this crap. I am not going to apologize for apartheid because I had nothing to do with it. I am sorry that so many black people had to grow up in poverty being oppressed but if you can't look to the future and join hands with me as a fellow SOUTH AFRICAN and help me build OUR country into something we can be proud of for our kids, then the problem is with you not me. I am no longer satisfied with being a second-class citizen. I am proud to be a white male South African. I love my country and its people. But I refuse to be victimized any more. And if you play the race card, so will I.

      wayne - 2011-05-05 10:52

      I have to agree with alphabrutus on what he wrote, the white community has contributed to blacks so much already, but it is never enough, If black have to cling on to apartheid, then please do but don't say that you dont have the opportunity to make something of all the advantages blacks have now. There are alot of very poor white people out there if you must know, I get the idea that black people think all white people are rich, which ofcourse is not true at all. I have to bust my ass everyday to get what I want and then there are people demanding free electricity and services who dont want to do anything for themselves. I really think that the apartheid-era is just an excuse used because black people arent progressing. South africa is not a "get rich quick" scheme, its working hard for what you want to achieve, not complaining that the world owes you free services and electricity. I just think that the mindset of some black communities are completely wrong, but that is the "picture" malema presents, all whites are rich, steal from them as they owe you,think about it for a second. Its really a load of rubbish, but you are entitled to your own opinion. we will never be united with these kind of things standing in the way.

  • Steve - 2011-05-03 14:34

    Wayne G - An extremely well argued and sober piece of journalism. This is exactly the kind of intelligent commentary the country needs before an election. Keep it coming !!

  • Ang - 2011-05-03 14:50

    @Poloyatonki - Do you not realise the Missing BILLIONS could do for this country, those missing billions are as a direct result of the ANC corruption that you indicate is minimal? Do you not understand how many houses, hospitals and schools that could build in the communities that you supposedly stand up for?? Almost every single one of us whites would like nothing more than to see the ANC succeed in sorting out this country because this is our country as well, we were born here and do not want to go anywhere else nor do we want to live in a failing country, so it is not about wanting the ANC to fail because they are black, it is about wanting them to get off their lazy greedy asses and spend the money they have on the things that the country needs, not themselves and their lavish lifestyles!!! They are exactly the same as the Nat Government, if not worse as they are taking away from their own people that they fought for?!?!

      SimonP - 2011-05-03 15:29

      Trying to get poloyatonki to admit the ANC has stolen billions is like getting blood out of a stone. He is more of a denialist than Mbeki.

      Stryder - 2011-05-03 21:19

      To put it in perspective, if you did nothing from the moment you were born but count, it would take about 31 years before you got to 1 billion.

  • mzanzirules - 2011-05-03 15:37

    Poyli here is one for you, ask brother Tatane about his rights....

  • jannie.swem16 - 2011-05-03 16:03

    Well written facts...I only wish that people can understand it..and appreciate it.

  • NV - 2011-05-03 16:07

    I agree the ANC is not a race. They are more like a stop.

  • grinchSA - 2011-05-03 17:43

    @Poloyatonki : where were you educated? How old are you and do you wear shoes?

  • Hott1 - 2011-05-03 18:03

    Lovely article, but I would like to say it strikes me as very worrying that all the anti-ANC sentiments are based more on race than on real issues like service delivery and corruption etc. White S Africans seem to be happy that the ANC has been a failure in delivering and in corruption (which is mostly true) as if to say "blacks should never have ruled in the first place". Please white people ask yourselves if you are inherently racist or genuinely want to see change. As for those who keep saying they are superior, please pack your bags and go somewhere else where you will be welcome not here. Try Zimbabwe. Wish there was another party to vote for other than both DA and ANC.

      BTRX - 2011-05-03 20:10

      Plse stop your racist card. If I call myself a racist will you be happy? I am sick and tired of the apartheid and race card. Look at what is happening now, the future and with the ruling party. I am sure u will have to admit that the ANC is a failure. How can you be so stupid to think that we (whites) would like to see a black party fail. If it was not for our yes vote before 1994 their would have been a war, so no we would like for any party that shows that they are capable to rule this country effectively to succeed. We live in this country and need a party to be succesful in order for our childrens future.

      lotus.lindi - 2011-05-04 21:44

      @Hott1. "all the anti-ANC sentiments" are NOT based more on race than on real issues. No one in his/her right mind is "happy" that the ANC has failed to govern SA decently. Most South Africans have lost something they value in our failing state. Your entire 2nd paragraph rests on racist generalisations. And when you see your ballot paper, you will be staggered to see how many parties you can choose between. No need to be a lemming unless you want to.

      rugdusty - 2011-05-05 12:23

      @Monica - We were organised in the white areas ... 90 % of our country were living in abject poverty ... and we .. oh wait... nothings changed

  • Trichelia - 2011-05-03 19:05

    If the ANC was fair to all races and taking us from 3rd world to 1st world, Id vote for them.

      Fanie - 2011-05-03 19:35

      BEFORE they came into power we where regarded as a first world country....

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 09:06

      Fanie, by who? SA has always been a third world country my friend

      PowaPuffGal - 2011-05-04 09:22

      Themba you ask: "by who?" Answer: by Fanie and his parents and other likeminded people. Remember, you and your four siblings were raised on a measly R150 domestic worker wage who probably worked for Fanie's parents who could afford a certain lifestyle on their own and not because they were white and there was a system of racial exclusion which favoured white people and oppressed those who were not. Do you now understand where Fanie is coming from?

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 10:20

      PowaPuffGal Yeah yeah, I get you. The question is whether Fanie gets it or prefers to exercise his constitutional right to behave like an ostrich and stick his head in the sand

      Monica - 2011-05-04 11:11

      Which planet do you come from? We were an organized country that is now on the blink of disaster; have you ever seen so much destruction with strikes and why? Poor service delivery is only one issue! Not one department is working in Government. Corruption is the motto of the ANC.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 12:05

      Monica "Organised country" and "First World" - chalk and cheese my dear

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 12:06

      Monica "Organised country" and "First World" - chalk and cheese my dear

      rugdusty - 2011-05-05 12:23

      @Monica - We were organised in the white areas ... 90 % of our country were living in abject poverty ... and we .. oh wait... nothings changed

  • BTRX - 2011-05-03 19:45

    The fact is most of the people reading this, I am sure will not vote for the ANC, unfortunately this article would not reach the main population that will vote for the ANC. Call me negative, but the situation in SA will not change in the near future. As long as we got poor education in SA the masses will stay uninformed and vote for the ANC, and as you rightly said in the article the rich will also vote for the ANC (that is their bread and butter)!!!!

      AJ - 2011-05-04 05:12

      Ther fact that some pissy grant that hardly goes far and pretty much nothing else to really speak of is regarded as 'bread and butter' type stuff is also worrying.

  • Win14 - 2011-05-03 19:54

    All these arguments up here are truly amazing, and on top of it all, you are all going to vote .. for a selfish crook. That's what a politician is. And you know it. There is only self-interest. So you think you are voting for the least selfish crook or party. Just wait till they are in charge. They are all the same. And you are just a pawn. They are laughing about you and your comments here. They know that you are powerless. So, haha, you can vote .. to make a difference! Come on, you make zilch difference. A vote is just a short-lived opinion, one of millions. You can just as well stay home. So what if everyone thought that way? The outcome would still be the same: you'll have some or other selfish political party ruling you and laughing at you. A voter is a loser. Isn't it obvious?? But no, there you go to the ballot box like a lamb every year again and again. You think this empowers you. Just look at all those empowered blacks after having voted for this Zuma ar*ehole. They are worse off than ever. And so is everyone else. And now you'll vote for Zille. Hahaha. She and her 2 other girls have a sincere purpose, I'll give you that. But once they are in charge, their party will f*ck up like all the others. Negative thinking? No: realism, and you know it if you are news-aware. So yes, you may ask: what's the answer? I can only give you one: put me in charge. I'll kill all crime, I'll make sure that you'll have a happy life in every way. Come on, give it a try!

      David - 2011-05-03 23:36

      So you are suggesting we vote to put you in charge? Oh wait didn't you just say not to do that? Will you then take charge again with self-interest? Lets face it, you try and make your opinion sound full of wisdom but at the end, has absolutely no substance. Yes Zuma is with out a doubt laughing at everyone else, but everyone else is laughing at you.

      AJ - 2011-05-04 05:14

      @Win14 - It should be pointed out your view of Zuma is based on track record, whilst your view of Zille is based on an assumption. I would dearly love to be able to show national track record for both.

  • Win14 - 2011-05-03 20:43

    And sorry: I forgot to say that: YES, the ANC IS in fact like a race !!! I for one am not, and never have been, a racist - but I certainly am a partisan groupist. And I think that more than 80% of all that racism out there isn't really racism at all. It's "anti-ANC-ism". I am one of those internationalists, and let me tell you: this ANC of ours here is the absolute pits. They can only lead all of us into disaster, there is no other way and no escape. But I get the feeling that this is what we want. I have always seen and understood that blacks are absolute masochists. In so many ways they even enjoyed, or needed, Apartheid. Fact is that we are all masochists in some way .. just living this life means masochism. So let's vote .. and suffer. Delicious stuff indeed.

  • Morné - 2011-05-03 21:30

    Great article. Unfortunately the masses won't read it!

      Win14 - 2011-05-03 22:54

      You mean: CAN'T read it.

  • David - 2011-05-03 22:26

    @ Poloyatonki - for one of you earlier posts about the dates of Apartheid please do not make up random stupid dates. "Apartheid (Afrikaans pronunciation: [?'p?rt??it], apartness) was a system of legal racial segregation enforced by the National Party government of South Africa between 1948 and 1994" - BOOM. Don't listen to every piece of propaganda Julius tells you. Interestingly, I spent easter in Cuba, and it is a shame at how the country has been destroyed by Communism, the same ideals Julius follows. There everything is Nationalised and do you know what a good salary is in that country paid by the government? $30 per month (or roughly R210) A MONTH. So Poly, scream comrade, scream VIVA, and when and if Julius gets his way, enjoy the absolute poverty you will live in.

  • chgrbad - 2011-05-03 22:56

    I dont know why some people still discuss communism. It has failed everywhere and only the illitterate blacks cant see it.The ANC has also failed everywhere and only the MAJORITY illiterate blacks dont see it.I agree with some the auther, It is time we forget about pollitical parties and build our country.

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-04 00:50

      @chgrbad Who still discusses communism? The ANC's not a communist party. Even the SACP with their limited influence would make the most moderate of European communist organisations cringe -- they wouldn't be caught dead in alliance with the ANC and their capitalist policies. Communism's failed, but social democracies that were originally influenced by communist ideals are alive and well. Those principles are behind some of the world's most successful countries.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 09:15

      chgrbad You will be suprised to hear that Britain and are social welfare democracies. The so-called capitalist system or communist system does no longer exist in its purest form anywhere in the world. Don't just tale my word for it though. Study the British and US system closely.

  • Joe - 2011-05-04 02:44

    when the time comes, ANC propaganda won't stop hot lead.

      rugdusty - 2011-05-05 12:31

      @joe-you are a douchebag. Causing a fight where there is none is what will tear this country apart. And if you kill another human being on political grounds i hope you are sodomized in jail for the rest of your life .

  • hester.roodt - 2011-05-04 02:46

    Excellent letter. However, you are asking a lot of people. You are asking them to look past their hatred/racism/cynicism/anger (*enter any strong emotion that the current political party rouse in you) and think for a moment what it is South-Africa needs and not what it is each one of us wants. We need more letters and articles like this to put out the fire in people's minds and get them to a place where each one is willing to communicate in stead of shout at each other. That would be a good start. Perhaps then when people are more receptive to rational dialogue people with voices in the media will step up and continue the dialogue. Sadly, rationality is not what sells newspapers or whip people into action.

  • hester.roodt - 2011-05-04 03:05

    Excellent letter. However, you are asking a lot from people. You are asking them to look past their hatred/anger/cynicism (*enter whatever strong emotion it is politics rouse in you) and to think for a moment what it is South-Africa needs in stead of what it is each one of them wants. Rational dialogue is crutial to a functioning government. In order to facilitate rational dialogue all parties must be willing to listen to the other parties. In South-Africa that seems to be impossible because most people feel wronged in some way or another. They also feel that nobody is listening to them and that is why so many people are spewing their anger in forums/striking/toi-toi etc. The ANC has been very successful in giving a portion of our society a "voice". Mostly the uneducated, youths and people who want something for nothing. Unfortunately most people want something for nothing, it is in our nature. My point is that in order for South-Africa to function the people of this country must set aside how they feel for a moment and think how we can all contribute to what is needed right now. That would require unity amongst other things. We need a strong leader who will unite us, not devide us. Until then...well until then we are stuck with the shouting.

  • paulf - 2011-05-04 06:46

    As we celebrate our 17th year of freedom, one can’t help but wonder if this is the South Africa that so many of us wanted and voted for? To those who were not part of the struggle for freedom, you might not understand the painful joy that filled South Africans on 27 April 1994. Freedom Day is a day when all South Africans are reminded of the pain, struggle and anguish that occurred as a result of colonialism and oppression. It is a day when we were set free from the historical ties of domination by the “white man”. Almost 20 million South Africans queued to take part in the country’s first free and democratic elections on that day in 1994. It was the first non-racial election to take place in South Africa, finally setting its citizens free from colonialism. On Freedom Day we commemorate the heroes and heroines who shed blood and lost lives making South Africa a country for all, where we all live in harmony irrespective of our race, nationality, sex, creed or sexual orientation. Freedom Day is meant to remind us that South Africans are “one people with one destiny.” But is this true? Are we as South Africans all free when people still live each day in fear of being violated, where citizens live in poverty and without jobs, where women fight to be heard and represented and where gays and lesbians are raped and murdered? Is this a South Africa we voted for? We have come a long way in a short time but freedom should mean much more. Freedom should mean emancipation from poverty, unemployment, racism, sexism and other forms of discrimination. Freedom should mean a better life for all. Abahlali baseMjondolo, an intellectual movement formed in 2005 in Durban, reminds us that “there are many South Africans who feel like the freedom they are meant to have is a cruel joke which attempts to gloss over the true social concerns of citizens. “This day actually reminds us how un-free we are. All South Africans may be officially free to vote in government elections, but why vote for a system that ignores your human need?” The Gini index ranks global inequalities of wealth and has consistently ranked South Africa as one of the most unequal nations on the planet. The gap between rich and poor is not shrinking. And through all the successes that South Africa has witnessed and continues to celebrate, gender inequality remains a major problem. Women and men do not receive the same treatment and acknowledgement in the corporate world and in the societies they belong to. There is a gap that still needs to be filled in order for women to say “we are free from oppression and discrimination”. South Africa is at the top of the list of countries where violence against women is the most extreme and common. Recent Gender Links research in Gauteng found that three quarters of men have admitted to perpetrating violence against women in their lifetime – many of them have raped women more than once. When can we celebrate a day where we will be freed from this violence and celebrate equal rights for all? How will true liberty ever reach our soil? My father used to recite a poem by Charles Osgood that was a bit silly but also thought-provoking. “There was an important job to be done and Everybody was asked to do it. But Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did. Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody's job. Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realised that Everybody wouldn't do it. It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.” Change begins with you. It is time we stop putting responsibility on others and instead begin trying to make a difference within our societies. There are some inspiring examples of this. Women and men are fighting for change today, all across the Middle East. Our own example may be the most inspiring. There is no easy road to freedom, Nelson Mandela said in his speech. As we celebrate South Africa’s 17th year of freedom let’s keep in mind that some of us are still fighting a battle to be free. Until that battle is won, none of us have truly seen freedom.

  • Lou_is - 2011-05-04 07:16

    PoloDonkey and his ilk are suffering from Stockholm Syndrome.

  • James - 2011-05-04 09:40

    Great Article! An ANC vote is almost always a race vote, and this mindset has been instilled in our populous since 1994. It will take education for people to realize the implications of casting a vote. But, the ANC are evidently opposed to the idea of education..as they realize - that would directly influence their number of votes.

  • TJG - 2011-05-04 09:48

    Well written Wayne G. Watched an interview with Zuma on eTV this morning. Had a chuckle how massive bad management, blatant incompetancy and corruption is still blamed on apartheid 17 years down the line. Vote DA! SA is an awesome country - all of our votes count. "Get off my studio - blerry agent"

  • AddlePated - 2011-05-04 09:53

    @themba thwale - "How many white children can claim to have gone through similar experiences? I doubt that any would raise their hands" You ignorant little person! Please don't assume that all white children grow up with a rich mommy and daddy! The only difference in your story to mine is you lived in a shack and in a rundown old house. The rest of our circumstances, in terms of financial, are PAR! Don't insult the white man because you grew up poor and then succeeded in life. I grew up extremely poor but now due to my hard work and effort I have made something of my life in order to provide a better life for my children! I am that white child raising my hand in response to your comment.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 10:12

      AddlePated, sorry, but you sound like the child of Kakabooi who drank their monies on coke and klipdrift in the hope that the apartheid goose that laid the golden egg only for whites would never one day stop would die and stop laying golden eggs. Blame your parents boet for not taking advantage of all the apartheid laws and the machinery that was laid down just for them to prosper and lay a solid foundation for the children and children's children

      AddlePated - 2011-05-04 10:26

      WOW Themba very grown up of you. Why do you have to make such a racist remark? What have I done to you?

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-04 13:00

      @Themba Thwala I can understand your frustration, but your response doesn't achieve anything (except perhaps a little stress relief). You won't change AddlePated's mind by returning his insult. You won't change the mind of anyone who agrees with him either. You might succeed in chasing a few people who would otherwise have agreed with you. I'm sure you realise this, though, so if you can't resist the urge to vent, go ahead. I'd just personally prefer if I didn't have to wade through pages of insults and counter-insults to find a few comments with real substance.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 13:28

      spacemonkey, I know you mean well and respect your point of view. Please note though that I spend an inordinate amount of time here in order to debate issues not the man, and if I make enemies in the process, so be it. But I am through turning the other cheek. If someone insults me, I'll give back as good as I got, if not more. If that turns anyone against me, tough

      grimbie1 - 2011-05-04 17:39

      @themba You say 'Blame your parents boet for not taking advantage of all the apartheid laws and the machinery that was laid down just for them to prosper' Explain those who left South Africa during Apartheid as they did not agree with what was going on, even if they were white and apartheid supported them.

      Themba Thwala - 2011-05-04 18:58

      Griembie Explain what? They left SA and went to countries which provided equal opportunities to everyone. The same societies which some of our people still emigrate to today and come back here to tell us how wonderful their lives are. Does that explanation address your concern?

      spacemonkey - 2011-05-04 23:09

      @Themba Thwala Fair enough. I can't say I won't do the same.

  • Yasr - 2011-05-04 09:57

    TL;DR all the way, but thank you captain obvious.