It's a wrap - now for May 18

2011-05-15 22:44

Cape Town - The country's main political parties have wrapped up their election campaigns, with Nelson Mandela invoked, the "madam and the monkey dance" slated and a more measured call for a stronger democracy.

President Jacob Zuma, addressing tens of thousands of supporters at the FNB Stadium in Soweto on Sunday, said the ANC will win all municipalities in the country to bring about meaningful change.

"We know that many of our people still do not have houses, water and electricity," he said.

Zuma said to improve monitoring and performance, the ANC government, together with the people, would ensure that all ANC councillors serve those they represent and were accountable to them.

The rally was broadcast live to venues in the Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State.

ANC Youth League firebrand president Julius Malema was on the warpath against opposition parties at the weekend, taking swipes at DA leader Helen Zille and IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

"There is no democracy in the IFP. An old man who is refusing to go on retirement even when he is sick wants to die president of the IFP," Malema said in Msinga, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on Saturday.

He referred to Zille as the "madam" who "moves around doing a monkey dance looking for votes".

Nelson Mandela vision

Zille said at the DA's final rally, held in Khayelitsha on the Cape Flats on Saturday, that hers was the only party that could make Nelson Mandela's vision of a better life for all South Africans come true.

"We are the party that's been working hard to build Madiba's vision," she told about 2 000 supporters.

Zille quoted Mandela's famous speech from the Rivonia trial and said as he vowed to fight against both white and black domination, the DA was trying to unite South Africa and relieve poverty while the ANC played race politics.

"The DA vision is the same vision that Nelson Mandela had spoken about in that dock in the Rivonia trial," she said in a speech delivered in a mix of English, Xhosa, Afrikaans and Sotho phrases.

On Sunday Zille told the community of Lebogang township in Govan Mbeki municipality, Mpumalanga, the public could choose five more years of poor service delivery and toyi-toying, or they could choose five years of steadily increasing access to housing and basic services by choosing the DA.

'Uncaring government'

The ANC was a "self-centred and uncaring government," Buthelezi said on Sunday, adding that the National Freedom Party (NFP) was driven by "personal ambition".

The NFP is an IFP splinter group led by former IFP national chair Zanele kaMagwaza-Msibi.

"The truth is that voting for this new party is no different from voting for the ANC, whose influence and finances in the NFP are there to see for anyone who cares to look. The NFP is a party with not a single credible personality or policy."

The elections were at the weekend described as a "battle for the cities".

Johannesburg will see two sons of Soweto go head-to-head.

The ANC’s mayoral candidate is a no-nonsense workhorse, who ran a low-key campaign because the governing party decided not to officially name its mayoral candidates.

For the first time, the DA has fielded a black mayoral candidate: Mmusi Maimane, who is an urban political party’s dream. Slick and street-smart, he charmed everywhere he went on the hustings, from the country clubs to the township markets.

For the first time, the city had the semblance of a race to watch. From 1994, Johannesburg has run a racial poll: blacks vote for the ANC and whites, along increasingly with coloureds and Indians, vote for the DA.

How will it end? The DA predicts a close race with the possibility of a small ANC victory.

The Mother of all Battles is expected in Cape Town, with both the DA and ANC raising the spectre of a hung council.

By Saturday, the DA said it would get an outright majority of an estimated 51% of the vote.

But the ANC, under new provincial leader Marius Fransman, has built up a head of competitive steam and has brought in a crack team that has pulled the fractious leadership together.

In Tshwane, the ANC and DA have both indulged in heavy election fishing in enemy waters to ensure they capture the City of Tshwane on election day.

The ANC has courted the city’s Afrikaners, Indians, Portuguese and Jews while the DA has wooed the townships.

Whoever wears the mayoral chain after the election will be boss of one of South Africa’s biggest metros.

With a current population of 2.2 million - 72% black, 24% white, 2% coloured and 1.5% Indian or Asian - and 1.3 million registered voters, Tshwane’s current 76 wards will increase to 105 with the forthcoming incorporation of the bankrupt towns of Nokengtsa, Taemane and Kungwini.

On Wednesday the city’s voters will ­determine the future of an administration beset with corruption problems.

In the Nelson Mandela Metropole, the two biggest opposition parties are prepared to join forces in a coalition government to wrest control from the governing ANC.

Cope’s mayoral candidate, former ANC spokesperson Smuts Ngonyama, said a coalition was on the cards.

DA mayoral candidate Leon de Villiers agreed. “Our campaign has been very effective across the metro."
The Congress of SA Trade Unions used the weekend's last minute electioneering to describe Zille as a "genetically modified individual" who had only realised the values of former president Nelson Mandela in 1999.

In Gauteng, the DA accused the SABC of bias for refusing it live coverage while devoting a two-hour live broadcast to the ANC's final rally in Johannesburg - a claim the public broadcaster has denied.


The DA claimed the decision violated the Independent Broadcasting Authority Act (IBAA) because it was not equitable or consistent.

It announced that it would provide real-time coverage of the election results, including analysis and projections, via social networking site Twitter.

President Jacob Zuma joined Twitter just last week, using his first tweet to encourage South Africans to vote. He had more than 600 followers within an hour.

Congress of the People (Cope) congress national committee member and a Western Cape provincial task team deployee, Leonard Ramatlakane, on Sunday assured new party members that it has "cleaned out [its] house and all disputes regarding the party's direction were over.

"There is only one party, one leadership, one candidates' list, one headquarters and that there is one hope for this country - in the Congress of the People."


The Christian Democratic Party (CDP) on Sunday attacked the ANC's religious pronouncements, accusing it of blasphemy.

These included the pronouncement that "the ANC will rule till Jesus comes", "the ANC, SACP and Cosatu Alliance is the holy trinity", "voting for the ANC is a ticket to heaven" and likening the Freedom Charter to the Bible.

Denying that it was trying to canvass support, the CDP said it was merely asking people to express their disapproval and dissuade the ANC from continuing its declarations.

  • Macho Mike - 2011-05-15 22:50

    Come what MAY, the 18th is a watershed day for SA. If the ANC secure a landslide victory, kiss your ars* goodbye. If the ANC win, which they will, with a reduced majority, then there is hope. Time will tell.............

      ? - 2011-05-16 00:02

      I agree with you 100%. This election is not about job creation,its about whether or not you as an individual have been receiving municipal services or not.Its a very simple question.If you havent,then NOW is the chance to put whomever you voted for in 2006 out of business and out of office. If you dont like the DA or COPE,then you still have the ACDP and UDM as other choices.

      renaldogouws - 2011-05-16 00:08

      Same thing every election... we hope that the masses learnt the ANC is screwing them over... couple days later we find out that the ANC have more votes than before. If this election comes and the ANC haven't lost alot of support then most educated people will leave this mess.

      Blougroen - 2011-05-16 00:18

      23.6 million voters of which 2 million are white - do the sums - if the DA wins it will be a two thirds "black majority" driven party with the constitutionally won rights gauranteed and intact - c'mon be brave and break the mold- create a future opposition for the landed elites that more accurately reflects and carries the values of a modern multi-racial society.

      Creeky - 2011-05-16 06:47

      I believe THIEVES BROKE INTO the Union Buildings last night and STOLE Wednesday's ELECTION RESULTS!!!!!!!

      Flinger - 2011-05-16 09:04

      Were you trying to make a little rhyme? Not this time, your poetry is a crime, i know i wouldnt pay a dime - now hand me a double vodka...with lime :)

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-16 11:21

      Zuma: "Meaningful change". Erm, the ANC have been the norm for the past 17 years, you've had that long to bring "meaningful change". A change would then be you guys getting voted out of power seeing as though you've been the norm for the past... always. And if we look at the state of SA, the norm is what we need a change from. Understand?

  • Buntu - 2011-05-15 23:02

    President Zuma and ANC are all on a permanent campaign trail, only worried about re-election, living high and enriching themselves.They have NO idea what it is to leave in poverty.They have what they need AND what they want. Most South Africans does not even have what they need.They have to choose between eating or paying the rent.ANC you have failed the South African People.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-15 23:31

      I could'nt have said it better!

      joy.termorshuizen - 2011-05-16 09:46

      Then why do your people keep on votong for them???? Do they know the definition of insanity?

      enrolics - 2011-05-16 18:52

      @joy your people?? What do you mean? I thought we were all just south africans! SA's like to label everyone. No wonder we don't get anywhere.

  • BigMoose - 2011-05-15 23:11


      World Traveler - 2011-05-17 13:40

      Yes! Vote DA!

  • Ogre - 2011-05-15 23:15

    COSATU, thank you for the compliment to Helen Zille. The "genetically modified individual" at least is able to be modified and is not stuck in the past like yourselves. History has taught that you have to adapt or die, or be hidden by withdrawing from all in order not to go extinct, only to be viewed in a museum like the dinasaur or coelacanth.

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-15 23:32

      huh - what are you trying to say? Not sure :)

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-16 00:03

      Change is good. If you don't change your habits/tune/ways, you get eaten by those who do.

  • Martin - 2011-05-15 23:21

    Thank goodness its all over!!!!!

      Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-15 23:33

      What's all over - care to explain...

      gksa - 2011-05-15 23:52

      Election campaigns can be rough. :-) (According to IEC rules, political parties are not allowed to campaign any more between midnight tonight and the election.)

      Martin - 2011-05-16 00:50

      The campaigning, the bullshit.

  • Wolraad Woltemade - 2011-05-15 23:31

    Macho Mike - I have wrestled with this thought, through and through ... And after all these wresteling finally caved my mind into logic and not sentimental thoughts... If the ANC wins with the same large amount of majority vote as they have done over the last years - It will signify (to me) that the country has not grown, and most importantly - our Democracy has not grown, and is for the most part started to die - I will confirm a booking to Perth, and this will be my last election in SA. If by some slight miracle, there is growth, and advancement of Cooperative Government in a Democratic fashion, then maybe there is hope in this country of ours... Lets hope, wait and see...

      Martin du Plessis - 2011-05-16 00:08

      I'm pretty sure support for other candidates (opposition or indipendant) will grow this time, and support for the ANC will shrink. By HOW much is anyones guess.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 02:21

      man, you should still book your flight to Perth. I am not putting you down for wanting to move. But what I want to say is that there is always going to come a time when you feel like you should have left so why not do it now! Oz is waiting for you.

      Creeky - 2011-05-16 06:52

      I have just returned from EU, only to VOTE!!! Yes, I am going back to the EU after the voting, but HOPE for the same, that there is CHANGE and ADVANCEMENT. I still own properties in SA, and would LOVE to return one day and DEVELOPE those properties! Let's hope people like Rupesh have "GROWN" Mentally by then!

      Matt - 2011-05-16 08:49

      @ Wolraad - take me with? I do IT and preaching... I love SA so much and there's so much we can achieve, but ANC/ANCYL is starting to really worry me...

      joy.termorshuizen - 2011-05-16 10:00

      Wolraad I totally agree with you. I was born in the UK so I can go back anytime. I have lived here most of my life and always said that it would take a lot to make me leave SA. I am, at the point where I am so fed up with the corrupt ANC , the crime , stealing , moral degeneration etc that I am making serious enquiries to go back to England. Before you all castigate me, yes I know they have lots of problems as well, but nothing like here and believe me things work there..... I used to love this country but but now I deeply resent every cent that I pay in tax because its all going to fund the corrupt lifestyle of the politicians who dont care one bit for the plight of " their people "

  • Spoofed - 2011-05-15 23:36

    Why does the anc want to win cape town so so so badly i mean yes obviously they want to win but why cape town in particular? Is it because they actually want do make a change or is it purely because they see the day a s white party? I think its the latter...

      gksa - 2011-05-15 23:54

      They just want it all. God knows why. I'd think they have enough on their plate with all those municipalities.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 02:22

      The fact CT is doing well, makes them look bad. If they win CT, then there is nothing to compare their other failing cities to. Now the attorney general is saying CT can account for every single rand of their budget. Do you know how bad that makes JHB, Pretoria, etc look? This is the main reason for wanting to win CT.

      Creeky - 2011-05-16 06:54

      The ANC also want to "BREAK" Cape Town, like they have done to PE, Jhb and Pta!!!!!! Just living up to their motto: "Everything the ANC Touches... BREAKS"!!!

      50something - 2011-05-16 10:17

      They don't care about the people, they only want to make a point because they are so jeolous and sour graped over CT. That is why they took the DA to court over the toilet saga, not because they care, becuase they want power. Why have they not destroyed the open toilets in Viljoenskroon like thay have done in CT?

  • Chang Yi - 2011-05-16 00:05

    I am sick and tired of people like Buntu...trying to impress the racists whites on this forum. Listen dude, Appreciate what the ANC has and is still doing for the people of this country...just because you are poor and ANC are rich doesn't mean that they don't deliver...there is no government everywhere in the world that gives you have to create it yourself...they only provide the have to build yourself from it...even the apartheid government, they didn't just hand out the wealth amongst themselves..Whites worked hard for what they have today, they built their wealth on the platforms they were given..and some never made it..Secondly, just because they are politicians doesn't mean that they must drive Toyota or live in a 1 bedroom house...your being poor is not as a result of the ANC's life style..being a politician is career just as a doctor, lawyer, many of these doctors, lawyers nice cars? they even live large..and what do u say about them? please don't just join the tunes white people sing everyday such as complaining about the ANC's life they want them to be poor because they are black? Did the apartheid politicians drive Mazda and live in townships? a big No!!! ANC never gave me anything by hand but am very happy with what it has done for millions of people..ANC made a way for us and I used it. Today I am a successful black businessman. My wealth got nothing to do with ANC at all..You too can do the same!!!

      Crazy Ivan - 2011-05-16 02:06

      I some how doubt alot of what your saying. If you were as successful&educated as you claim you would be applying financial & business-like logic to your argument, if applied your post would be along very different logic would dictate that good corporate governance, low corruption, skills qualification, strong leadership, sound financial management, intellectual retention(opposite 2 brain-drain) etc etc would be a MUST! The ANC has failed in all these areas. Your logic is therefore flawed¬ business-like. What business do you run? Judging by what can be read in your post: 1. Your squashing the opinion of another just like Juliass(ie. Buntu, which is actually thinking critically&seeing exactly what the ANC is providing in comparison to their promises) 2. Your validating gross corruption&self-enrichment as ok, where millions are still impovrished??!! 3. Your argument regarding 'working for it' is excellent BUT poorly founded, without a basic foundation to work from perpetual poverty is inevitable for the poor irrespective how hard some of them work. (eg. legislation that enriches the few via tenders etc & stifles economic growth&job creation, even the most basic of services where people have to walk many kms to get water dont have the time to advance themselves, wont even mention education etc etc. without the very basics few can get out of poverty) 4. The tiresome OLD Race card again! Me smells an ANC tender-entrepreneur! Oh, and 'Chang' is a chinese name.

      blurryrabbit - 2011-05-16 02:09

      Hehehe, you're joking right? Listen buddy, the gap between rich and poor is growing for the whites AND the blacks. Eventually, there will be only rich and poor and no middle class. The reason for two party democracy, is that when the governing party starts to lose their way, the people can vote them out of power TEMPORARILY. The other party will then rule till they too start to lose their way and get replaced by the other party who by now has addressed their previous issues. This keeps things honest. Long, extended period of power will ALWAYS corrupt eventually. Wake up. This isn't a racial thing, the National Party is dead.

      Phlegm - 2011-05-16 05:38

      @Chang Yi - I agree that politicians dont have to drive cheap cars and live in townships, BUT what they are allowed to use government funds for should be within reason. You are a wealthy business man, right? You pay for the car you drive and the house you live in, you can justify what you spend your money on. Why the hell should ministers/politicians be allowed to squander vast sums of tax payers money on expensive renovations, interior decorating, hotel stays, over seas trips etc? You worked to get where you are today, unfortunately many of our ministers/politicians did not get their posts from hard work or qualifications, they got them through family/friend connections, they never had to work for it and hence do not appreciate it, many of them fvck up daily and should be fired, but they do not even get reprimanded. This is my gripe with the ANC, with tighter controls, stricter discipline and people being held accountable for their actions so much more could be achieved with teh available funds.

      gksa - 2011-05-16 08:23

      I always find it ironic to the extreme that apartheid is the convenient scapegoat that every single problem we have today is blamed on (and a suitable excuse not to eradicate those problems), while, at the same time, irresponsible governance is justified "because the apartheid ministers did it too". Which is it, then? It can't be both.

      gksa - 2011-05-16 08:28

      @Phlegm - Yes, and if this guy is a successful businessman, he's a taxpayer too! (I should hope.) So either he's completely fine with having his money grossly enriching politicians and their connections - or he's not worried because he knows its gonna cycle right back to him through tenders!

      Andy - 2011-05-16 09:15

      @Chang Yi, a few days ago you were "chinese" slating all the whites as an "outsider", now your a black business man? hahah, you honestly must think people have as short term a memory as yourself. No wonder your supporting a racist, corrupt regime!

  • LotF - 2011-05-16 00:43

    I truly cannot understand how anyone can not vote for the DA. The ANC is obviously not good at running a country and the DA is the only other option. Even if you don't want the DA in power, decreasing the ANC's share of the votes puts pressure on them to perform.

      Rupesh - 2011-05-16 02:23

      you and I know that but not everyone does.

      Matt - 2011-05-16 08:52

      Well, some people have certain morals and beliefs... like, the DA may have done a lot of good, but if you vote for them then you vote for everything they stand for - personally that includes some things I don't agree with, and I would feel bad for "condoning" certain things. But relax, I won't vote ANC... never...

      LotF - 2011-05-16 09:03

      Which option is more ethical: voting for a random opposition party in the full knowledge that your contribution to change is minimal, or voting for the DA to change the lives of everyone in your municipality?

  • peaceonearth - 2011-05-16 02:14

    One can only hope that the rural people have learnt and listened to the influx of zimbabwean, mocambique , zambia, malawi, (I will stop the list there so as not to take up too much space), refugees and realized that the ONLY way to live in a normal, peaceful, truely democratic and fair, Country and to eliminate racialism and violence and crime, as well as to create job opportunity, would be to VOTE DA. Come on, wake up in life and realize that there is NO such thing as ancestors being able to affect you, we all die, and go on to another world and I can assure you, YOUR DEAD ANCESTORS CANNOT HARM YOU. So, anyone who knows anyone, please enlighten the rural population and they will slowly start to realize that one votes for a party of people to run a Country fairly, not on the colour of one's skin. Also, if "white's" are so "bad" then why are there so many millions of africans fleeing as refugees and asylum seekers int "white" ruled Countries ? Perhaps people could enlighten the timid/ignorant/or plain terrified and intimidated voters. By the way, THERE WILL NEVER EVER BE APARTHEID AGAIN. AMERICA STOPPED IT, EUROPE STOPPED IT. AUSTRALIA STOPPED IT AND THEN RHODESIA STOPPED IT AND FINALY SOUTH AFRICA WERE THE LAST, BUT THEY STOPPED IT TOO! ITS OVER. Good ridance, never again.

  • Krolie - 2011-05-16 06:23

    Hopefully prisoners will not be allowed to vote. They are not entitled to, but judging by the ANC's past and current behaviour, I suppose we should nor be surprised if they do.

      ? - 2011-05-16 07:27

      I believe that all prisoners should vote except those who have life sentences,because at some point in time,they will get released,and its important that they too have a voice as to which party governs the land

      patch - 2011-05-16 08:27

      With all the GOOJF (Get Out Of Jail Free) cards the ANC is handing out to rapists, thieves, and the like, they're relying on the prison vote. SA correctional services: SA's biggest social club! In all seriousness, voting is a right, so I guess they are therefore allowed to vote. However, by committing a crime (especially physically orientated crimes), criminals have deliberately taken away their victims' rights. I feel that these people should forego their rights, or at least those that allow them influence in society; i.e. the vote.

      Matt - 2011-05-16 08:54

      @ Patch - spot on. I don't understand that if someone is in prison for 20 years, that they can vote for their municipality or party when they have zero experience with that municipality - after all, they're in prison...

  • marco - 2011-05-16 06:57

    The more council seats ie metro and local/district the ANC loses across the board then the quicker Zuma would have to call the next general election.And the sooner that happens the better so we can get rid off the corrupt ANC Government pr**ks once and for all for the K@K they've caused South Africa -period.

      ? - 2011-05-16 07:26

      Dont count on Zuma calling an early election,should they lose more council seats.

  • Shorts1 - 2011-05-16 07:26

    This is a key election in SA's history. The votes cast should be for that particular party that can deliver effectively at local governmental level. Such delivery impacts directly on the daily lives of almost each & every one of us and is therefore far more transparent than at provincial & national levels. Strong pressure on the ANC by increasing the number of seats held by the opposition, even if the latter don't actually win, should help to ensure that service delivery isues are properly addressed. The ANC are a very concerned party at the moment and so they should be, given their failure to govern effectively. Sure, they will probably win agin, but with a significantly reduced majority. This being the case, they will have another five years to start delivering properly. If not, the 2016 elections, when the general population has gained more insight into the reality of the key issues involved, their days will be numbered.

  • MacDaKnife - 2011-05-16 07:56

    "ANC will win all municipalities in the country to bring about meaningful change" is more for corruption than meaningful changes. Its being proved week in week out. ANC under Zuma had enough time to do that but have failed miserably

  • paulf - 2011-05-16 08:00

    Why I will not vote for the ANC 18th may 2011. 1: Failure to deliver on promises. 2: Corruption. 3: Nepotism. 4: No transparency in Governance. 5: Unable to lead. 6: Failing to tell the truth. 7: Double standards.

      Matt - 2011-05-16 08:55

      Don't forget 8: Julius Malema - no explanation needed

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      Rapier - 2011-05-16 08:19

      A very good "Blog-style" approach - I had a look, and if this is an example, you will go far! GOOD LUCK! This is the kind of enterprising approach we so sorely need in SA business.

  • - 2011-05-16 08:26

    Funny how only the ANC were allowed broadcast on SABC. That's true democracy for you. And as for Mnadela, my respect for him finaly dissolved with his siding with Zuma at the rally. It shows that he is no better than this rotten lot. And as all could see, Malemma is still very tight under Zuma's wing. All rotten to the core.

  • - 2011-05-16 08:35

    Look what your ANC has done for our country. These statistics will SHOCK you. Spread the video around before 18 May!!! Like it's author, I don't care who you vote for - as long as it's not the ANC. The only reason a lot of people will be voting DA is because it's the only REAL opposition to the ANC - it has nothing to do with black vs white, so get your heads out your racist a55es and smell these statistics!!!

  • WhiteAfrican - 2011-05-16 08:39

    To all ANC voters: I'm not saying don't vote for the ANC, I'm not saying vote for the DA, I'm saying make your own mind up and decide what is BEST for you and your children. Please think about it carefully. Your vote has the power and no one should be allowed to intimidate you into voting for them. Please do not let your hatred ruin your chance to give your children a better future. Vote for the party who has the best record. If they disappoint you, you could always vote for a different party next time. That is what democracy is all about. I'm asking you to take a chance. What do you have to lose? Open yourself up to opportunities. This isn't the way its supposed to be people but we can change it. I beg you, vote with your head, not your heart!

      Duke Potgieter - 2011-05-16 20:18

      Peace be with you WhiteAfrican. This is what democracy is all about:

  • Duke Potgieter - 2011-05-16 09:04

    Peace be with the reader. The time has come for all politicians to be put to the test. The Faithful Witness

  • joy.termorshuizen - 2011-05-16 09:44

    Just remember if you dont vote on Wednesday .... dont ever complain again about what happens!

  • Seanm - 2011-05-16 10:30

    Nelson Mandela, is know around the whole world leaders, presidents, celebrates and most important the people who all look up to him, he studied law went to jail fighting for he's rights and became our president, who's vision was a rightists one, why can't all the leaders follow he's vision, one man can make a difference a government can make an impact, so let it be positive. Enough is enough let all South African's live life and not struggle life, for now we just need to come together and be positive even in the harsh times,

  • Papsak - 2011-05-16 11:05

    Why must I as a black South African vote for the DA? I am not mad. A vote for the DA is a vote for white supremacy. Not again, sorry.

      sefeddt - 2011-05-16 11:20

      Nice to see you not racist.

      AmandaWhereTo - 2011-05-16 11:34

      sarcasm method parameters Invoke standard troll response protocol #65 "OMG! How can you be so stupid? What you say makes absolutely no sense at all... [continue on to rant about how flawed your conclusions are and how your lack of intelligence prevents you from seeing the situation as it should be interpreted. Include words like "racist", "Malema", and "toilets"]. End standard troll response protocol #65 Is that the attention you wanted? Happy now? Get back to work. Sarcasm method End

      bytjie - 2011-05-16 11:38

      ai papsak. the day will come that you will realise that apartheid is something in the past. all the world's eyes are on South Africa. I don't see why we need to keep blaming apartheid for everything that is still going wrong in our country. apartheid has been gone for 17 years. this is the problem with this country. people keep looking to the past and is so wrapped up in fear that they can not see clearly into the future. I still don't understand how a vote for the DA is a vote for white supremacy. then again i guess a lot of people out there will rather life in a country going to pieces than to give a multi-cultural party a chance. forget about the ANC, DA, AFP, FF+ even the KISS party, the majority of this country's people is ruled by fear. lies cause fear. i am sorry for what was done in the past, but this doesnt mean that the past will repeat itself. people make mistakes and unfortunetly others have to suffer because of it. it is time EVERYONE in our country start standing together to work TOGETHER to build a better South Africa. leave the past where it should be, in the past! her'e's to a better south africa were ALL people regardless of race can live peacefully together! - 2011-05-16 13:04

      I think your name is more Papkop. Do you have any proof to not being mad?

  • Moipone Bokaba - 2011-05-16 11:56

    Morning everyone & hope that you had a fantastic weekend despite the fanare at the stadium & the dancing president...& on second thoughts maybe he should keep on dancing cos he seems to have the courage of being an unaccountable laughing stock.His speech was bland,for me at least,it said nothing.The famous race card was again drawn much to my chagrin and annoyance & the crowd went balistic,so much for divide & rule.I poignantly watched as telecasted & all i could feel was the hate,the division that was spewed for all to see & celebrate & i prayed for a day when sanity would prevail,where I could see my brother without colour, where one could fall inlove notwithstanding the colour or be equal because of our acumen, skills, academics.We surely are fallible & mortal & someday in our grey years we would look back nonchalantly & ask " what did i do wrong, why did i not act when action beckoned" & this will be said while languishing in a stupor of old age looking at your kids who will be suffering the consequences of our actions or their lack thereoff. I implore you, go and vote, for a better society, for the future of our kids but mostly for society that will hasten to instil respect, fear of God and the love for all humanity.I will vote for change that i can believe in and i will not do it becuase of any sentiments that i harbour, but i will do it because it is the right thing to do,to make this a better country for my children. Enough is enough,no more..

      David de Bruyn - 2011-05-16 14:25

      Thank you Moipone. Your comment does so much good. It is people like who give me hope for South Africa.

      Kiks - 2011-05-16 16:32

      Logical. Educated. Racially impartial. You, my dear, are fantastic!

  • Duke Potgieter - 2011-05-16 14:09

    Peace be with the reader. Before you cast your vote make sure to read my message entitled: "The end of Democracy" The Faithful Witness

  • Paul Chinche - 2011-05-16 14:29

    It is time to pray / B I D for the ANC. Bring It Down

  • World Traveler - 2011-05-17 13:32

    Why I will vote for the DA I am a ships captain and usually sail on big bulk carriers, which trade worldwide. My crews have mostly been Ukrainian or Polish for the last eleven years and before that were mainly South African and Philipino. At last count I have been to about 55 countries, although I have really visited maybe half of those well enough to say that “I have seen that country”. Some of those countries are well run and some not but the bad ones are mostly getting better. Like Ecuador or Kenya. Some are getting worse, like Sierra Leone. People are proud to be citizens of their country. And then I sail into a South African port and the crew just laugh at the shambles! Very embarrassing when a Ukrainian crew, whose country is a shambles laugh at South Africa! During the world’s biggest economic boom in history Richards Bay did not extend their facilities at all, berths were vacant while ships were at anchor waiting for their cargoes of coal that could not be delivered to the port due to “technical” problems. It used to be the worlds biggest coal exporting port, now its productivity is an international joke. We went to Saldanha Bay to load 120 000 tonnes iron ore for Japan, had to wait ten days because of derailments and other “technical” delays. What a joke! I had told the Ukrainian crew that it was a well-run port with a well-run rail system. Very embarrassing. I was in China a few weeks ago and the taxi driver taking me to the airport was laughing at Zuma who had been on TV news. Whatever Zuma had said, something about buying electric bicycles, made him into a joke to the Chinese! They knew all about him and his fleet of wives. Ships crews used to visit Durban (or Port Elizabeth or East London) and have a great time at the beaches or shopping or night-clubbing. They spent a lot of foreign money. Now it is not safe to go up the road. Every sailor in the world knows that! They like Cape Town though; they go to the Waterfront or up the mountain if they have time. The Canal Walk Mall blows their minds! The Dad’s Toys shop is their favourite spot. I want my country to be well run and good enough to stand up to any international scrutiny. It is not. I want the Ukrainian crew to tell me that they will be visiting South Africa. They do not. I want a country to be proud of! All citizens must be proud of their country! Our present bunch of anc “leaders” is the cause of the national embarrassment. South Africa has been destroyed by the anc, they cannot be trusted to fix it. Here are just a few catastrophes that the anc are directly responsible for…. 1/ Education – destroyed by the anc! 2/ Industrial productivity – destroyed by the anc! 3/ Medical care – destroyed by the anc! 4/ Defense force – destroyed by the anc! 5/ Employment – destroyed by the anc! 6/ Police force –destroyed by the anc! 7/ Roads, rail and ports infrastructure – destroyed by the anc! 8/ Farm productivity and safety – destroyed by the anc! 9/ Crime – rampant! 10/ Corruption and cronyism – rampant! What country in the world puts the Minister of Housing in charge of all the country’s toilets! Ha! Ha! The anc are useless, the anc must go! And the sooner the better and we can all agree on that! The only political party that has the vision to get things going and to get things right is the DA. Other smaller parties may have some good points but they are just diluting the vote and in some cases even maintaining the status quo. South Africa does not need the status quo, it needs change! Now! Vote DA! Only the DA can do it! South Africa needs the DA to take charge and fix the country. For poorer people, for richer people and all of us in between people, for your children, for all of us! Act now! Act decisively! Vote DA! Vote Zille!

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