Politics by design

2015-09-16 06:00


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THE current developments within the ANCYL made me look back to when Mpho Ramakatsa, former EFF national co-ordinator, went to the media and complained about the manner in which the EFF National People’s Assembly was conducted and how the conduct amounted to thuggery and anarchy.

My thoughts even went as far back as Andile Mngxitama pleading with Julius Malema to save the soul of EFF when he declined nomination.

Now, we see ANCYL members crying foul and even candidates like Ronald Lamola calling the ANCYL conference illegal, as it amounted to thuggery.

I then began to wonder if all these claims are warranted, or is it just members crying foul because the processes didn’t favour them?

I looked back to the time of the so-called regime change within the ANC when members took the Free State ANC to court, claiming the party had had ghost candidates at the conference.

Some branch and regional candidates were also excluded because they associa-ted with these members.

Now this might be just a big coincidence. But is this how things are done by politicians: where candidates are manipulated to suit a certain agenda or outcome, or is it just mere propaganda by the elected leaders?

Is this how politics are designed? And if so, how will we come to have credible leaders who put the needs of the people first, who will go beyond the call of office and make sure that the people shall govern?

Do we have appointed robots who prioritise the needs of their leaders and the premier league?

Or do we have unshaken, trustworthy leaders who are fearless and who will stand before anyone who victimise the poor and exploit the needy?

This is all too much to take in, but then one wonders whether to remain loyal to individuals, parties and cliques that are not loyal to us as the public.

Or must we denounce them and lead ourselves, elect credible activists and not glorified yes-men and -women who are not even qualified to hold the very offices they rule?

Amanga Awethu!

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