Our votes have power

2016-04-20 06:00

IT was with mixed emotions that I wrote this piece.

I was jubilant, yet disgusted at the same time.

Immediately after the Constitutional Court (Concourt) judgement, I realised just how evil and calculating some politicians were.

Months into the Nkandla scandal, we saw our president denying accountability, using the majority to exonerate himself and therefore giving our hard-fought democracy a cold shoulder.

Yet, immediately after the judgement, he started to sing a different tune, claiming he wanted to adhere to the remedial actions.

Is he the one who said he had a bond?

That he and his family paid for Nkandla and that he knew nothing about unduly benefitting?

I believe the oath he took as the president of the country is bigger than that of the party.

If he valued our constitution and the seriousness of the Concourt judgement, then he should have fired all ministers who had let this happen under their watch.

He should have fired the speaker of the parliament and all ANC members of the parliament who had participated in the Nkandla adhoc committee.

Lastly, he should have stepped down as president as all this happened under his leadership.

But under Jacob Zuma’s leadership, one can only dream of accountable leadership.

The arrogance of the ruling party and its loyalists speak volumes and it is up to the voter to hold them to account.

We complain about Zuma and his government and yet continue to vote them into power.

Then we are the ones to blame and we deserve all that we are getting.

Politicians who cannot be held to account are tyrants and dictators.

We need to reflect and realise that these politicians are nothing without our votes.

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