The confusing nature of politics

2016-03-02 06:00

MBUSI MUSAWENKOSI RADEBE, Bohlokong, ­Bethlehem:

THE nature of politics during the election is understandable to some, but confusing to others.

People imagine themselves as capable candidates, able to lead anywhere. The most difficult thing is that whatever happens, has been analysed in different ways. The character assassinations, blackmail, conspiracy theories about squandered funds and the illiteracy of individuals is what we have to expect more of.

Hooliganism overtakes the procedure of meetings or gatherings.

The politics of today is about factionalism to reward loyalists after defeating the other side.

Stalinist power practices are evident regarding wards’ candidate selection. Some capable activists are labelled thugs just to silence them about real political issues.

People with no capital are portrayed as illegitimate to their parties. The quality of gender empowerment in councils is still questionable.

People who never become successful politically will cause public protest everywhere to punish some individuals.

Propaganda is a key weapon for power hungry people during the short period before elections. False judicial charges are made to eliminate popular and powerful politicians, such as rape charges and allegations about dual membership.

Meeting after meeting are held during dark hours organised by leaders from 1st and 2nd spheres in hotels and guest houses, just to undermine the best choice of the masses.

Confidantes or associates of threatening candidates are even threatened by loss of jobs or income. Checks and balances are used irrelevantly or wrongly to demoralise ambitious politicians.

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