Voters can turn the tide

2015-11-11 06:00

HISTORY is witness to the fact that the status quo in the world or countries in particular, can suddenly, without warning be interrupted. It happened with the fall of the Western Roman Empire and the start of World War 1. Closer to home in modern history the sudden takeover of government in the Western Cape by the Democratic Alliance is an excellent example.

Let us take an in-depth look at the current situation in South Africa. If we continue with the status quo we are heading towards chaos and disaster from which nobody will be able to escape.

“While Rome is burning” - the ANC government remains stuck in a self-destructive reactive mode. Consider for a moment the following alarming facts:

• A senior cabinet minister admitted a few years ago that corruption and nepotism have reached endemic proportions. Yet amazingly SA is still led by an ANC president who is the epitome of this characteristic.

• Ongoing union strikes and student unrest are crippling the economy into bankruptcy. The responsible ministers and the president failed dismally in addressing and solving these matters.

• The investigation into the Arms Deal has already cost the taxpayer R116 million. How long still before Zuma, who regards himself above the law, and his cronies in the ANC, will be held accountable?

With the DA in power the corruption, nepotism and overspending will stop by:

• Getting rid of incompetent lazy “fat cat” civil servants and municipal workers.

• Recruiting and promoting competent, experienced professionals at all main government institutions.

• Stopping the decline of the rand. In 1975 a rand was worth $1.5. Today we are heading for a R15 to one U.S. dollar exchange rate. It was just announced that our unemployment has risen to 25 percent.

• Making South Africa as far as possible, safe and crime-free. Investors and tourists will return to stimulate the economy towards a positive growth rate.

I appeal to every South African, who loves this country, to help change the status quo – now. Make sure every objective, clear thinking South African is registered to vote. Convince only one unswayed voter to register and to turn up on election day and vote DA, the tide can be turned even as early as in 2016.

The DA has an exceptionally strong leader in Mmusi Maimane whose wisdom, integrity, intelligence and dogged determination to rebuild and restore SA to be among the leading countries in the world are clear.

If you are worried how a DA government will perform, take a trip to Cape Town. Where the DA governs - it governs well. Just a reminder - Cape Town, and eventually the Western Cape, were initially taken over by the DA with only one extra vote for Helen Zille.

Councillor Tap Kruger

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