Freedom enjoyed by few

2013-06-16 10:00

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In SA, the ruling elite clearly puts itself first.

After the much talked-about development of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla home, it is not hard to see that in South Africa freedom is enjoyed by an elite minority, mainly those in power.

In the past few weeks, I have been reading about and observing the developments in Eastern Cape municipalities like Alfred Nzo and Chris Hani, but nothing has been said about Lady Frere’s Emalahleni municipality, which covers many poor villages in the province.

There is no development, there aren’t any programmes to empower the youth and the promise of electricity has yet to be realised.

The president, who was said to be passionate about rural development, has not provided leadership and direction.

He is not pushing municipal managers and councillors to work hard, but is instead using millions of rands to develop his own area.

ANC officials will again manipulate the poor, especially those illiterates ahead of the next year’s elections.

They will go door to door marketing their ideologies and giving many promises, but they don’t have the best interests of rural people at heart.

This is a betrayal of the likes of Duma Nokwe, Alfred Xuma and many other great liberation icons who fought against injustice, divisions and discrimination.

It is good to see parties like Agang coming into the political arena, as this strengthens democracy.

The future of our country is in our hands.

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