Thou shalt vote for a better life

2011-05-14 14:55

On Wednesday, South Africans have an opportunity to put a local government in power.

Some people are happy to exercise the right to vote, while some are not going to vote because they underestimate the power of their ballot.

Some are simply not interested.

Some are disillusioned by what they call “empty promises” or the new expression in our lexicon, “lack of service delivery”.

I contend that not participating in this sacred ritual is tantamount to committing a mortal sin.

The vote is sacred because so many people lost their lives to ensure all South Africans have this right.

Participating in this act continues the restoration of human dignity pioneered on April 27 1994.

­Casting that ballot is a public ­commitment or statement that you love your country and that you are one with all the citizens.

South Africa is beset with monumental problems on the political, economic, social and moral fronts. Many of our citizens literally and figuratively live in hell. It is in this land that basic human needs are still considered luxuries by the ­majority of our people.

Crime, a lack of housing, poverty, poor sanitation and unemployment torture the souls of many of our patriots on a daily basis.

South Africa cannot afford the risk of boycotting elections. It is time that people not only vote out of anger or frustration, but clear reasoning.
Politicians will use rhetoric and make false promises. It is up to us to investigate and expose such treacherous tendencies.

Before you cast your vote, consider the following “10 commandments of voting”:

» Thou shall love thy country as thyself;

» Thou shall go to the station where you have registered to vote;

» Thou shall not feel intimidated;

» Thou shall not spoil your ballot;

» Thou shall vote for a political ­party or individual with a positive track record;

» Thou shall remember the evils created by colonialism and ­apartheid, and thou shall quote Nelson Mandela and repeat ­“never, never again”;

» Thou shall give credit when progress and development has been made;

» Thou shall support the ­Independent Electoral Commission for free and fair elections;

» Thou shall encourage other South Africans to vote; and

» Thou shall make true the promise that “the people shall govern”.

When you cast your vote, you will indeed be praying that God blesses South Africa.


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