What happened to Batho Pele?

2011-05-18 13:28

I feel sorry for the youth of Wesselton township in Ermelo.

They are in a dilemma and I know what it feels like to find myself in one.

I simply hate it because I’m forced to make a choice I’m totally not at ease with.

They have decided to boycott the municipal government elections today just because their favourite party, the African National Congress (ANC), flatly refuses to speak to them.

Since they rioted in February this year about the flawed candidate nomination process, I have been following developments there with keen interest.

Their leaders have still not spoken to them about additional issues they raised such as jobs being allocated to relatives; jobs they have to bribe certain individuals to get; and jobs which women won’t get unless they sleep with certain lecherous individuals.

These youngsters have been consistent all along.

They want to vote for the ANC and no other party. If they cannot, they would rather withhold their vote and risk having another party take over the Msukaligwa municipality.

Now, the message is clear – their bond with the ANC seems unbreakable.

However, their beloved party resorted to label them as criminals instead of listening and understanding their gripes.Of course, what they did in February was purely criminal.

Vandalising public infrastructure is not justifiable under any circumstance.

What these youth fear is that if they had relented to the ANC’s pressure, they would have ended up with a bigger problem at the Msukaligwa council – councillors who won’t listen to the community’s needs but serve the interests of individual leaders in the ANC Nelspruit headquarters.

Well, they have lost that fight because they maintain the candidates the ANC has put forward are not their favourites.

That’s not what voters want. People are out there to vote for leaders who will listen to them and deliver the services they crave.

Batho Pele. People First. That’s the whole purpose of electing leaders in a democratic environment.

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