Ours is a proud democracy, but corruption is a threat

2014-05-06 00:00

DAN Ndlovu is realistic — unless the ANC can corner corruption, South Africa’s democracy is under threat.

“It is comrade stealing from comrade. And if corruption is seen to happen as far up the heirachial chain including the office of the presidency it is going to be increasingly difficult to bring under control,” said Ndlovu.

Ndlovu, an Umlazi resident, works in the school feeding scheme industry. He sees first-hand the difficulties being faced by poor South African families. He sees children who only eat once a day while conversely he is aware of the systemic corruption in government tenders.

“The school feeding scheme is a great programme. But our focus must remain on the youth. More and more teenagers are getting hooked on drugs such as whoonga. This has created a massive problem. The youth steal from their own families and then their neighbours. Then they run away to Durban Central and live at Botha or Albert Park where they continue to commit crime. The drug addiction epidemic is growing and unless we as a country come out with clear strategies it will overtake HIV/Aids as our biggest problem followed by teenage pregnancy,” said Ndlovu.

But Ndlovu, a loyal unionist and socialist at heart, who can recall the history of Cosatu over the past 30 years, said the government has delivered on housing, bridges, roads, electricity and water.

“I am proud of my democracy. Prior to 1994 I remember the violence, hatred and uncertainty, white and black violence, black and black violence. Back then it wasn’t easy to show who you would vote for or show your allegiance. But now people can. People are free to express their political viewpoint. Democracy taught us to be tolerant.”

He said the television political adverts were full of half-truths to suit the various parties’ agendas.

“If you look at the DA’s adverts for instance they are misleading. They say that under Thabo Mbeki and Nelson Mandela we were going forward and now we are heading backwards because of Jacob Zuma. I don’t believe they have given us all the facts. The DA’s Mmusi Maimane is being portrayed as the [U.S. President] Barack Obama of South Africa. Their campaign is so American,” said Ndlovu.

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