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Does South Africa have a good story to tell?... I don’t think so

2014-04-30 08:25
Sasha-LeighGoncalves Comments: 2 Article views: 671

What has been the main topic surrounding political discussions bar the decision of which political party to vote for, who delivers and whose promises to believe in? One answer – the apparent “good story” South Africa has to tell 20 years into democracy.

Now, I personally think that although we have made progress 20 years into democracy and that there has been noticeable change made by the ANC, not enough change has been made. I feel as though the people of South Africa are being blinded or are already blinded by what the ANC temporarily does to gain votes, especially just before election time.

The people of South Africa need to open their eyes to what is right in front of us; what is plaguing us. Our people are living in broken down houses, not due to choice, but due to necessity and desperation. This is not to say that these individuals don’t have a choice as to who they vote for – but it is to say that it is not their choice once the ANC has been put into power. In other words, you can choose which flavour of cupcakes you’d like to bake, but if you choose red velvet, there is no further choice once you have chosen red velvet – it will taste like red velvet and never change. Certain consequences have to be lived with if you choose to bake red velvet cupcakes.

This should tell us then, that people need to vote differently.

Our people do not have access to or are not delivered the basic services which they have a right to. Our health care system, sanitation and education system are some of the worst in the world, in fact – our education system separate from our other systems is one of the worst education systems in the world.

I often hear people say that we should give the ANC another 10 – 20 years to prove themselves and to really deliver on their promises – My answer to that is that right now, as it stands, where we are in 2014, we can still save our country from the mess it is becoming, whereas, should we give it another 10 – 20 years, by the end of those years, should the ANC still be in power, our country will be such a dilapidated and underdeveloped country and I can tell you that by that point, it will be the point of no return.

Therefore, I would like to urge the people of South Africa to really stand back and think to themselves “what is the ANC government currently doing for me to think that they have my best interests and the rest of the country’s best interests at heart?”

Please note that the options Nkandla, corruption, broken promises, unnecessary expenditure and usage of public funds, e-tolls and poor service delivery are not allowed.

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