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May 7 Elections

2014-05-07 16:30
Manyisa Andile Sigwela665 Comments: 1 Article views: 357

It is that time again where the ruling party (ANC) and other parties are battling it out in turf wars for political gains. From the squatter-camps to urban areas across the country, one can tell of the coming elections with posters and all the adverts of different parties trying to campaign for more supporters. The pressure is mounting with elections in less than a week, and councillors of respective constituency are reaching out to the masses on the streets in loud speakers. They are going all out with their manifestos and policies in an attempt to win the hearts of the electorate. 

It is at this juncture that we hear of politicians being unrealistic, making promises especially to the majority, those shattered by the bondage of poverty and other circumstances. Recently, the President has been forking out cash from his own pocket to those living in desperate conditions. But some would say that the timing of such generosity is questionable, that it is purely meant to keep President Zuma and his immediate Guptas in Government for another term. 

The process leading to May 7 elections has been exhilarating, like EFF’s adverts on SABC and the unwillingness of the latter to broadcast the Adverts has amounted into a controversy. Or the scathing letter penned by Gayton Mckenzie to Malema. Some say the letter has added to his dilemma, while the commander-in-chief opted to reserve his comments, perhaps showing his maturity in the political arena. Helen Zille on the other hand has been firing from all angles, promising to do away with E-tolls if the DA wins in Johannesburg. The born-frees and a few erudite of the young people are obviously losing patience with the ruling party, labelling the current leaders as being backward and likely to pursue more corruption at the expense of the nation post-elections. The DA leader seems to be winning their hearts in this regard while others are backing up Malema because of his party’s 7 non-negotiable pillars which talks about the nationalisation of Mines, banks, and other strategic sectors of the economy, without compensation, among other things.

What is making these coming elections even more fascinating is the involvement of celebrities from actors to musicians who have taken part in the rallies and campaigns of the qualifying parties. I have seen quite a number of them driving around in fancy cars especially in remote areas targeting the needy where penury is prevailing. Unfortunately, if you are trapped with abject poverty, you are surely bound to fall to such strategy.

Even the drunkards are talking about the May 7 elections in bars, like the one I heard when I was enjoying a ‘quiet drink’ at Ace Lounge, saying ‘inxeba lika Vavi alihlekwa’. But I wasn’t sure whether he was referring to a song by Character and Oskido, or he was more political – taking us back to Vavi’s suspension by COSATU, and the emerging scandals that nearly threatened his political standing. Those who supported him in his trying times are definitely watching his moves, whether he will rally behind ANC since he’s been reinstated despite Irvin Jim’s warning. 

Beside Vavi’s conundrum, perhaps the main question is, will the winning party walk the talk post elections?

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