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Dear majority: I don't understand you

20 May 2014, 13:33

Now that the 2014 elections are behind us and you, the majority, have ‘spoken’, I think is time we pause and take a closer look at this mess that you have just gotten us into. I know that my voice doesn’t count for much, especially since I am not one of you, but with the hype and sloganeering now gone I hope your minds are clear enough to give me audience.

Your victory slogan goes: “the majority has spoken, it’s time to move on”, I hear you but what if I am not comfortable with the direction you have chosen?

 Knowing what groupthink does to its sufferers, I won’t be surprised if you label me an “anti – revolutionary” or a “clever black”.

In the months leading to the elections I thought we were on the same page on quite a number of issues, but it turns out I was wrong. I somehow thought you were going to use your hard –won right to vote to punish the ANC government for not keeping its ‘better life for all’ promise.

You must be wondering what gave me the idea that you were going to use your vote to punish JZ and his cronies for running this country like a tuck shop. You see, my thoughts were born out of the noise you made in the aftermath of the Marikana massacre, and when it emerged that government spent millions on renovations at Number 1’s private residence. Oh how can I forget the Guptagate scandal?

 I thought that you were going use these scandals and government’s failure to address issues such as poverty, unemployment, corruption and poor service delivery to judge him and his fellow empty suites. But no, you found it appropriate to put him back in power despite all his flaws and failures.

I must say, I found it a stretch to imagine you putting such a clueless man back in power. I can understand why you opted for him in 2009, of course you were mad at Thabo Mbeki, the pipe – smoking intellectual. But be that as it may, I hope you will all agree that he was at least an uncorruptible intellectual, not a dancer or giggler.

Please don’t get me wrong, I like democracy and will always appreciate the role the ANC played in the struggle against the cruel apartheid system. I know that the ANC liberated us, and I will never say or do anything to distort its rich history. It would be insane of me to pretend it didn’t give me the freedom that I am enjoying today. This is a fact of history that can never be tempered with.

What is saddening though is that this 102 years old organisation, with its rich history and a lineage of upright leaders, has allowed a visionless man to turn it into what it has become lately – an organisation that tolerates poor leadership and corruption. I can’t help but wonder how we got here.

Sometimes I am tempted to agree with George Bernard Shaw when he says: “The minority is sometimes right; the majority always wrong”. My only problem with Shaw’s view is that it says South Africans were wrong to put Nelson Mandela in power in 1994. I don’t agree with him, but the fact that I gave his opinion some thought should tell you how confused a young man I have become since you gave JZ a second term.

After the announcement of the election results I found myself so confused I wondered what prompted Henrik Ibsen to say: “I don’t imagine you will dispute the fact that stupid people are in an absolutely overwhelming majority all the world over”.

I know you have spoken and it’s time to move on, but I don’t understand you. And I agree with Leo Tolstoy when he says: “Wrong does not cease to be wrong because the majority share in it”.

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