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The ANC - our movement

14 March 2014, 15:30
The history of South Africa is polarized. Some believe Shaka Zulu used to smoke dagga, and that is what gave him his legendary status. Others believe he was a highly confident man, who commanded a powerful army and nation, and several others still hold the belief that Shaka traded his livestock, in exchange for for civilization. These largely divergent views lead me to the question: Who are we as South Africans, and who do the politicians mean: "our people"
President Zuma in his SONKA (State of Nkandla) made the startling claim that the government was a victim of its own successes. Hence the spike in delivery protests. The implication in this instance being that expectation can lead to disappointment, but if you do not expect, you can be pleasantly surprised. I do not necessarily disagree with the logic, but coming from a Presidents, it seems to suggest: "I cannot do more that I have done" and this must be extremely worrying for anyone planning to receive services from the government that is led by someone who believes they have reached the limits of their possibilities.

It is election time, and promises are being thrown around. 6 Million seems to be a favourite number amongst the big 2. I have not spent time as yet to read the manifestos of all the parties, but I believe we are in for an interesting race. The DA has also learnt how to speak election-taal, the ANC way. The use of the phrase our "people", which must surely arouse a response :" our party, or our movement" which the politicians hope can foster a sense of ownership in the "promises" made by the particular movement. One ANC slogan says: vote to preserve your heritage", an implication fuelled by threats of :The boers will come back. 
But what separates the ANC and everyone else? At face value, it would seem history is the determinant. The ANC was the only party to call for a united democratic, non sexist, non racial dispensation. Principal to the history of the ANC are the names of such mythical beings as the likes of the Sisulus, Tambos, Mbekis, Mandelas, Hanis. It is difficult to compete with these in a country, just 20 years into its new found freedom. The thread that attaches the people to these names is the millions of "our" people who suffered the injustices of Apartheid.
It is true that the ANC was not the only liberation movement, but it is possibly the only one that had as much international acclaim. This adds names such as Jesse Jackson, Trevor Huddleston into the fold, and you are left with the "broad" church. But the rot has begun. The current ANC lacks both the personalities or the intefgrity to truly claim to be building a non sexist, non racial society. A quick glance of the nominees list of the ANC reveals this: Only 3 women appear in the Top 10, and the non-racial element is not present, as it seems the ANC does not seem to have capable leaders of other races, as implied by its compilation.
The term "our" movement was also entrenched by the period from 1985-1994, when violence ravaged the townships. The ANC was fighting the people's battle against oppression and domination. They had the least weapons, and suffered the heftiest defeats at the hands of state sponsored violence. At the onset of democracy, those who survived grew the "I did not go into the struggle to be poor", and this led to things such as corruption et al. Why then do people still call them" our movement"
In short, there has not been any other party to fight the people's battle and hence to deserve the title "our movement", and when this changes, that party, whichever it is, will win the votes.
Enjoy the race
Thato

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