Back to basics for the ANC

2019-03-25 14:11

South Africa has come a long way since the basal struggle for equal human rights and the conquest to establish some form of economic recovery, after global economic sanctions, 25 years ago.

A warefare the ruling party have lost sight of in just 25 years after their historic win over the injustices of Apartheid.

Alongside handy alliances such As SASCO, The holy trinity wasn't just unified through a convergence of convenience or a convergence of common interest. That would suggest a temporary unsustainable alliance. But it was formed with a deepened echo and entrenched belief in addressing the social, economic and political partisanship of a country which was severely damaged and divided systematically for atleast 300 years of racial subjugation and wide scale discriminatory practices.

The ANC maintained their personnel but sadly not their core ideologues. 25 years later and their version of correcting social, economic and political struggles is dystopian or rather displeasing to say the least.

The misery is piling up and one can easily see why the common citizen would have a negative outlook or very little hope for an enthusiastic future, even post the 2019 elections.

Opposition leaders and parties have shown a clear lack of intellectual content and political astuteness to ensure improvement of the situation. Our only hope is that the country’s opposition has better strategies than blowing off steam by raging bucket-loads of accusations and slander (with a very low win rate in court). They would be better off employing a solutionists approach for the long-term, rather than populist slander in an attempt to attract countless negative attention to the ruling party.

In hind-sight it is always pertinent and fashionable to blame the government for many things and everything. We need to mention that the party has delivered in some sectors better than others.

The ruling party is faced with a booming population that it was forced to quickly accommodate. They had to adjust to broader population growth related challenges, such as greater demand for jobs, economic growth, infrastructure supply and maintenance, hospitals, schools, higher learning institutions, energy supply and lastly, deal with a hostile global economic environment and in-party divisions. 

The ANC takes much of the national burden on behalf of the poor through many subsidy programs, free housing, free basic schooling, free healthcare, free social grants and now recently free higher education for the deemed poor. Much of these efforts have benefited and elevated millions of South Africans from poverty and helped many provide a better life for their families and communities.

The party needs to get back to basics, it's foundational roots and shine the light on its core political ideologies which resonate with South Africans and offers a form of relief from the relentless pursuit of capital and neoliberal globalization. The recent Yellow-vest protests in Europe and the world-wide environmental protests by scholars, are just some of the evidence that creates an indication of what the nation could be faced with down the neoliberal path.

Reactionary governance, lack of quality leadership, lack of accountability, lack of intellectual dynamism coupled with corruption is, and remains the party's greatest Achilles-heel.

Despite the changes I predict will come in post the May 2019 elections, the party must remain resolute and loyal to it's core principles and ensure that the new changes in cabinet and in the NEC are aligned with the history and the bloodline of the ANC.


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