Politics: The myopia of the masses

2019-03-04 11:31

Jc An's article ANC vs DA vs EFF: Who to vote for, though insightful, reveals how politics seems to prevail over common sense.

What is it that we as South Africans want? Simply put, we want the country to grow academically, economically and socially. We want good governance, transparency and the rule of law to prevail.

Jc An does concede that the ANC has failed its people but stops short of admitting that in the process it has failed all of South Africa - and Madiba's dream. One wonders just how much money been stolen by the few at the cost of the many. Those who have suffered the most include the vulnerable - children, the aged and the infirm. Let me say that that on behalf of those responsible, I am deeply ashamed - for it seems they have no shame of their own.

One of the most basic litmus tests of good governance is a clean municipal audit (The ANC's woeful history in this regard is a matter of record). When the leaders in failed municipalities continue to drive around in million Rand vehicles while their constituents lack basic living needs, 25 years after the promises of 'a better life for all' started, and then get re-elected into office, this tells me that there is something dreadfully, fundamentally wrong with the hearts of those voters!

Clean audits = good governance. It's that simple. I'm sorry (majority of) ANC supporters, but it beggars belief that anyone could, in good conscience, continue to support political leaders with such an abysmal track record in all sectors of South African society. This is particularly sad when we know that there are many, well-respected, highly-qualified and infinitely better-suited candidates within the ANC party.

This may come as a shock, but if the ANC implemented lifestyle audits for all political and municipal office-bearers, ensured that perpetrators of crimes were brought to justice, made good on their utterances to root out immorality and corruption and used transparent processes to ensure that the person best suited and qualified was appointed to a particular job - then I would have no problem supporting them with my vote! You see, we really don't mind who runs the country - as long as the country progresses and prospers.

But until such time (read generations) as people start voting with their God-given brains and consciences, it seems we are doomed to keep repeating the same cycle of short-sighted, political suicide at the polls.

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