Down with ‘all talk, no action’ politics

2016-10-09 12:23
Former president Thabo Mbeki

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The lack of trust in politicians emerged as a big issue among millennials in all the countries surveyed. South Africa is no exception.

Asked why politicians were not trusted, South African millennials cited high levels of corruption, “all talk and no action” politics, broken promises and politicians caring more about their own needs than those of the citizenry.

“They make promises and never live up to them,” said one youngster.

Another said: “Many young people do not trust politicians because they do not deliver after being elected. They promise to fulfil our concerns and once in the seat [of power], they break those promises.”

Out of 17 qualities in an elected politician, these young people would look for honesty, trustworthiness and a stance against corruption – all of which came out tops at 92%.

Intelligence, listening, ethics and crisis management were also deemed important, scoring in the 80 percentile quotient. A sense of humour and good looks came last, at 26% and 11%, respectively.

Ways in which politicians could win credibility among the youth would be by “delivering on what they promise, listening to [our] grievances and making opportunities available in terms of employment, education, etc”.

Said one: “Politicians can better connect with younger people by putting someone younger in charge. Younger people connect better with people close to their own age.

“They could also win our trust by keeping their promises and trying to make a difference in people’s lives.”

Although millennials’ awareness of politicians was high, they battled to come up with names of trustworthy leaders. Some of those identified as trustworthy were not incumbent leaders or even politicians; some were not South Africans; and one was deceased.

ON MMUSI MAIMANE, BERNIE SANDERS AND BARACK OBAMA:

“They do not [only] stand for what they believe to be good for the country, but what is morally and democratically sound. [They are concerned about] the growth of the country as a whole and, rather than focusing on fixing the problems that currently exist, these politicians focus on collecting the problems and determining why they exist, and eliminating that issue. For them, it is a case of prevention rather than cure.”

ON DAVID MAKHURA AND PATRICIA DE LILLE:

“The only local representatives who are trustworthy and engage with ordinary citizens.”

ON DESMOND TUTU, THABO MBEKI AND THULI MADONSELA:

“They call a spade a spade. They have delivered what they had promised ... There might be mistakes here and there, but they have always delivered on their word.”

ON TREVOR MANUEL AND NHLANHLA NENE:

“Both are trustworthy. They are honest and humble.”

ON NELSON MANDELA:

“The most trustworthy of them all, he brought freedom to this country.”

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