Time to elect the best for the job

2017-04-26 06:02

WE, the citizens of the country, voted for the elected to hold positions of power, be it as a ward councillor or president.

It’s not uncommon for voters to stick to the party that has had a following in their family or community, and ethnicity is still a huge persuader in South Africa.

The many incidents that have made headlines in the media recently are proof that we have not transcended the racial divide. As long as we don’t address this apartheid injury, race, ethnicity and cultural tribalism will remain at the forefront of our minds.

President Jacob Zuma is hugely criticised. The growing discontentment among citizens doesn’t seem to faze the ANC too much. It doesn’t matter if you support the ANC, DA or EFF, Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma remains the biggest opposition drawcard.

The blinkered view that hinders many a voter also stifles the opportunity for the best person to be elected and to occupy political office, resulting in a lose-lose situation.

This problem is evident even at local level, with poor service delivery being an issue that is decades old. If we elected the best councillors, mayors and managers, surely as ratepayers we should be better serviced now than during apartheid? This is certainly not the case in my suburb. So why are we being short-changed?

It seems as if party politics and the hunger for political power mean residents are used as pawns and our suburbs are the chess board.

It is time that we demand accountability at every juncture, from our ward council to the highest office in the land. Already, a more vociferous approach by citizens to the burning issues is being witnessed and one can only expect more of the same in the days to come.
Rikesh Ishwarlall

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