LETTER: Active participation in politics is the preserve of all citizens

2016-03-24 06:00

Most Black people would rather abstain from the present political discourse.

Much as we want to keep the distance, politics are the lifeblood of our existence. One cannot be apolitical in a political world.

Our biggest folly as the oppressed black majority is allowing politics to seem to be the domain of politicians and political parties alone, for politics transcend politicians and political parties. You can have an intellectual contribution without belonging to any political party.

Political parties are not meant to do any good for people other than giving them false hope.

In order for the political parties to rule over people, then they must maintain the division that exist within them. Black people who subscribe to the ANC see those who belong either to the DA or EFF as the enemy.

Black people tend to be too loyal to political parties than to themselves. The system does not oppress us as members of political parties but because we are Black.

For us to refer to ourselves as Black it was not a matter of choice but it was based on political decisions that existed prior to the present dispensation. I still maintain that you cannot be apolitical in a political world and people cannot exist without politics but they can exist without political parties.

Sibusiso Wellem Bellville

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