We vote for the wrong reasons

2015-11-04 12:39

I FELT great to be a South African since the #FeesMustFall campaign started. It showed us how much unity can be achieved beyond colour lines, political conviction and race.

The call for free education came at a perfect time. It is about time we demand that those promises are fulfilled which were made by politicians during elections.

Looking back I recall a “free education” poster from the ruling party in which it identified and claimed the freedom charter as a guiding tool in its policies. I then realised that South Africans were still not voting for the right reasons.

We are voting out of sentiment, nostalgia and confusion. We hardly read to understand election manifestos and care less about how all the promises in that manifesto will be achieved.

We would rather toyi-toyi and vandalise property and when it is time for elections we experience a state of amnesia. I really do not blame the political parties for all this since they are voted into power by us. That means if we will still vote for the same people who have time and again proved that they cannot deliver, then we are the problem.

Seeing the South African Students Congress (Sasco), the ANC members marching to Parliament, Luthuli House and the Union Buildings has proved my theory.

Manifestos were not read or understood which showed that even the 6 million jobs promised in the National Development Plan (NDP) will not be realised.

Government acts nonchalantly where corruption is concerned and would even go so far as rendering Chapter 9 institutions useless. They do not acknowledge that they have failed to deliver.

If they really wanted to give us free education, they would have reacted swiftly to the exorbitantly expensive website ordered by Ace Magashule; to Nkandla, Prasa, the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC), the Post Office, Medupi Power Plant, the South African Airlines (SAA), Eskom, Marikana, Aurora Mine, Hitachi, South African Police Services (SAPS) and all the scandals and Auditor General reports showing billions in wasteful and irregular expenditure that has been condoned by officials. It is only a matter of time till the poor will have nothing left to eat . . . Amanga Awethu!

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