I WRITE this in a very troubled state, as I find the current state of affairs in our country disturbing. We were instrumental in the liberation of our people, not only politicians, but the common man on the ground. We all played a significant role. The problem started when we came into power in 1994. We were on a political honeymoon and failed to keep our executives to account. We thought all will come into place and we trusted our politicians with the governance of this very rich and resourced land.What is happening now is proof that politics should not be left to politicians alone. If we fail to partake in our democracy, we will be left with cadres who love their party and positions more than the country. We will be left with cadres who will protect their interests at the expense of the people.Leaders must represent the people and be selfless. Yet we see leaders who will do anything to hold on to power and who will steal, lie and cheat the poor. It is very sad that most citizens are not even interested in learning about governance. They will rather be interested in party politics and assume that if you know the history of a certain party, you know politics.For our country to move forward and achieve our set goals and policies, we need good governance and not party politics. We need accountable officials, not cadre deployment. We need qualified cadres and not blind loyalists.Otherwise we run the risk of running our country into a dysfunctional state. This will lead to the poor rising against the rich and a revolution is imminent. Do you love your party more than you love your country?Will we turn a blind eye to maladministration, nepotism, corruption and wasteful and irregular expenditure all because of blind loyalty? Blind loyalty is not wisdom. Amanga Awethu.