It’s our own fault

2016-06-01 06:00

IT is with great sadness that I write this column, as service delivery protests increase daily in our country. We see municipal buildings, roads and even schools torched with no remorse or care in the world.

One would then wonder if all these protests are warranted and if so, is it justified to vandalise, burn and demolish infrastructure? Institutions of higher learning are also not exempt from these acts of violence, as we see hash tag campaigns marred with arson, vandalism and criminal elements within them.

Are we fighting a good fight if we fail to exercise the most effective way of protest through our votes and continue to vote for the same incompetent, unqualified and corrupt representatives, yet cry foul when they live up to the expectation of money laundering, racketeering and nepotism?

Are they really at fault if we trusted them with our hard-earned taxes, knowing very well that they lack conviction, character and are easily corrupted? Are we then being fair by burning their homes and public infrastructure for our own lack of accountability?

When are we going to take responsibility as voters that we brought all this on ourselves?

That we are the ones who should have voted with our heads and not emotions or according to colour, that we are to be blamed for being loyal to our parties even if they continue to exploit and misrepresent us?

We are where we are as a country today not because of the ruling party or Zuma, but we are here today because of our own choice in every election. I actually commend Zuma for how he has managed to milk it for all it is worth, because we put him in power even though he has multiple pending charges and his character was questionable.

So why should we cry foul and burn schools, hospitals and houses? This is all because of our choices and we are responsible for the decline of the rand, unemployment and poverty we are facing, because we don’t even read the election manifestos of these parties and actually hold them to account.

We are more concerned about tenders and loyalty to patronage and our votes being bought by food parcels, dustbins and blankets.

So should you continue to vote out of loyalty to a party and not because of the love for our country, then you are the problem and not the Zumas of this world.

Aluta Continua and Africa Must Rise!

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