Political parties pull out the stops

2016-07-27 06:00

WITH just days left before voters head to the polls to make their mark for their choice of representatives, election fever is reaching it climax.

Political parties are pulling out all the stops to attract undecided voters to vote for their party. Elections are about delivering on services that voters were promised. Cheap politicking combined with empty promises will ultimately result in a decline in support resulting in a loss of seats in a specific municipality.

This is the scenario that the ruling party faces. The incessant disillusionment of communities plays out in the streets of South Africa through violent service delivery protests practically on a daily basis.

Hence there are well orchestrated and clearly defined parameters in terms of editorial policy by the SABC to censor violent protest action from being flighted on SABC channels.

Has Hlaudi Motseneng and his shenanigans at the SABC got protection from a higher authority to allow them to act in such a repulsive manner. Is this policy a clandestine manoeuvre to withhold sensitive information from voters that can probably impact on the outcome of the local government elections? It is said that the power of the media is a dynamic tool that can be utilised to change the mindset of voters.

Therefore censorship of negative information can be construed as having a manipulative affect in terms of voters arriving at a balanced decision, and more importantly, where to place their crosses.

The 2016 local government elections is proving to be the most volatile by far. The ANC has lost 12 councillor candidates and members this year allegedly because of infighting.

There is no doubt that politics is becoming an extremely lucrative job. When lives are so easily snuffed out with the killers still at large the threat to our young democracy must never be underestimated. Political analysts say that as we get closer to 3 August the violence is going to escalate.

Let’s hope on voting day impediments that hinder voting is eliminated.

vijay surujpal Via email
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