Polokwane loss a blow to ANC - expert

2012-02-18 10:00

Polokwane - A DA by-election victory in Limpopo this week was a blow for the ANC but it would take decades to unseat the party in the province, an expert said on Friday. "The win by the Democratic Alliance is a serious blow to the strategic and objectives of ANC to rule everywhere," said political analyst Elvis Masoga.

"It simply confirms that the African National Congress is losing support in the metropolitan areas where there are whites and mostly black middle class."

Masoga said the ruling party would for years continue to get votes in the rural areas where most voters felt indebted to the ANC for liberating them.

"Since [the] 1994 general election, most people who vote for [the] ANC are under developed or semi-illiterate, so it will take decades if not centuries to eat away ANC support in rural areas."

The Independent Electoral Commission declared the DA a winner in a by-election in ward 20 of the Polokwane municipality this week.

The position became vacant when an ANC councillor resigned last year.

The ward is home to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, Premier Cassel Mathale, ANC youth league provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo, and other senior ANC members.

More than 7 000 people registered to vote in the ward that was won by ANC in the 2011 local government elections.

The winning ANC candidate from 2011 left politics to pursue another career.

Masoga said the picture in the urban areas changed completely with ANC leaders finding themselves dictated to by opposition councillors.

DA provincial leader Desiree van der Walt said this week's win was a clear indication that her party was making inroads in every ward it contested.

The DA had won a total of 12 wards in cosmopolitan areas in all five districts of the province since 2009.

"This shows that we are indeed growing as a party," she said.

"We started in Phalaborwa, Tzaneen, Mokgalakwena, and Musina, and now it's Polokwane."

She said the party's strategic plan was to start winning ward after ward, and then look at gaining municipalities.

The Polokwane ward contested last week is being plagued by service delivery problems.

Residents said some potholes were more than three years old.

"Here they don’t care about service delivery, they don’t want to fix the potholes, sometimes you report that the street light [is] dysfunctional, they will take weeks to repair," said local Riekie du Plessis.

  • Sharon - 2012-02-18 10:15

    With every ward lost, the ANC might become a little less smug - not on such secure ground now, are they? Maybe Jesus will come much sooner than they think!

      barabus2012 - 2012-02-18 10:53

      Aaahh... the vegetable speaks again. Just a matter of time vegi...

      Jacqui - 2012-02-18 11:17

      Vegi, only speaks when he is ripe.

      Marrok - 2012-02-18 11:22

      Jesus? Seriously? *sigh* i am sure your saviour is waiting for a political party to get to a specific percentile support before launching his cloudy return. get over it. religion and politics should not EVER mix. not in ZA, not anywhere.

      Sheda - 2012-02-18 11:46

      will someone please explain to @Vegi and @Marrok why @Sharon made her commented. They are blinded by their own prejudices.

      Billy - 2012-02-18 11:57

      I agree Sheda - they are only showing their own complete ignorance about the broader "ANC will rule forever" debate. Having the ability to post on blogs such as this unfortunately does not require proof of a smart mind.

      thozi - 2012-02-19 00:35

      @ Sheda What's the use, they won't understand anyway. They never ever do. Do you honestly expect a blind-follower like Vegi (and poor Marrok) ever to understand anything? Ever? At all?

  • Larry - 2012-02-18 10:16

    Excellent result and I am sure that this is only the start. The people have had enough of the ANC lies and corruption.

  • Klaus - 2012-02-18 10:21

    "Since the 1994 general election, most people who vote for the ANC are under developed or semi-illiterate, so it will take decades if not centuries to eat away ANC support in rural areas." (Elvis Masoga) What the ANC is doing, keep them stupid and poor so we can win elections.

      Andreas - 2012-02-18 10:32

      No different to the Nats when they refused to allow TV until '75 inspite of Europe offering to supply free infrastructure. Not much has changed

      Billy - 2012-02-18 12:02

      Plenty different Andreas. At least the Nats, dumb as they were, had the sense to see they could not hold back progress. The ANC haven't even reached this milestone in their development yet. They hate the truth to trickle down to the masses, because they will then see the ANC for the corrupt regime they are - in the same way that totalitarian regimes constantly block internet access when some one writes negative things about the rulers.

      Wim - 2012-02-18 12:49

      Greeff jou van is reeds gat gemaak, moenie nou nog jou voornaam bysleep nie.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 01:22

      Andreas is right. I am old enough to remember. The Nats were a bunch of fascists in wool suits. The odd exceptions were FW de Klerk and Pik. But that isa debate for another night.

  • Anthony - 2012-02-18 10:25

    well done DA

      Wikkie - 2012-02-18 11:20

      Thank you voters for giving us all some hope for the future!

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  • Shirley - 2012-02-18 10:26

    I think the biggest "blow" is to all the cadres and those with season tickets on the gravy train! Soon they will be buying a weekly,then daily one. Limpopo is falling apart and needs help fast!

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-20 22:39

      Methinks they move to the Western Cape...and try to destabilise things there. The signs ar obvious.

  • Carlton Bana - 2012-02-18 10:32

    I think South Africans do no understand the concept of time, a century is a long time, so saying words like till Jesus, never, fovever ect to discribe the possibilty of the ANC losing power is ,stupid. These analyst should start thinking about short term analysis anything beyond is stupidity, anyting can happen in the next 2 centuries never mind a year. But this is indeed a good victory for the DA, Zimpopo, together with Hitmancountry Mpumalanga, North West and the Free Province should be a good sign that the DA is begining to attract ANC voters. Statistics are like bikinis they may show the alluring parts but what they hide is critical. 2014 NC, 2016 SA. Go DA

      Marion - 2012-02-18 11:24

      'Statistics are like bikinis, they may show the alluring parts but what they hide is critical'... love it.

      greeff.kotze - 2012-02-18 12:16

      Just one thing: 2016 will be local government elections again. I'm afraid we'll have to wait until 2019 for the next national election after 2014...

  • Carlton Bana - 2012-02-18 10:33

    I think South Africans do no understand the concept of time, a century is a long time, so saying words like till Jesus, never, fovever ect to discribe the possibilty of the ANC losing power is ,stupid. These analyst should start thinking about short term analysis anything beyond is stupidity, anyting can happen in the next 2 centuries never mind a year. But this is indeed a good victory for the DA, Zimpopo, together with Hitmancountry Mpumalanga, North West and the Free Province should be a good sign that the DA is begining to attract ANC voters. Statistics are like bikinis they may show the alluring parts but what they hide is critical. 2014 NC, 2016 SA. Go DA

  • mabandla.magoqwana - 2012-02-18 10:37

    yah people i starting to see that the ANC they voted into power its doing little , except fighting each other for the position . so the people are choosing the alternative party that can do the job properly.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 01:38

      Mabandla, and that means we should all do our jobs properly. No more yawning in Parliament, no more free this and free that. We all have to work hard if we want our Country to be a success. Otherwise we are easy pickings for the rest of the World.

  • Warren - 2012-02-18 10:42

    Wow - your comments here on the button. Come on ANC, see this as a challenge rather than be critical for doing your job for you. Do even better than the DA and then it is a win - win situation for all, especially the children that need it most. Imagine how many books you can get for a BMW 750i (and we have a minister milking the system by claiming exorbitant amounts for travel by using his private car while he has two fancy state supplied cars at his disposal - because the ministerial handbook says you can !!!).

      Marion - 2012-02-18 11:25

      And a minister who uses charter flights to get around and stays in luxury accommodation...

      Pur - 2012-02-18 17:31

      And a minister who stays in a "bed and breakfast" for a few days and clocks up a bill of many thousands of rand - and then says "Eish! I didn't know it costs so much..."

  • Vusi - 2012-02-18 10:45

    "The ward is home to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, Premier Cassel Mathale, ANC youth league provincial secretary Jacob Lebogo, and other senior ANC members" If ever there was ANYTHING ever on News24 that I enjoyed reading, then it was this one paragraph!!!! I'm not sure if I should go running naked in the street this minute, start drinking or get all my friends in the car and go racing around the streets screaming VIVA DA out of the car windows like hooligans!!!!

      Bomb - 2012-02-18 11:22

      If you decide, let me know, wanna join in!!!!

      theO rAcLe - 2012-02-18 11:59


      greeff.kotze - 2012-02-18 12:37

      Errr... Malema is from Seshego. Ward 20 is Flora Park, Bendor Extension and Welgelegen. I guess they might mean that this ward is where they are living NOW. But it kinda sounds like they meant that the community where these guys are from, voted against them. We're not quite there yet. News24 should stop reprinting poor quality reporting from SAPA, word for word, without checking and improving the text. Lazy.

      Vusi - 2012-02-18 12:43

      @Greeff We know it is where they are living now. That makes the JOY even greater. Who cares where they came from?

  • Gerhart - 2012-02-18 10:46

    The chickens are finally coming home to roost.The ANC's established system of INEPTOCRACY = a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing can not prevail. The problem SA is facing today is that the people who work for a living are vastly outnumbered by the people who vote for a living. Polokwane is at least a step in the right direction.

      theO rAcLe - 2012-02-18 12:01

      Sorry for you VEgi table.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-18 12:30

      @Vegi.....belongs to the consumption of garlic, beetroot and lemon brigade, which supposedly delayed the development of HIV into "Aids-defining conditions", according to the late Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang.

      Pur - 2012-02-18 17:34

      Of course Vegi hold the opposite view. Vegi doesn't understand what "ineptocracy" means.

  • Callie Steijn - 2012-02-18 10:47

    Good times.

  • Roberto - 2012-02-18 10:47

    Oops... Bloody agents

  • Nigel - 2012-02-18 10:49

    isn't it ironic that the province that Malema comes from is being won over by the DA, just goes to show how bad the ANC has ignored their own people.

  • schewitz - 2012-02-18 10:58

    education = DA illiteracy = ANC ? well lets educate the people then we will have proper leadership that's aim is the making South Africa great. ANC leadership is about self enrichment and curbing freedom of speech, creating a centralized overly powerful non responsive and ancship. The ANC were likely the greatest liberation movement in history but on the same hand a terribly post liberation government.

      Nkosinathi - 2012-02-18 11:57

      That sound improper to bring such debate for public debate. DA as a party has said when Helen was addressing her conference few weeks back that it opposes racism at all cost. ANC does not represent illiterance, this is a party that liberated even white people who opposed racism and oppresion. Those leadership that you claim are there to enrich themselves it is quite clear that corruption knows no skin color, or party affiliation. Who defrauded Fedenciar? This type of rackles talking raises emosions, its like the clown Peter Mulder who was dreaming right inside the parliement the other day by saing Western Cape was first populated by whites before black descended from the north. Too much smoke of tick. Stop racialism DA because you will chase you black majority voters that make you dream that one day Zille will be the anointed Majest siting on the throne, wining is about selling yourself better not spewing vulger

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-18 12:34


      Vusi - 2012-02-18 12:36

      @Nkosinathi. I want to disagree with you on the Mulder issue. He is actually right BUT........why are we having this pointless land debate in any case? Shouldn't we be assisting the farmers we have and train the emerging ones on ALL the land the Government has acquired to date? My Father had to buy his own farms. Not a cent assistance from the Government. Why can't others do the same? He started out with a few cattle on lease land and worked his butt off to buy his own farms. Isn't there something wrong with the way we are going about this whole issue?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 02:08

      Don't piss on people who are trying to understand. Nkosathi, just like the previous NP government, there is a lot being hidden by our current Government. That is the case in every Country of the World. What we need isa strong opposition to police those in power, and expose the corruption and stealing of the ones in power. The Whites (most) don't want the old government back - we just want the Country to work. It seems like the ANC is finally waking up to the fact. It is important that we debate all these issues. We learn from each other.

      Evaline - 2012-02-19 09:51

      @ Vusi "My Father had to buy his own farms. Not a cent assistance from the Government. Why can't others do the same? He started out with a few cattle on lease land and worked his butt off to buy his own farms." Well said Vusi!

  • AyGeewils - 2012-02-18 11:01

    This is a victory for common sense more than a political advantage - lets hope the informed citizens of this country continue to exercise the choice for a better government and future for all South Africans.

  • William - 2012-02-18 11:05

    MALEMA must be OUTRAGED at the D.As win in his home town. Cry fat boy Cry!!!!!!

      Bomb - 2012-02-18 11:33

      Now he will blame the white agents again............HAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA!

  • Thando - 2012-02-18 11:06

    Viva da , this is good news. In the lions den ha ha ha

      Wikkie - 2012-02-18 11:16

      Well done voters! You give the rest of the country hope that South Africa may yet be liberated from the ANC-plunderers. Let's save the whole country!

  • Marrok - 2012-02-18 11:07

    wow, the state of the country is a complete disgrace to the people who really struggled to free it. people who wanted things to be fair, and equal, and RIGHT. soon, we will speak as one nation, to find a government who cares about the people, and the country, about our future and prosperity, and NOT about lining their own pockets and feeding hate.

  • eben.ferreira1 - 2012-02-18 11:11

    Well done DA

  • Wikkie - 2012-02-18 11:14

    So the ANC voters are not all like sheep, simply falling for ANC lies and ANC propoganda! It seems that the masses realise that is they, with their votes, that have to save South Africa from the ANC-plunderers. There may still be hope for this country!

  • Jacqui - 2012-02-18 11:16

    The expert is of course ANC.

  • Grant - 2012-02-18 11:24

    one question to our very wise analyst, Mr Masoga. if the ANC is losing support in the metropolitan areas where there are whites and (more) middle class blacks, and if those voting ANC are 'under developed semi illiterate', than how come the DA still clings to only one metropolis,Cape Town? Isnt this a contradiction? Shouldnt the DA have more than one major city by now?

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 02:12

      It's already happening Grant. I watched the Blue spread over SA. They almost had a majority in PE - the ANC heartland. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Despite being second to worst in Matric results. Go figure.

  • acsteyn - 2012-02-18 11:31

    No wonder Helen did not mind the "early morning of the hour telephone call"! I wonder if Julius id going to begin to complain about the non-delivery of service by the DA? That will be the laigh of the year. Come on Zapiro, this deserves a cartoon man?

  • ISO - 2012-02-18 11:33

    Good news for Polokwane! Its going to be one hell of a job for the DA to sort out the mess, but i have full confidents that they will make a success of it!

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-18 11:39

    It is indeed good news, if the so called 'illiterates' only realise that numbers are the winners. The fear they have is unsubstantiated. Blacks will always be in the majority, it does not matter if they vote whoever in power. All that 99 pc of this country want is good governance.

      jack.oosthuysen - 2012-02-18 12:15

      The ANC can be compared with an umbrella. If people (the numbers) cant get satisfaction from their protection they must change their stance. You dont read what I stated.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-18 12:38 are right for once...the DA will walk in the corridors of the Union guests of the new DA President....:-)

  • Qhama Sontundu - 2012-02-18 11:43

    the ANC will soon lose the black rural vote, truth is we are at such high levels of corruption the patience will soon run-out. the anc will never rule forever #fact and im a black diamond

      Vegi - 2012-02-18 12:02

      The government is fighting corruption, that is why South Africa does not even make the top 20 in the world corruption index. You are free to leave the country if you want instead of talking nonsense.

      Bomb - 2012-02-18 12:02

      Qhama....your'e invited for a beer and braai.

      Evaline - 2012-02-19 09:59

      @ Vegi Grow up. Anyhow, who are you to tell him to leave the country?

  • roger.pacey - 2012-02-18 12:20

    I think the ruling party will lose support more quickly in future. For one thing, SA is urbanising quite rapidly, so the rural support base will shrink. Also, I foresee that the party will lose its aura of invincibility as opposition parties make gains and marginal voters will be swayed because of it. There were plenty of low LSM people speaking out against the Secrecy Bill during the recent public hearings, so I wouldn't write them off completely as voting cattle.

  • Bibi - 2012-02-18 12:27

    Well done DA. I do however think that the average thinking person does not care who is in power as long as they are honest, just and walk the walk.

  • jensbirger.giebelmann - 2012-02-18 12:32

    well done DA, one at the time, keep chipping them away from the ANC!

      Amanda - 2012-03-30 08:36

      yes I agree, look what Michelangelo achieved by chipping away. What he achieved was stunning!

  • Marion - 2012-02-18 13:03

    Countrywide the ANC went down in its support base in the last national elections and the DA and COPE increased their support base. Not voting is another way that ANC supporters (who support the ANC because of their blood as someone said)could be registering their disillusionment with the ANC. That way they don't get to feel like traitors. Helen Zille was, to my knowledge, made DA leader to grow the party. And she is doing a sterling job.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-18 13:05

    Oh now I gotta clarify myself to u? if my comment was directed to u then I wd bother explaining , bt really I won't I dnt see why I should.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-18 13:11

    Marion growing the party is one thing, bt running ds country will never happen. A lot of u pips struggle to see things for what they are, u got no idea what black people are thinking n feel bout white pips, so dream on! Yes some pips have stopped voting, Wht bout the others tht are still voting? Do u really think we as black people are about to vote whites back into power? Never again shall it be the case. ANC is alive n yes m no fan of ANC just telling u as it is, the day the DA becomes a serious threat I will mobilize my people to see to it tht they never get into power, rite now it's really Small flames tht are to die soon! Chill it won't happen

      Marion - 2012-02-18 13:47

      Mtshezi, I don't know how many white friends you have. I have plenty of friends who have different skin colour to me. Believe me when I tell you that we talk quite openly about politics and, even though we all see there has been progress in SA in many areas, the majority of them are very disillusioned with the way the ANC is running the country. I think you must accept the inevitable and that is, even if the DA never rules SA, the ANC is not going to continue enjoying the large support base it does now. Absolute power corrupts and thus far the ANC has had absolute power and even you must see all the corruption. Yes, maybe I don't know what black people really think about white people. But by the same token I must tell you that I think you think you know what white people are thinking. Think again.

      Benmica - 2012-02-18 13:53

      The NP said the same until they reversed. Do you want the present ANC Leadership to steal you blind. That is what they are doing. At least this will make them thinking and maybe start delivering and stop stealing. AND THAT IS WHAT WE WANT. AND THAT IS WHAT ALL OF US WANT. WE DO NOT CARE WHO RULES, BUT PLEASE SAVE THIS COUNTRY.

      barabus2012 - 2012-02-18 14:15

      ha ha haaaa... mobilise my people. You're a laugh mtshezi. I wish you would mobilise them now so we can have a quick civil war and wipe you out. If the mk vets is all you have, then best you hand over power now cause my 12 year old niece can give them a good whipping. Just like in the old days

      Sarel Brits - 2012-02-18 14:38

      You are really sure of yourself, reminds me of a bunch of old nationalist's not so long ago, they also said a black man will never be president. The ANC's worst enemy (other that Malema) is education and time the generation that votes for the ANC no matter what will pass the one that follows will vote for who ever kan do the job and I am sure it will not take 1000 years like in Zuma's littel Brain fart

  • Lloyd - 2012-02-18 15:06

    maybe DA will delivery cause ANC clearly failed us as its supporters.

  • Mathibela - 2012-02-18 15:08

    These is just a by-election whereby a total of only 1700 out of 7000 voted. During the real election the ward will be reclaimed by the real party that understand and sympathize with the poor of the poorest. To a desperate white man these might sound like a victory, but to the majority who are still suffering because of the deeds ( currently and previously) of a white these so called victory will b short. U may call me a rasist, and of cuz m 1 and the reason being that ur kind cannot be trusted in anyway especially with regard to how u treat blacks generally. Y

      Luvhani - 2012-02-18 18:42

      Until then the DA will run the municipality, thats all that matters...

      barabus2012 - 2012-02-18 19:54

      @Mathibela - have you ever wondered why whites treat indians differently to blacks? Or perhaps why they treat chinese differently? Hell, i even treat zimbaweans different to you south african blacks. Why? Because of the hatred you have for us. All of us. Whether we were involved in apartheid or not. You've painted all of us with the same brush. And as a result, i've painted all of you with the same brush, which is thanks to the anc, you're corrupt, non caring, racist,lying commies. And until you change you attitudes, i will treat you they way you deserve. with contempt. All my work force is zimbaweans. Not one south african. I support them, pay their rent. Subsidise their kids schooling. Hell, i even bought cattle in zim for their retirement. And what a pleasure it is. Why? Cause they are greatful and make good friends. So, change or not, i dont really care. Soon you will be the talk of africa. Just like nigerians are seen to be scammers (apologies to the good ones)... you'll be seen to be lazy, no good freeloaders. Its already happening.

      Evaline - 2012-02-19 10:09

      @Mathibela Oh my word, what a hateful post. Is it any wonder this country is in the state it's in? Maybe the reason you've been mistreated is because of the negative, hateful attitude you have towards others.

  • Perfume5 - 2012-02-18 15:21

    They cANCer Association said they will rule until Jesus comes, well it looks like Jesus is coming sooner than they expected. How many times have we mentioned the wind NEVER blows in the same direction. Cannot fool the people anymore!

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-02-18 15:31

    Perfume, u don't knw what u talking bout by the look of things ull still be bitter for a whole lot of years coz ds ANC is ur government n will be for ur future generation! How difficult is tht to see? Unless u are not in touch with reality!

      Perfume5 - 2012-02-18 15:50

      ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am too intelligent to be bitter over the Association of National Criminals, the wind is changing directions and that is no maybe. You might wake up one day and realise the cANCer Association is NO MORE. After all they did say they will rule until Jesus comes, them losing Polokwane shows that Jesus is coming soon.

  • Wesley - 2012-02-18 15:54

    That is why the anc does not develop rural areas, keep them miss informed, too keep the votes.

  • Franklin - 2012-02-18 16:39

    Elvis Masoga has a problem with the length of time a century is. Can he actually count?

  • Mark - 2012-02-18 18:06

    well done to the DA.. however a concerted effort is now required in the rural areas by the DA in order to address the ANC majority.. It will be interesting to hear how the DA intends to gain a foothold in these rural areas...

  • Sanesh Allopi - 2012-02-18 18:23

    My 5c worth : All people (whether u support the DA or ANC) should see this victory as a good thing. It means that there is the possibility of a viable opposition. If we ever have a viable opposition (in other words people will not just know who will win an election), then one party can hold the other to account. This is why all of us should see this as a good thing. In the end, there is the possibility that we will have multi-racial parties contesting for the running of this country based on nothing but merit. We've got a long way to go, but at least it's a beginning.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-19 21:32

      My thoughts exactly Sanesh.

  • Luvhani - 2012-02-18 18:41

    The ANC is the only party that has stood the test of time and yes the current crop of ANC cadres has wrong ideas about the future of this country, which is a challenge, however I still have faith in the ANC, and I will make my intentions by continuing to disapprove with some of the decisions that do not contribute to nation building and economic growth, with that said I must commend the DA for the wonderful job they are doing as an opposition party...

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-18 18:56

      I respect your view. Specially when, while supporting your party, you are not blind for mistakes and are big enough to congratulate the opposition when deserving. I, sometimes get the idea that some people support blindly. Not saying that they have to leave there party but a party consist because people, who think the same, stand together. By doing that you also sharing the responsibility for the party and those leaders. We are human and only if we can question ourselves we can improve ourselves. The general problem with a party is that when leaders are elected they become the bosses of the people and pure politicians instead of serving the people with the mandate they received.

  • Gail - 2012-02-18 20:23

    The ANC do not want to educate, they want to subjugate and dictate and inculcate lies into the heads of the illiterate. They have as good as said so with this statement.

  • Motho - 2012-02-18 20:51

    So voting for DA is an illustration that people have woken up to useless poloticians?

  • Kevin - 2012-02-18 21:41

    Eish...wee uh goeeng two hef two buss een mor sa por tuz!!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-18 21:44

    Any blow to the ANC must be seen as a victory for all South Africans,Eveb those stupid enough to vote for them

  • Jan - 2012-02-19 01:01

    Well done for South Africa and the DA.The DA must be congratulated for keeping democracy alive and holding the government accountable.

  • Fanie - 2012-02-19 05:54

    In the 1940's the nats won a by-election and then they took the country. But the funny thing was that it was the uneducated that voted for them.

      Francois - 2012-02-20 00:41

      Oops, I cannot think of a by election in the 1940s that the Nats won - they won the general election in 1948 and even Smuts could not hold his seat. Even if you take the general education levels of the Afrikaner that voted for the Nats in 1948 and compare it to the general education level that is given to the average previously disadvantaged kid in SA today after 17 years of democracy, I will bet that the former is better. At least calculators have not been invented. Having said all of that to repudiate your statement, Fanie, what is your point? You cannot change the past, but if we want SA to be prosperous, we need to EDUCATE ALL. Not only because of the political insight it might provide, but simply because educated people have a better chance to compete for jobs over the whole world. You are an educated man, teach the kids in Aliwal North proper maths so that they can also become proper engineers.

  • Obakeng Molobi - 2012-02-19 07:36

    Every kingdom has its own day. I'm sure the previous govt (and many people) never thought they'll see the day where a Black party will be rulling the country. ANC must also continue taking advantage of its people....its day will come as well. There will come a day where people get really sick and tired of its incompetence and open corruption and stop voting for them... The signs are already there.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-20 22:45

      and it should be soon, Obakeng. We just need 50/50. They will keep each other dancing forever.