LETTER TO THE EDITOR | A united ANC vs a divided ANC: No difference

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Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla/Gallo Images/Netwerk24)
Cyril Ramaphosa and Ace Magashule. (Photo: Felix Dlangamandla/Gallo Images/Netwerk24)

Nkosi Maphumulo writes that citizens vote for the ANC because they see it as the party that brought about freedom, but says it's time to take a hard look at what the party is bringing to the table.

"The forest was shrinking, but the trees kept on voting for the axe because its handle was made of wood and they thought it was one of them."
- Turkish proverb

The majority of the people have voted for the ANC because they see it as a party that fought for freedom. The same ANC that fought hard against the brutal apartheid system has subjected its own people to more problems.

Since the dawn of democracy, corruption has been rampant, unemployment is on the rise and loadshedding has caused our economy to fail. 

The ANC is divided between the radical economic transformation and new dawn factions. Both these factions have nothing to offer to help fight the challenges that South Africans face on a daily basis. 

The rise of Cyril Ramaphosa to the highest office in the land was portrayed as a gleam of hope in the fight against corruption, which could reset the country.

That has not been the case because we have seen too much corruption by government officials. Covid-19 brought with it devastating consequences for our country. Government officials' looting of the R500 billion Covid-19 relief fund stalled the vaccine rollout.

Will the ANC gamble with the lives of South Africans? The ANC is supposed to put factional battles aside and help government fight the Covid-19 pandemic.      

The agenda of the ANC national executive committee (NEC) meetings should be to track the rollout of the vaccines for the population. But it has turned out to be a factional battle ground. 

NEC meetings should be to discuss issues plaguing our country and these issues include rising unemployment, loadshedding, rising poverty, collapsing health and education systems, rampant corruption, collapsing SOEs and our deteriorating infrastructure.

But once the NEC meeting concludes, NEC members go back to live their lives of self-enrichment. They don't have what it takes to solve the problems we face. They have forgotten about the people and service delivery.

The NEC will address the issue of corruption only when it suits a particular faction. That faction turns a blind eye when one of their allies is accused of being corrupt.

Maybe it's time that the forest makes a decision whether it wants to continue voting for the same axe that has been cutting it down. Maybe we need to know, as the people, what we want for our country and start doing that. 

If we want a corrupt-free society we must unplug those who are corrupt. If we want employment, we must elect those who have a vision for the creation of employment opportunities. 

 - Nkosi Maphumulo, KwaZulu-Natal
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