LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Lessons at the ballot box: We should learn from the Americans

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South Africans need to learn a lesson from voters in the US and vote for the government it wants, writes Nkosi Maphumulo.

Would it be it fair to those who lost their loved ones to Covid-19 in South Africa to blame a sitting government?

Money was allocated to fight the deadly disease in the name of Covid-19, but it was looted and abused by government officials.

Would it be fair to those who lost their jobs during the lockdown to blame a sitting government?

Covid-19 came with devastating consequences for the South African economy and the people of the country. 

Corruption in South Africa has been exponentially growing and law enforcement officials have not been able to prosecute those involved.

President Cyril Ramaphosa has made speeches, but those speeches are not bearing any fruit. Those within his own party continue to defy him, despite resolutions from the national executive committee. 

Corruption has not only killed the economy of our country, it has killed our people. It has denied the younger generation employment opportunities. It has contributed to a significant decline in investment. 

Is it justified to blame the ANC for its failure to deal with corruption?

Has the ANC-led government done enough to root out corruption?

We always talk about a country we want, about a country we dream of.

Americans had a dream country and the presidency of Donald Trump did not provide that country for them.

The Trump administration disrespected the people of America.

We speak of nine wasted years, but I am certain Americans speak of four non-existent years. Under Donald Trump, there was uncertainty, doubt, racism and a lack of harmony.

The Americans waited patiently for election time to make their mark and took the power that comes with the ballot seriously. They registered in numbers to vote. They understood what democracy was and how they could use it for a better future for them and their children. The mood was jovial when the news came that Joe Biden had won. 

When we are given an opportunity to vote, we must use it wisely.

It is unfortunate that in South Africa we have to vote for a president who has been deployed by their party. The president, in turn, is accountable to his own party's interests, ignoring the challenges of the people of South Africa.

Marches and protest action will never remove a sitting government, but the vote will.

Use your vote to improve the infrastructure of our public schools, hospitals, roads and service delivery. A vote against corruption is the biggest protest right given to an individual by democracy.

Let us cherish our democracy and ensure that we keep it intact by removing corrupt officials in government through a vote.

Let the American election results be a lesson for the people of South Africa.

- Nkosi Maphumulo 


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