LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Vote to save democracy

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It is time to go out and vote to save our civil liberties from certain annihilation, writes Solly Msimanga. 


South Africa is currently facing a crisis of government. The social contract is dead. The ANC wants to expropriate land without compensation; they want to nationalise your healthcare; they even want to nationalise sport and recreation.

Arthur Fraser, the national commissioner of correctional services, has released Jacob Zuma without Zuma even requesting medical parole or the parole board recommending it.

Between 2014 and 2019, roughly R1.5 trillion was stolen through corruption.

President Ramaphosa has failed to hold his own Cabinet members to account and has overseen an extremely authoritarian and unconstitutional lockdown without lifting a finger to ensure that human rights are protected and that transparency and accountability are the order of the day. 

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Everyone thought Ramaphosa would be our saving grace, but the man who stood by as vice-president whilst Zuma and the Guptas looted to their hearts' desires has, predictably, failed us.

Under the ANC, the Constitution is being trampled on and democracy is dying, with voter turnout falling from 75% in 1994 to 49% in 2019. Parliament is now effectively "functioning" without the mandate of the majority of South African adults. 

The only way to save the situation is to go out and vote. More importantly, it is to go out and vote for a party that does not run on a platform that explicitly aims to ruin our liberal polity rooted in individual liberty and limited government.

It is time to go out and vote to save our civil liberties from certain annihilation.

- Msimanga is the Democratic Alliance (DA) Gauteng leader.

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