#Elections2016: The lying has begun

2016-04-24 17:46

With every election year, promises are made and lies are told. The lies may be told to you in the form of a promise and may be told about someone to discredit them. The whole aim is to get you to think about a person or thing in a particular way.

It is not my duty to police the lies during election campaigns but when you lie about something or someone I care about, then I'll be sure to let everyone know that you're lying or misleading the public whichever sounds better to you. Historically we've heard lies from both the ANC and the DA during election time. The DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko in 2011 during a television debate said that in Cape Town people can check their position on the housing waiting list. There is no such thing. You can check if you are on the waiting list but not what number you are on the list of some 280 000 people.

The ANC lied about the DA  in 2011 claiming that the DA led City of Cape Town only built cycle lanes in "whites" only areas when they had actually been built across Cape Town wherever it was possible. Then there was Minister of Police Nathi Mthethwa who made excuses about police not doing their work properly in Khayelitsha due to inadequate street lighting and Marius Fransman who said the DA does not care for the poor.  Both of them were lying. Mthwethwa had been addressing the public at Andile Msizi hall where not only street lights were installed but kept on 24/7 and Fransman was speaking in Delf where the DA had to work hard to clean up ANC corruption that had left many poor Delft residents without proper homes for years.

This has become the ANC's strategy to win the Cape. But it fails each time. Because their lies are easily exposed and importantly, they forget the mess the ANC left behind when they governed the City of Cape Town and the Western Cape.

As the DA launched its election manifesto this past Saturday, Cape Town had a storm that left many informal settlements flooded. And then this picture was shared all over social media by different users including ANC supporters who claimed the DA does not care about the poor.

The picture is of course not a lie. But it is used to support a lie that the DA doesn't care about the poor. The picture was taken in Langa where the DA led government had spent a lot of time cleaning up the mess that the ANC had left behind when they were in power. After Thubelisha homes went bankrupt under the watchful eye of the ANC's Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, many housing projects came to a halt. People lost jobs and the poor kept waiting in their shacks being flooded every winter. The looting comrades had unlawfully spent money and were unlawfully dishing out tenders until there was no more money left to spend.

The people of Joe Slovo took the then ANC run Western Cape government with Thubelisha homes to court fighting forced removals and demanding that government build them houses in Langa. Before the court delivered the judgement on the matter, the DA had won the Western Cape elections and taken the decision to build them houses where the people wanted them built, in Langa. Today the first few homes have been completed and work is on track building more beautiful homes. I must say I love the solar panels on the roofs.

So the ANC supporters sharing that photo of flooded shacks in Cape Town will not tell you that the DA run Western Cape and City of Cape Town is building homes for those poor people in Langa, Delft, Blue Downs, Nyanga, Philippi, Mitchells Plain, Athlone, Khayelitsha, Pelican Park, Happy Valley, Zwelethemba, George, Belhar and many other areas across the Cape. I have personally worked on some of these projects and the houses look beautiful. The best part is that this is done without the corruption we had seen in the Western Cape when the ANC was in power. Just read Auditor General reports and you will see who manages public money better.

The crucial bit a lot of people miss when the DA preaches anti-corruption is that when you eliminate corruption in government, you are able to deliver more services to the poorest of the poor. Those projects run by Thubelisha Homes left not only a lot of people living in shacks longer than they should, but they cost the people who worked on them their jobs, their livelihoods. Think about a construction worker going home to tell their family that there is suddenly no work since there is no money to pay them on the project. The elimination of corruption in housing not only meant that people had homes, but through competitive bidding, the government could choose the best deal for the citizens and create more jobs.

There is a lot the DA can say about the ANC to discredit them without lying if the ANC has not done a brilliant job ruining their liberation movement mojo. And if you look hard enough, you can find a lot to attack the DA but you have to do a good job at this so your lies are not going to work. They did not work in the past 3 elections and they will not work now. Try harder.

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