How important is the rural vote?

2017-05-20 09:19

All roads are leading to Nqutu in KZN where all political parties are sending national leaders for electioneering for the by- elections to be held on the 24th May 2017. This is the only municipality which failed to appoint a speaker and a mayor as there was no party that won convincingly to constitute its local government and coalition was impossible.

The municipality has failed several times to elect a speaker even after the intervention of the provincial government.

This has had a negative bearing on delivering essential services to the community of Nqutu. The delays of electing office bearers for Nqutu municipality has serious implications for Umzinyathi district Munipality where the appointment of the executive depends on the pending outcome of Nqutu.

Specific election manifestos have been delivered by heavy weights politicians to woo support for their parties. The time for bringing seeds and fertilizer instead of a viable manifesto is over and the influence of traditional leaders on voting desicion is the thing of the past.

This community was forgotten up until this political crises took place, like all other rural voters. History has taught us the importance of the rural vote as it must decide now who must run the local and district municipality. It can also decide who runs the provincial and national government.

The rural vote is mostly undermined by politicians simple because it does not embark on a service delivery protest. Man have been thought to build their own houses and toilets. Local farmers have been thought to be self sufficient. As a result there will be no protest for better services.

Rural voters must punish political parties who make empty promises by delivering unrealistic manifestos and only remember them during elections.

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