NKANDLA VISIT SUPERFLUOUS

2012-11-07 10:42

Although I do not condone the huge spending of tax payers’ money to upgrade President Jacob Zuma’s private home, I do believe Helen Zille’s Nkandla visit was pointless, superfluous and irrational.

According to news reports the Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomed reports where the Public Protector Thuli Madonsela opened an investigation into Zuma’s home in Nkandla. So, what was the purpose of the March? Zille should have waited for the process to be completed before embarking on this vote- seeking action. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

It’s time now to shift the focus from President Jacoub Zuma and politicians to realities on the ground. As the saying goes, “politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river”.

Hardly a week goes by without some news of widespread corruption in some government department. Instead of helping the devastated poor people and diminishing middle-class, dwindling public funds are going into the pockets and personal accounts of officials and their business associates.

Until every citizen becomes politically active and empowered this kind of non-accountability and self- aggrandisement will continue repeating itself.

If more of us become conscious, clued-up and lay claim to our rights and speak up, as citizens living in a democracy, the better that democracy becomes.

The mass media need to stimulate public debate about the upcoming African National Congress (ANC) elective conference in Mangaung.

The different ANC leaders and senior members who are committed to true democracy need to be critically engaged in serious nation- building issues and the challenges confronting the country and the vision of the real struggle heroes.

It’s time to clean house, exonerate ourselves of the wealth sucking cancers seated in some of our government departments and are pilfering our hard earned money. It is time that we start all over with more efficient and conscientious personnel.

Let us move forward to make this transformation and let us build the country we envisage. It is in our ability to do so, provided we become politically active and communicate effectively.

If we ever needed to stand up and be counted, now is the time to do it.

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