The ANC, Avarice & Aversion: Change Starts With The Mindset of The Masses

2014-08-28 13:22

Writing this seems laborious, given the repeated rhetoric blurted by both commentators and the media, but I suppose its time I tally the demerits of our president and 'the party' non-the-less.

The Zuma spy tape saga has become the latest in a long line of attempts to hold the president to account for manipulating the criminal-justice system. His ascendancy to the top job has hardly been anything less than an embarrassment to our legal structures and the 'logical' mindset of the masses. From allegations of corruption during the arms deal to rape cases and now spy tapes, and questions over his Nkandla home, its a wonder he hasn't succumbed to health problems other than the one just recently after the elections. I often marvel at how long he's been able to keep going, occupying what has become a hot-seat for him, and the ruling party. The list of allegations against the president cannot be the result of political conspiracy if they are recurrent, and the means to evade them are questionable at best.

If anything, he should just retire and go live the rest of his life in the mansion that taxpayers have forked out for. We certainly wouldn't be happy about it, but at least the hot seat would be left open for a (hopefully, well thats perhaps being too hopeful) more suitable candidate, one who respects the rule of law and has the interests of the people before his own. Is that not the meaning of a civil servant?  Public servants should be just that; 'servants of the public', always looking to better the societies whom they serve, even if it comes at the expense of their own gains. Uruguayan president Jose Mujica is exemplary of this, garnering much lauded praise for his ethics and reductionist lifestyle.

Unrestrained and unmasked avarice has come to dominate the modus-operandi of the ANC, almost unapologetically so, as commissions of inquiry stand as empty promises for the reproach of strayed politicians. This contagion has not only become dangerous for government and the ruling party, but for our nation. Spending splurges and unapologetic theft serve as the banners of aspiration for youths who seek to join the political elite, leaving no room for moral decency, or the notion of 'nation building'.

Whether the materialist rot in the ANC is of Zuma's own influence, through his ascendancy, or whether it has been a festering wound which has spread to all parts of the political body, long before his presidential appointment, remains the question. If the DA manages to indict the president and he is recalled from his position, it remains difficult to determine whether new leadership will engage in productive and transparent governance which is conducive to building OUR nation.

The thinking of our national majority who voted this party into power speaks volumes about the complex of loyalty & fear which pervades the thinking of the common mindset. This was firmly evident when it came to casting ballot votes in the recent May 5 elections. Perhaps this is another legacy of the struggle, where the freedoms and hard won gains by the party are used as blackmail chips against voters, should they turn from their 'messianic institution'. The pantheon of God's who occupy the seats of power have been lauded by the swarms of poor and destitute for sometime, only to have praises manifest into violent protests and unfettered frustration. Socio-economic services like education and infrastructure shrink in quality and availability each day.

Proverbs like, "its always darkest before the dawn" could be used to simmer hope in the pessimist thinking pervading many [reasonable minded] South Africans, but Im not sure if its one thats applicable here. Absolute power corrupts absolutely, it is playing itself out in almost perfect sync with other historic examples the world over. The discontent of the masses has become palpable to the point of a second revolution, that against the opulence, ignorance and deference of our political elite. All this while we live in a country which is the most [increasingly] disparate in the world, a disparity which the ruling party doesn't seem intent on addressing, or is perhaps even benefiting from.

The ruling party has hollowed itself from its mission and its mantra since the attainment of democracy. Cadre deployment is something which has become a common occurrence almost to the point that its accepted as the norm. the greater good is something which is fogged in the vision of people who occupy the highest seats of power, all while failing to recount lessons from other nations in the continent. The anger shown by many of the poor who burn tyres and openly display their discontent with government, should also be tempered with visions for their future and that of the country, should we have any hope of moving forward. That depends on their ability to see the ruling party for what it has become, and the ability to break away from its psychological stranglehold.

This itself however, is as great an uncertainty, as the exact coming of the apocalypse (lest it be here already).

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