The ANC's vision

2015-07-04 10:30

Investing in both politics and business affairs, with their obvious contradictions, is a recipe for disaster. Leaders in association with the two interests should be considered intolerable. Nevertheless, both affairs are linked inextricably. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s involvement in Lonmin stirs up a vital debate on whether the government really is balancing both concerns of businesses, and those of the people, fairly.

In business, the bottom line is profit maximisation. In the 21st century, governments are forced to operate with similar objectives. Developing countries with lower wages are praised globally for their glorious productivity. The concept of “lowering the wage” is seen as remarkably affective regardless of its overall effect on society. One of the roles of governments is to ensure the wages are balanced by the costs of living. The aggressive nature of globalisation has tasked governments with the responsibility of ensuring the financial security for its people whilst, maintaining its global competitive advantage.

A differing factor between governments and businesses is how they’re directed. While businesses have bosses and owners, governments have leaders. Bosses often focus on short to medium term goals whilst, leaders should be investing in the long haul. It seems in South Africa, the notion of leadership has been lost. The ANC has been unable to adjust, or even properly implement, the role of leadership in modern times.

The ANC’s current lack of accountability has only setback the unification of South African people. Under normal circumstances undermining the ANC is only undermining the democratic process. However, recent events show a lack of guidance and a complete disregard of the South African democracy by the government itself.

President Jacob Zuma has lost touch with the people. South Africans are treated as insignificant employees under the ownership of the Zuma Corporation. Zuma is no longer our leader, President Zuma is our boss.

What sets a leader apart from big bosses is the concentration on values and building a better overall society for everyone. Leaders are not perfect but acknowledge their imperfections in order to change and inspire others to do so as well. On the other hand, bosses are incapable of accountability due to their self-centred focus on power and other self-seeking gains. Their concentration is on enhancing their own interests with no affection for aspects falling outside their narrow scope.

Over the past few months Zuma had countless opportunities to emerge as a true leader of South Africa. It is during the toughest times that leaders are able to win people over with their bewildered concern, followed by their brilliant visions of the future and emphasis on unity and improving societal welfare.

Instead, South Africans are belittled and the opinions and distresses of the masses are considered irrelevant, going so far as to blame the victims for their own misfortunes. Victim-blaming and greed are devastating examples of societal norms passed from the state to the South African people. It is the culture upon which the Zuma Corporation is now governed.

Zuma continues flaunting his lavish lifestyle at the expense of South African workers who struggle to hold up the sinking economy. It is the ordinary South African employees that ultimately suffer, and pay for the faults of the bosses. The publics concerns over everything from e-tolls, price hikes, unemployment and even the tragedy in Marikana fall on deaf ears.

With Zuma as our boss we are obligated to take the heat for the bad times.  In dark times South Africans are incapable of binding together and insist on playing the blame game, to the most racist extent.  This is a sure sign of bogus leadership. Bogus - not bad - because there is no such thing as a bad leader.

Leaders communicate their plans openly and build a following based on their beliefs for a greater future. Once a leader resorts to power as their only instrument of authority they can no longer be named a leader.

The problem regarding running a country as a business is; citizens start to treat the government as an employer. Unless, said employee is motivated to excelling and has their own selfish agenda, employees will put in only minimal effort to provide themselves with security until they are able to relocate to their dream job elsewhere.

To many South Africans, the future does not look bright.  The beauty of our country that the world adores can no longer be seen through the eyes of an anxious clutched-purse South African. Yet, our leader does anything but alleviate our fears or tend to our trepidations.

Despite the ANC’s majority vote in the last elections, the ANC can no longer grasp at the visions of deceased leaders in order to conjure up a following. The best leaders in our history such as, Steve Biko and Chris Hani, were never just “promoted” to their positions. They earned their title by winning over the people with their philosophies.

The ANC no longer has a visionary. Instead they celebrate and regurgitate the visions of their predecessors whilst, their actions show little understanding for these concepts and the woes of South African people today.

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