ELECTION SEASON: We are at it again!
17 years into democracy and the situation in our country still hasn’t changed much. Yes we are politically free (I can use toilets with any other race, ride in a bus with ‘blankes’ & attend the same school as them too) but what about being economically free?
The rich are getting richer & the poor even poorer – our country’s political state has become a case of every man for himself (& his family + friends that helped him/her get there of course). Tenderpreneurs (entrepreneurs whose only goals in life are to get tenders via people they know), BEE deals gone wrong, fraud and corruption have engulfed some of our leadership placing the ordinary citizens needs at the bottom of the to-do-list time and time again.
I don’t think it’s even necessary for such matters to be reported on anymore because nothing happens to the officials that are wasting tax payers money on lavish hotels or flights. i.e. former Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda and more recently Minister of Corporate Governance & Traditional Affairs Sicelo Shiceka.
According to Statistics South Africa 47.1 % of people in South Africa still live in poverty, some even still use long drop toilets but the ruling party is estimated to have spent millions on their local government election campaign (barely 2 years after spending millions on President Jacob Zuma’s presidency campaign). They obviously have their priorities set more important issues.
On Monday the 2nd of May the African National Congress launched their motorcade campaign in Kwa Mashu, north of Durban. Leading the convoy of brand new vehicles which consisted of 3 Mini Coopers, a double cab van and a Toyota Quantum was KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize. Members of the ANC with the aid of their heavily branded vehicles drove up and down the streets of the township urging the community to vote for the ANC come May the 18th.
But most of the people I spoke to that were watching this parade with me weren’t impressed at all. They said they didn’t understand why the ruling party had chosen to spend so much money on a campaign when there are still so many families that go to bed on empty stomachs. They expressed their anger about the constant promises that are made by politicians when votes are needed then after that they go back into their luxurious offices and shut their glass doors till the next election.
In recent months we have seen strikes, marches & protests about lack of service delivery amongst other things but not much is being done to rectify these issues. Weird enough people still vote for political parties that they say do nothing for them, could it be that they are tied to them because they fear the unknown?
Solutions are given in forms of long proposals which are seldom implemented, leaving the disadvantaged hopeless & fearful that they will never better their lives.