BLOG - Are we aware as a nation of what’s staring us squarely in the face? The dreaded coronavirus is one thing, but as with bugs in the past, there will be an antidote found at some stage by scientists the world over who are determined to break its deathly hold.
The other threat is a government that’s out to ruin this country. If it hasn’t done enough damage already.
The ANC is a total failure. It’s riddled with corruption. Its ministers are not only tainted with malfeasance, but are useless in the portfolios they’ve been placed by a president who is either out of touch with reality, turning a blind eye or is part and parcel of poor and crooked governance.
This party came to power on the “struggle” ticket, and although it started off well while Madiba Mandela was around, it has since let the strugglers down. It promised them a place in the sun; plentiful jobs; safety and security. No more the ogre of the despicable apartheid and racism. But this party under Jacob Zuma, sanctioned or ignored by the present bunch, has created another form of segregation.
The governing rich and the governed poor. Except having the vote, nothing else has changed. A staffer of a garden maintenance crew puts it succinctly: “We blacks still don’t have enough jobs; we’re still struggling to survive with the high cost of basic food; there’s more crime among us; and our hospitals are worse than ever before. We have been fooled by this black government – exactly in the same way the white one did”.
There is no question that the ANC must be eliminated, not unlike the coronavirus, with a strong and lasting antidote in the form of votes at the coming municipal election. Only a landslide result against this overfed party suffering from chronic oesophageal will suffice.
We don’t have to throw the bones to predict the outcome in the event if the ANC should remain in power. Another five years under this regime is too horrible to contemplate. The poor will get poorer. Jobs will be scarcer. Investments will shrink.
The solution is simple. We, the nation as a whole, must take up arms (figuratively speaking) and firstly, make sure we’re registered as voters and secondly, pitch at the polls. It’s time to give the opposition parties a chance.
This presupposes they get their act together timeously. They have a golden opportunity to become the saviours of a sinking nation.
*The opinions and sentiments expressed are those of the writer, and not necessarily of Group Editors, publishers of this newspaper.