Elections done. The ANC won, of course. I once met a COPE member who said to me. That no liberation movement party has ever, in the history of the world. Led a country for over 15 years. He was mistaken.
I heard the DA cry foul. If any party had won, other than the ANC, now that would have been foul. Don’t get me wrong I don’t endorse any party. I mean looking at the performance of the ANC in the elections. They have the numbers.
But why do people vote? What is in it for the voters? Satisfaction maybe. Is there any reason to believe that people care?
Well according to the IEC 36,5 million people are eligible to vote. But only 26,7 million people registered to vote. And only 65% of these actually voted.
However it is a consoling fact when we see that. There has been an increase of 47% in representation ever since the 1994 elections. And we can take comfort in that this year 74% of all eligible voters actually voted. That is if you are looking for some sort of accuracy.
So do people vote because they care about the so called manifestos or promises? Is any kind of political education needed to choose which party to vote for? I think its about preferences instead of favorites.
This much is true, that a lot can be said about the ANC. But I have to admit that I sympathize with the ruling party. It has had to fix the damage done to South Africa by the white man since the 16th century.
Housing, jobs, land the list is endless. But it fails to make sure that the money allocated for such, does exactly what it is supposed to do. Creating the conditions for the opposition to keep screaming corruption. Transparency should be key going forward.
But more than this. It has failed to deal harshly with racism in this country. Like in the private sector. Where our brothers and sisters are systematically still under apartheid. Never mind the recent surfacing of the interest rates charged to black people by the banks.