Columns 28.7.2016 09:00 am

Don’t vote out of loyalty

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

Kekeletso Nakeli-Dhliwayo

The ANC is not the sole saviour of the previously disadvantaged.

Former president Thabo Mbeki being sought to help the ANC campaign for voters leaves a sour taste in my mouth. In 2008 he was thrown into the wastelands of South African politics, accused of many things and blamed for many policies that were taken by a collective.

A man who was seen as a “mistake”, absent from his country as he pushed the African agenda; a name mentioned among the greats, Mbeki was cussed out.

The very same people who advocated for his removal, today are humming a different song: they are telling anyone who will listen that Mbeki is obligated to support those who threw him into the dustbin of history.

What if he no longer stands with the ANC?

What if he no longer identifies with what they stand for?

What if, when he looks in the mirror, he no longer sees black, green and gold?

The idea is that he should vote out of loyalty, not based on deliverables and the ethics that govern the party.

Are they saying we ought to vote on past victories and not on present and continuing transgressions? No, the ANC is not the sole saviour of the previously disadvantaged.

Are you obligated to vote ANC forever till your dying day? Why should they not be held accountable for bad leadership, corruption, stagnant service delivery and members who constantly have to answer to matters in court?

Some members refuse to endorse the current leadership. Who can blame them? We are talking about people who sacrificed their families, their freedom and a life of normality, for this?

For rising poverty, for children who are forced to grow up living in shacks and squalor? Even I’m finding it hard to endorse the current leadership. South Africa is regressing and we are being told to remember Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu when we mark our X.

Would these same people vote for this life? We are the generation of change; the informed generation. We have the option to steer the country towards betterment. If rulers do not want to be accountable to their citizens, perhaps they ought to be starved of the vote that brought them into power?

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