Our democracy favours and serves the political elites
THREE thousand members of the ANC will meet in Midrand, Johannesburg, to draft policy for 50-million people!
Our democracy is hostile to real citizens' participation. We should call it a democratic dictatorship, where the majority willingly surrenders its power to a handful of politicians.
We have surrendered power to 400 people in the National Assembly (including opposition parties) whom we have no means whatsoever to hold accountable.
Only their parties can decide on their fate. So our "democracy" favours and serves politicians and not the people.
We have given these individuals a blank cheque to do as they wish with the billions of rands under their control.
Naturally, the first thing they do is to take care of themselves through high salaries, benefits: a minister can drive a car worth a million rand while children learn under trees.
Only our newspapers and "analysts" don't know that the whole ANC policy conference is not about policies, it's about who will emerge as the leader of the party in Mangaung. He will then distribute benefits such as ministerial posts, senior positions in the civil service and tenders.
It's ironic that as they sit in Midrand, all the factions at war are not bothered by the fact that the education system of black children is in total chaos.
Are the people who claim "economic freedom in our lifetime" not from Limpopo?
Don't they have absolute political power there? Why have they not made sure textbooks were delivered on time? Why should we give these people more power over the economy?
As we speak, they are planning to give big business R5-billion under the guise of a "youth wage subsidy." We have also seen how billions have been committed to the destructive and ineffective International Monetary Fund (IMF) to bail out Europe.
The ruling party has reduced governance to izikhothane practices.
They burn money to show off! That Beyonce story is part of it all. Kenny "Mr ZAR" Kunene is the inspiration for our leaders.
The people of South Africa need to reclaim self-governance and give democracy meaning. It can be done.
Why not set up people's assemblies in each township, village, squatter camp and town and then force the SABC to be a public broadcaster and facilitate national debate?
We, the people would then vote on the options through sms technology. If Idols can do it, so can we!
It's really simple. We can debate and then vote "yes" or "no" on any important issue, such as the R17-billion given to IMF.
We can vote "yes" or "no" on whether Angie Motshekga should go! We can vote "yes" or "no" on whether we should give the ANC our mineral rights!
We can vote on whether to support the amazing proposal by the September National Imbizo that says it should be a criminal offence for politicians and public servants to use private services!
To expect politicians to serve the people is as foolish as expecting a crab to stop walking sideways!
Until people demand self-governance, we shall remain at the mercy of politicians.