Working class is let down

THE poor are given a chance every five years to vote and choose representatives whom they believe will attend to their interests.

THE poor are given a chance every five years to vote and choose representatives whom they believe will attend to their interests.

Little do they know that those whom they have entrusted with taking forward their interests would barely do so. Rather it seems government positions, though assuming a description of public service, express a greater commitment to self-enrichment.

It should not come as a shock anymore to see our beloved government representatives and communists exhibiting acts that are no different from those they claim to fight against on a daily basis.

They stand on public platforms and speak against the greed and selfishness of capitalism.

Those who claim to fight for the working class do not seem sympathetic to its interests.

We are in the middle of a financial crisis, people are being retrenched and many families are experiencing greater economic insecurities.

Yet those very communists splash out government funds on items of self-flattery.

What is the difference between those who claim to be communist and those who are openly capitalist?

At least the capitalist is honest about his interests and seeks to confuse no one.

On the other hand, I find a contradiction between the words of the communist and his actual actions.

It seems fairly safe to say the working class is on its own.

Those actions have confirmed the hegemony of capitalism and another blow to the poor, and the ideology of communism itself.

The culture of self-enrichment is promoted by our capitalist society and it has such a strong hold on society that even our beloved communists find themselves implicated.

Thabang Sefalafala, Wits University

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