2019 will give us a humble ANC
SELF introspection and changing ones behaviour are paramount for growth and if what the President of the ANC said regarding it’s manifesto is anything to go by, then we are in for a ride.
The tone has changed. It’s no longer an arrogant giant that seemed to have a belief that it’s entitled to votes because it’s the oldest liberation movement on the continent. The ANC appears to be humble and actually thinking of addressing people’s needs instead of thumb sucking them from a conference room at St Georges Hotel, removed from those very same people it claims to represent.
President Cyril Ramaphosa said the 2019 ANC election manifesto has to depict the people’s experiences and be informed by their needs.
He added that the approach should appeal to the voters. It’s a refreshing concept, one that has been absent in the past. There is no longer bravado and self talk. It appears that the 2016 local elections taught the ANC a serious lesson, humility and grace, to speak to people to understand their wants as well as needs instead of assuming.
In his address during the election manifesto workshop, Ramaphosa said they would canvass as many views as possible to contribute towards the manifesto draft. He said the ANC would be honest about its failures but would ensure that the manifesto represented the lived experiences of South Africans since 1994.
The ‘giant’ also sought advice from political analysts, economists, and academics. Again, a massive shift from how things have been done in the past. It’s no longer business as usual in the ANC.
Ramaphosa asked those approached to interrogate the manifesto to ensure it reflected reality. Whatever brought about the change in attitude is commendable. It now becomes a question of delivery. Will it be another year of lip service just to lure people to vote and then forget the promises made? Some people are still waiting for the jobs they were promised, the free education that is only now being discussed.
It’s minor things such as that which make people turn their backs on the organisation they once loved. The issue of corruption is another aspect that requires action to rebuild public confidence.
This new broom sweeping must actually be different. It must deliver on promises made. Mr Ramaphosa must prove that he is indeed ready to be sent by the public and he will actually bring what they ask for. There is nothing as frustrating as a person promising you Top Deck but they decide without informing you that they have rather bought Lunch Bar. Dont be that person Mr President, keep your promises.