2019 will give us a hum­ble ANC

African Times - - News -

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.

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