doing everything possible to compromise the electoral processes. This is already in the mix for the ANC December elective conference.
It is frightening to hear former president Kgalema Motlanthe – who was himself secretary-general of the ANC for 10 years – talk about the ANC’s elective processes as “flawed” and subject to “manipulation” and “interference”. This means that the December elective conference could give us compromised leaders who may become leaders of the country.
If this happens, the last line of defence will be the citizens of this country, who will have to act to ensure that no criminal elements ever come close to the levers of power again. The citizenry must make sure that the national electoral processes are beyond any form of manipulation and interference.
As citizens, we must work on the basis that those who have no qualms in corrupting the electoral processes of the ANC will not hesitate to act in similar measure with respect to the 2019 national general elections.
To make the national election safe from manipulation, citizens must assume collective responsibility, starting with examining the integrity of officials of the Independent Electoral Commission and all the support staff who will be involved in the electoral process.
We must all be the eyes and ears of the nation wherever we find ourselves. Civil society, like the religious communities and others, must see to it that we have enough election observers to ensure the credibility of every voting station throughout the country. We must make it impossible for any official or politician to tamper with our electoral systems and democratic processes.
The people of South Africa must be warned that beyond the ANC elective conference in December, they are the only ones who can save the country from destruction and ultimate collapse.
We owe it to generations ahead of us to stop this rot and save the country.
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UNITED WE STAND Civil society members gather in Johannesburg to protest against state capture and corruption