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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.

What can South Africans do to en­sure cred­i­ble elec­tions in 2019?

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UNITED WE STAND Civil so­ci­ety mem­bers gather in Jo­han­nes­burg to protest against state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion

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