Peo­ple have the power within

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Dr Kenosi Mos­alakae

WHAT ap­pears in the me­dia is cor­rect – peo­ple worry more about what party will win elec­tions in 2019 rather that what party has the great­est like­li­hood to im­prove the con­di­tion of cit­i­zens.

The ten­dency is to go along with one that is likely to win the elec­tion rather than one that would make things bet­ter. South Africans are in­flu­enced to vote for a party on the ba­sis of the like­li­hood of such a party win­ning elec­tions rather than such a party do­ing the best for them.

In 23 years of democ­racy there is lit­tle sen­si­tiv­ity to cor­rup­tion, state cap­ture, con­sti­tu­tion de­fi­ance, squat­ter living, ed­u­ca­tion degra­da­tion and min­imi­sa­tion of ac­cess thereof among cit­i­zens in vot­ing pat­terns. Cit­i­zens are ei­ther not aware or too en­gulfed by an in­fe­ri­or­ity com­plex to re­alise that power lies within them.

They should be demon­strat­ing and writ­ing pe­ti­tions against a con­sti­tu­tion that lim­its them to di­rectly elect in­di­vid­u­als they may have con­fi­dence in, as well as lim­it­ing their power to hold to ac­count those they do not elect di­rectly but get to hold of­fice.

Dis­cus­sions of prob­lems of an or­gan­i­sa­tion are not dis­cus­sions of the prob­lems of the coun­try and so­lu­tions dis­cussed are not so­lu­tions to the coun­try’s prob­lems. Houghton

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