BRUTALLY CONFRONT CHALLENGES
THE biggest threat to our democracy is our inability to honestly and brutally confront issues and tell the truth to most of our challenges. In so doing, we end up being gullible victims who unknowingly and indirectly become complicit in the rot that faces us as a new democracy, 24 years after our liberation.
We become the cannon fodder of politicians who manipulate us and compromise our service delivery challenges and the critical development interventions to take us out of the rut.
Ebrahim Fakier, a political analyst of note, put it so well on Wednesday on SAFM radio when he said the debacle in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is a failure of us as gullible voters and political formations abusing the trust of the people to prioritise their interests.
This tendency and eventuality as he claimed, is at the heart of the current municipal gutter politics and manipulations we are witnessing while service delivery needs are conveniently forgotten.
The EFF, UDM (and even “our beloved ANC”, whom some of us thought is beyond reproach or criticism) who are serving in these councils (as is demonstrated by the NMB fiasco), represent a true reflection of such unfortunate practice which has ominous signs for our future as a nation. That is why it is easy for nefarious characters, be it in the political, economic or social spheres, to manipulate us to feed their respective nefarious agendas. Organisations like BLF, AfriForum, etc are but prime examples of such an unfortunate trend and reality. May the Lord bless our country.
GCO MKUNQWANA | Guguletu