Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - OPINION -

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.


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