You have a duty to vote

Zululand Observer - Weekender - - ZO LETTERS -

South Africans have been sub­jected to a dis­as­trous Zuma pres­i­dency with the econ­omy tak­ing a huge knock and ram­pant cor­rup­tion erod­ing the very fab­ric of our so­ci­ety.

In the past week we wit­nessed an on­slaught on our hard fought Con­sti­tu­tion; with a ma­jor­ity vote a mo­tion was passed in Par­lia­ment to clear the way for fu­ture ex­pro­pri­a­tion of land with­out com­pen­sa­tion.

This of course means that any pri­vately owned com­mer­cial land as well as pri­vate dwellings will be sub­jected to ex­pro­pri­a­tion by the gov­ern­ment with­out hav­ing to pay any form of com­pen­sa­tion.

We re­alise the need for re­dress of past skewed prop­erty own­er­ship, how­ever, it should be done in line with the pro­vi­sions of the Con­sti­tu­tion in its present for­mat.

The time for arm­chair pol­i­tics is over. It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of ev­ery sin­gle per­son over the age of 18 years to reg­is­ter and to vote.

Un­for­tu­nately, many peo­ple still think that their vote doesn’t make a dif­fer­ence.

Oth­ers pre­fer go­ing to the beach on vot­ing day in­stead of cast­ing their vote as ex­pected from re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens.

The week­end of 10 and 11 March af­fords el­i­gi­ble vot­ers the op­por­tu­nity to reg­is­ter.

Those who are reg­is­tered must en­sure that their de­tails are up­dated and that they are cor­rectly reg­is­tered in the area in which they re­side, if not, they will be ex­cluded from vot­ing in the fu­ture.

Your vote can pro­tect the Con­sti­tu­tion by en­sur­ing that the bal­ance of power in the Na­tional As­sem­bly re­mains in­tact, en­sur­ing that no spe­cific po­lit­i­cal party or coali­tion of par­ties has a two thirds ma­jor­ity vote to tam­per with the Con­sti­tu­tion or amend it at will.

Be re­spon­si­ble – reg­is­ter to vote! CHRISTO BOTHA

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