April Editorial

Election season 2019 is in full swing and emotions are running high. Political parties never-before heard of, as well as all the main politicians are jostling for position on a very busy stage. Kissing babies (and backsides?!) in an attempt to secure a vote (see opinion ‘The ANC Violate All That is Sacred), they vie with each other for populist positions, while never missing an opportunity to denigrate an opponent. 

Why is it that senior politicians visit local communities quite often when we are approaching the elections?  Aren’t they supposed to be seen continuously as they are serving the people and that they should be receiving mandate from the people?

Why are we seeing an increase of smaller parties contesting the elections? Is it the privilege of democracy? Is this an exploitation of a weaker political system?

It is normal to see a spike in protests before general elections according to Karen Heese of Municipal IQ: Municipal Data and Intelligence (See opinion: ‘Protests as Political Pawns’). While mud-throwing intensifies, everyone is to blame for something (and that includes the US and EU) – even for natural disasters (See “‘White people created Cyclone Idai,’ says BLF Andile Mngxitama.”)

Are people becoming opportunists by seeking attention right before the elections or it is the sign of desperation? Can this perhaps be a general loss of trust to promises made during the manifestos? Is this an acceptance that they will not receive attention once they voted?

How can we better educate ourselves about Cyclone? 

While the structure of our democracy seems to be outstanding, world-renowned even, the application of this democracy is being severely tested by corruption (see‘Democracy tainted by ANC greed’), challenges to our Constitution (see ‘By their fruits you will know them Matt 7:16’), naive employment of cadres and sorry neglect of getting the basics right (see ‘Fah-fee with your health’).

How can we root out corruption in South Africa? What can we do as a country to ensure that right people get to power?

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The Uownit-SA Team

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