SIKONATHI MANTSHANTSHA: The voting conundrum

- | 4 months ago

Taking these positive strides into consideration, overall the ANC would be the most deserving of my vote, particularly under Cyril Ramaphosa. But my whole being rebels at the thought that it would be a vote for Bathabile Dlamini, Nomvula Mokonyane, Malusi Gigaba, Mosebenzi Zwane and the people who looted PetroSA, Eskom and SAA.

Next candidate for my vote is the DA, whose electoral fortunes have been boosted by the ANC’s inefficiency and corruption under Jacob Zuma. But the DA seems hellbent on destroying itself. The combination of its muddy stance on key policies, such as BEE and land reform, together with its treatment of black leaders like Lindiwe Mazibuko and Patricia de Lille, makes one wonder if it can ever truly be a vehicle to advance the aspirations of the patriotic black middle class.

Coupled with the naked ambition of people like Natasha Mazzone, and the hollow but preachy leadership of Mmusi Maimane, the party is no longer worthy of my vote. Not the gumboots, please I have not for a second contemplated giving my vote to the thugs who wear gumboots and overalls in parliament. They have reduced a key institution of our democracy to a source of embarrassment.

The corruption of the ANC under Zuma would be like a practice for the real deal — just much bigger, more crass and more brazen. Ask the Limpopo municipalities that did business with On-Point Engineering. Who else? The less said about Cope the better, and the IFP serves no purpose in parliament other than earning salaries for the cantankerous chief and his shrinking impi.

Bantu Holomisa is a good man, and has served the people with honour and dedication.

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