Trading votes for food when it costed blood!

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

There was a period in our country’s history that the past would be reconciled to bring healing to the open wounds and trauma caused by the injustices of Apartheid.

People were willing to move on, to begin walking together – a new government had formed and that government represented the people. As the world watched on with admiration to see a lesson demonstrated by the millions of South Africans willing to show love.

Now the reality hits and that same government which once promised a better life had only managed to achieve it for themselves. They have forgotten the townships and the hopes and dreams which the people patiently anticipated.

Alexandra Township – Johannesburg

Even so the people are trusting despite promise after promise failing, and yet year after year these representatives look more like the Hollywood glamour models showing their swag. Alas, the only swag our people can show forth is the fake goods of designer labels brought in from the Far East.

Ours are a people trusting, loving and generous to have room in their big hearts to be faithful to their “freedom fighters”. Why has anyone not told the masses that Apartheid is abolished and that they are now free? We all know that despite the chains of oppression enslaving our people are the schemes to keep them from freedom, and so the education system does what the Apartheid system did… narrowing their dreams of success.

The right to vote – it came at the cost of blood. Fathers, mothers, children and maybe someone’s uncle. They were beaten, killed and oppressed like animals. Yet today that very vote can be purchased for a bag of groceries… Shame on those who mock our freedom… Shame on you who mock the martyrs… Shame on you!

What does it say when Voters exchange Votes for food bribes?

Given the short-sightedness of these voters and the mockery to such whom had sacrificed their lives so that every South African can choose a candidate for the betterment of the country not their stomachs. Despite the distastefulness of this method in seducing voters, the authorities seem to have turned a blind-eye to this open bribery. Most councillors, who are voted in, are confronted on day one of the job displaying a lack of communication skills and have a low level of education and etiquette.

voteI’m informed that most communities (predominately the literate) are easily swayed by the candidate whose “bribe-gift” is worth the most. These gifts consist of Maize meal, beans, cooking oil (food items, etc.).

Given the short-sightedness of such voters and the mockery to those whom had sacrificed their lives so that every South African can choose a candidate for the betterment of the country not their stomachs. Despite the distastefulness of this method in salavating voters, the authorities seem to have turned a blind-eye to this open bribery. I’m told that most councillors, who are voted in, are confronted on day one of the job displaying a lack of communication skills and have a low level of education and etiquette.

foodOne of the common reasons for selecting a candidate is their rhetoric and charisma, many councillors still appear to give liberation speeches as if it South Africa was still oppressed by apartheid. Hate speech is a common mean in rallying the masses, promising them homes, jobs, and the possessions of the non-blacks.

Many vote for the ANC not because of Jacob Zuma or others but because they appreciate the party which sacrificed so much to bring them to freedom. The nation’s father, Madiba is also the reason many vote ANC but when the people begin to realise that its own government is robbing them. This would be considered to be betrayal. South Africa is on a time bomb and the people of South Africa are a passionate, patriotic people who I believe will soon revolt against the abuses Zuma’s government and restore the ANC to the ideologies of the true revolutionaries gone-by!

Amandla Awethu!