Who to Vote for

02 April 2014

In this pivotal period of elections, where parties are involved in a series of operations intended to achieving their goals, the question remains who will you vote for?

The freedom we attained as South Africans in 1994 has not only brought us democratic freedom but also an array of parties to choose from. We have potential leaders put on display as ornaments waiting to serve the free generation, manifestos to choose from and rallies to attend, all for one common goal: winning. The majority of our parties have not only made a mockery of themselves they have also made us question what is it that we are supposed to vote for? Corruption as opposed to racism or freedom through reckless spending in exchange for education?

The question at hand is no longer which party to vote for a brighter future however which party are we willing to tolerate for the next term? Corruption has become a norm and almost a prerequisite for a party. Registering and voting to the free generation is seen as a waste of time even though we know we can't complain if we haven't tried however the means at hand seem futile. We lose if we do and lose if we don't.

The daunting question rings as we grab our ID's and head to the nearest registering station, it still rings as we turn on our radios and TV's to hear about yet another scandal and more political division. When parties start to turn against each other and question motives within their own structures, it leaves the free generation with a lot of questions and most certainly doubts. I once heard a saying that

"South Africa is celebrating 20 years of the idea of freedom"
when looking around us I can agree. Have we fully grasped the concept or are we still in bondage? No longer a division and pain inflicted by a different race however we have become... masochists. Yes the question will still haunts us as we queue at the polling stations waiting to cast our final votes or hand over power to a party to get the best of what they can for the next term while we wait and hope for change. The saying "change is constant" seems to be a foreign concept for South African politics. Yet we still wait for the inevitable.

Schools, jobs, health care, education and poverty these famous words are becoming like a chorus to a song parties sing, these words are heard more than the national anthem. Marches have become a podium for raising issues and demands and politicians dirty laundry aired for public scrutiny has become a mechanism to make us lose credibility in leaders. We are not looking for infallible leaders we are just looking for credible ones.

As we draw near to elections the questions remains...

Kholiwe Nkambule

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