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'Blaming whites and citizens oversight' - OPINION

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Published 6 days ago - 321 views

In the last few days the Zondo inquiry was focussing on the oversight of the legislature over the executive. The thinking of the Zondo commission seems to be that after their state capture findings they will have to recommend, among other things, changes that could be made to the constitution in order to strengthen parliamentary oversight. What is missing so far is a discussion, of citizen or voter oversight over both parliament and the executive


I often say that voters have no business joining political parties. A voter is to a political party what an assessor is to a student. The voter grants a vote as the assessor grants marks as a reward for good performance. Unfortunately most voters are not always in a position to assess political parties, even when issues are as clear as ANC looting of state resources, to the point of bringing economy to its knees. Voters need societal structures which continually provide them with education and platforms to enable them to engage government, on matters directly affecting them


These societal structures take the form of single issue civil society organizations such as: Equality under law, (Abahlali Basemjondolo) Afriforum, etc. We do not have enough organizations of this kind. Such civil society organizations need to be as deeply embedded, in society as those organizations which constituted the United Democratic Front [UDF] ,during the anti apartheid struggle. Only a strong extra parliamentary voice,can exercise oversight over parliament and the executive


The ANC misled people into acquiring the habit of leaving everything in its incompetent hands. It is certainly not in the interests of the governing party to have strong extra parliamentary oversight. It is the opposition parties which ought to be contributing their organizational skills, towards building relevant civil society organizations. This is a more effective method of galvanizing society than the rigid copycat women, youth and student movements belonging to the various political parties. These movements are more interested in promoting the partisan agendas, of their parties than to be watchdogs, who promote the interests of civil society at large


In fact leaving vital personal matters entirely in the hands of someone else, is an enduring characteristic of the colonized mind. To this day, black youth, who consider themselves as having a revolutionary inclination, spend all their time blaming colonialism, for all sorts of problems which they should be spending their time solving. In a day each ANC leader probably uses the phrase “apartheid legacy” hundreds of times


For example people demand mother tongue education and blame colonialists ,for failure to develop African languages, for academic use. It never dawned to them that this is something they can do for themselves. One of the most amusing aspects of apartheid legacy, is the constant complaint that the economy still remains in the hands of white people.


This is intended to convey the impression that if black people have economic problems, it is white people who are responsible for that. Actually there was a time, when this sort of thing was amusing to me but now it induces violent vomit


The ANC was given on a platter huge infrastructure and a large number of big strategic state owned corporations which the Afrikaners, had built painstakingly from 1910. This infrastructure and these corporations constitute a large, and the most strategic portion of the SA economy. What did the ANC do with that? They drove each and everyone of those corporations, into the ground and allowed their supporters to systematically torch, and destroy the infrastructure so they could complain (mummy econyomy is in white hands)


The people are not discharging their responsibility to exercise oversight, over the disastrous handling of economic matters, by the incompetent ANC looters because (mummy econyomy is in white hands) It is difficult for a white dominated opposition party like the DA, to disabuse people of this obnoxious idea


The black opposition parties we have had so far are too timid to break away, from the white blame game. They are therefore (perhaps) unwittingly diverting attention, away from the glaring incompetence of the ANC


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