The old saying goes: “respect is earned but votes can be bought.”
Okay, the addition to that saying was just a smidgeon of poetic licence on my part.
We’ve witnessed it in the past where providing groceries, T-shirts, houses and even cash were part of electioneering campaigns in a thinly veiled guise of philanthropy but always in the presence of a media entourage.
The double whammy for the ANC leading up to the 2024 general election is the diminished trust of the voters and their financial handicap, seeing that the party is even struggling to pay its own staff.
So what happens when you’ve lost the respect of the people and you can’t buy votes?
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You need to be innovative. I foresee summits, imbizos and campaigns being run by government to “uplift the country”, but also self-serving from an ANC perspective.
It’s difficult to vote for a party when it says one thing but then awards another multimillion rand dodgy tender soon thereafter.
The other problem is leadership as Cyril Ramaphosa’s supremacy exists in title only. So much so that Ramaphosa is despised more by people within his party than outsiders.
Like so many people, I wonder whether we have already suffered the worst or is worse still to come?
Are we going to go down the same failed African country road as Zimbabwe?
Unfortunately, only time will tell because no one has the answer to that question.
The ANC may be governing the country but corruption is controlling this government so for every step forward, we go two steps back.
“Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Fool me three times, shame on both of us.”
— Stephen King.