As the counting draws to an end. ByeBye Local Elections

These election have opened my eyes to a few things that I guess I’ve known for a long time. The ANC is running our country and spending our taxes. They’re capable and they have resources. We give them power, we are the people. We must have opinions and we must voice them. I’m feeling like a bit of a heretic tonight. So most of the following will not be in my humble opinion. And again I say, I am not anti ANC or pro DA.

Our people are still shaken by apartheid. We’re still crippled by it. In the way we think, in the things we say, in how we act and more importantly how we fail to act.

Riding on what Allister Sparks calls “The gatvol factor”, isn’t going to win votes. Opposition parties are, and reasonably so, under the impression that people being gatvol of bad services will win them votes. The ANC has a weapon that surpasses the gatvol factor. Its called devotion.

Today someone  tweeted “Not about race? why do all white voters PROUDLY vote DA and black ppl r made to feel stupid for voting ANC w/ words like blind”. I replied to this tweet by quoting what an ANC supporter said on telly, “If u are ANC, u stay ANC. If u my brother , u stay my brother. YOU DONT JUST CHANGE AND BECOME A WOMAN”.  I can’t speak for the man who said this, but I can’t help but doubt how sober his thoughts are, drunk on devotion. People are not stupid for voting ANC, they are stupid for such utterances. The ANC is aware of such banter and does nothing to discourage. I’m willing to go as far as to say the ANC encourages it. ANC supporters are not in good company, and the ANC has no qualms with this. Don’t even get me started on the violence that nearly broke out in the Midvaal when the DA won.

The socio-economic status quo of the ANC strong-holds speak volumes of why these places are ANC strong-holds. I wonder how much the DA has done to actually try to win over these constituencies. So much effort goes into winning the money constituencies (the big metros). Does the DA really care about:

  • The ANC is leading in Aganang [Moletji/Matlala] with 86.5%.
  • The ANC is leading in Ba-Phalaborwa [Phalaborwa] with 82.72 %
  • Blouberg The ANC is leading Blouberg [Bochum/My Darling] with 92.08%

Granted these are small municipalities, but how much does the DA care about them? I deliberately chose from constituencies in Limpopo because it’s the furthest province from the Western Cape, a DA strong hold.

Last word

A question that I should have asked myself at the beginning of the elections: How do you win votes and influence people? I have no idea. Hoping that I’ll be blogging in the next elections, I’ll open with this line.

P.S. Every election the DA gains ± 2% of votes. So in roughly ±27yrs (national and local election, ±9 elections) Jesus is coming. If you believe the words of your president. Hehe.

Politics should never be about brand loyalty.


Politics are a product, Politicians are salesmen


Contrary to popular belief,   I do not hate the ANC and I am not a DA supporter.

The local elections are coming up soon, and it’s time I give my 2 cents on them. I’m going to put it out there right now, and this I my belief, I don’t expect anyone to agree.  You have two choices the ANC or the DA. These are the products I want to talk about. These are OMO and Surf, everyone else is Family Favourite, No name or  -what I’d like to call- the SS (Surprise Surprise) brand, COPE.

This is basically Voting For Dummies. If you are like me, and you don’t claim to know more than you do, you’ll understand that no one really knows what’s going on in Politics. We only know what we are told, by the media, OMO and Surf, about themselves and about each other. Sir Winston Churchill, was a wise man (drunks usually are). He was famous for saying a lot of things that amuse the masses. He once said: “The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average
voter”.  This could mean a lot of things.

  • We are fed so many lies/truths/stories/hoopla that we can’t be trusted to make an
    informed/sound decision.
  • We a apart of a society that believes/entertains Mboro (Paseka Motsoeneng), the pastor who infamously casts out demons out of girls by fingering them whist eating ice cream.
  • Maybe China has it right with their little to no democracy, because Hu Jintao (President of the PRC) is arguably the  world’s most intelligent leader.
  •  It could also mean that we are very emotional when it comes to voting for the person who will be running our home (country), this distracting us from the issues that really matter.

Democracy is a right vested in the population to choose the person (Zuma ANC/Zille DA), who will lead us to a better and more prosperous life. Words of focus being person, choose and better.

Back to politics being a product, and politicians the salesmen

I was watching Special Assignment a few days ago and they were basically talking about Zuma and Zille. Lebohang Pheko said a lot of things that actually made me come to the realisation that politics is actually a product and politicians the salesmen. She said that President Zuma, like to carry himself as the people’s person. He wants to be that friendly uncle we all love. And Helen Zille wants to come through as the new face of South Africa, as that white woman who understands what it is to be a struggling South African. Clips where than shown of both Helen and Jacob dancing for our votes. Yes they dance for our votes (I hate it when they dance).

Consider OMO and Surf, they both wash clothes, I don’t think one is particularly better than the other, but they sure would like to think so, or rather make us think so. We don’t know what goes into making OMO or Surf. These are homogeneous products, when you don’t like the other, you switch and move on because FOR CRYING OUT LOUD you want clean clothes. It’s not that deep.

We need to think of politics in the same light. If these politicians are going to dance and use all kinds of rhetoric and bashing, then we cannot be so emotionally invested in deciding who to vote for. These guys are playing dirty, and we care too much about the things that don’t matter. We must stop thinking of the ANC as “Mandela” and the DA as “White”. We need to see them as what they are, OMO and Surf.

What I’m saying is, apartheid, race, dancing, bashing, how people died so you can vote, etc are NOT indicators on who is the better person to wash you clothes, the facts are. If you are going to vote please only consider the FACTS!!! I’ll post some facts up later.