IN 2009, when Jacob Zuma was still popular, the ANC election theme read “Together, we can do more”. What we saw were ANC councillors, deployees and leaders like Dina Pule involved in more corruption.
This year the theme is “Together we are pushing the country forward”. Opposition parties should say “Zuma’s ANC is pulling South Africa backwards and opposition parties are pushing back frontiers of corruption”.
To avoid debate on corruption, Zuma has skillfully been talking more about 20 years of democracy than his five years of mismanagement, stealing and weakening of the state to fight corruption. Pule, like Zuma, will not be prosecuted.
Zuma’s bag is full of scandals from the arms deal, travel vouchers, the Bheki Cele Sapsgate to the Guptagate and Nkandla. Every Sunday, one or two newspapers will run a story on corruption and mismanagement of government departments, parastatals and the ANC.
The ANC hold high leaders like Zuma, Pule, Cele, Andile Lungisa, Schabir Shaik, John Block and whoever is charged with corruption.
Villains are seen as Thabo Mbeki, Thuli Madonsela, Zwelinzima Vavi, Tokyo Sexwale, Rev Frank Chikane, Father Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, Vusi Pikoli, Judge Dikgang Moseneke, Bulelani Ngcuka, Irvin Jim and many who subscribe to a corrupt free society.
Sicelo Shiceka and Brett Kebble were given honours at their funerals by ANC leaders.
As a nation let us not surrender our moral being, a legacy Nelson Mandela left for us. In numbers, let us vote against corruption because Zuma, together with his cronies and family, are reversing our gains against corruption.
Together they are moving our country into the league of Nigeria, Kenya, Colombia and Angola.
Having voted ANC since the 2006 local government election, I have decided to review my five-year contract with Zuma’s ANC. If the ANC knocks at your door, ask them why did they dissolve the Scorpions, are silent on the R206-million spent on Zuma’s house and how did Zuma’s children became millionaires within five years?
Dorcas Qwiliso, Grahamstown