As Helen Zille often says, party loyalty is not for life
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 6 May 2014. 06h40. I have watched on television, and allowed myself to be bombarded by DA minded tweets for weeks on end. I have paid cursory attention to the campaigns of the ANC and the EFF, and all but ignored the campaigns of other, quite legitimate yet desperate, hangers on.
Helen Zille was rather spectacular. She is a great marketer; politically selfless; a deft chancer; a talented performer; and she can think on her feet. Amongst several other qualities distinguishing her as a politician.
To hold together divergent factions and satisfy demanding funders and stock for all, speak to great ability… and virtually guarantee expediency which diminishes political capital such as that veritable Lear’s Lady Brach – principle.
But when the dust settles sometime Thursday, the result will very likely be 63-23-8; ANC-DA-EFF.
A slight drop for the ANC; stagnation for the DA by its 2011 results; wow for the EFF – a party to be taken seriously.
I continue to be discombobulated by something that directed my political attunement in the aftermath of the 2011 local government elections: Most DA supporters are firstly vehemently anti-ANC, yet benefit most from ANC rule.
The Whites never had it better in this South Africa. Any alternative, by the early 1990’s possibilities, remain, as John Vorster used to say, “too ghastley to kôntumplait”.
JP Landman notes that we had become 34% richer since the ANC took power. In the preceding 19 years, we grew 11% poorer.
In the 16 years before the ANC came to power, GDP growth was 1.55% per annum. In the 16 years since the ANC came to power GDP growth was 3.33%. During the Zuma presidency GDP growth is even more advanced.
Per capita income grew by a third since the ANC took power – despite the 1998 global crisis and the 2009 recession.
Our population growth is just above 1% – and this includes immigration.
The most significant variable in South Africa’s development is the growth in the number of people actually working. It is indeed possible to have rising employment and unemployment at the same time – it is a function of demography and social change, and our working age figures will even out in a generation or two.
That governments create jobs is a Keynesian fallacy. (This is not Landman speaking, but yours truly.) The solution lies in economic growth. And statistics indicate that in South Africa we can expect some 0.7% job growth for every 1% economic growth. And income and GDP growth, mentioned, above, indicate that we are making progress.
O, and by the way, while Black unemployment is around 40%, only 7% of Whites are jobless.
More than 60% of South Africa’s tax revenue comes from petrol, VAT, Excise and company taxes.
This despite Sampie Terreblanche’s statement that the estate left by Apartheid’s National Party in 1994 was bankrupt to the extent that it was virtually impossible for the ANC to rule wisely. And, also, that negotiations forced an economic policy on the ANC by binding the ANC to what he calls “an elite compromise”.
It is the ANC’s most vociferous opponents who benefit most from ANC rule.
One’s vote is of extreme importance. It is the most powerful public influence of the most. Few have the privilege of more substantial and more direct influence on government. Use this power wisely.
A single word of advice: vote for something on Wednesday, and not against something.
And, please, my longsuffering readers, do not hide behind Nkandla (the sole issue in this election, according to DA WC leader Ivan Meyer) as reason extraordinaire for voting DA… Oudtshoorn’s DA councillors owe, in wasteful expense, Oudtshoorn’s ratepayers more as a percentage of the Oudtshoorn budget than Nkandla costs taxpayers as a percentage of the national budget.
Let’s get our facts straight.
2013. Landman, JP. The Long View. Stonebridge. Auckland Park.
2014. Terreblanche, Sampie. Verdeelde Land. Tafelberg. Kaapstad.
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