Voters Must Bypass Politics to Claim Government Control
OPINION: Having more than five political parties is destructive, especially if most share a similar ideology or represent the interests of only a fraction of what needs to be done in this country, writes Sihle Sibiya.
The interests of the predominantly African population of South Africa are not taken into account even though they are provided for in the Reconstruction and Development Program (RDP) and the National Development Plan (NDP). And now is the time for Africans, especially young people and women, to undertake mathematical modeling to assert their influence and inform the change they would like to see happen in this country.
The difficulties facing the ruling party and its inability to respond to the bread and butter problems facing the majority does not inspire confidence especially among Africans, the majority of whom are unemployed, poor and drowned in poverty.
Given the number of political parties we have, it is difficult to predict the future of the country if the ruling party obtains less than its historical vote averages in the next national election.
It is up to the voters to unite and uphold this certainty. This can only be achieved if those who have lost faith in politics unite under an apolitical organization to define and drive a collective agenda for government.
Through this type of self-organization, they must use their numbers to capture a political party through a formal arrangement to implement such a collective program.
This apolitical organization must be the glue among the existing established organizations that serve selected constituencies within African communities. This will respond to shared interests among Africans which remain a challenge for current organizations serving selected constituencies.
Such training will result in a powerful vote and promote broad ownership of government programs.
Considering the political affiliation and the average voter turnout, this will strengthen democracy and provide an alternative to limit the risks posed by the current politics of the country.
Having more than five political parties is destructive, especially if most share a similar ideology or represent the interests of only a fraction of what needs to be done in this country.
Only voters who take control of this country’s future will challenge this status quo.
Political independence and commitment to a competitive South Africa are serious concerns for the future of that country. The only option is to deal with it from outside politics to ensure drastic impact and undermine red tape within politics and political parties.
Voters must envision a framework within which their collective interests in government must be articulated. The frame should be something that is easy to remember and to articulate. Understanding the South African context, the framework should be made up of three interrelated strategic pillars: Social, Economic and Education (SEE).
The social must include an appropriate strategy on how to enable some of those who receive social support to be active in the economy. This must include transforming our health care system to ensure that local herbs are locally processed to an acceptable standard for consideration while improving access. The government must invest in an integrated system to promote transparency and accountability in order to improve service delivery. The government must consider improving the safety and security of the citizens of this country. This includes strengthening border management.
In driving inclusive economic transformation, government policies will need to be clear on the classification of investment opportunities for local and foreign businesses. Real transformation of the financial sector is essential for inclusive economic development. Some of the economic drivers to consider include: minerals, energy, agriculture, tourism, ocean economy, technology, research, innovation and development. Government enterprises must be revived with full ownership and government control. The performance of these companies must not be compromised. The government must promote and support local production and ownership of products, solutions and services. A proper analysis of the different sectors of our economy is of crucial importance in determining ownership patterns for the purpose of ensuring fairness.
The education system must be informed by economic priorities to ensure the quality of education and the access of graduates to opportunities. The education system must be an education system focused on entrepreneurship. The government should promote both formal and informal education to ensure a balanced education system based on good moral values.
The same framework as well as the collective interests of the national government must inform the collective interests of the local government. Collective interests should be combined with leadership characteristics to inform the appointment of those who will lead the implementation. Once these collective interests have been developed, they must be well marketed for both buy-in and contribution by voters. Young people need to rethink their roles, responsibilities and lifestyles to ensure that their priorities are aligned with writing their own history in order to guarantee political, social and economic freedom.
It is true that reconfiguration and self-healing for all of us must take place to ensure the readiness of a united South Africa that is wholly owned by collective South Africans for South Africans.
Voters must recognize that the only weapon of success at their disposal is unity, innovation and collaboration. Voters should consider using the Fourth Industrial Revolution to advance their agenda for social and economic freedom. Young people must champion the healing and unity of our society to ensure inclusive participation of communities, a shared vision of this country, understanding and appreciation of the status quo by society.
According to mid-year 2019 estimates, young people aged 17-35 make up 18 million, nearly a third of South Africa’s population with women was almost 9 million. In 2020, South Africa’s female population stood at 30.09 million.
It should be noted that according to SA statistics, of the 39 million people in the working group, 14.1 million work and 17 million are recipients of social benefits. Unemployment among young Africans is nearly 75%.
The total number of votes cast in the 2019 national elections was 17.7 million and around 17.4 million were valid votes. Of the 48 political parties, the top six got 16.7 million while the rest in total got less than a million. It is time that voters were not limited by the limitations of political parties.
* Sihle Sibiya is the president of the Insika Economic Movement.
*** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the IOL and the independent media.