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Monday, February 19, 2007

Democracy a-la ANC

Democracy in South Africa is still to be instituted. It is but a dream of South Africans to experience true democracy.

The problem, however, is that South Africa has been a non-democratic society
since the National Party (NP) came to power in 1948 and ruled until April 1994. The NP became the NNP (New National Party) after losing control to the ANC. Subsequently, the NNP has become a distant memory on the South African political landscape. In fact, the NP/NNP lost its traction to such an extent, that it no longer has any presence on the internet apart from being mentioned on other pages as a party that no longer exists; and, it has been swallowed by the ANC. This non-democratic society even continues today under ANC (African National Congress) rule.

Just the way the ANC forced through some laws (legalizing pornography, abortion and same-sex "marriage"), even though the people overwhelmingly spoke against them, speaks volumes of the ANCs undemocratic nature.

The latest "democratic" offering of the ANC in the Johannesburg council is to limit parties' deliberations in council according to their representation in council.

This will severely limit the ability of smaller parties to have their say. A party, such as the ACDP (African Christian Democratic Party), will only get 4.14 seconds (maybe it is 4m14s) per deliberation, according to the information that I received.

Now, this will seem utterly absurd to any logical thinking person concerned about democracy
in this country! How can democracy be served when smaller parties, practically, are kept from giving their insight into the political process?

Since when does brilliance need a majority? Einstein needed no majority of minds to come up with the theory of relativity. If brilliance needed the majority of people to deliberate, what does that say about the ANC's ability to come up with a truly workable solution to fight crime?

The fact is that in democracy we all have an equal voice before the law. It is entrenched in the constitution.

The fact is that the ANC does not want ANY conflicting voices in the market place of ideas. They will give anyone a chance to speak, as long as the ideas presented are not dissenting ideas from the ANC party line. Hence, all other parties oppose them, and as a result, their chances of airing their voices must be severely limited! It seems like democracy does not even exist within the party!

My question to all is: When will people come to the realization that South Africa is NOT run according to democratic principles and the ANC is not an advocate of democracy?

The writer of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, wrote exactly what is present in South Africa to day:

Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice,
even there was wickedness,
and in the place of righteousness,
even there was wickedness.
(Ecc 3:16)

This is what South Africa has become. In the place of justice and righteousness there is wickedness!

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.
(Proverbs 14:34)

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