We are in a new year, 2019. It is also an election year. It is time for us as fellow South Africans to reflect on the state of governance in our beautiful country over the past 25 years of democracy.
Corruption in government and municipalities has resulted in billions of rands leaving the country illegally and lining the pockets of politicians and councillors.
The situation is that many are stealing, bribing and killing each other to get onto the gravy train.
It seems that many aspire to be included in government, municipalities and state owned enterprises to make money, not to serve the people.
We have few statesmen in the mould of leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe, Steve Biko, Chief Albert Luthuli and the like.
Let us consider what we would like as resolutions for the government to implement in 2019 and the future:
An incorruptible state. This can be achieved by appointments of suitably qualified persons on merit by competent committees and not the president. Harsh sentences such as imprisonment should be meted out to all who have been involved in corruption.
Basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity should be extended to all South Africans. There must be no interruption of these services through poor administration, incompetent officials, theft of material, etc.
There should be no strikes for essential services such as those rendered by mortuary workers, refuse removers, water and electricity workers, policemen, firemen, nurses, doctors, teachers, and those working in government departments. In other services the decision to strike should be by democratic processes such as by secret ballots. Non-strikers should be protected and not intimidated.
The present system of elections by branches and provinces should be reviewed. Corrupted executives at these levels can vote for a corrupted candidate to protect their interests. The people should be given greater rights to vote for candidates of their choice including the President. In this way aspiring candidates will be accountable to the people and not to groups with self-interests.
Affordable housing and land should be provided for those who need it.
Industrialisation and employment opportunities should be promoted in rural areas so that people are not forced to migrate to cities to survive.
Unemployment should be radically reduced by a master plan and a time-frame.
As a voter and tax-payer, get more involved in making your voice heard in 2019 and beyond.