Let’s hope the fire at Parliament does not foreshadow another bad year. It is an uncomfortable reminder of everything that does no longer works. Parliament is a National Key Point of great significance, heavily guarded day and night. Its security, of national significance, and its fire protection must form an essential part of the management of the seat of our democracy?
There will be a full-scale inquiry and one must not be unfair or to jump the gun but the question that must be answered is: where were the policemen who mount a 24- hour guard? Were they sleeping? One observer said the Cape Town Fire Department arrived to deal with the blaze before Parliament’s fire alarm sounded. Was the equipment properly serviced and maintained? Some people stated one could not blame the ANC. The response to that is: who else should take the blame?
New Year is a perfect time to look forward to 2024. In the next two years, the voters will have to decide whether they are prepared any longer to put up with ANC ineptitude at every level of government which is causing the visible deterioration of South Africa.
In the recent local government election that party (still calling itself the “Glorious Movement”) received a significant drubbing from the voters. For the first time in a generation, the ANC vote fell below 50%. There is no reason to believe in 2024 that party will recover. It seems to most observers and analysts that we are heading for a coalition government at national level.
The extent of the disaster the ANC deserves could be lessened by the fact that many rural voters seem disposed towards rewarding with their votes the party that has given them huge unemployment, poor education, sub-standard housing, rampant crime, deteriorating health care, inferior provincial government and abysmal local government.
Some of those same voters remain entranced by leaders involved in corruption at every level and facing criminal trials. Just think of the people who recently had a picnic outside Jacob Zuma’s tax-payer-paid-for country estate in order to show their undying support for this “great leader.”