South Africans Have to Stop Holding Out for a Hero

opinion

Forget about messiahs and saviours, the South African party political system has ensured leaders are beholden to their party base, not the voters. It is up to us, the voters, to fix the country.

According to an article published in BusinessTech this week, economists have stated that Ramaphoria is now well and truly dead. One would find it hard to believe that it ever really existed, but what baffles me is why South Africans continue to believe and place their hopes in individuals as opposed to parties, and policies to place the country back on the right track.

Our democracy is not one where voters are afforded the luxury of electing presidential candidates, party leaders, or ministers directly. Leaders are held accountable by the party, not the voters. Parties are held accountable by the electorate. Thus, the voters should hold parties accountable for electing incompetent leaders. It's that simple. It is the disconnect between these concepts which is partly to blame for South Africa's current state of affairs.

The problem with South Africa's democracy is that we are far too easily distracted by an individual's shiny packaging and clever PR while ignoring the disastrous party policies they may be hiding...

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