In an article “money-for-nothing-and-your-indians-for-free“, Verashni Pillay of the M & G points out that “The issue among the ANC is that the wrong people were bankrolling and influencing our politicians, of which the ruling party sees nothing untoward” and “a much larger issue that continues to be ignored by the ANC: (is) their corrupt and problematic relationship with certain business people”.
So, if Ms Pillay is right, the ANC rank and file see nothing wrong with SA’s government being bought and paid for by wealthy South African oligarchs, they just have a problem when the oligarchs are foreign.
Of course, the idea that ‘Indians’ are for free is entirely false. Indians, or for that matter, Africans, Asians, Europeans or Americans who buy and pay for you, are definitely not for free. There will always be a day of reckoning and that day could be a very expensive day indeed.
The Direct Democracy Forum‘s take on influence is that all sectors of the economy have a stake in the country. Business, small and large, labour, collective and individual, consumers, the employed and the unemployed, and students, and so on, ad infinitum, all have a stake in this land, which is why the DDF are proposing a Senate which is drawn from the streets, the foundation of which will be a process of Deliberative Democracy engaging a cross-section of society rather than only the political elite and those who have privileged access to that elite. With similar systems at municipal levels, our national and local politicians will forever be grounded in the needs of the people, the needs of society at large and the needs of its environs.
These are not populist moves designed to attract popular votes, although they may well have that effect, but are an acknowledgement that no one has a better idea of a citizen’s needs than does that citizen himself, and that the DDF believe that those needs must be acknowledged and responded to with the same concern and alacrity as were the concerns and needs of the Gupta wedding party under an ANC administration. Under a DDF administration, government and access to government will never be the exclusive privilege of an exclusive club but rather will be in response to the needs of the people. DDF Policies are geared toward serving the economy and all those in it, rich and poor alike.
The buck stops at the ballot box