OK – the Direct Democracy Forum are paraphrasing Verashni Pillay’s words. She actually wrote about the Government’s Messiah complex, but since the government is mostly the ANC, we don’t feel too bad about that stretch.
So, why are we engaging in ANC bashing again? Actually no one is ANC bashing. Instead Ms Pillay is voicing very legitimate concerns that the ANC led government at both local and national level are not listening to the people, and instead are advancing willy nilly along a path which has very little to do with what the people want. Ms Pillay cites two current examples to illustrate her point and in doing so writes with the same words and concerns with which the DDF have been writing these past years.
We are not claiming that Ms Pillay endorses DDF positions. In fact, we very much doubt that Ms Pillay is even aware of the existence of the DDF. But like Ms Pillay, we are aware of South Africa’s opinion on E-Tolling. A DDF administration would never have implemented E-Tolling and the DDF have undertaken that any DDF administration will dismantle all road tolls because the national roads system will be funded through the fiscus which in turn will be funded by TEAL. This is not because the DDF are adopting a populist position but because the national roads system is a national asset from which the entire nation benefits and for which the entire nation should pay, not just a few captive users.
The DDF also believe that the Johannesburg City Council’s eviction of street traders was the use of a shotgun tactic to counter a situation of lawlessness on the streets resulting from bad management of the streets by the ANC-led council. Instead a more selective strategy should have been adopted targeting elements on the streets which required proper management. In short, the ANC-led Johannesburg City Council did not do their jobs properly and instead unnecessarily messed with the livelihood of thousands of honest traders.
Simply put the DDF have the same opinions of the behaviour of the ANC led government at both local and national levels as Ms Pillay has. The ANC are not prepare to manage the society which misplaced their trust in them and worse still, the ANC no longer even engage in the pretence of consulting with the people, for when the people speak, even with a single voice, such as on the subject of E-Tolling, the ANC led government simply don’t listen but engage their Messiah complex to do what they believe is good for someone (we don’t know whom) instead of doing what the people believe is good for them. And that is a charitable view.
A less charitable view is to follow the money trail of the E-Tolling debacle, to observe who benefits from e-tolling. And the ANC led government and SANRAL are being remarkably coy about those details. So the DDF asks itself why should motorists pay what probably amounts to more than double taxation to those invisible beneficiaries?
And the point of this rant is that Ms Pillay and the DDF are on the same page, even if Ms Pillay has never heard of us. We are even on the same page that government should be consultative and not prescriptive and should suppress any messianic inclinations. DDF Senate policies and DDF local government policies both use a process of deliberative democracy that should satisfy anyone’s need for a more consultative government. So the DDF are quite happy that they and Verashni Pillay are on the same page, at least in these matters, and have little doubt that the DDF would be on the same page as Ms Pillay and many other South Africans on many other issues.
What makes the DDF different from any other political party in South Africa is its central theme of formal consultation at local government and national government levels and its ability draw on TEAL to adequately and properly fund all the needs of the country, while at the same time liquidating SA’s national debt and turning South Africa into a debt-free country, at least so far as its government is concerned. No other political party can come anywhere near that promise. Then there are all the other DDF policies to consider.
The buck stops the ballot box.