A fiery discussion left social media buzzing, after a user fired shots at the ANC’s tendency to promise citizens the world, while failing to deliver anything.
Very few political parties or interests are exempt from this ploy, often making unattainable promises, and giving out free trinkets and t-shirts to win favour and score votes, but failing to follow through after elections.
Social media users pointed out that this is dire to South Africans in particular, because the ANC has a stronghold over the country, having contributed significantly to the liberation struggle, Briefly.co.za found.
Because apartheid existed only 24 years ago, the memory of the struggle still plays vividly in the minds of many South African citizens, determined to never allow their freedom to be compromised again.
Nevertheless, as social media pointed out, this is dangerous as it allows corrupt ‘leaders’ to abuse the people, compromising their success and progress to pocket a few million rands.
The post made by Unathi Kwaza sparked an intense discussion.
One user compared how people still vote for the ANC to stockholm syndrome, saying even though the ANC is causing them to suffer, they still show love for the party, while others compared the leaders to the lavish, Marie Antoniette’s “let [the people] eat cake” attitude.
Another user added that the free t-shirt that politicians give away to their supporters has become a symbol of greed and corruption, instead of one of hope and freedom.
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