To celebrate the 107th anniversary and to launch their election manifesto, African National Congress (ANC) members gathered at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Callers on the Eusebius McKaiser Show discuss what the manifesto means to them and whether they are willing to give the ruling party another 25 years to rule South Africa.
A caller, Graeme, sarcastically says he would like to 'thank' the ruling party for what they have done for South Africans in the last 25 years.
By that I mean, they have ruined just about everything they have touched. They have ruined SAA, they have ruined Prasa, Denel and most of our municipalities. I think that the manifesto is a load of baloney. How the hell are they going to get investment into this country?— Greame, caller
Eusebius says that as a voter and a citizen he himself struggles with the following question.
After a quarter of a century of ANC governance, do these guys have any credibility and capability left? Firstly, do they have integrity and even if they have integrity, do they have the capability to be able to implement any manifesto? And it is very hard for me to discuss and drill down into each of the elements of the manifesto as if there is no history of governance to examine.— Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host
He adds that if you look at that history, it is a mixed bag as for many people with life being different from life in the early '90s.
But for me, it is not whether I have a clinic in my community that I didn't have in 1980 because if you set your sights low enough you will not be disappointed. The question rather is are we doing as well as we deserve after 25 years? What about the lost opportunities, the incredible levels of corruption and the fact that we have a state that is not a capable state.— Eusebius McKaiser, Show Host
He questions how we can evaluate the gap between what has been achieved and what could have been achieved but for poor leadership and lack of a capable state.
Another caller, Alisha, says President Cyril Ramaphosa asking South Africans to give the ANC another chance is a definite no from her.
In fact, it is a no thank you because living with the ANC is almost as if you are living with an alcoholic or a drug addict, they always tell you that I am going to get clean, but they never do.— Alisha, caller
Thabiso, says the ANC forgets that it has been in power since 1994.
I was going to forgive Ramaphosa if he was not the deputy president during the dark days of the ANC.— Thabiso, caller
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