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Maudi Obed Maphutha

An Open Letter To The President Of The State In Standing

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Dear Mr. President of the State in standing. The intention of this letter is to reflect some of the events that your party has encountered post the 22nd April 2009 general elections. Let me firstly congratulate you and your party for the good and memorable work you have done post the elections in question. Throughout the time, all political parties have been embarking in one of the emotional races, canvassing and convincing people of this country to vote for your parties, and the 22nd April 2009 has declared your party as one that the people of this country have vested their hopes and interests on.

Hence you have won the said elections, May 09th so far may be deemed to be far, however as soon as it approaches, we are waiting impatiently for the Judicial jargons when sworn you in, declaring you as the 4th democratic President of the state.  15 years ago when ANC taken over the governance, people of this country were not free, they were even arrested and detained for loitering by the latter governance, we are so thankful for the transformation that your party had since deployed to change the laws so that the society can be an open territory for everyone, irrespective of colours of their skin, racial classification and so forth. Soon after that, a new, constitution was developed in 1996; certain races were declared as designated groups and had since thereof, stood a good advantage of prospering among other things, economic participation and their live hood had since improved form one point to the other. Amongst these racial groups, black race had received marginal and significant treatments in the labour market. However, amongst the problems that this country is facing to the present, it is the song that your party had since been singing throughout the 15 years of our immature democracy, which is, “creating a better life for all”. Much as your party has played a major role on this issue, my concern is that, given the fact that in your governance, you have state organizations such as South African Security Agency that are aimed at bettering the lives of those who are disadvantaged by a dismay of poverty, your economy has not done enough in creating jobs, mostly for youth of this country. Instead, these organizations had since been giving out meal packages to the broader society, which in a lay man’s interpretation means that, you are giving the society fish, instead of teaching it how to catch one, in case you another political party take over the governance.

Mr. President, after your unchallenged victory in Polokwane in 2007 in December, you paid a little visit to Mitchells Plain in Cape Town, and your people in that area have complained about the crime that it has bedridden their community, they asked you why are you not bringing back the death penalty.  Although you have answered them fairly, I cannot be “coded out of context” to inform you that the answer that you have given was what I had projected. You said to them that, “this discussion needs to be discussed further”. I seldom expected you to explain to them why the death penalty was black-listed in our constitution and explained to them that it is against Human Rights to take someone’s life. But you chose to be selective in answering them, so all in all, people are still waiting for their answer.  Much as we are approaching the second decade of our democracy, I am still stuck with a question to say, are your spears ready to take the fight against poverty. Our statistics tells us that out of millions of people living in this country, at least a double number of young people who are qualified through academic institutions are seated at their respective homes without jobs; they cannot access the labour market. One of your state departments, the Department of Labour has came up with a wise initiative of internships programmes which are aimed at empowering this people with skills so that they can enter the labour market, but soon after completion of this programmes, they are sent back home to sit and do nothing.

Of course Mr. President in this regard I am not insisting that you must give them jobs one by one, but my point is, if your economy is unsustainable to cater for them, why then do we have them in the first place, because to me, it means that government is just putting them at a vulnerable position of being exposed to frustration.  Lastly, President, you will agree with me that since 1994, transformation of rural areas has been on the roll-out, however, I would like to be clarified of the position of the areas that nothing has happened to them, either electrification of those areas, running water and accessible health facilities. My wish President is that, these issues needs to be addressed as a matter of urgency, before people living in those areas can declare your political structure as being incompetent.

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