TUESDAY, MAY 31, 2011
The People's Manifesto
We, the people of South Africa, hereby legislate a new law, titled:
“POLITICIANS AND PUBLIC SERVANTS USE PUBLIC SERVICES”.
This law compels all politicians, from the president to the local councillor, and all public servants, from the Director General to the sweeper and their families to use public utilities.
Starting with the following:
Housing (The same standard house given to citizens must be used by politicians and public servants)
Our politicians and public servants have, for the past 17 years, neglected public services Forfar too long because they know they can take their families to the private sector. We say, what’s good for you is good for us. Equality for all, for real!
Our hospitals are falling apart; doctors and nurses are overworked and underpaid. By and large, our public hospitals are places of death. Simply put, no one is safe in our public hospitals. Our leaders, politicians, senior public servants and their families use private hospitals and that is why they don’t care about public hospitals which are used by the poor.
Our public schools are in bad condition, teachers are underpaid and the government is not investing in their training with the result that after 12 years of schooling most children from public schools can’t read, write or count. This leads to a high unemployment rate amongst the youth who are trapped in hopelessness. Politicians and senior civil servants take their children to private schools. This explains why public schools are not a priority for them.
Our public transport system is appalling. Every morning and night our people are packed into taxis, buses and trains like sardines. The queues are long and the fares are high. Our leaders, the rich and senior civil servants have big subsidies to get private transport. Some of our ministers can buy cars worth millions with taxpayers’ money.
The townships are generally badly serviced. The houses are small and millions are forced to live in shacks. The RDP houses built by our black government are worse than the matchbox houses built during apartheid. Our leaders live in mansions, while the people are forced to live in rat-infested townships.
We hereby commit ourselves to struggle to realize this legislation to hold public representatives and servants accountable to the people!
Together let’s make this law a reality.
"The politicians have failed us. After 17 years of democracy, we see the great dream of Oliver Tambo, Robert Sobukwe and Steve Biko shattered. Our democracy is simply not working for the majority of its citizens. It's time to look for new solutions and new inspirations to lead our country out of the current political and economic impasse. We simply can no longer leave it to the politicians." SNI Team
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