The municipal elections are looming, so with the proliferation of political posters on lampposts, it’s difficult to avoid the subject. Some people get quite hot under the collar about it, but I can’t manage to muster up much enthusiasm.
Thanks to our ridiculous floor-crossing legislation, it’s not like anyone’s vote really means a damned thing any more. Of course, no-one can complain, because this utterly stupid law was fully supported by the Constitutional Court. We can take solace in the fact that the highest court in the country believes that the will of the electorate is subordinate to the right of politicians to line their own pockets. Who can argue with a sound principle like that?
Of course, even if you ignore the legal nonsense, voting in the local elections is a bit like trying a to select a gear as your car plunges over a cliff – with pretty much the same outcome. For the most part, the various parties appear to have completely lost sight of the actual purpose of the City Council, because they are more concerned about their own political agendas than actual service delivery. Then again, if you consider the fine example set by the mayor, I suppose this isn’t too surprising. Ms Mfeketo behaves as if she is the Queen of Cape Town, rather than a public servant.
While I’m on the topic, a few of the slogans I’ve seen on posters around town deserve comment:
MORE THAN JUST OPPOSITION (WTF?)
A BETTER LIFE FOR ALL (could be a typo – ‘a bitter life’ would more accurate)
THE DA DELIVERS (if it’s pizza, they’ll get a lot of votes)
PUTTING FAMILY FIRST (ah, so those rumours of nepotism were true)