Invoking Mandela to plead for the vote of the Afrikaner

At the time of the 2016 municipal elections, I wrote a contribution The ANC’s dismal attempt, filled with irony, at wooing Afrikaans speaking voters , on the then President Zuma’s futile attempt to attract White voters to vote for the ANC in an English radio advert flighted on the Afrikaans radio station, Radio Sonder Grense (RSG). In the article I pointed out seven ironies of the ANC’s attempt, including that in doing so they, as a supposedly non-racial party, blatantly played the race card. I remarked as follows at the time:

“….maybe the ANC don’t actually need the White votes because they are still generally expected to come out tops this year despite the growing electoral threat of the DA and the ANC’s own stepchild, the EFF. But maybe not in this year’s local government election, but highly possible in the next national election the ANC might just desperately need each and every White or Coloured Afrikaans speaking voter it can lay its hands on just to stay in power.”

Well, it’s clear that time has come that the ANC will need the vote of as many minority voters as is possible. It’s evident when one reads in an article White voters may rescue the ANC, the party’s barely contained excitement that White voters might just save their bacon in Gauteng. This when the expected % of White voters who will vote for the party in Gauteng is estimated to be a paltry 8% as if that is significant in itself, rather than that the said 8% might enable the ANC to just hold on to their majority in Gauteng.

“We have never had [such high support among white voters], even during the Mandela years,” David Makhura, the current Gauteng Premier is quoted as saying.

It is also clear that its desperate times for the ruling party when reading an article An opportunity for Afrikaners to have a Mandela moment by ANC Member of Parliament, Nick Koornhof, which article is based on a speech he recently delivered in Parliament. In his speech Koornhof pleads with Afrikaners to give at least one of their votes to the ANC in the upcoming election and that this will represents the magic “Mandela moment” for Afrikaners, in that it will strengthen Presidents Ramaphosa’s hand against the forces of populism. 

In an A counter appeal to Afrikaners, Hendrik Jansen van Rensburg highlights the following further ironies in this latest attempt by the ANC’s Nick Koornhof to woo Afrikaner voters in that:

  • The appeal is (again) made in English,  the language that the ANC insists on forcing upon all South Africans as lingua franca, regardless of any personal preference they might have.
  • A significant portion of the forces that oppose Ramaphosa in his attempts at positive change is coming from within the ANC itself and that the “forces of populism” that Koornhof believes Ramaphosa needs to resist are therefore largely present inside the ANC itself.
  • Both President Rampahosa and Nick Koornof sat by idly when at least six votes of no confidence in former President Zuma failed, so why should the Afrikaner voter now trust that under the Ramaphosa things will be different in the ANC? 

I wonder if Nick Koornhof realizes that when he says the Afrikaner must join the fight against the tide of populism, that a blind vote of faith for Ramaphosa’s ANC, will place the whole country just one heartbeat away from a possible populist David Mabuza Presidency with Ace Magashule as his Deputy. 

But even so, I’m personally willing to give due consideration to Nick Koornhof’s plea. He says that he speaks as a member of the minority Afrikaner community and as such my possible support, and I suspect that many other reasonable and patriotic Afrikaners, requires his unequivocal pledge and/or guarantees in respect of the following key considerations for the future of our constitutional democracy:

  1. That the ANC abandon its stated aim of achieving a National Democratic Revolution (NDR), which is nothing than a blueprint to move the country slowly down a failed path of more and more socialism (and stop their admiration for failed states like Venezuela).
  2. That the ANC respect all private property and abandon the notion of “expropriation without compensation” and rather accelerate land reform within the current legal framework aimed at addressing the wrongs of the past.
  3. That the ANC desist from nationalising the public Health Care sector through the National Health Insurance, and rather focus on fixing the ailing existing public health care system, thereby ensuring health care for all.
  4. That the ANC respect the independence of the Reserve Bank and not make any moves to nationalise it in any shape or form.
  5. That all legislation based on outdated racial classifications like the Employment Equity Act and many others be replaced with legislation that doesn’t use race a the proxy for disadvantage, but rather real measurable actual disadvantage that’s not based on the race of a person.
  6. That a sunset clause be placed on all Affirmative Action measures that will free all born free South Africans (those born after 1994) from the burden of having to pay for the sins of their fathers and enable them to compete on an equal opportunity basis, as opposed to an equality of outcome basis, with their fellow countrymen and women in all spheres of life.
  7. That the ANC pro-actively advance mother tongue education at primary education level and acknowledge the right of children to be taught in their mother tongue in line with international best practice.
  8. That the ANC in line with Mandela’s stated view acknowledge the need for at least one Afrikaans University in the Western Cape where the majority of citizens speaks Afrikaans as their first language.
  9. That the ANC do away with all those restrive labour laws that hinder rather than facilitate job creation and that place an undue administrative burden on mainly small businesses. 
  10. That the ANC fixes the mess at all the State Owned Enterprises and especially Eskom as a matter of urgency.

I think the aforementioned are all reasonable requests that require serious consideration. My gut feeling however says that any one of the above let alone all of them, even though clearly in the best interest of South Africa, will be a bridge too far for the ANC.

Please proof me wrong Nick Koornhof and you might just get my vote and that of many Afrikaners. The ball is in your and your party’s court.

 

 

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