One of the things I appreciate most about university is that is has taught me how to really apply my brain and think about the things happening around me. As a result of this, I’ve developed opinions on issues that are somewhat against the norms of the general population, and sometimes cause people to gasp (much to my amusement):
*I like the ANCYL in some ways. I can already picture some people cringing; let me explain and listen with an open mind. The Youth League is an important part of country, and help unite the youth under a common, good cause. They have proposed some good things of late:
- The ANCYL have suggested to the ANC that the tender system within our country be scrapped, and that contracts be awarded to the most deserving company. They have had enough with corruption and nepotism, too.
- Kgalema for president. This man has time and time again proved he is a respectable, responsible and integrity-filled man. He is also outspoken on the country and various issues, and gets involved. I really believe he would benefit our country as the president.
- Education should be cheaper (possibly free), of a higher standard and readily accessible to all who are deserving and willing to work.
Does this mean I love Julius Malema? Nope. That guy needs to educate himself and think a bit before he speaks. He has pinpointed the correct problems in SA, but proposes flawed solutions. Does everyone who is an ANCYL member support Malema? No, not even slightly. Being at Wits, I’ve met lots of ANCYL members who don’t back the guy at all. Malema is not the youth league, he is/was just the leader at the time. Don’t let the media persuade you otherwise.
*Nationalisation is not a bad idea. Nationalisation has worked in, and benefited, many countries, most notably the Nordic countries. It has been shown to stimulate the economy of countries and create jobs, when well-implemented. South Africans have been continually told that any slightly left-leaning policy is from the devil, when in fact, it definitely can have it’s merits. However, for left-learning policy to work, it requires one crucial thing: honesty. In a government like ours, which is notorious for corruption, nationalisation would not work as intended, as any money made that could benefit the people, will probably not be used in a way that helps. We need more accountability and transparency in SA before nationalisation can successfully be implemented.
*Environment first, everything else will follow. I LOVE animals. It’s something that pretty much everyone knows about me. However, I believe we give too much money to animals on the brink of natural extinction. Note that I am not talking about animals being cruelly hunted, like our rhinos, but rather those that are dying out of natural causes. I believe if all conservation money goes towards protecting our environment first and foremost, we’ll leave a better, more resourced planet earth for future generations, as well as preserve wildlife. Spending money on saving cheetahs is nice, but it is a dead end. When we spend our money on the environment, it not only preserves it, but helps preserve the life of the endangered animals in it, helping two causes in one shot. Also, a world without all our threatened species would suck, but a world without our planet’s resources would be lethal.
*The DA are not good representatives of SA. I feel really disillusioned with the ANC of today. They are rife with corruption, have not helped solve our unemployment issue, and have left many people in this country without the basics. However, they consistently get the majority vote, as they are able to identify with the people in this country who are struggling daily. The DA, however well-meaning they may be, brush our troubled past under the carpet, which doesn’t help those who are still disadvantaged, and leave them stuck in their financial hardships. If the DA want to identify with everyone in this country, they need to realize that ignoring the past is a bad idea, and need to change their policies to help those who have been disadvantaged and haven’t recovered. We can’t, as a fair country, bring about democracy and falsely believe that the playing ground is now all level, despite decades of poor education. People need economic liberation too, and that can only be assisted by government. Although the ANC hasn’t succeeded in economic liberation of the masses, they have the correct policies in theory (which the DA doesn’t), and thus, people will always side with them, despite lack of service delivery. And rightly so, honestly. We need a new political party: one with the ANC’s ideals and the DA’s honesty and excellence in management.