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    Stop asking questions and just vote ANC

    When the ANC says it encourages debate and that in a healthy democracy all issues are open to debate, they obviously don't mean public debate.
    The African National Congress (ANC) on Wednesday pulled out of a public debate on the protection and defence of the Constitution as it did not see the value of discussing subjects that did not pose "key institutional, policy and political challenges".

    The debate, hosted by the Helen Suzman Foundation, was attended by representatives of Congress of the People (Cope), the Democratic Alliance, the Independent Democrats, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and academics.

    Notifying the foundation of the ANC's decision not to participate, spokesperson Jessie Duarte wrote that if one looked "beyond the rhetoric, objectively" there was no threat to the country's constitutional order or to the rule of law.
    full story from M&G here
    And then we have Jacob Zuma's reluctance to debate with Helen Zille.
    Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille has once again challenged ruling party president Jacob Zuma to a public debate.

    The ANC leader called himself a "firm democrat", yet time and time again he had declined to join her and other politicians on a public platform to debate issues of national importance, she said in a statement on Wednesday.

    "Zuma has ducked the opportunity to debate me on at least five occasions in 2008," she said.

    Zille was responding to a remark made by Zuma during an interview with Business Day after his party's manifesto conference at the weekend.

    He reportedly told the newspaper: "I am a firm democrat. There can be no issue that cannot and should not be debated."

    Zille said Zuma needed to be true to his word and debate her in public.
    full story from IOL here
    I suppose, as the ruling party, engaging anyone in debate other than themselves is really just a waste of time. Why bother with hearing anyone else's opinion, or waste your breath justifying your own when everyone is just going to vote ANC anyway.
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave A View Post
    ...when everyone is just going to vote ANC anyway.
    I sincerely hope not.
    It would be great to see voters vote with their heads and not their hearts or because one party is "black" or "white."
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    Thank heavens my name is not "anyone".........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morticia View Post
    Thank heavens my name is not "anyone".........
    Brilliant
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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    Problem... What problem?

    Apparently the ANC does not have a delivery problem and have met their promises.
    The recession has forced the ANC to rethink its election manifesto. Rapule Tabane spoke to the party’s head of policy, Jeff Radebe

    As in 1994, you've again identified job creation as a priority. What's new?
    People should believe in the ANC because we learn from our experiences. We've had the longest period of economic growth, we've created 500 000 jobs in the past five years and if we work together with business and other stakeholders we can do more. Remember that we reached our target of a million job opportunities this year, before the 2009 target.

    You also talk of reducing crime by 7% to 10% annually. That's been the government's target for five years and it hasn't been reached.
    Contrary to public perceptions crime has been going down in the past few years, but one crime is one too many. We need to involve our people more in crime-fighting through street committees and community courts. We must also work harder at improving the criminal justice system, including correctional services, and speeding up the processing of courts so that we get rid of the awaiting-trial prisoner backlog.
    more on M&G here
    The trouble with opportunity is it normally comes dressed up as work.

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