Wednesday, 22 April 2009

Promise Of A New Day

I look fucking horrible in the morning. That much was made apparent when I rolled out of bed around 6am this morning to make sure I was first in line to vote. The mirror doesn't lie, well mine doesn't anyway. My hair is usually a mess, my cheeks are all pink and puffy and I have a stupid grin on my face with my eyes half closed, like I'm high or something.

Vote I did. I took a five rand coin, called heads DA and tales COPE, and after a good old toss of the coin, I made my decision.

In all honesty, I don't care much for South African politics...I don't care that COPE is labled as disgruntled ex-ANC members, and I don't care that the DA is reportedly pro-Israel...I don't care beyond how it affects me. All I do know is that the country needs a strong opposition, so I will vote for whatever opposition there is, regardless of whether or not I agree with their policies; all in an attempt to take the two-third majority away from the governing ANC.

My poor sis is working her ass off...she left the house just after Fajr, around 05:20am. We're only expecting her back tomorrow morning, around the same time. Thats what you get when you work for the IEC. Alot of people aren't going to vote which is a shame really, because these are the same people who will complain endlessly about the government. And their defense is "Why bother, it's not going to make a difference".

Assuming that 2million+ people share the same sentiment...thats 2 million+ less votes for the opposition. So in essence, not voting is allowing the tyrany to continue. The dangers of a one-party state? Zimbabwe. Enough said.

I was very disappointed that out of the millions of South African's in the UK, less than 10 000 voted. It's sad to know that we've got the numbers, but the numbers can't be bothered.

I don't know what may come out of this election. If or when Zuma is elected president, I don't know how that will damage us as a nation. All I can hope for is positive change...who knows, maybe he'll surprise us. Maybe it's not all doom and gloom.

In other news...I just want to send a shout out to my blogger friend Tazeen who's been going through a very tough time lately. I know nothing I say will ease her anguish. Nothing I say will bring back what she's lost. But I'm thinking of her, and praying for her inner strength to shine through, so that she can get through this.

Here's to better times for us all...no matter where you are in this world.

8 comments:

  1. The numbers cant be bothered because they left SA in the first place.

    I say you vote where you pay taxes. I think expats shouldnt have been allowed to vote.

    The queues in my area go all the way down to the parking lot. Will go back in the evening.

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  2. the fanatics are gonna take over my country!
    i am kinda wondering if i will pledge by the word of GOD totally when they stick a gun on my head or what.
    vote.... i vote against fanaticism, but then God has willed some stuff and hijab is one of em.
    i feel guilty but i am immodest too with that guilt, wrath will follow even if i vote!

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  3. India is having elections now as well, as you might know. Interesting to note that India couldn't host IPL citing elections as a reason, while SA is managing to do both. But I guess thats because of the terrorist threat here.. :( Reading your post, I read the NYT article on the elections. May both our countries get enlightened leaders and see progress..

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  4. >>Interesting to note that India couldn't host IPL citing elections as a reason, while SA is managing to do both. But I guess thats because of the terrorist threat here.. :(

    even though SA has a high crime rate? i dont get it really, the UK should have won the right to host the IPL..I mean we've had wonderful weather here for the last week whilst play in SA has hardly been continuous!!

    az: i prefer your reasoAning for the power share; if it eventually works out like that, it would be ideal. mind you, pakistan also tried the coalition government thing but it failed as a result of a clash of 2 egos.

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  5. Nafisa - I think they should make voting compulsory lol

    AD - The publics voice has to be heard...nothing good ever came out of keeping quiet.

    Arslan - I read through your blog earlier..was laughing alot but blogger wouldnt let me comment. Yeah I agree...heres to the best for both nations :)

    Sofi - power sharing is not always ideal as one party always has the upper hand over the other. but I guess whatever works for the country in question...

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  6. >> ofi - power sharing is not always ideal as one party always has the upper hand over the other. but I guess whatever works for the country in question...

    In theory its ideal but it only works if those in power genuinely want to work for their country(and not their pockets).

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  7. @Sofi: I don't know how or why IPL hosting rights were awarded to SA over UK. I don't really follow cricket too keenly. I've just been impressed at them being ready and able to host it in such a short time frame.. And isn't the weather in UK supposed to be rainy all through the year?

    @Azra: I think I've fixed up the problem with blogger. Do feel free to visit again and comment..

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  8. Our polling station was just up the road from my house, so hubby and I went after Magrib and were done in like 10mins.

    I too am not interested in SA politics and was not even going to vote, but I was just feeling kinda patriotic.

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