Many in this day and age would dispute the divine right of kings to rule. A lot of support exists for the establishment of democracies everywhere in the world, to allow people the right to choose who will govern their country. Kings are seen as despots, men who see themselves as above the law and answer to no one except God, who has given them royalty status. And since only their children are of royal blood, then they are the only ones allowed to be kings, while this privilege is denied to “commoners”. With the introduction of democracy, power is given to the common man, who bestows it upon whomever he wishes to see in charge of the nation. Happiness all around. Except that, that is not true. In our so called democracy, the ANC is referred to as the “ruling party” due to the fact that they received the majority of votes in the previous election. The rhetoric that comes from the party itself leaves no room for speculation – President Jacob Zuma said so himself. In a speech in 2008, he said that the ANC was expected to rule this country by God Himself and that they will rule “until Jesus comes back”. This has a direct link to the divine right of kings, because none of the monarchs back in the day expected to be removed from their thrones until they either died or the world ended. Yet this defeats the purposes of democracy, because truthfully, the ANC was elected to lead and serve this country, not rule it. When people begin to think that they will always be in power, arrogance and contempt can clearly be seen in their speech and their conduct, lashing out at those who are criticise them and point out their flaws – Zimbabwe is a perfect example. The ANC is not here to rule, despite their talk. Any party elected to government is meant to serve the populace, because they put themselves as candidates for leadership, making themselves accountable to the people who put them there. Yet the parliamentary majority has made them think that they can pass whatever laws please them, no matter the opposition that they may encounter. If only we could have assurance that the upcoming political figures, who will rule the country in future,will be less prone to rule and more inclined to serve the people. I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
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