Jabulani, Soweto – Vuyolwethu Zungula, the leader of the ATM party, expressed strong criticism towards political leaders for their perceived lack of determination in addressing the pressing social challenges faced by the majority of South Africans.
Speaking to a large gathering of ATM party members in Jabulani, Soweto, this past Saturday, Zungula emphasised the importance of political will in governance.
“Those lacking the political will should not be entrusted with the leadership of our nation,” Zungula passionately stated.
He further urged South Africans to be forthright in demanding transparency and accountability from elected officials, reminding them that politicians are in office to serve the public, not their personal agendas.
“It’s crucial for South Africans to remember that the power lies with them. When you encounter a politician, whether it’s a president or a minister, don’t view them as celebrities. They are your servants, appointed to serve you,” he reminded the attendees.
Addressing the Crime and Socio-economic Challenges
Zungula highlighted the government’s swift decision to deploy the military during the Covid-19 lockdown two years prior. He contrasted this with the government’s apparent lack of urgency in addressing the escalating crime rates and other socio-economic issues plaguing the nation.
“It’s disheartening to see a government that can mobilise forces during a pandemic but seems to lack the same urgency when it comes to tackling issues like drug abuse, illegal mining, counterfeit products, and the persistent problem of load shedding that cripples small businesses. Why does it seem like political will is reserved only for matters benefiting politicians and not the general populace?” Zungula questioned.
The Road to the 2024 General Elections
As the 2024 general elections approach, Zungula emphasised the responsibility of South Africans to choose leaders who genuinely represent their interests. He expressed concern over the public’s tendency to idolise politicians, likening them to celebrities, rather than holding them accountable.
“It’s problematic when our citizens are more interested in taking selfies with politicians than demanding solutions to unemployment, crime, poverty, and other pressing issues. Recognising and harnessing this power is the only way forward. I urge South Africans to reclaim their power,” Zungula asserted.
Zungula’s words serve as a reminder of the importance of active citizen participation and the need for leaders who are genuinely committed to serving the interests of the people.