It was with some dismay that I read Bishop Tutu’s interview in today’s Sunday Times. In a front page lead, under the dramatic headline “Why I won’t vote”, Bishop Tutu, whilst accurately noting the problems within the ANC, succumbs to the annoying conclusion that it’s the ANC or bust.
Tutu cites the “brutal ousting of former president Thabo Mbeki and the infighting in the ANC” as his reasons to demur. So in Tutu’s world, if there is no respectful ANC option, then don’t bother visiting the ballot boxes next year.
It’s a shameful position which reveals the profoundly undemocratic inclinations of the Archbishop. Tutu says that he won’t vote unless there a split in the ANC , essentially he will only vote for the ANC; either the Zuma ANC or the Mbeki ANC. Not only does he see no other parties worthy of his vote, but he, given his exaggerated moral influence, is actively urging others also not to vote.
He lists a comprehensive array of the previous government’s faults and then promises not to vote unless he is able to once again vote for the very ANC cadres who gave us the failings he criticises.
It’s really not on. His is the type of blinkered attitude that has created this one-party state that we have. I for one couldn’t care less if Bishop Tutu does or does not vote. And I certainly won’t let him influence my decisions at the ballot box. There are alternatives and South Africa should wake up to them.