One would not be shocked if most countries were to label the South Africa in 2012 as a year of outrage and violence.
Some have gone to the extent of comparing the current government with that of the apartheid era and shockingly, the apartheid government got the nod for being better.
Direct democracy should in essence serve as a type of democracy to be used by individuals whose interests are neglected by political parties. You shouldn’t get me wrong though, direct democracy serves a counterweight to the importance of political parties in a representative democracy, and therefore, it is proper and relevant at times.
However, it should not be exercised to the extent where representative democracy becomes compromised. Quite frankly, that is where we are heading.
The majority of South Africans have resorted to this form of democracy due to the fact that the essence of representative democracy is being sidelined by the ruling party. They do not value nor respect the views of the community through their parliamentarians and have belittled the opposing members to the extreme. Amazingly, the majority of those who have resorted to protests are members of the ruling party. This goes to show that officials deployed by their voters (ANC) have become so arrogant that they have forgotten what they have promised.
The UCDP Youth calls on all the citizens of South Africa to follow the correct precautions and procedures when they assemble, demonstrate, petition or picket. Even though protest action is one constitutionally recognized method that may be used by groups to engage more directly with state authorities, we urge that violence should be avoided.
Should direct democracy be made the only alternative, this may indirectly influence the effectiveness of multi-party democracy by citizens losing faith in their respective parties even though some of the people’s parties, the United Christian Democratic Party included, are trying by all means to advocate the values and views of those who elected them for representation.
We hope that the year 2013 will be a year of peace and prosperity.