… and I dug up this quotable quote:
“In 1980s the African National Congress was still setting the pace, being the first major political formation in South Africa to commit itself firmly to a Bill of Rights, which we published in November 1990. These milestones give concrete expression to what South Africa can become. They speak of a constitutional, democratic, political order in which, regardless of colour, gender, religion, political opinion or sexual orientation, the law will provide for the equal protection of all citizens.
They project a democracy in which the government, whomever that government may be, will be bound by a higher set of rules, embodied in a constitution, and will not be able govern the country as it pleases.
Democracy is based on the majority principle. This is especially true in a country such as ours where the vast majority have been systematically denied their rights. At the same time, democracy also requires that the rights of political and other minorities be safeguarded.
In the political order we have established there will regular, open and free elections, at all levels of government – central, provincial and municipal. There shall also be a social order which respects completely the culture, language and religious rights of all sections of our society and the fundamental rights of the individual.”
From Nelson Mandela’s inauguration speech in 1994.
And then I thought about the elections coming up.
And then I made myself sad.
This isn’t a post to criticise the current government, but I do think its sad, looking at the line up of all the candidates who would be king, that none seem to have this ethos at heart anymore.
I used to get really angry with people who refused to vote, but for the first time I think I understand why (put the phone down, mom, I’ll still go line up on May 7th).
There’s not a one of them I can say I think I really like never mind fully support and agree with.
Maybe it’s just all the electioneering. Maybe it’s just the weather.
But I’m still sad.