It is often said that the Afrikaner changes his religion easier than his political party! One can almost believe that, given the fact that he allowed himself to be dragged right through the 1994 handover and into the ‘one man one vote’ state by the National Party, firmly believing that the National Party hasn’t changed at all.
We have the very same thing with Afrikaners sticking to the DA at all cost. Doesn’t matter how blatantly racist Mmusi Maimane is against white people, the Afrikaner sticks to the DA. Combine this with one of the Afrikaners favourite questions: “Who is the leader?” and you have trouble. If a leader goes awry, one should not follow him any more.
Unfortunately, Front National noticed of late that the Afrikaner does not mind to follow political prostitutes. And politics in South Africa, with more than 200 registered political parties, can become a brothel at the best of times! It is so easy for a politician to cross the floor from one party to the other for his/her own benefit. Sometimes it is a higher position, more money, more influence. And the principles stay right behind. The voter gets a slap in the face – You voted for me to represent this party and now I take your support and goes over to another party.
That is political prostitution at its best and this you find with the career politician, the person who knows no other profession than sitting in some Government structure, attend meetings, make speeches, smile for cameras and say what he knows people like to hear, because that pays his fat salary and benefits and guarantees a comfortable retirement.
Let’s look at some examples.
Patricia de Lille started of by becoming a MP in 1994 for the PAC. In 2003 she decided to form her own party as she wasn’t making enough progress in the PAC. She founded the Independent Democrats. In 2010 she crossed the floor to the DA – light years away from where she started! And last year she walked out and starts her own party, Good, again.
Should the voter trust her? Is she consequent in her convictions? Certainly not.
No South African politician in history, however, beats Peter Marais when it comes to party hopping.
When the Tricameral Parliament of PW Botha was introduced in 1984 Peter Marais founded his own party – The People’s Congress Party. He dissolved the party in 1994 and joined the New National Party of FW de Klerk to assist in convincing the Coloured vote of accepting the New South Africa. When the NNP started plans to merge with the DA in 2000, Marais decided to become a member of TWO PARTIES at once – he joined the DA as well!
For this he was rewarded with the Western Cape Premiership on 5 December 2001. He had to resign after 6 months in June 2002 because of allegations of sexual harassment.
So the next thing was to start a new political party – The New Labour Party. This was an epic failure, because only 0,67% of the voters in the Western Cape supported him. He was also charged with corruption stemming from party funding in 2002, but was later cleared.
So in 2008 he joined The Congress of the People (Cope) of Mosiuoa Lekota, BEFORE he dissolved New Labour – TWO PARTIES simultaneously again! Then in 2014 he started the Bruin Bemagtiging Beweging (BBB) and aligned himself to the ANC. That didn’t convince the coloured voter either!
In July 2018 he decided to join Independent Civic Organisation of South Africa (Icosa) and became the Cape Metro Chairperson.
Seven parties in 25 years!
And rumour has it Peter is going to try a political comeback this year!
Political prostitution never goes well with the voter.
Which is why Front National says: Vote for the principle. Vote for what you believe in. Never let yourself be seduced by the short skirt and the see-through stockings of the political prostitute.
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