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Sat Feb 06 13:31:21 SAST 2016

SA has been sucked into an illusion of influence: iLIVE

Vernon Wagner, Cape Town | 27 November, 2012 00:07
A sealed ballot box
Image by: AMR ABDALLAH DALSH / REUTERS

Everybody and his brother tells us it is our civic duty to make our "voices" heard at the ballot box, but as soon as election results are in, we are willed into taking vows of silence for the next five years.

The people who are elected are free to do whatever they please at the electorate's expense.

It has been said "voting is the illusion of influence in exchange for the loss of freedom". In 2014, South Africans will vote in the hope that this time "the people shall govern".

We just need to get the right people into power.

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