Asserts the South African center-right columnist: "The greatest act of love anyone who cherishes the ANC can perform for the party in 2014 is reduce its electoral majority. They should vote for an opposition party, any opposition party. They should not do so because they have fallen out of love with the ANC. For many, such a thing is near impossible. The ANC is not in their blood. It is their blood."
He continues his commentary: "They should do so because what the ANC has built, the ANC seems hell-bent on destroying. To protect the ANC from tarnishing, stamping on and destroying its own glorious achievements, they should send the party a love letter. It should be a love letter that the party's leaders can understand. It is a love letter that says: 'If you continue to treat us, the voters, and our party in this way, we shall kick you out of power.' These South Africans can remind the party that it is the servant of the people, not of traditional leaders. They should reduce the ANC's majority to just over 50."
More: "The ANC's grip on the psyche of many South Africans - black and white - is loosening, but its hold on many hearts remains so tight that for many it is anathema to even think about putting one's cross anywhere else but near the ANC's colours. South Africans vote ANC despite the horrific education system the it has perpetuated for the past 18 years even though our heads know that to do so is wrong. We do it despite the looting in Nkandla [whereby President Jacob Zuma spent US$23 million int taxpayer dollars upgrading his rural mansion] and the cynicism at the heart of our parliamentary politics."