Politics by definition involves the use of power by one person to affect the behaviour of another person. More narrowly, it refers to achieving and exercising positions of governance — organised control over a human community, particularly a state. Furthermore, politics is the study or practice of the distribution of power and resources within a given community (usually a hierarchically organised population) as well as the inter-relationship(s) between communities.
Therefore I would not be too quick to pledge my allegiance to any party exercising power over me. I have lived in England long enough to see its religiously devoted seasonal ticket holders of one’s respectively club, whether it being Chelsea, Manchester United or Arsenal etc., receive more for their money than what South Africans do from their local municipalities. If football managers were to govern municipalities and provinces, I’m certain they will do a better job than some lazy, incompetent bureaucrats who can’t even manage their own personal finances yet alone be entrusted with tax payers’ millions of Rands.
Hundreds and thousands of souls show their patriotism for football despite the long queueing to be seated and the dirty toilets, for nothing can come between their passion which unites the fans to their club. Yet when it comes to polictics there is no passion, no love, just apathy. Numbness and betrayal of the long legacy of lies and corruption which politicians engage in with their loyalty for their party above their constituency – no wonder why patriotism and love for our country is replaced with distrust and suspicion!