Ban­dits kill shared vi­sion

Business Day - - OPINION -

The fail­ure of unity among the dif­fer­ent race groups is driven not by con­flict­ing ide­ol­ogy or big­otry but a lack of lead­er­ship. Lead­er­ship

dis­ap­peared when Nel­son Man­dela ab­di­cated his pres­i­dency.

The coun­try has ex­pe­ri­enced two gen­er­a­tions of African pres­i­den­cies dif­fer­ent only in their de­sire to de­stroy the Man­dela legacy.

Thabo Mbeki was driven by an African na­tion­al­ism whose modus operandi was to de­stroy the rule of law so care­fully fash­ioned by the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ists.

Ja­cob Zuma is driven by an im­pe­rial agenda to em­power his fam­ily and com­rades un­der the tu­tor­age of the Gup­tas.

What our coun­try needs now is for the very few good ANC mem­bers left and the ma­jor­ity of hon­est South African cit­i­zens to vote out the ban­dits who have hi­jacked any ves­tige of a con­sti­tu­tional state.

Glen He­neck would be bet­ter ad­vised to ac­cept that tak­ing an ag­nos­tic po­si­tion on the Spring­bok em­blem counts for noth­ing (This ab­nor­mal coun­try needs a new ap­proach to na­tional iden­tity, Novem­ber 10).

No mo­tif, what­ever its his­tory, is worth any­thing un­til it demon­strates the only at­tribute that re­ally counts — ex­cel­lence in win­ning.

What this coun­try needs is a leader who em­braces and pro­motes the idea that suc­cess is the only game in town and achiev­ing that vir­tu­ous goal is all about sac­ri­fice and hard work.

The shared vi­sion and unity part comes by de­fault there­after.

John N Cat­si­cas

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