Fi­nal plea, Mr Pres­i­dent

Kav­isha Pil­lay

CityPress - - Voices - Dear Mr Pres­i­dent Pil­lay is the dig­i­tal com­mu­ni­ties man­ager at Cor­rup­tion Watch

Ifirst wrote to you in 2012, ask­ing you to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for your al­legedly cor­rupt ac­tions. Since then there’s been Gup­ta­gate, Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor spats, em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for your fam­ily and Nkand­la­gate. You have op­er­ated with im­punity, shift­ing the blame and avoid­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity.

I know this let­ter will cause many to think I have an evil po­lit­i­cal agenda to pub­li­cally de­fame you. I am just a nor­mal 22-year-old South African who hap­pens to be ex­tremely pissed off at you.

We live in a sick so­ci­ety where cor­rup­tion has be­come the norm. This is not di­rectly your fault, but I think you should lead by ex­am­ple.

This year was the first time I could vote, but I did not vote for you be­cause I do not have faith in your lead­er­ship. I think your track record of be­ing im­pli­cated in cor­rup­tion and fraud scan­dals is appalling, and your dis­re­spect to­wards chap­ter 9 in­sti­tu­tions and tax­pay­ers says a lot about your character and how you view your of­fice.

You could call me the un­grate­ful child in the fam­ily. I was born with a sil­ver spoon in my mouth and I still com­plain.

But I say this strongly. The fact that you and oth­ers fought for the free­dom of this coun­try does not give you the right to abuse its re­sources and peo­ple. It does not give you the right to waste tax­pay­ers’ money and cer­tainly not the right to think you are above the law.

To­day’s hos­tile po­lit­i­cal en­vi­ron­ment is sim­i­lar to many fam­ily sit­u­a­tions in this coun­try. You, the ab­sent fa­ther, are go­ing through a di­vorce bat­tle with the over­pro­tec­tive mum, Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor Thuli Madon­sela, who wants you to pay your main­te­nance.

So like some fa­thers in South Africa who avoid re­spon­si­bil­ity for their chil­dren, you have walked out on the fam­ily.

Mr Pres­i­dent, writ­ing this let­ter to you is­d­if­fi­cult. Th­ese­daysi­tis­toughtos­peak one’s mind with­out be­ing la­belled as an agent of some sort.

I’m sure you know you will not be re­mem­bered fondly in our his­tory, but it is never too late to change pub­lic per­cep­tions. Per­haps you could start by spend­ing your own hard-earned money on up­grad­ing your home.

The fact that you spent the money of hard-work­ing cit­i­zens on ridicu­lous up­grades is why so many are angry at you. You­can­no­tavoidy­our­re­spon­si­bil­ity. Pay back the money. It was not yours to spend in the first place. I ap­peal to you for the last time to set a good ex­am­ple and do the right thing.

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