his year, South Africa will mark 39 years since the heroic youth of Soweto marched against tuition in the Afrikaans language and the apartheid regime’s Bantu education. That single historical event intensified the liberation struggle, with thousands of students fleeing South Africa to join the liberation struggle outside the country’s borders.
The students could not divorce their protests against inferior education from the broader national liberation struggle.
It is historically true that the liberation struggle acquired greater impetus when this generation joined the struggle in their thousands.
These students had one thing in mind: fight the Pretoria government and liberate the oppressed people.
It is obvious many of those students are serving the current government in various capacities today. I just wonder if the majority of them still feel the same way they did when they joined the liberation movement 39 years ago.
Yes, the political challenges of today are not the same as those of 1976.
Has the ANC altered its principles, values, philosophy and political programmes? Some would argue that the ANC as a liberation movement cannot be the same as the ANC in government.
But should its founding philosophy, values, culture and political programmes not reflect the ANC of Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela? Can you honestly say the ANC has not deviated from its original guiding document, the Freedom Charter?
Is the ANC of today serving the interests of the country and its people, or the interests of a selected few?