What kind of a leader? – a poem

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Johnny Mash Gaut­eng What kind of a leader Would fight for free­dom and when he achieved it treat it like a com­mod­ity What kind of a leader Would see his com­rades die in arms and in hon­our­ing and re­mem­ber­ing them be­tray the trust and ideals they stood for What kind of a leader Would sell his coun­try to the high­est bid­der af­ter sac­ri­fic­ing his life for it What kind of a leader En­trusted with his friend’s daugh­ter takes it upon him­self to make sex­ual ad­vances on her What kind of a leader With a ten­dency for adopt­ing blessees would al­ways be a benef­i­cent blesser at the ex­pense of our state cof­fers What kind of a leader Would al­low his friends ac­cess to unau­tho­rised state fa­cil­i­ties in or­der to in­gra­ti­ate him­self What kind of a leader Would cap­ture the pros­e­cu­tion agen­cies the po­lice force and jus­tice ministries to mit­i­gate his il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties What kind of a leader Thinks if he can fool some of the peo­ple some­times he can fool all the peo­ple all the time What kind of a leader Would put al­le­giance to his po­lit­i­cal party above his fi­delity and obli­ga­tion to the coun­try he fought for What kind of a leader Hav­ing lost his in­tegrity and cred­i­bil­ity would in­ces­santly hurl globs of spit on the graves of Biko, Tambo and Man­dela And what kind of a leader In­stead of be­ing re­morse­ful would rather ac­cuse his de­trac­tors of vin­dic­tively vic­tim­is­ing him

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