This is not name-drop­ping

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Prince Man­go­suthu Buthelezi IFP Pres­i­dent Siyahleba re­cently ac­cused me of name­drop­ping, be­cause I dared to men­tion that my un­cle had founded the ANC, that I was men­tored by Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli and that I worked for years with Oliver Tambo and Nel­son Man­dela (Siyahleba, The weird world of pol­i­tics, City Press, 13 Novem­ber 2016).

These are sim­ply facts. Am I meant to hide them?

Funny that Siyahleba had noth­ing to say about my ac­tual mes­sage dur­ing the no­con­fi­dence de­bate.

I warned that a House di­vided can­not stand. The cry for the pres­i­dent to step down is on the lips of stal­warts of the ANC, spo­ken from the heart of men and women who lib­er­ated our coun­try. These ANC vet­er­ans have never aban­doned their cause or their party. Many have held high of­fice, as min­is­ters and mem­bers of the NEC. To brush aside their con­cerns for their party and for our coun­try is an act of unimag­in­able ob­sti­nacy.

But, as I said, the pres­i­dent will not lis­ten to my ad­vice. He would not heed the Pub­lic Pro­tec­tor, the warn­ing sig­nals from the econ­omy or the mes­sage from the bal­lot box. And he will not, as the ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral avers, lis­ten to his own con­science, for that has long been si­lenced un­der the ca­jol­ing hur­rahs of his in­ner cir­cle.

Thus a move­ment that has stood for 104 years is crum­bling, and it’s tak­ing South Africa with it. All this, for the sake of one man.

If the ANC is de­stroyed be­cause of the ob­du­racy of a few, our en­tire con­ti­nent will suf­fer a blow. Our his­tory, our legacy, all that we fought for, will be re­duced to a les­son on the rav­ages of cor­rup­tion.

The IFP sup­ported the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence, for we have no con­fi­dence in the pres­i­dent’s moral lead­er­ship. So we did what is prin­ci­pally right. As Martin Luther said: “Here I stand, I can do no other.”

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