This is not name-dropping
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.”