We must all fight to get our coun­try back

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The price good men pay for in­dif­fer­ence to pub­lic af­fairs is to be ruled by evil men. This was an ob­ser­va­tion made by philoso­pher Plato thou­sands of years ago.

Eco­nomic Free­dom Fighters leader Julius Malema could not ar­tic­u­late that sen­ti­ment quite so elo­quently, but he meant ex­actly the same when he ex­horted South Africans to get off their butts and fight for this coun­try.

Dur­ing a me­dia con­fer­ence on Thurs­day, Malema urged South Africans to go to the streets in protests that are mass-led, not po­lit­i­cally aligned or aligned to non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

“Ev­ery in­di­vid­ual in South Africa should say: Not in my name.

“I can­not sit back and al­low the Gup­tas to steal from my coun­try. We must stop blam­ing Zuma. We must start blam­ing South Africans for do­ing noth­ing, even when clear ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion is pre­sented be­fore them.”

Re­gard­less of po­lit­i­cal mo­ti­va­tions, Malema made per­fect sense. For too long, South Africans have har­boured false hope that the ANC’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee can come up with a so­lu­tion to stop the coun­try’s re­sources from be­ing “cap­tured” by the Gup­tas.

In the past three weeks, the ev­i­dence of how the coun­try has been sold to the Gup­tas by Zuma and his fam­ily has been laid bare through the publi­ca­tions of emails whose au­then­tic­ity has not been con­tested. But there is barely a whim­per that any con­se­quence will re­sult from this. There is not much hope that any politi­cian or se­nior of­fi­cials in gov­ern­ment and the paras­tatals will re­sign in dis­grace from the scan­dal.

There is also lit­tle faith that the coun­try’s jus­tice in­stru­ments, in­clud­ing the po­lice or the Na­tional Pros­e­cut­ing Au­thor­ity, will act. So, Malema is right: it now be­hoves the peo­ple to de­cide whether they will just lump it and move on or fight to stop the rot.

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