How will you vote, Lindiwe Sisulu?
capture and looting of public resources at the hands of people who vowed to protect and uphold our Constitution.
This broke my heart because I knew what sacrifices our parents made for democracy to become a reality.
I commented from the sidelines. I wrote articles in the press. I voiced my discomfort until I couldn’t any more.
Until, about a year ago, I rolled up my sleeves and joined the DA.
I stood for election as mayor in Ekurhuleni where, together with other opposition parties, we brought the ANC below 50%.
I lost the mayoral election by a small margin, in the very heartland of the ANC that reflects the massive discontent of voters with an ANC that has sullied its soul.
A year later I transitioned to Parliament and I now sit across from you.
I watched with mixed feelings as you launched your presidential campaign recently.
This was because I wondered how you would position yourself as a leader that would bring about change considering you served under one of the most corrupt leaders in democratic South Africa.
I am still wondering how you intend to overcome this impossible feat.
I would like you to detail how you would pull South Africa out of a crippling recession, return hope to the millions of South Africans who remain unemployed while billions of rands exchange hands among the corrupt few.
Given the road you, me and our respective families have travelled and our exposure to real and authentic leadership, how will you fare?
Lindiwe, as we draw closer to August 8, when Parliament will consider the DA’s motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, I sincerely hope you will do the right thing.
If not for the people of South Africa, then for the sake of consistency of your campaign. How will you vote?
Will you honour the memory of your parents and the legacy they have left behind?
Will you vote for the National Assembly to finally rid this county of a leader who has – with the help of many others on the ANC benches – plunged us into one crisis after another?
Or will you do the right thing – choose South Africa over the ANC?
I sincerely hope that the people of this country will matter to you more than your personal ambitions.
Walter Sisulu and Amina Cachalia