MANI’S SPLURGE SHOWS FLAWS OF OUR SO­CI­ETY

Saturday Star - - OPINION -

SI­BONGILE Mani, the Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity (WSU) stu­dent who blew some of the R 14.1 mil­lion mis­tak­enly loaded onto her In­tel­liMali card, thought Christ­mas had come early for her, but now her day of reck­on­ing looms.

I have ex­pe­ri­enced feel­ings of anger for her ir­re­spon­si­ble ac­tions, and in­dif­fer­ence to­wards oth­ers’ views that she de­serves sym­pa­thy. Ul­ti­mately, I feel sorry for her be­cause her splurg­ing hun­dreds of thou­sands of rand on weaves, par­ties and elec­tronic gad­gets for friends shows how in­tel­lec­tu­ally chal­lenged the “poor” woman must be.

That said though, we must be care­ful of be­ing holier-than-thou char­ac­ters in the Si­bongile Mani chron­i­cles.

The young woman, like many of us South Africans, is morally bank­rupt.

Just the other day com­mu­nity mem­bers from a vil­lage near Rusten­burg made off with scat­tered bank notes from a cash-in­tran­sit heist ve­hi­cle.

Mil­lions of South Africans elected a morally-cor­rupt man to the high­est of­fice in the land, never mind that the same man was ac­cused of rap­ing a young woman with whom he had en­joyed an avun­cu­lar re­la­tion­ship for years. Just say­ing…

Sandile Ntuli

coun­try that have served it with dis­tinc­tion. He still con­tin­ues do­ing so be­cause he is driven by a call­ing to trans­form this coun­try. The mem­bers of his party should not take him, his words and teach­ings for granted. He has served them with dis­tinc­tion and took tough de­ci­sions when it was not easy to do so. He is the most vil­i­fied leader and politi­cian for telling the truth and for re­main­ing prin­ci­pled.

The IFP needs to ap­pre­ci­ate the leader they have and cam­paign to pre­serve all that he stands for and what he rep­re­sents, even in this day and age.

This will be the big­gest birth­day present for him and will en­sure his legacy does not go un­no­ticed.Long live the legacy of Buthelezi!

Robert Ma­jazana Thobe­jane

Si­bongile Mani ar­rives at the Wal­ter Sisulu Univer­sity but does not speak about spend­ing over R800 000. An­gry fel­low stu­dents bring traf­fic to a stand­still.

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