ANC not liv­ing up to Man­dela’s ideals

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“DUR­ING my life­time I have ded­i­cated my­self to this strug­gle of the African peo­ple (both blacks and whites). I have fought against white dom­i­na­tion and I have fought against black dom­i­na­tion.

“I have cher­ished the ideal of a demo­cratic and free so­ci­ety in which all per­sons live to­gether in har­mony and with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if need be, it is an ideal for which I am pre­pared to die.”

These are the words, dreams and ideals of the late, great Nel­son R Man­dela.

I ask all South Africans, es­pe­cially the ANC govern­ment: Are Man­dela’s dreams, as­pi­ra­tions, wishes, ideals and what he fought for be­ing main­tained and re­spected? I guess that if they were, the coun­try, econ­omy and peo­ple wouldn’t be in the sit­u­a­tion that we are now in.

Whites still dom­i­nate cer­tain sec­tors. This could have been ad­dressed had we been man­aged by a strong, knowl­edge­able, firm and hon­est govern­ment.

Black dom­i­na­tion is sup­ported strongly in our coun­try, es­pe­cially by the ANC govern­ment, with qual­ity of sec­ondary con­cern.

The ideal of a free so­ci­ety in which all live in har­mony, with equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, is not hap­pen­ing.

If there had been equal op­por­tu­ni­ties, in ac­cor­dance with Man­dela’s dreams and as­pi­ra­tions, the coun­try would be thriv­ing.

The BEE pol­icy, af­ter 23 years of democ­racy, is not only fail­ing our econ­omy, but is un­demo­cratic and has en­riched a se­lect few while mil­lions of South Africans are worse off, liv­ing in dire poverty.

Is the “land grab” an ideal Man­dela en­vis­aged? It’s cer­tainly not part of his state­ment that he cher­ished the ideal of a demo­cratic and free so­ci­ety in which all live to­gether in har­mony.

It is clear the cur­rent ANC govern­ment has lost the plot and is not liv­ing up to Man­dela’s dreams, wishes and poli­cies.

What’s also clear is that the govern­ment has not lost the plot when it comes to self-en­rich­ment, boot­ing out the good and hon­est and keep­ing thiev­ing min­is­ters. REG­GIE CHELLAN


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