Win­nie lived life to the fullest and in­spired many

The peo­ple of SA don’t need Zuma

Sunday Tribune - - NEWS&VIEWS -

MAMA Win­nie Man­dela was fi­nally laid to rest, She has done her deed, liv­ing her life to the fullest and in­spir­ing a mul­ti­tude of South Africans.

The best we can do is to hon­our her tire­less ef­forts in pro­mot­ing so­cial and po­lit­i­cal jus­tice in our land and to con­tinue ex­pos­ing the in­jus­tices that ex­ist and call for a re­newed sense of qual­ity for the masses.

Her life was spent in the ser­vice of the op­pressed and ex­ploited.

Dur­ing the Strug­gle, she stood firm. The vol­canic po­ten­tial of the life of this land man­i­fested in her strug­gle.

Win­nie Man­dela fought a quiet rev­o­lu­tion to se­cure our lib­erty. She was our lib­er­a­tor from tyranny. Her im­petu­ous­ness and dare­dev­ilry, the orig­i­nal­ity of her ideas shook the op­pres­sor.

She be­lieved that to fight for your­self is nat­u­ral, to fight for oth­ers is grand, to fight for the hu­man race is no­bler still.

Her name will be re­mem­bered as hav­ing helped lay the foun­da­tion for a na­tion. She was a leg­end. She in­spired the best in us.

Great lead­ers have mon­u­ments erected in their hon­our, but this no­ble woman man­aged in her life­time to be­come en­meshed in mil­lions of hearts.

It’s some con­so­la­tion that her mem­ory has been pre­served, im­mor­talised in a sig­nif­i­cant day that will al­ways be alive.

She was blessed with prodi­gious gifts – for­mi­da­ble in­tel­lect, elo­quence, far-sight­ed­ness, en­er­getic au­dac­ity, con­fi­dence. She filled a room with en­ergy.

The name Win­nie Man­dela has ac­quired – for more than one gen­er­a­tion – the feel of per­ma­nence and awe which time con­fers on cer­tain his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments in the con­sis­tence of pur­pose and the unique kind of ded­i­ca­tion which she brought to the pub­lic life of the peo­ple of South Africa.

In any ob­jec­tive and se­ri­ous assess­ment of the so­cial and po­lit­i­cal his­tory of South Africa, Win­nie Man­dela, whose name is syn­ony­mous with the coun­try’s strug­gles for po­lit­i­cal free­dom and democ­racy, can hardly be omit­ted from those whose cred­i­ten­tials would rec­om­mend them as na­tional he­roes of the coun­try.

May her de­parted soul rest in peace.

FAROUK ARAIE Benoni I READ the ar­ti­cle by Mo­lifi Tsha­bal­ala and won­dered why he would think the ANC still needed Ja­cob Zuma.

Tsha­bal­ala, even South Africa does not need Zuma. He has done ir­repara­ble dam­age to the coun­try, which in­tel­li­gent, broad-minded peo­ple will not for­give him for.

It was a huge mis­take for the ANC to vote him in as pres­i­dent, es­pe­cially after he was found to have had a cor­rupt re­la­tion­ship with Sch­abir Shaik.

Through some mir­a­cle, he was set free while only Shaik was found guilty and im­pris­oned.

Be­cause of this dis­hon­est and cor­rupt ac­tion, Zuma was fired as deputy pres­i­dent by then-pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki.

Fool­ishly, the ANC re­called Mbeki and even­tu­ally voted Zuma in as pres­i­dent.

Dur­ing Zuma’s reign, cor­rup­tion rose to an ob­scenely high level in the gov­ern­ment sec­tor and the econ­omy plunged to a record low with poverty and un­em­ploy­ment ris­ing to a high.

With Zuma’s al­legedly poor and cor­rupt man­age­ment in the gov­ern­ment, the Gup­tas man­aged to worm them­selves in, be­ing awarded mul­ti­mil­lion-rand gov­ern­ment con­tracts and hav­ing a say in the gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion­mak­ing.

Had Zuma been an hon­est and straight man, we would not have con­sid­ered the Gup­tas.

It would seem that Zuma’s only in­ter­ests were those of his fam­ily, his cronies and of course his per­sonal gain.

I was dis­gusted to see a large num­ber of ANC mem­bers march­ing in sup­port of Zuma when he ap­peared in court to face 16 counts of cor­rup­tion, fraud, money laun­der­ing, rack­e­teer­ing and tax eva­sion.

This all has to do with the theft of tax­pay­ers’ money.

In my view, Zuma put his in­ter­ests and those of the ANC be­fore the peo­ple of South Africa. REG­GIE CHELLAN



A mourner cries at Win­nie Madik­ize­laman­dela’s memo­rial ser­vice at Or­lando Sta­dium.

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