Only Mot­lanthe can save us and the ANC now

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - COMMENT -

THE anal­y­sis by Orape­leng Mat­shediso ti­tled “Oliver Tambo, ser­vant of the peo­ple, an oa­sis of unity”, war­rants a re­sponse.

Our strug­gle icons, like OR Tambo, Nel­son Man­dela, Al­bert Luthuli, Ahmed Kathrada and many oth­ers, be­queathed to us a democ­racy that was to be pro­tected and cher­ished.

Sadly lead­ers have des­e­crated the lega­cies of our he­roes. For­mer pres­i­dent Kgalema Mot­lanthe is the only ANC politi­cian who can lead the ANC to a resounding vic­tory in 2019.

With­out him the ANCwill be head­ing for a hu­mil­i­at­ing de­feat. Mot­lanthe has the in­tel­lec­tual prow­ess, long time strate­gic vision,and grass­root sup­port to forge the ANC into an in­stru­ment for change.

The ANC is a party of hero and zeroes, and the num­ber of he­roes is one. The ANC is see­ing civil war gain­ing mo­men­tum.

The na­tional char­ac­ter of the ANC, as well as its ded­i­ca­tion to con­sti­tu­tional democ­racy, has changed. It is a pale shadow of its for­mer self.

We are at a po­lit­i­cal water­shed and are ur­gently in need of change that will re­make our world.

Our crop of lead­ers seem so painfully and em­bar­rass­ingly short of in­no­va­tive strate­gies.

Mot­lanthe has cru­sad­ing zeal and an in­tel­lec­tual man­date to build a new South Africa.

Mot­lanthe is a po­lit­i­cal re­al­ist and not an ide­o­logue. He is the only politi­cian who can win over wa­ver­ing votes. He could eas­ily win 65% to 70% of the votes in a free and fair elec­tion.

There is a feel­ing within the cor­ri­dors of power that the ANC will im­plode into obliv­ion in 2019. As the ANC dis­in­te­grates, hubris and ha­tred are wait­ing to de­stroy the ANC and the lega­cies of our de­parted stal­warts.

It was DaShanne Stokes who said: “Blind party loy­alty will be our down­fall. We must fol­low truth wher­ever it leads.”

For many of us who sup­ported the ANC for more than 25 years, the South Africa we fought and cher­ished has dis­ap­peared. A na­tional sense of be­long­ing has given way to dis­trust. It may be time to de­clare “adios ANC”. Farouk Araie Benoni

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