ANC in­tel­lec­tu­als, speak out

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Oupa Man­gena Florida, Rood­e­poort

THE SI­LENCE of prom­i­nent peo­ple who con­trib­uted to the lib­er­a­tion of South Africans re­gard­ing the way the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the ANC is treat­ing the cit­i­zens of South Africa should be scru­ti­nised.

I be­lieve if they raise their voices, things can change. They helped in bring­ing equal­ity in this coun­try, so they must not shy away from chastis­ing the cur­rent lead­er­ship of the ANC.

Cor­rup­tion and nepo­tism in the rul­ing party now take prece­dence over the ful­fil­ment of the party’s prom­ises to the peo­ple.

Nel­son Man­dela said that “even though a party like the ANC is made up of in­di­vid­u­als, loy­alty to the or­gan­i­sa­tion should take prece­dence over loy­alty to the in­di­vid­ual”.

That’s not the case with the cur­rent lead­er­ship. We see them pro­tect one another daily. Why pro­tect an in­di­vid­ual who is do­ing so much dam­age to the or­gan­i­sa­tion?

We don’t ex­pect an­ti­a­partheid ac­tivists to keep silent on such ad­min­is­tra­tion. How can they bear to see an or­gan­i­sa­tion they spent years rep­re­sent­ing, di­min­ished?

I love the ANC. Many peo­ple love the ANC, but we are op­posed to the wrong lead­er­ship and we will all make sure we vote it out and re­place it with a loyal lead­er­ship.

State-owned en­ter­prises (SOE) are fall­ing apart.

Our tax money is used to bail out SOEs be­cause the lead­er­ship is in­com­pe­tent.

Let’s re­mem­ber the words of Jose Mu­jica, the pres­i­dent of Uruguay, when he said: “Peo­ple make a mis­take to think that power comes from above, when it comes from within the hearts of the masses.”

We plead with our in­tel­lec­tu­als to speak out against the cur­rent lead­er­ship.

Guide them do what the ANC stands for. Help them see that the ANC is what it is to­day be­cause of the peo­ple.

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