Lead­ers must be cau­tious be­fore they post their views

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Rev Maudu Morudu

WHEN He­len Zille wrote that colo­nial­ism tweet, lit­tle did she know that it would bring her party into dis­re­pute and that the re­sponse from the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple would be noth­ing but con­dem­na­tion.

DA leader Musa Maimane is sub­jected to con­tro­ver­sial judge­ments from the peo­ple.

His lead­er­ship in the DA is now ques­tion­able as to whether he is a leader with power or just a pup­pet used by white mas­ters in the party.

He went on the pub­lic record to an­nounce the sus­pen­sion of Zille from par­tic­i­pat­ing in the party’s ac­tiv­i­ties.

Zille then chal­lenged that de­ci­sion based on the DA’s con­sti­tu­tion.

James Selfe, DA fed­eral ex­ec­u­tive chair­per­son, said dur­ing his in­ter­view with Power FM that Maimane had fo­cused on the wrong sec­tion of the con­sti­tu­tion when the de­ci­sion to sus­pend Zille was ap­plied.

If Maimane was fo­cus­ing on the wrong sec­tion of the DA’s con­sti­tu­tion as claimed by Selfe, then the ques­tion is: Doesn’t Maimane, as a leader, have ad­vis­ers?

I be­lieve the de­ci­sion to sus­pend Zille was not Maimane’s sole de­ci­sion, but a col­lec­tive agree­ment by those who are in charge of ex­ec­u­tive and dis­ci­plinary pow­ers in the DA.

The sim­ple in­ter­pre­ta­tion in this case is that, it is not only Maimane who does not un­der­stand the con­sti­tu­tion of his own party, but all of them are in­cluded.

Some­thing that is em­bar­rass­ing.

As a South African cit­i­zen, Zille is en­ti­tled to free­dom of ex­pres­sion.

But she should have been more cau­tious and cir­cum­spect as a leader and a provin­cial premier, be­fore she posted that tweet.

She cited in her tweet, for ex­am­ple, that trans­port in­fra­struc­ture and piped wa­ter were some of the good things achieved through colo­nial­ism.

Per­haps Zille needs to be re­minded that the in­fra­struc­ture she is re­fer­ring to was built through forced labour.

The hard labour force used to pro­duce the in­fra­struc­ture, was un­for­tu­nately from black peo­ple who did not even have a union to rep­re­sent them.

There are black men who were taken to par­tic­i­pate in WWI and WWII as front lin­ers and they did not re­turn.

Even those who made it back were given re­wards and to­kens of ap­pre­ci­a­tion which were far less com­pared to what their fel­low white sol­diers were given.

Ev­ery­thing hap­pened un­der the aus­pices of coloni­sa­tion.

His­tor­i­cally the colonis­ers had one pri­mary ob­jec­tive about Africa: to take con­trol of its re­sources.

Fur­ther­more, they had to en­rich them­selves at the ex­pense of the sweat­ing and hard­ship that a black man was sub­jected to.

If lead­ers like Zille re­ally want to build their par­ties, they must re­frain from cit­ing things like colo­nial­ism as good be­cause this is surely re­viv­ing the sad mem­o­ries of those who suf­fered dur­ing that time.

It is high time that lead­ers must be cau­tious be­fore they post their views and be­liefs on so­cial me­dia be­cause the dam­age is some­thing that they can­not con­trol.

The rep­u­ta­tion and dig­nity of Zille in the DA is now dented by just tweet­ing.

Zille’s rep­u­ta­tion is dented due to a tweet

Temba, Ham­man­skraal

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