Maimane shows good lead­er­ship

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Vuyo Six­ishe

I AM one of the many who could not be­lieve that we can have some­one in 2017 pre­pared to ro­man­ti­cise about the “pos­i­tive” legacy of colo­nial­ism.

He­len Zille’s tweets were of­fen­sive and dis­taste­ful. What made it worse was her con­stant op­po­si­tion to Mmusi Maimane try­ing to solve the prob­lem.

Hav­ing lost all hope of see­ing her re­tract her com­ments, I was happy to see Maimane de­ci­sively bring her be­fore the TV cam­eras to apol­o­gise un­re­servedly for her tweets.

Maimane ap­peared gen­uinely hurt and up­set by the of­fen­sive tweets. I was im­pressed by his as­ser­tion that the de­bate on the legacy of apartheid had no place in con­tem­po­rary South Africa or the painful past from which we are all try­ing to heal.

Maimane made it clear our coun­try is in cri­sis mode. He is right. The gov­ern­ment has been hi­jacked by a cor­rupt mafia, we have a pres­i­dent who has breached our con­sti­tu­tion, and young South Africans re­main job­less. The de­bate we should be hav­ing is how we should solve this cri­sis.

We sim­ply can­not be dis­tracted from the present dan­ger of res­cu­ing the coun­try from the abyss by en­gag­ing in fruit­less de­bates about the “glory” of our painful past.

In my view, Mmusi Maimane has shown lead­er­ship with a de­ci­sive­ness that is, un­for­tu­nately, lack­ing in the ANC and na­tional gov­ern­ment. Springs, Ekhu­ru­leni

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