ANC is sink­ing and tak­ing us with it

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Ge­orge Shu­mani Mukhwa Randima

IN 1912, the Bri­tish pas­sen­ger liner, the Ti­tanic, hit an ice­berg in the At­lantic Ocean on her maiden voy­age and sank with the loss of 1 490 lives. May their souls rest in peace.

Iron­i­cally in the same year, in the far dis­tant land of South Africa, on Jan­uary 8 at the Wes­leyan School in Man­gaung, hun­dreds of teach­ers, church min­is­ters, lawyers and doc­tors re­sponded to a call to form an or­gan­i­sa­tion that would unite all our peo­ple from dif­fer­ent tribes in their fight for free­dom.

In that meet­ing, the ti­tanic move­ment of the ANC was born.

Suc­ces­sive captains of the move­ment steered the ship through the tur­bu­lent wa­ters of many years of ban­ish­ment, im­pris­on­ment and life in ex­ile un­der re­spec­tive heavy­handed dra­co­nian white mi­nor­ity regimes.

Their un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment to a just cause and the moral ground from which their strug­gle was waged be­lied the in­sur­mount­able chal­lenges they came across.

In the process, the ANC was ac­knowl­edged by all and sundry as the flag­ship worth fol­low­ing through­out the sail to a demo­cratic or­der.

On his re­turn from al­most 30 years in ex­ile, one of the most il­lus­tri­ous captains of our ship, the late OR Tambo, whose cen­te­nary birth­day the ANC is cel­e­brat­ing this year, made a dar­ing call that has never been more rel­e­vant than it is to­day.

He said: “I have de­vot­edly watched over the or­gan­i­sa­tion all these years. I now hand it back to you, big­ger, stronger, in­tact. Guard our pre­cious move­ment.”

As a cap­tain af­ter Tambo, Nel­son Man­dela steered the ship through the “Jor­dan river” into the promised land, through a re­sound­ing vic­tory over apartheid rule.

Since 1994, re­spec­tive ANC captains have also as­sumed the role of steer­ing the en­tire South African ship for­ward in search of milk and honey.

To this end, build­ing a strong and sus­tain­able econ­omy which cre­ates equal op­por­tu­ni­ties for all ci­ti­zens, is non-ne­go­tiable.

How­ever, the sad re­al­ity to­day is that un­der Ja­cob Zuma, the ANC has now been made a safe haven for ca­reerists, un­scrupu­lous busi­ness peo­ple, tribal vengeance, ut­ter sav­agery and down­right “mafi­atism”.

We have wa­tered down our moral stan­dards to a point where cor­rup­tion, po­lit­i­cal pa­tron­age, the scram­ble for gov­ern­ment re­sources, and ram­pant loot­ing of state cof­fers have be­come syn­ony­mous with this sa­cred move­ment of Oliver Regi­nald Tambo.

Hav­ing sur­vived the storm called apartheid, our ship is be­ing eaten away by the ter­mites called greed and self-cen­tred­ness. The loot­ing of state re­sources is done with un­be­liev­able im­punity.

All in­di­ca­tions are that the flag­ship has lost its moral com­pass.

Cap­tain Zuma, like Cap­tain Hen­drick van der Decken, the cap­tain of the Fly­ing Dutch­man, has be­come a cruel, ar­ro­gant and para­noid man who is con­stantly mak­ing his crew sail into big storms.

Leg­end has it that one-day Van der Decken made his crew sail into the big­gest storm they had ever seen, ar­ro­gantly declar­ing not even God could stop him. The crew all died.

We can only al­low Zuma’s cap­taincy of our ship to con­tinue at the peril of both the ANC and our coun­try. Enough is enough! The ti­tanic ANC is sink­ing and so is our beloved coun­try. North­wold


CAPTAINS: Nel­son Man­dela and Oliver Tambo safely steered the ANC through stormy wa­ters.

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