Use Man­dela Day against cor­rup­tion

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS -

ON NEL­SON Man­dela Day, let us hon­our those who are stand­ing up against state cap­ture in­clud­ing Makhosi Khoza, Vytjie Men­tor, Nh­lanhla Nene, Pravin Gord­han, Mce­bisi Jonas, Bar­bara Ho­gan and Man­dela’s con­tem­po­raries among the ANC stal­warts and veter­ans. South Africa’s Sodom and Go­mor­rah must per­ish.

Lega­cies of Man­dela and Oliver Tambo are con­tested ter­rain between var­i­ous fac­tions, in­clud­ing those in the SACP. We all know Sen­zeni Zok­wana, SACP chair­per­son, and Buti Manamela are not hos­tile to state cap­ture like S’dumo Dlamini in Cosatu.

Hos­tile against state cap­ture are also for­mer com­mu­nists Ron­nie Kas­rils, Den­nis Gold­berg, Ray­mond Mh­laba, Al­bert Sachs, Es­sop Pa­had, David Makhura, Phillip Dex­ter and many more.

Not only Madiba will be pleased that ANC mem­bers are de­fend­ing each pil­lar of our democ­racy, like me­dia, ju­di­ciary and par­lia­ment. Mem­bers who are re­fus­ing to be in­tim­i­dated, not only by hired po­lit­i­cal thugs, are also not pro­tected by the same move­ment that ini­ti­ated moral re­newal, good cor­po­rate gov­er­nance and rule of law. Madiba did not dis­solve the Scor­pi­ons, at­tack the ju­di­ciary like Baleka Mbete, whose moral stan­dards are de­pre­ci­at­ing daily in de­fence of a cor­rupt lord who stole R246 mil­lion for his fam­ily’s com­fort.

On Man­dela Day, An­drew Mlan­geni, Den­nis Gold­berg, Gethrude Shope, Sandi Se­jake, Sman­gal­iso Mkhatshwa, Bar­bara Masekela and Ray­mond Sut­tner must spend 67 min­utes in sol­i­dar­ity with those in­tim­i­dated by Zuma loy­al­ists, some of whom are hired thugs.

Of the 67 min­utes, we must spend 33 min­utes shout­ing “Cyril Ramaphosa, Man­tashe and Jack­son Mthembu de­fend Khoza”.

This is what Madiba said: “If the ANC does to you what the apartheid gov­ern­ment did to you, then you must do to the ANC what you did to the apartheid gov­ern­ment.” But the likes of Khoza want to re­move a cor­rupt leader, not the ANC.

Ma­hatma Gandhi said: “Civil dis­obe­di­ence be­comes a sa­cred duty when the state has be­come law­less or cor­rupt.”

Is our coun­try not in a state of law­less­ness and cor­rupt? Look at the killings within the ANC in ten­der and ca­reer wars. Never have we had bur­glary in the of­fices of the Chief Jus­tice, NPA and Hawks, and heists in air­ports.

On Man­dela Day, com­bat­ants against state cap­ture and cor­rup­tion must speak in sup­port of Khoza and other whis­tle-blow­ers in the ANC.

In the first seven min­utes of the 67, we must shout “be­cause Chief Al­bert Luthuli, Nel­son Man­dela, Oliver Tambo and Thabo Mbeki were not cap­tured by thieves, we shall not sur­ren­der our moral com­pass to African No­to­ri­ous Crooks in the Sax­on­wold She­been”. Man­dela was a moral gi­ant, Zuma an im­moral dwarf. The le­gacy of Madiba is un­der threat. Siyanda Mh­longo KwaDukuza

PIC­TURE: DE­NIS FAR­RELL / AP

MORAL GI­ANT: To­mor­row is Nel­son Man­dela Day, when we hon­our the le­gacy of Madiba, seen here at a news con­fer­ence in 2008.

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