Reminded of what we are missing
THE VARIOUS rituals, speeches and discussions marking Mandela Day were remarkable in their diversity.
Generally they served to remind us, even the most sceptical, about Madiba’s extraordinary qualities: his vision, inspiration, hope, moral courage and social inclusiveness.
For in recent years, the deeply insulting label, that Mandela was a “sellout”, has increasingly been heard, especially among the young.
But since his passing, there have also been increasing observations criticising the current regime’s “lack of leadership”. This essentially means the lack of leadership of the Mandela quality.
The increasing contestation for power in the party shows itself to have too many leaders, some genuine, some puppets. There is no doubt who is the puppet master. But where is the real substantial leader, steering the nation through crises, taking responsibility and accountability for problems and scandals, caring for the poor and the weak? He only makes token appearances.
The ANC has become increasingly authoritarian, whipping MPs into conformity with the party line. It demands loyal and unthinking followers.
The pending vote of no confidence reveals something far more sinister, that the exercise of conscience in opposing the leadership could genuinely be dangerous for your health.