VULGARISED debate with an “extra hot curry of lies” has never been part of discussions within and outside the ANC Tripartite Alliance. These were used by the colonialists and apartheid state, particularly Stratcom and those who turned against freedom fighters, even before the apartheid regime in 1949, to mislead the masses. It will be an abdication of patriotic duty if black people, Africans in particular, do not respond to your political frustration and desperation.
You are a former student of the University of Zululand, where I spent one year as a student and, later, two years as a lecturer. Unizulu was a bantustan university but produced many intellectuals and young leaders who served the nation and democratic forces with loyalty and distinction. Among them are Dr Nkosazana Zuma, Nobleman Mzala Nxumalo, Penuel Maduna, Thami Ntenteni, Sbusiso Ndebele, Thami Mseleku and Reggie Hadebe.
Judge Sandile Ngcobo, Jeff Hadebe, Ernest Mchunu, Judge Dlodlo, Linda Zama, Big Boy Guma, Aaron Mseshi Ndlovu, Senzo Mchunu, Judge Zondo (Deputy Chief Justice) and Thami Mseleku also studied there. In 1985, I was given a “no return” by this university after Security Police submitted a copy of the letter I wrote to Harry Gwala, and his response, to the university security, which was loyal to the apartheid state.
In 1983, there was the Ongoye Massacre, similar to that of the student killings by the Ciskei junta regime of the Sebe brothers.
With all its limitations, Unizulu contributed to our liberation, producing the “transformative agents” that Paulo Freire talks about in his book, Pedagogy of the Oppressed.
Your racist attitudes are an “artificial”, baseless and defensive tactic to hide looting by the “unholy alliance” of the Saxonwold Shebeen and Inkandleyihlekisa Palace, built with R246m stolen from the public purse. Your family live opulently in a sea of poverty. A recent survey revealed that 70% of people in Inkandla are unemployed and those employed other than public servants earn less than R3 500 a month.
Before 2009, your family was poor, but today it is a wealthy family oligarchy in the ANC.
This is what you are defending by insulting disciples of Chief Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, leaders who did not steal.
Your father contributed a lot to the liberation struggle. He was both an academic and political student of Thembeyakhe Harry Gwala, who recruited him into the SACP and who was also his commander from 1974-75.
After liberation, Gwala became uncomfortable with your father’s association with some corrupt forces. He questioned him about the death of Thami Zulu, real name Boniface Muziwakhe Ngwenya, one of the best commanders of the then “People’s Army”, Umkhonto weSizwe. Gwala, even on his death bed, reminded your father of this outstanding matter.
Every time your father is under public scrutiny, people who question his moral and ethical credentials must be labelled, eg Gwala, Thabo Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe, Peter Mokaba, lately Cyril Ramaphosa. But your father has never been labelled about his association with Jurgen Prinsloo, Gideon Nieuwoudt, Richard Mdluli, or Muziwendoda Kunene, or questioned about the way he handled Dirk Coetzee and Andy Taylor.
He was “soft” on Coetzee but “played hard ball” at Zulu. The hierarchy of MK, which included Joe Modise, Chris Hani, Steve Tshwete and Ronnie Kasrils did not doubt the loyalty of this commander. The ANC NEC resolved that Zulu be released to his parents but your father defied this decision. Even Albertina Sisulu was disappointed by the death of this commander, wrongly labelled an informer.
Now, it’s you who insults and lies about Trevor Manuel, Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom. Why did your father lie about the family palace and the bond, and deployment of Nhlanhla Nene? You are worried that the “doors of Correctional Services are slowly opening” for your dad.
You know very well that you are the first child of any ANC leader to attack leaders. Many children of our liberation heroes never misbehaved like you.
Today, Thabo and Moeletsi Mbeki, Lindiwe, Max, Eleanor and Zwelakhe Sisulu, and Tselani and Dali Tambo are highly respected, as they refuse to be in the headlines for foolish reasons.
Many whites served theliberation struggle with distinction. Dennis Goldberg and David Kitston served 20 years, Raymond Suttner, Barbara Hogan, Renfrew Christie and Harold Strachan, 10, Marius Schoon, 15, as did Marion Sparg and John Matthews, Jeremy Cronin, 7, and Tony Holiday and Stephen Lee, 8.
Non-South Africans were Alex Moumbaris, 12, and Sean Hosey, 5. Both were involved in the trials of Sandi Sejake, Petros Mthembu, Gizenga Mpanza and TT Cholo but were betrayed by Nicholas Kombela and Gladstone Mose.
Your father knows about the brutal killing of Ruth First, Rick Turner, Jenny and Karyn Schoon, Neil Aggett, David Webster and Anton Lubowski. The nation will not forget the roles played by Rev Beyers Naude, Bishop Dennis Hurley, Rev Michael Lapsley, Rev Peter Storey, intellectuals like Ian Phillips, Mary Metcalfe, Mike Sutcliffe, Jacks Simons and Mike Morris, to name a few.
Trevor Manuel, Alex La Guma, Basil February, James Stuart, Trevor Bonhomme,
Many children of our heroes never misbehaved like you do