Gi­gaba can do right by re­sign­ing

Sowetan - - Opinion -

The as­sump­tion of both Nel­son Man­dela and Thabo Mbeki was that af­ter lib­er­a­tion the ANC would re­model so­ci­ety. Through its end­less mass cam­paigns it would change pop­u­lar at­ti­tudes about gen­der, racism and other pro­tean re­al­i­ties.

They did not only lead by ex­am­ple, they ini­ti­ated and cham­pi­oned pro­grammes to shape the moral char­ac­ter of our so­ci­ety.

The ar­gu­ment was that if your pri­vate con­duct af­fected oth­ers neg­a­tively it could not be ac­cept­able. Rev­o­lu­tion­ary moral­ity helped us to dis­tin­guish be­tween ac­tiv­i­ties con­sid­ered “rev­o­lu­tion­ary” but that were in fact counter-rev­o­lu­tion­ary. One has the right to be ro­man­tic to one’s wife or hus­band, but just be­cause mar­i­tal sex is good in pri­vate does not mean it is good in pub­lic. When se­nior po­lit­i­cal fig­ures are not pre­pared to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for what­ever they may have done wrong but in­stead jus­tify their ac­tions by blam­ing ev­ery­one but them­selves, the death war­rant of moral­ity and eth­i­cal lead­er­ship is signed. Malusi Gi­gaba must do the right thing and step down.

Dr Amos Sekhaulelo, North West

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