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Is the resur­gence of po­lit­i­cal par­ties a sign of a united demo­cratic voice against an un­just and in­hu­man regime? Or is it op­por­tunis­tic ca­reerist stunts?

Sunday World - - Opinion - MAROPENE RAMOK­GOPA

THE for­ma­tion of the lib­er­a­tion move­ment in 1912 was the cul­mi­na­tion of sev­eral res­o­lu­tions taken by a united people.

They stood to­gether from dif­fer­ent walks of life and dif­fer­ent ide­olo­gies.

They united in one pur­pose, to lib­er­ate the op­pressed South African na­tives from a re­pres­sive and in­hu­mane regime.

As Che Gue­vara said: “The de­sire to sac­ri­fice an en­tire life­time to the no­blest of ideals serves no pur­pose if one works alone”.

This his­tory is in no way a new rev­e­la­tion, but it forms the foun­da­tion of my ques­tion.

Is the resur­gence of po­lit­i­cal par­ties a sign of a united demo­cratic voice against an un­just and in­hu­mane regime?

Or is it op­por­tunis­tic ca­reerist stunts?

The char­ac­ter of the new po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the op­po­si­tion is one of re­bel­lion.

In­di­vid­u­als feel they have been de­nied po­si­tions in ex­ist­ing po­lit­i­cal par­ties. Some are of in­di­vid­u­als try­ing to find rel­e­vance and to sur­vive, and oth­ers are group­ings of mi­nori­ties try­ing to pro­tect the priv­i­leges that they en­joyed un­der the apartheid regime.

If in­deed there is some­thing that all these par­ties have for the masses, why is it that they are not unit­ing un­der one um­brella to fight against what they be­lieve is wrong and un­just?

Let the elec­torate not vote for im­pres­sion­able char­ac­ters but for the love of the coun­try.

The au­thor is a Sun­day World reader.

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