The Mercury

ANC should not allow the past to define us

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ACE Magashule, the now stranded and embattled secretary-general of the ANC, is quoted as saying, “For the first time the ANC says we can work with the DA, which ideologica­lly is the enemy of the revolution.”

This statement elicited rumination­s in me that I am certain would also do the same for others. The use of the words “enemy of the revolution” suggests that Magashule and his similar thinking cohorts are still laagered in a mindset that keeps South Africa mired in a bottomless pit of inanity.

Certainly, there are elements within the DA today who would boldly, and with a straight face, decry their role in denying the majority of South Africans of their suffrage – for the sake of political expediency and position. Few racial bigots would openly admit to their racism and racist attitudes.

But what concerns me is when senior leadership of the ruling party continue hankering over the inadequaci­es of the past, heinous as they were, how do we as a country – desperate for unity – move forward?

The ANC continues to call for racial cohesion while it still has one foot on the pedal of the past.

The “revolution”, euphemisti­cally intertwine­d with the “Struggle”, as we have come to know it, was intended to overthrow a racist government – it was an imperative no one can dispute.

Magashule might be embroiled in his own “struggle” for power and his position right now, but such utterances determine what we as a country have to put up with – the masquerade of those portraying the want for unity but still holding a loaded gun to the nation’s head.

In trying to achieve racial cohesion and a sense of unity, I am sure the vox populi would be that it is necessary for our country to be workable and successful and that entails the recognitio­n of the past for what it was, but not allowing it to define us as a people.

No doubt Magashule will fire salvos at anyone in his path as he faces the smoking gun in his alleged criminal woes, but to further divide a divided country is indeed a travesty as South Africa desperatel­y needs healing and not a deepening of the wounds that have caused so much heartache. NAREND GANESH | Durban North

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