The Star Early Edition

Pub­lic be­trayed by im­moral NEC

- Open let­ter to mem­bers of the ANC NEC John Perry

THIS let­ter could be a tad abu­sive – for which I make no apolo­gies – be­cause we, the peo­ple you serve, are tired of be­ing abused by you, the “lead­er­ship”.

When Ja­cob Zuma goes to jail, the ma­jor­ity of you will be join­ing him for aid­ing and abet­ting a crim­i­nal. When your grand­chil­dren grow up and you tell them you were a mem­ber of the NEC, they will re­mind you, dear grand­par­ent, that you were, in fact, merely a com­plicit ob­server while the coun­try was led by the Gup­tas, the Rus­sians and a gang of thieves, un­earthed of late by in­ves­tiga­tive jour­nal­ist Jac­ques Pauw.

Should any of you claim that you are not com­plicit, what is it that you have done or said in the last eight years for us to be­lieve other­wise?

There is a brave and hon­ourable man by the name of Repub­li­can Sen­a­tor Jeff Flake, from Ari­zona, who gave an awe­some speech on CNN last week in which he den­i­grated his dis­hon­ourable pres­i­dent (Don­ald Trump) for tar­nish­ing Amer­i­can val­ues and prin­ci­ples that re­spectable Amer­i­cans hold dear. Val­ues and prin­ci­ples you say? For­eign words in­deed! And of course, mix­ing as you do with thieves and rab­ble, few of you will re­late to what Flake said, but I take the lib­erty here of quot­ing at ran­dom some of his wise words which might put you to shame, if you had any.

“Let me be­gin by not­ing that these of­fices that we hold are not ours to hold in­def­i­nitely. We are not here sim­ply to mark time. And there are times when we must risk our ca­reers in favour of our prin­ci­ples. I rise to­day with no small mea­sure of re­gret, re­gret be­cause of the in­de­cency of our dis­course, be­cause of the coarse­ness of our lead­er­ship, re­gret for the com­pro­mise of our moral author­ity and by our com­plic­ity in this dan­ger­ous state of af­fairs.

“We must stop pre­tend­ing that the degra­da­tion of our pol­i­tics and the con­duct of some in the ex­ec­u­tive branch are nor­mal. They are not nor­mal. And when such be­hav­iour em­anates from the top of our gov­ern­ment, it is dan­ger­ous to democ­racy. Such be­hav­iour does not project strength – be­cause our strength comes from our val­ues. It in­stead projects a cor­rup­tion of the spirit, and weak­ness.

“When the next gen­er­a­tion asks us, why didn’t you do some­thing? Why didn’t you speak up? What are we go­ing to say? I have chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, Mr Pres­i­dent. I will not be com­plicit.

“If I have been crit­i­cal of the pres­i­dent it is be­cause I be­lieve that it is my obli­ga­tion to do so, as a mat­ter of duty and con­science.”

Flake quoted the great Pres­i­dent Theodore Roo­sevelt as fol­lows: “The pres­i­dent is merely the most im­por­tant among a large num­ber of pub­lic ser­vants. There should be full lib­erty to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right.”

He said: “Any other at­ti­tude in an Amer­i­can ci­ti­zen is both base and servile. To an­nounce that there must be no crit­i­cism of the pres­i­dent, or that we are to stand by the pres­i­dent, right or wrong, is not only un­pa­tri­otic and servile, but is morally trea­son­able to the Amer­i­can pub­lic.”

You too, mem­bers of the ANC NEC, have been morally trea­son­able to the South African pub­lic. You are, for the most part, a dis­grace and an em­bar­rass­ment to your el­e­vated po­si­tions.

(With ac­knowl­edge­ments to the few among you who are hon­ourable, ded­i­cated and prin­ci­pled.) Hart­beespoort


 ??  ?? UN­DER QUES­TION: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma faced MPs in the Na­tional Assem­bly this week dur­ing a heated ses­sion.
UN­DER QUES­TION: Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma faced MPs in the Na­tional Assem­bly this week dur­ing a heated ses­sion.

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