ANC is not unsinkable

2012-07-12 07:23

This year mark’s a century after “the ship of dreams” sank in the Atlantic Ocean.

Indeed no other ship has captured the world’s attention quite like the Titanic, which was constructed to be unsinkable.

As in the ANC, the Titanic’s passengers were distinguished on the basis of class.

Just before 15 April 1912 – when the Titanic sank – these tenderpreneurs of that time enjoyed a ten-course meal.

They basked in elegance as they were treated to Turkish baths, had access to a barber shop, gymnasium, library and a swimming pool on the F-deck where only first-class passengers enjoyed expensive champagne.

Second class was for those who had achieved success and money through hard work to a particular extent – miners, clerks and teachers.

In third class tended to be families emigrating to the United States in search of a better life and many of the people who were in this class sacrificed and sold everything they had to afford the trip in the hope of securing a bright future.

They washed up in a sink and had no access to a bath while on board.

The lower class passengers and crew members slept in stacked and very tight lower cabin quarters on bunk-beds and tiny corners while sharing small toilet with dozens of people.

On April 15 2012 the Titanic hit the ice-berg. It was travelling at its maximum speed, unable to turn quickly to avoid danger.

Even though the principle was to assist women and children first during the rescue process it was abused by the wealthy. The first to benefit were those who were in the first class – men – while women and children in the third class were sacrificed.

At this point, in the ANC, we are all fighting in a sinking ship – some obsessed with accumulating at all costs while it is still possible.

Leaders forget that the struggle was never about them, but about the people.

On a daily basis we hear nice slogans aimed at soothing and lulling us so that we don’t fully comprehend the embarrassing environment we find ourselves in 18 years after democracy.

Leaders we trusted with our lives are now sucking the state to an extent that we’re seeing blood; there is no longer patience to harness the cow so that we can continue to enjoy this Nkomanzi together.

The youth has even resolved to take to the streets regularly against these misleaders who sip expensive whiskeys using state money.

They are forever at the gates of institutions of higher learning and further education and training colleges – not to go and study – but to be sugar daddies and exchange sex for their stolen money.

These rotten tomatoes believe in patronage. They rise through the ranks by peddling falsehoods and sprinkling malicious gossip.

We should remind these looters that the Titanic was said to be unsinkable but it sank.

It is the working class that must defend this Titanic called the ANC.

If we continue to fight in this ship it will sink with all of us – unfortunately the working class, like in the Titanic, will be the first to be compromised and die of hypothermia and suffocation.

It is the working class that must fight for the space in the first class of this ship. We should be the first to tell the captain if the ship is moving too fast for the people because the people are the ones who should inform the direction of the ship – not mine owners and banks.

We should be unapologetic and claim our hegemonic position in the ANC. We should be the ones who are leading those that call for the heads of corrupt leaders to be chopped. We should be there in the front line of the war against those that are raping the reputation of the ANC through their dastardly deeds. We must not allow this ship to hit the iceberg here in Mangaung.

We must ensure that our captains are able to see a misleading mirage and avoid the ice-berg.

» Chabana is from the Free State and writes in his personal capacity

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