Mondli Makhanya’s Guy Fawkes politics

2013-11-17 10:00

This week saw kids engaging in the yearly games of “penny penny Guy Fawkes”.

The day is celebrated every year on November 5. This is the day when Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives the plotters had placed beneath the House of Lords.

This is also the week I read Mondli Makhanya’s “Its politics, not a sewing circle” piece.

He made points about Agang that any political bystander can understandably shout from the stands.

As we celebrate 20 years of freedom under ANC rule next year, we will also remember the worst of public-private cuddling that cost our country fortunes that could have been channelled into social development. These range from the arms deal to Guptagate.

Don’t we think leaders must be open with their finances even before jets fly low above the Union Buildings into a military base without permission?

Makhanya writes that the public is tired of the lone voice of Agang’s leader.

The public that he is not speaking of have been launching Agang structure after structure, they are seen picketing, marching and assisting communities with their challenges.

Many people have been requesting the leader of Agang to come and address them, and that to me projects Makhanya as a liar. He is worried there are no heavyweights in Agang. To him Dr Mamphela Ramphele is naive to think she is not interested in “heavyweights” who have political baggage

The wisdom of Makhanya is to have the Lekota-Shilowa show in Agang, the show that has shredded Cope into thin pieces. His mentioning of the three tells us where Makhanya’s political home is.

He is actually telling us that heavyweights can only come from the ANC, a view which is nakedly incorrect.

After the 2014 elections, doubting Toms are no doubt going to rewrite their stories.

Their plots to discredit Ramphele and Agang, just like the Guy Fawkes plot, are going to fail as we light bonfires.

- Nokwindla Masetle, via email

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