Time for Tutu to stop talking

2009-04-04 00:00

IT’S official. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is way too overrated and has passed his sell-by date. He takes himself too seriously, certainly more than the majority of the South African voting public takes him.

For reasons known only to him, he feels that he is the self-ordained prophet of South African politics and the navigator of the course this country should take.

Not so. Not anymore anyway. He is just another retired South African citizen who should take his place in the liberation museum of South African politics alongside more influential yet less irritating veterans such as former president Nelson Mandela.

The tendency of a few individuals to claim to represent the wishes and aspirations of the masses has got to stop because it is not as if we are a few years before an election. We are a mere three weeks away.

These elections will give the people of this country, even those who are abroad and have mostly turned their backs on this country while they still want to have a say in our affairs, an opportunity to decide what is good for this country.

The people of this country know what is good for them and, like the prophets of doom like Tutu, they have been given an equal opportunity to have their say.

People like Tutu must stop talking about who they don’t want to see becoming president. Instead, they need to say who it is that they support and are going to vote for. After all, if your previous choice is not good enough anymore and does not address your needs, you are at liberty to choose another option.

It’s ironic that Tutu hails from the Western Cape yet he has not said anything about not looking forward to being led by criminal Allan Boesak as premier elect for the Congress of the People (Cope).

If I did not know better, I would say he is a member of Cope, especially after having been associated with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and, after the split by some members, he has gone for the jugular of some members of the ANC.

The question that these dissidents need to answer is, what is the root of their anger, and why do they feel the need to tell people what they need to do, as if they know what is good for them?

The chasm between blacks and whites in the Western Cape continues to grow, yet Tutu is as quiet as a church mouse. It would be interesting to know exactly whose interests he represents. What also raises eyebrows is that nothing has been said about former president Thabo Mbeki’s alleged involvement in this web of lies, back-stabbing and deceit.

The time has come for South Africans to make a choice of who or what party it is they would like to lead the country, and should not be dictated to by those who should stop talking and just vote.

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