Cape Town - Mamphela Ramphele
has written an open letter to South African voters saying people should never underestimate the courage and determination of a small band of individuals who fight a just fight.
"In the mid-1970’s a handful of brave students decided to fight back against a system that was designed to make them feel inferior, worthless, and without aspiration; a system that was designed to take away their future, freedom, and dignity. It was a fight to be what they knew they were, people of dignity and worth, capable of greatness," it reads.
"By any account, it was fight they had no hope of winning. Yet today many South Africans enjoy the freedom they fought for.
"I was part of that struggle, and the lesson it taught me was a simple and powerful one: never underestimate the courage and determination of a small band of individuals who fight a just fight.
"Whenever I hear people say to me that a vote for Agang SA is a wasted vote, I remember the struggle years, the fight of small group of individuals, and I wonder, where is their sense of history?
"I know that struggle is hard and that victory can take time. But a just struggle sustains you. It energises you. It picks you up in the morning, and gives you sleep at night.
"When the unexpected happened and our beloved Madiba was released, our joy was unconstrained.
"For many of us who were in the struggle, it was the end of an era. I went on to realise personal goals, but always goals linked to the struggle – how to continue to contribute to deepening and strengthening the democracy we had fought so hard to achieve.
"Sadly, as the years have passed, I have seen that bright future we fought for disintegrate and like sand slip through our fingers.
"I am forced again into the spirit of the 1970’s, fighting again for dignity, freedom, and democracy.
"As in the 1970’s, citizens must stand with real patriots to protect our democracy, to struggle again against the old enemies of tyranny, corruption, the refusal of accountability, and theft of resources and dignity from the people of this country.
"In their copying, other parties recognise that Agang SA’s message resonates with what we fought for back in the 1970’s. But in their self-interest they have not been able to voice the dreams and vision we can.
"Our fight to reclaim our future is worth fighting. It is a fight I have fought before; and it is a fight citizens have won before."
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