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A leader: Jacob Zuma

12 December 2013, 07:22

Shattered Legacy

 Dear President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma. I write this letter to speak of my heart break at the self-destructive behaviour you are taking on. It saddens me because the freedoms that I enjoy today are at the back of the sacrifices made by you and other great leaders in the liberation movement.

It is easy during the times of Kandla-gate and Guptas to forget what you have been and done for South Africa. I would like to please with you to resign as president of the ANC, to take the time to rebuild your legacy which you have allowed greed to overshadow.

Why this bold request from my side?

I was at the Nelson Mandela Memorial service and left during a downpour. Because of the heavy rains, as I was walking to catch the bus, I was forced to look down, instead of ahead. Whilst I was looking down, I noted how many people were wearing sandals or shoes with holes in them. I was struck by the realization that it had been raining all day, so no one could have been caught off-guard by the rain.

Which left one conclusion; the people had left home in sandals. No, very few African people would wear sandals in the rain; they would rather wear closed shoes, if they had any. This flagged how difficult conditions were for our people, not to have closed shoes to protect themselves from the rain, or these closed shoes were reserved for church and work.

As small is this was, it struck me how poor and confined by economic challenges the people the ANC had fought so hard to liberate were. I am sure you can relate based on your impoverished background Mr President.  

There are two quotes from former ANC presidents that indicate to me that at some stage the ANC was focused on helping the people of South Africa instead of self-enrichment.

 I implore to look to the past of former ANC leaders and the legacy that is being obliterated. I plead with you to look to the below words, and be saddened that our people are still hungry, struggling and worse of free to be nothing. That speaks to the worst kind of freedom, the freedom to be nobody, nothing in a country that does not value you because of your economic standing.

I dare to say President Zuma that the ANC has successfully managed to create an economic-apartheid, which you sacrificed so much to fight against. People do not matter, nor have a voice, because we are not related to you, we do not have the right political connections to help the youth of this country to prosper and liberate others to do the same. We are nothing.

Please look to the past to remember who you were, what you sacrificed for.

Be our leader, step down so the ANC might retain its credibility and seek to change and adapt to the needs of its people in 2014,

"It is only a man with a heart of stone who could hear and see what I hear and see and remain callous and unmoved. It would break your hearts did you but know, as I know, the cruel and undeserved afflictions wrought by the hateful enactment on numberless aged, poor and tender children of my race in this their native land”.- John Langalibalele Dube

“We must therefore act together as a united people, for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world.

Let there be justice for all.
Let there be peace for all.
Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all.
Let each know that for each the body, the mind and the soul have been freed to fulfil themselves.

Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another and suffer the indignity of being the skunk of the world.”-Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

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