PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
AnonymousCitizenX
 
Comments: 18
Article views: 0
 
 
Latest Badges:

 
View all AnonymousCitizenX's badges.
 

An Open Letter to the Delegates at Mangaung

10 December 2012, 11:47

Dear ANC National Conference Delegate

I write to you as a concerned citizen of our beautiful country. In just under one week’s time, you will be tasked with deciding who will be the President of this country for the five years following national elections in 2014. As one of the 4,500 members at the 53rd ANC National Conference, it will be up to you to decide the fate of the 51.7 million people of this country.

I implore you to consider your choice for ANC president very carefully. Please think. Think long and hard and answer this question for yourself: Is Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma fit to be the president of this country? Is it in the best interests of the South African people to appoint a man like Zuma to the highest office in the land? You have the responsibility of deciding and the consequences of your vote will be felt by us all for years to come.

For me, at least, the situation seems to be simple and the answers to the above questions are relatively straightforward. Zuma has accepted money from various third parties in exchange for political favours and protection. This is a fact. And this is corruption, plain and simple. One can read every article in every newspaper and on every website, every newly-published book, every previously-confidential forensic report. The details and extent of Zuma’s (and his associates’ corruption) will probably frighten, disgust and overwhelm. But at the most simple level, the undeniable fact is that Zuma is corrupt. Schabir Shaik, his “financial adviser” has been convicted by a court of law for corruption in his relationship with Zuma. And Zuma has only been able to avoid prosecution himself by a last minute political decision not to take legal action against him, a decision which is generally seen to have been unlawful and incorrect. This is not a political conspiracy or a witch-hunt, it is a fact. 

Our country has so much to offer and so much opportunity. Despite a tortured past and in the face of severe adversities, we have created a multi-cultural, open society committed to freedom and equality. We have  a world-class Constitution, we have held successful international sporting events, we operate a top-10 stock-exchange and have an excellent banking system. We have immense natural and cultural beauty and possess great mineral riches. While we have a great deal of work to do, especially in respect of employment and education, with the right leadership our nation has both the will and the capacity to repair our broken systems. Please do not let our achievements be negated by inadequate and inefficient leadership. Do not let our country’s potential be stunted by corrupt and debased leaders.

I beg you, in the name of the forefathers of your once-proud movement, Tambo, Sisulu and Mandela, do not re-elect Zuma as ANC president (and, by default, president of South Africa for the next 7 years). I ask you this in the name of the Mmupele children who died of starvation in the bush in the North West Province. I ask you this in the name of the students in Limpopo without their textbooks. I implore you, on behalf of every shack-dweller living penniless in our country and on behalf of the 4.2 million people who cannot find employment. I beseech you, in the name of the murdered miners in Marikana and all mine workers toiling our land for little reward. I beg you on behalf of myself and my family and all citizens who want to see this country flourish and progress - please, do not re-elect Zuma as ANC President.

Yours faithfully

Anonymous Citizen X

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
18 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Meta
News in the digital age

How do you think that spreading your hate/bigotry and or intolerance helps anybody? Read more...

11 comments 734 views
Submitted by
Brian Faul
How and why a Dictator is born

One needs to remember looking back in history these hard times is when a dictator is more likely to get born. It is during these hard times that a dictator gets voted into power. Read more...

5 comments 1474 views
Submitted by
Prenisha Naidoo
I will be proactive...

This letter is in response to articles on the death of baby Jamie Naidoo, We have the tendency to be reactive…we wait for something to happen, then suddenly we care, writes a News24 User. Read more...

2 comments 401 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Celebration

Make a list of at least ten things that you can celebrate, and write two or three reasons why you can celebrate those things or events. Read more...

1 comments 123 views
Submitted by
Eric de Castro
Last squeak of the year

 Read more...

12 comments 150 views
Submitted by
MarkH

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.