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Dear Dr. Mamphela Ramphela

30 January 2013, 12:49

The news that you were to join the political world left me or maybe even some of us rather excited and hoping that it was not just rumours, but that it was indeed true. Our current leaders have not only brought us shame, embarrassment and some would go as far to say disgust.

It is the amount of selfishness they seem to have, of only thinking about their wellbeing and forgetting that they are for the people, they are in those seats because they are appointed by the people, for the people, not for themselves.  We have continuously watched the greed in their hearts, how everything has been turned for their gain and for their favour, nothing is about the people no more.  If you do not have connections in high places, well you don’t get to play with the big dogs, you will remain in your low place that is how low it has sunk to. I know this is not any surprise to you, why would it be? You have seen it all, heard it all, witnessed it all.

Our country is in desperate need of leaders like yourself, a leader who is strong willed, self-less, who will not only take from our country but will give all that we hunger for as a nation, we need leaders who are going to change our country for the good. Who we can proudly call our leader, yes I have heard the critics, criticise you, I have heard it a lot but the thought that you might be the change that our country needs lives me in hope. I choose not to focus on who says what, but what I believe and I strongly believe that you are just what this country has longed for. Yes it will not happen overnight, and people might not follow you from the word go, but I know few of whom will stand with you.    

I know I am one of the young people who have lost hope in the current leadership, not only have they failed our country but I feel they have robbed our country of the true democracy that was fought for.

Yes there are other opposition parties but they have not given me a reason to choose them, it is not because they have done badly, but because I could not relate to them. One party that had tried to emerge, kind of did bring hope but it was only for two seconds, I’ve heard that they still exist, but I am not sure of their existence, I’m sure they still wondering about in the streets of Mzansi somewhere.

Slowly we watch our country slip away; I hope we as a young people don’t wake up one day only to regret not voicing our concerns strong enough.  But there is still hope, and I feel that our hope as a nation lies in a new political party. In people who will bring change.

We have been betrayed by our government, our democracy is almost 20 years (in 2014) but still there hasn’t been much change, the greedy grow greedier, the poor more poorer. I heard someone once say “they preferred the apartheid government than this,  because of what the country has become, what our leaders have become” I could not comment much as I have not lived under the apartheid government, but I have heard disturbing stories and seen too much for me to prefer that over what we have, but that was the anger that possesses her soul, at the manner in which they have lost care for their people.

I could go on and on and dwell in anger, the disappointment that we as a people carry with us daily, but it won’t be something you have not seen or heard. It will not be anything new.

This is just a letter to you, just to remind you of what you already know.

South Africa needs change.

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