Dear Ronald Lamola,
Firstly I would like to praise you on the hard work and long hours that you have sacrificed in order to keep the ANCYL’s momentum going in dividing the country. I can only imagine that it must be hard work to fill the expensive shoes of our former president, Julius Malema.
Mr. Lamola, the reason that I am writting to you is because I have a dream and that dream is to one day become the leader of the ANC or ANCYL. I am sure you would agree that before I start on my journey, I would need some clarity on a few issues that I currently have regarding our current leadership.
I might be optimistic in my hopes, but a response would be much appreciated. You see Mr. Lamola, as a taxpaying South African citizen I really would like to become the first person of colour to lead the ANC or ANCYL. As a person with two degrees I really do believe I could bring something new to the table.
Saying that, I would like to voice some of my concerns that I have regarding our current direction, but before I do so, may I recommend to you a good book? Have you perhaps heard of a book by George Orwell, called “Animal Farm”? Fascinating reading, there are many similarities between the story and our ruling party.
Like you, I also stand for “Economic Freedom” but I am afraid that is where our common ground starts and ends. You and I, we have two very different definitions for the term and since your definition has been widely published and globally criticized, I will continue with my definition.
You see Mr. Lamola, I believe that within quality education lies freedom and the ability to make better life decisions.
Would agree with me Mr. Lamola that if you give an illiterate person a book that he/she would not be able to read it? The point being that you can give a person a very powerful tool, but if they are not properly educated on how to use that tool it is rendered useless.
As a future candidate for the top position in our beloved party, I would need to assess the role of the Youth League in its current format, so I would need to ask the following question.
What value does the ANCYL currently add to the lives of its members?
I am sure a leader such as yourself will have a very sensible and rational answer to this question, however I am going to eliminate a few of your possible answers.
Please Mr. Lamola, refrain from using the “It’s because of Apartheid” response. As a voting member, I was but a small child during that era and I have since had 18 years to make something of my life. In those 18 years I have had to make difficult decisions for which I have carried the consequences and enjoyed the rewards.
Also Mr. Lamola, please do not use the “White Capitalist” route, as I was brought up in the NEW South Africa where colour means nothing to me. Besides that, I also personally know some of our comrades who have enjoyed massive benefit from our BEE policies. They live in Sandton, behind massive walls and enjoy a choice between Lamborghini, Ferrari and Bentley every Sunday morning.
I can also take it a little further Mr. Lamola, some of my clients are young black South Africans who own 20, 30 or 50% of companies… Not only do I see white capitalists, I know many black capitalists as well…
Mr. Lamola, do you truly consider our 18 year rule to be successful?
More and more children are failing school, our unemployment rate is high, crime and corruption are rampant and we are unable to deliver even the most basic of necessities to our people.
If we cannot manage a country successfully (keep in mind the high level of corruption and greed within the ANC and ANCYL), what makes you think that we will be able to manage farms, banks and mines? SABC and Eskom are prime examples of our lack of educated non-racial leadership and are testimony to our inability to create sustainable businesses which can take some of the weight off of the taxpayer.
You continually talk of taking land without paying for it. Do you not understand that what you are talking about is theft and trespassing that will eventually end up in violence? With that in mind, I would like to refer you to my previous question, what good is a book to an illiterate person? My dear sir, there are two answers: 1. Burn it 2. Rip it to shreds
What we need Mr. Lamola, is not the re-distribution of wealth, what we need is to re-invent and revive our failing education systems and morals. What we need is to teach that knowledge is power.
However, we both know that those last few words “knowledge is power”, will mean the end of the ANC and its Youth League…
Mr. Lamola, have you ever heard the following quote from Gerald R. Ford?
"A government big enough to give you everything you need, is a government big enough to take away everything that you have...."
The truth here Mr. Lamola, is when we educate our people, we will empower them and they will not be dependent on us and they will see through some of our leadership’s idiotic utterances.
Speaking of which…
The article that made me decide to strive to become a leader within our beloved ANC is the one where you asked the question, why were only blacks killed at Marikana?
I am a man who loves to ask questions and I frequently answer questions with a question as well. This however, causes me to hang my head in shame, because and I say this with the utmost respect, you are a product of 18 years of failure.
Mr. Lamola, would you please take a minute to considerer the reason why you would see more Chinese in China than Americans?
Maybe no whites were killed because there were no whites “protesting”, have you considered the fact that it isn’t really in their culture to strike? Maybe there just aren’t any white people living or working in and around Marikana and besides, is that not what our aim was with BEE; keep the white man out and to allow our comrades with the first option in terms of employment?
Yet, you worry about this, but you do not ask why the protestors brought pangas and other weapons? What were they planning on doing with a panga, plant a garden? Since when do we protect the criminal and blame the victims or the innocent?
Mr. Lamola, as a WHITE male and future political hopeful, I will ask you again…
What value does the ANCYL and the ANC add to the lives of its members?
Mr. Lamola, rather be the colourblind leader who leads by example, asks the right questions, who protects and who leaves a positive global legacy than the puppet on the string. Remember… Puppets are thrown away when they aren’t needed anymore.
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