PLEASE NOTE:

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

 
Molifi_Tshabalala
 
Comments: 15
Article views: 1519
 
 
Latest Badges:


 
View all Molifi_Tshabalala's badges.
 

Nzimande a wolf in sheep's clothing

16 November 2012, 12:30

Dear Dr Nzimande

I am writing you this letter in response to the article published in The Star newspaper on the 2nd of November 2012, titled “Blade rips media” and the fact that you have been hogging the media limelight lately for wrong reasons. You seem to have replaced Julius Malema.

On the 19th of October 2012, you were quoted in the Sowetan newspaper having said that “None of yesterday's AIDS denialists must come and lecture us today on leadership when they have not accounted for hundreds of thousands of deaths they left by refusing to acknowledge that HIV causes AIDS and denying our people ARVs” alluding to Thabo Mbeki’s statement that our country is deepening into “…a dangerous and unacceptable situation of directionless and unguided national drift.”

In response to your statement, the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League (ANCYL) issued a statement in which it said you have stooped to "...the lowest levels of intellectual engagement, demonstrating an inability to discuss the content and merit of the issues raised by President Mbeki resorting rather to name calling, a silly and immature reaction to any debate.”

I thought I was the only one with the view that your desperate attempt to defend President Jacob Zuma’s systematically flawed and erratic leadership, even where it is unnecessary, opportunistically to safeguard your position in his Cabinet in case he is re-elected to serve for the second term, does not only descend you below a layperson’s level of engagement on matters of national interest but, has also proven that you are a pseudointellectual and further intensifies the growing view that the South African Communist Party (SACP) is nothing but, a careerist and inter-factionalist party whose political existence depends on factionalism within the ANC.

The ANC has to realise that its obsession with presidency while it overlooks equally important positions such as the secretary general and head of policy, currently occupied by the communists, Gwede Mantashe and Jeff Radebe respectively, has shifted the centre of power to the ultra-leftists to dictate to it which policies to adopt, the programmes of action to implement and leaders to elect, the demands that Mbeki stood firmly opposed to. In this regard, the biggest challenge it faces is to reclaim the power from the wolf in sheep’s clothing communists.

As the secretary general, Mantashe has been serving the interests of Zuma-aligned group within the ANC, which has further deepened the party into an irreconcilable factionalism while under the incumbency of Radebe, the ANC’s policies have come under a microscopic public scrutiny and heavily criticism.

Your below par level of thinking, along with that of another pseudointellectual Dr Mathole Motshekga has given credence to a question that lingers in many people’s minds, “Where are the African intellectuals?” Among those who have dared to answer this question is Tarty Teh, in the, “Where are the African intellectuals?” article, published in The Perspective, 2001. Teh impugns “The thinking among [the so-called] educated Africans, thinking which ignores the effects predicated on the known forces of nature that were the subject of our basic, formal and elementary education.”

You were also quoted in the mass media ascribed the exponential rise of the Democratic Alliance (DA) at the polls to Mbeki’s failure to deal with corruption in his tenure.

Sometimes, taken aback by your misdiagnosis of South African contemporary challenges and pseudo-analysis thereof, chiefly characterised by an outright distortion of well-known facts, do not only leave much to be desired or impugn your level of thinking which does not resemble that of an intellectual with doctorate degree but, make me wonder whether you live in the same South Africa (SA) that I live in. I still recall when Mbeki accused you of an ‘extraordinary ignorance’.  

Having clearly preluded on the basis upon which the contents of this letter are premised, I wish to address you on the following:

(i)           The media

I must own up though that I am one of those who believe that the South African media need to be regulated to enhance responsible journalism. However, the entity cannot be regulated merely to appease you or glorify the systematic failures of the ANC and its incumbent leader.

Without necessarily condoning the President to be disrespected as such, either in his own capacity or as the President of the Republic of SA but, through his ignominious ill-deeds which have downgraded the office holds and the Parliament alike to the lowest moral ground, he has earned himself the status. Respect is a moral responsibility which cannot be enforced through legislative inculcations.

It is under his futile tenure we have heard a Member of Parliament (MP) rudely telling others to shut up while Parliament is in session. It is under his futile tenure we have seen the opposition parties staging walkouts in protestation against the ANC’s abuse of Parliament.

It is under his futile tenure we have seen the ANC stubbornly forging ahead with the controversial Secrecy Bill and the proposed e-tolling system, grossly disregarding the groundswell expressed against the Bill and the system alike.

It is under his systematically erratic and flawed leadership we have seen the government failed to deliver the textbooks in Limpopo until midyear, had it not been by the intervention of the Section 27, the textbooks would not have been delivered.

It is under his systematically erratic and flawed leadership we have seen militarisation of police force which has resulted into the brutal killing of unarmed protester Andries Tatane, in Ficksburg, Free State and the Mariakana massacre. It is for these reasons that the report released by the National Planning Commission (NPC) points out that the Parliament has failed to carry out its most basic role of overseeing the chain of responsibility.

(ii)         AIDS-denialism

I wonder whether you have ever dared to read the letter Mbeki wrote to world leaders in 2000. Although he questioned whether HIV causes AIDS, he made clear that the South African government committed itself from 1998 to, inter alia:

·        Set up a Ministerial Task Force against HIV-AIDS, which he chaired himself and later chaired by Zuma;

·        Establish partnerships against AIDS with various sectors in our society such as youth, women, business, labour unions and religious communities;

·        Establish a National AIDS Council;

·        Encourage safe sex and the use of condoms;

·        Provide the necessary medicaments and deal with the diseases acquirable through immune deficiency;

·        Take care of the children affected and orphaned to AIDS;

·         Finance the activities against HIV-AIDS;

·        Provide anti-retroviral drugs for various indications including mother-to-child transmission.

It is not only lie-rich to claim that his government refused to provide the necessary medicaments but also ascribed the breakthrough solely to Zuma.

(iii)        The rise of the DA at the polls

On your assertion that the exponential rise of the DA at the polls has to do with the failure of Mbeki to deal with corruption, it is also lie-rich statement. The DA has exponentially risen at the polls since 2009, owing to Zuma’s systematically erratic and flawed leadership without any vision envisaged except corruptly squandering taxpayers’ hard-earned money with impunity on his homestead Nkandla and infiltration of Zulus into his Cabinet.

The DA has won all the court cases it lodged against his faulty appointments and decisions, from the seemingly non-existent spy tapes, the extension of the former Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo’s term of office and the appointment of Menzi Simelane. These court victories gave the DA an edge over the ANC.

It is indeed surprising that having falsely transmogrified yourself as an anti-graft advocate, acerbically having a go at the Black Middle Class, instead of acknowledging that the use of taxpayers’ money to build Zumaville  amounts to corruption, you and the SACP in Kwa-Zulu Natal (KZN) want the law to protect Zuma. Even the Minister of Public Works Thulas Nxesi, who is the communist, is trying in vain to justify the splurge in Nkandla.

Your all of a sudden defence mechanism for Zuma has deeper meaning than it meets layperson’s eyes, with the ANC’s nomination process still underway, you are so desperate to be nominated for top position, so that you are now making mockery of yourself.

Moving forward, do not let the politics of stomach or lust for power to get the better of you.

By  - Molifi Tshabalala

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
15 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Zulu Mkhise
"Some" justice

At least some justice was was served today, OP has remorse for his actions. Read more...

0 comments 491 views
Submitted by
Anne Els
OP vs OJ

I am so not impressed! In my opinion it is too light and he will probably only serve the 1/6th (10 months) and some other loophole will be found to get him out and into "House arrest". Read more...

5 comments 404 views
Submitted by
Vincent Van G
Pistorius: A slap on the wrist

I think this amounts to nothing but a slap on the wrist, and sends out the wrong message to society. Read more...

2 comments 161 views
Submitted by
Thando Nozenza Mohlomi
Disappointed by Pistorius judgmen...

He deserved to spend more time in prison 5 years is nothing compared to what Steenkamp's family losing their loved one. Read more...

0 comments 107 views
Submitted by
C'est moi
There's a revolution coming

Imagine a happy scenario where only people who pay tax were allowed to vote or where people who get state grants were not allowed to vote - Would the ANC then still have a majority ?  Read more...

10 comments 412 views
Submitted by
Ryan_Ruffgrain
The Premier League Weekend Highli...

Man City’s Sergio Aguero has once again proven himself as the Premier League’s brightest star after his devastating performance against Spurs on Saturday. Read more...

0 comments 30 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to R1000 on Hisense smartphones!

View the large range of Hisense smartphones. Buy today and save up to R1000!

Deal of the week!

Save R1200 on the Samsung 48” smart full HD LED television now only R8799. Buy now!

Toys 4 for the price of 3

Buy 4 toys and get the cheapest FREE! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Mind blowing prices – As seen on TV

Get mind blowing prices on 1000’s of products! Shop now.

Save 20% on Nivea beauty products!

Buy any two Nivea beauty products and save 20%. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop 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.