KDF woes: There is a solution to any problem

2015-10-29 06:00
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Dear KDF

As a Khayelitsha resident, I am deeply concerned about the state of affairs in your organisation.

“Ewe, le nto kakade yinto yaloo nto. Thina, nto zaziyo, asothukanga nto; Sibona kamhlope, sithi bekumelwe,

Sitheth’engqondweni, sithi kufanelwe; Xa bekungenjalo bekungayi kulunga. Ngoko ke, Sotase! Kwaqal’ukulunga!

Le nqanaw’umendi, namhla yendisile, Nal’igazi lethu lisikhonzisile! Asinithenganga ngazoizicengo; Asinithenganga ngayo imibengo”

The tribute to the sinking of the SS Mendi with more than eight hundred men was penned by the Xhosa Poet Laureate, SEK Mqhayi.

I know I am taking a risk, for it is fashionable in this poisoned environment, to conveniently ignore the pertinent developmental and unity issues I am raising.

We say, things have happened as they should have,Within our brains we say: it should have been so; If it hadn’t been so, nothing would have come right”

Time is now for uncomfortable truths to be laid bare.

We all know that Ward Development Forums and stakeholders are going through the most painful period in the history of the KDF.

It is an era of divisions, sidelining, character assassinations, flouting of the KDC constitution and organisational paralysis, which will continue to haunt the people of Khayelitsha for many years to come.

All our efforts at arresting these developments have so far been frustrated.

In times like this, the matured have generally been invaluable in helping to navigate the challenges facing the organization.

Therefore, it is painful that WDF is deeply involved in divisions.

In the heat of such conflicts, rationality and sober political reflection often go out of the window.

The dominant cabal would say things which in normal circumstances would be completely foreign to our KDF culture.

Name calling, labeling, rumour-mongering and character assassination become the order of the day.

This is in itself a potential prelude to the unthinkable- physical conflict between the stakeholders and leaders of the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

Unfortunately, instead of calming the situation down, and assisting the WDF and stakeholders to resolve its difficulties, the KDF leadership’s interventions have in many cases exacerbated the problem and added fuel to the fire.

The facts are that some in the KDF leadership may have made reckless statements aimed at certain sections of KDF stakeholders.

This, in response to these interventions of the KDF, has not helped matters.

We expected the KDF to rise above this but have been utterly disappointed. Many statements have been made recently by the KDF about the crisis in WDF’s, but also out of genuine concern that if the KDF does not change course, it will increasingly discredit itself amongst the stakeholders, and forever lose its ability to unite and lead the people of khayelitsha.

I therefore plead for the non-alienation of stakeholders from the Khayelitsha Development Forum.

I plead with the dominant cabal not to attack or snipe at others, but offer constructive criticism, if any.

This will assist the KDF in reflecting and helping in a sober, deeply organizational manner, on how to correct the pending tragedy which might befall the organisation.

Often when we are engaged in a fierce political battles, our emotions and loyalty do not allow us to clearly see our role in the unfolding conflict.

I therefore appeal to all concerned to step back and carefully consider the nature of the challenges we are confronting, and also to understand that the KDF may be facing a crisis.

Despite the historical loyalty of many of its leaders, to the dominant strata, with its liberation credentials, and the fact that we have been together in the trenches in a number of campaigns, questions have increasingly been asked about the direction the KDF is taking, and whose interests it is representing.

I therefore suggest the following in order to stave off any future conflict that may hamper unity and growth in our organisation.

.Unity should be the ultimate game of any developmental forum.

. Please note that corruption varies, but include bribery, extortion, cronyism, nepotism, patronage, influence peddling, graft and embezzlement.

Corruption undermines democracy and good governance by flouting or even subverting formal processes.

In your process of introspective diagnoses and report, I can rest assured you will find corruption within the KDF.

Please act on this without fear, favour and prejudice.

.It is common knowledge that the constitution is a written document of the rule of law and regulations in the KDF.

There are reasons why the constitution is important at all times and why we should adhere to it.

The constitution is important because it outlines all the rights. It gives a complete list of all the things that we can and cannot do, and the rights that we have.

The constitution and its amendments protects us from each other, and it protects us from our own excesses, it protects us from the wrongful execution of programs.

It stops us from incriminating ourselves, our right to free speech, our right to bear arms, our right to freedom of religion and so on.

But if we persist on flouting the KDF rules, we will have illegitimacy in the KDF. This will tantamount to the representation of self-interests of individuals.

.Please call a special plenary session to deal with the challenges mentioned above and convene the biennial General Meeting with immediately effect, so that you can take the people of Khayelitsha into confidence, persuing the KDF slogan: “People working together for sustainable development.

I know that tackling KDF means tackling many other political dynamics in Khayelitsha. I am forever hopeful that we can overcome these challenges, but your leadership is critical to achieving this.

I am willing to do anything in my power to make a difference. I only ask that the KDF does the same.

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