Short of brave men and women

2017-08-29 06:01

ON June 12, 1964, president general of the ANC, Chief Albert Luthuli, issued a statement in sympathy with the Rivonia Trialists who had been sentenced to life imprisonment.

He said that resorting to the armed struggle was necessitated by the apartheid state which closed all avenues of peaceful resistance. He said: “No one can blame brave just men for seeking justice by the use of violent methods, nor could they be blamed if they tried to create an organised force in order to ultimately establish peace and racial harmony.”

He further said that “they [Rivonia Trialists] represent the highest in morality and ethics in the South African political struggle, this morality and ethics has been sentenced to an imprisonment it may never survive”.

Those who voted with their consciences are like the “brave men” Luthuli spoke about. The ANC National Executive Committee closed all avenues to have President Jacob Zuma account for his lies and sins.

The only avenue left for brave men and women to help the nation get rid of the Guptas is to vote with their consciences.

SIYANDA MHLONGO

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