Black elite uses Biko legacy for its own benefit

2009-09-18 13:42

AFTER reading Andile Mngxitama’s column about Steve Biko’s Black Consciousness (BC) and how our politicians are taking us for a ride, I felt so hurt about all the promises that were made to ordinary people who can neither read nor write or even understand what they voted for early this year.

Mngxitama said parties, organisations and individuals who claim to uphold Biko’s ­philosophy bombard us with his wisdom and then after September they return to their lethargic existence, either helping the ANC to run the country in the interest of a minority or passing time in the margins, away from the difficult ­arena of real politics.

People such as Dr Blade Nzimande, Siphiwe Nyanda and Angie Motshekga are not to be trusted. People are living in dire poverty while they live luxury lives and drive around in flashy cars.

I fully agree that this elite group simply uses the history of black exclusion to claim a portion of the country’s wealth for itself while the majority remains trapped in poverty. My plea is for them to think deeply about their actions and do the right thing before is too late.

Looking at Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso, who I regard as one of the greatest leaders Africa has ever produced, I wonder what the conscience of the ANC comrades is ­saying to them.

When Sankara came to power he said that ministers could only fly economy class, not first class. He abolished presidential immunity and lowered civil service salaries.

He travelled in a small, ordinary car and never had any personal property. His presidential salary was a pittance and he shamed every other statesman in the world and at home. His example was never followed anywhere in Africa and I doubt if it ever will be.

The South African government should have adopted his policies in 1994 if it really cared about ordinary people. Unfortunately, Sankara was assassinated before his ideologies could bear fruits for his country.

Lesetja Legodi


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