Ramphele, save SA from ANC

2010-09-11 10:56

I am among those calling for Dr Mamphela Ramphele to run for president – not only because of her recent insightful and analy­tic article in City Press.

I happen to be one of a group of Fort Hare students who were engaged in her primary healthcare projects in Eastern Cape for the apartheid government. She worked with Steve Biko and Mapetla Mohapi.

She called her project Zanempilo Primary Health Care Project. Volunteer students like myself built mud clinics to provide primary healthcare for deprived communities.

Ramphele’s plight under this government has not changed and she is calling once more for the deprived to be delivered from their post-apartheid servitude, poverty and suffering.

What she needs to guard against is a carrot-donkey mentality where a “fat carrot” might be dangled before her to distract her from the insights and analytical caring she has for her country and its people.

Fact is, this ANC-led government needs political direction and an education system that is far better than that of the system we fought against and even the one offered by fellow African states.

We call for her not to be tempted by any carrot that will distract her from the focus she has and what she seems destined to do in our country – fighting oppression and the corruption that now follows it.

Nevertheless, principled people like her cannot fit into the ANC’s scheme of self-enrichment and personal interest at the expense of the people’s needs.

Dr Ramphele definitely does not fit into the ANC’s scheme of things and people like her could never fit in, as Independent Democrats leader Patricia de Lille has proved.

Let us cut the “umbilical-cord comradeship” where everybody is a leader, and work towards a corruption-free society that takes the interests of people to heart and sensitises them for action and not lip service.

If Dr Ramphele can win a province and a few local municipalities on her first attempt, the ANC will have something to think about and will begin to realise that they were voted into power in order to deliver.

Dr Ramphele, the people of South Africa have spoken and your country needs you, perhaps even more than they did under the apartheid government.

The most painful of knife thrusts is the one that comes from your own kind, as Julius Caesar once experience.

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