Lekota says ANC ‘hijacked’

2011-05-17 00:00

COPE president Mosiuoa Lekota lambasted the African National Congress during a speech to the supporters of his party at a dinner in Port Edward on Sunday evening, saying the ANC has been hijacked by people who feel nothing for reconciliation.

“What has happened to the ANC and Nelson Mandela’s message of reconciliation that gave this country so much hope after 1994?

How can people like Julius Malema be allowed to say what he does without being repudiated?” he asked.

Lekota said the current leadership of the ANC is a total disaster and a threat to all South Africans.

If one compares President Zuma’s presidency to that of Mandela, it is a no-contest. Under Zuma, there is corruption everywhere, with ministers amongst the biggest culprits. Former president Mandela would never have tolerated this.

“This is not the same party I devoted more than 30 years of my life to.”

Lekota referred to the Sheryl Cwele case, and reiterated that then president Kgalema Motlanthe was informed about the investigation against the wife of Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele in 2009, but nothing was done.

Cwele is still employed by the Hibiscus Coast Municipality, even though she has been found guilty of drug trafficking.

“In any other democracy, especially under Nelson Mandela, ministers tainted like this or under suspicion of misspending public money would have been removed.”

Lekota said that wherever he goes in the country during his election campaign, people tell him that they are sick and tired of bad ANC service delivery.

“And I believed them, because wherever I went the stench of overflowing sewage and potholes in the streets greeted me.”

Lekota appealed to the people of the Hibiscus Coast to vote for Cope, thus ensuring that genuine leaders who want to serve their people are elected.

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