Ramphele: ANC fighters should have retired

2012-11-08 00:00

ANC freedom fighters should have retired with houses and pensions before the first democratic elections in 1994 and left the rest of the country to build a democracy, says Mamphela Ramphele.

“The mistake we made in 1994 — no, in 1993 already — is that we should have thanked the warriors of our struggles, decorated them with gold, given them huge pensions and houses, and let them go so that we can build a democratic dispensation,” Ramphele said at the launch of an exhibition commemorating the late Helen Suzman at Constitution Hill.

Ramphele, a struggle stalwart and former managing director of the World Bank, recently founded the Citizen Movement for Social Change.

She said that no liberation movement had been able to change into a democratic party. “The mindset is diametrically opposed to the mindset needed in a democracy”, which was about defending the right of one’s opponent to hold different views, but “in a liberation movement you have to close ranks”.

“The ANC has not transformed into what the Constitution requires,” including having a civil service independent of political leadership, she declared.

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