William Gumede in his article “Stopping at nothing” (The Witness, August 5) speculates and repeats inaccuracies masquerading as fact. In doing this he confirms my view that the more some of us get educated, the more we become unable to think critically but are dependant on the theories and models that we learn from great American and European authors. This results in us divorcing ourselves from our reality in Africa and in particular, South Africa. Thirdly, I do not understand why intellectually pretentious people like Gumede feel that we must be apologetic about our freedom. They believe that we must not criticise the media or the judiciary. We must be subtle and kind in demanding our freedom and we must not complain. They seem to believe that now that we have won political power there is no need to be radical and transform society in a revolutionary manner. If we do this they get embarrassed and call us idiots, imbeciles and other such unpalatable names. It is because of apologists like Gumede that after 14 years of political freedom black people are still beggars in their own country.