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Mathole Motshekga: ANC can't be led by 'unethical and immoral leaders'

2018-01-25 10:12
Mathole Motshekga (File, Netwerk24)

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Mathole Motshekga

The divinely inspired and incorruptible cultural workers such as Keorapetse Kgositsile and musicians such as Hugh Masekela are passing to the beyond before seeing the change they called for.  

These voices of the divine passed on poor and penniless because they had a revolutionary pilgrimage on earth. The newly elected president of the ANC has also heeded the voice of the ancestors of the organisation for change.

The essence of this change encapsulates a reconnection with the revolutionary values of the founding ancestors who were both spiritual and political leaders. Heeding the voice of these ancestors, Cyril Matamela (i.e. little dove) Ramaphosa called for change and embarked on a revolutionary pilgrimage soon after his elevation to the presidency of our glorious Movement, the ANC.

Our revolutionary ancestors want real change that is not contaminated by crime and corruption flowing from state capture and related crimes against the state and the people. Thus the revolutionary pilgrimage was followed by serious revelations of state capture even before the commission of inquiry into this nefarious acts were exposed. These revelations are meant to aid those that are not worthy of leadership positions to recuse themselves before causing the organisation and its new leadership collective damage and embarrassment.

The founders of our glorious Movement were selfless people who sacrificed their youth and professions to liberate and serve the people. Today we have people who availed themselves for election to office to serve knowing full well that they were captured by, or associated with, the Guptas in one way or another. This opportunism is unacceptable to both the public spirited peoples’ representatives and the ancestors of our glorious Movement.

It is the trite secular law that one is presumed innocent until proven guilty. But the guilty know it even before they are proven guilty. Thus, why for public representatives, the standard used is that of integrity, not guilt.  

To aid those that are not sure the ANC has established the Integrity Commission that must clear or vet members who want to serve because the integrity has nothing to do with innocence and guilt. It is a matter of ethical and moral conduct. It is suggested therefore that those of us who know that they were elected to leadership positions without going through the eye of the needle should voluntarily step down or present themselves to the Integrity Commission for vetting.

The Revolutionary Pilgrimage undertaken by President Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa is part of the cleansing operation that must rid the ANC of those who might contaminate it in the run up to the 2019 elections. Even opposition parties know that none of them can run South Africa. All they want are some seats in Parliament to earn a living and to keep ANC members, who have not gone through the eye of the needle, in check. The latter function wasted much of Parliament’s time during the past four years.

In the year 2018 the people of South Africa need a revolutionary change informed by the revolutionary pilgrimage.

The bones of the ANC ancestors were shaken to rid its members of unethical and immoral tendencies. All members have been assisted to come clean. Before the SONA those who lack integrity should resign or, if in doubt, present themselves to the Integrity Commission for vetting.

In 2017 we celebrated the life and times of OR Tambo. This year we are celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela. These giants of our revolution went through the eye of the needle and they were both spiritual and political leaders.  

In 1985 OR Tambo established the Department of Legal and Constitutional Affairs in the ANC, followed by the Department of Religious Affairs in 1987. OR understood full well that law cannot be divorced from ethics and morality. He also understood that the diverse spiritual traditions, including African spirituality, are the source of our ethics and morality.   Thus OR established the Department of Religious Affairs based on an interfaith policy.

Even before his elevation to the presidency of the ANC Nelson Mandela said that the African rebirth and renewal required the collaboration of our triple heritage of Christianity, Islam and African Religion, among others. He premised our African Renaissance Movement on an interfaith basis that some among us sought to do away with to open the way for unethical and immoral conduct.

In 1995 Mandela institutionalised the Interfaith Movement by establishing the Commission on Religious Affairs (CRA) which facilitated the formation of the Moral Regeneration Movement (the “MRM”) that is silent amidst crime and corruption in state affairs and the National Interfaith Council of South Africa (NICSA) which has been captured. We cannot celebrate the life and times of Nelson Mandela under a cloud. We must restore the integrity of our movement and all institutions and individuals associated with them. There could be no better starting point that the revolutionary pilgrimage.

This pilgrimage and the vetting by the Integrity Commission should result in vacancies in high echelons of our leadership collectives. To fill these vacancies, the ANC will need a National General Council (the “NGC”) to ensure that we do not start the 2019 election campaign with unethical and immoral leaders.

The ANC is destined to create and lead a moral society. It cannot itself be led by unethical and immoral people. All ANC structures and legislatures must hold members accountable without fear or favour. Our national and provincial and local legislatures should not allow anybody who has not passed through the eye of the needle to participate in the opening ceremonies.

The vetting of the members should not wait for the Commission of Enquiry into the State of Capture. Those who are captured know themselves. They must voluntarily step down to avoid embarrassment to themselves and to the organisation. In line with the doctrine of separation of powers Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo must also not allow the Terms of Reference of the Commission of Enquiry into the State of Capture to be expanded as only the Concourt can vary or amend the remedial action of the Public Protector.

South Africa is a strange constitutional democracy where suspects are allowed to draw up the charge sheets against themselves.

Parliament must not again be found have failed to hold the executive, including the Head of State accountable when it reopens in February.

- Dr Mathole Motshekga is a ANC Member of Parliament and member of the ANC Constitutional Committee.

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