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The missing link of Mamphela Ramphele

03 September 2018, 11:39

At first I thought perhaps Mamphela Ramphele had discovered something new when reading the title of her essay. Unfortunately the weekend special DA presidential candidate that undermined her own Agang political goals, was actually employing a scientific missing link to once again espouse her own political fluff with zero scientific evidence.

Violence is laid at the doorstep of patriarchal systems. Corruption is laid at the door of apartheid and colonial conquest.

It's as if the internecine warfare between patriarchal tribal Africans never existed prior to the years of colonial conquest. 25 years of corruption that started with the ANC as ruling party using corruption of the dodgy arms deal that became so endemic that the president of the ANC allowed an immigrant family to set up a parallel government appointing ANC members as their indentured serfs with a pot of Gold in Dubai.

No none of that for Ramphele. 

The reality of course is different. South Africans want accountability and responsibility from politicians. Perhaps the preamble to our Constitution need not be a long and difficult road.  

Perhaps if we afford weekend specials like Ramphele the same disdain we give Des Van Rooyen we might be making a start - the missing link - elusive as it may be  for Ramphele.

How about taking responsibility for our sacred vote and rather than expecting politicians to be Messiahs start simply expecting them to be public servants and do their job? And when they don't because they prefer to be populistic messiahs dictating how we can interact in business, education, or simply over the fence as neighbours, vote them out.


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