It’s a new dawn; a time for work, unity

2018-03-01 06:01
opinion Thembile Ndabeni

opinion Thembile Ndabeni

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Julius Malema once blurted: “There is no ANC but ZANC.”

Then on an SABC elections programme hosted by veteran journalist Vuyo Mvoko, an audience member blasted thus: “ANC stands for Agency for National Corruption.”

According to Malema, ZANC was a culmination of the shenanigans of former President Jacob Zuma.

Further, the Z could have meant either Zuma, Zulu, or both.

Ironically, in the words of the founder of the ANC, Pixley ka Isaka Seme: “The demon of tribalism and racialism must be buried and forgotten.”.

To boot, the first president of the ANC was the Zulu-speaking Reverend Langalibalele Dube.

Chief Albert Luthuli was another Zulu-speaking president of the organisation, admired and held in high esteem by the likes of Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela, who also became presidents of the party.

Mandela later earned a Noble Peace Prize for his liberation efforts.

But the question should be, why would people label the ANC, Africa’s oldest liberation movement with such terms as ZANC or twist the acronym as if the party is founded on principles of ‘national corruption’.

Blind loyalism is to blame for many of the party’s public distrust, which even ate into the electorate.

North West University’s Professor Andre Duvenhage said: “I have no doubt that Mr Zuma is focussing on loyalists.

During the era of Mandela and Mbeki, it was never said that the ANC stood for Agency for National Corruption.

Under Zuma, sophisticated concepts, labels, denials, and propaganda were used in defence of corruption.

We should breathe a sigh of relief that we have a non-Nguni speaking President in Cyril Ramaphosa, because the Zuma era nearly destroyed the ANC.

Zuma’s “forced resignation’ has got nothing to with him being a Zulu or being uneducated, but with his conduct, especially corruption and “state capture”.

Ramaphosa should root out the kind of tribalism that has found logic within the ANC.

Ramaphosa has the huge task of restoring the confidence of the masses towards the ANC.

I am sure even those who were in denial of the existence of the African National Corruption will agree. The corrupt and evil must be named and shamed after prosecutions have taken place.

Those who have benefited twice, first by ripping off the poor and then killing whistleblowers for exposing them, should be brought to book.

Those who exposed them for doing so and lost their lives for the sake of the truth, the nation, society and the poor. Unity doesn’t mean compromising people’s lives. Addressing corruption, state capture, political killings and an end to tribalism should lay the foundation towards challenging the country’s many woes, including unemployment, poverty and inequality. This is because people would be free to report wrongdoing and that will save our coffers from being gobbled up by the greedy and corrupt.

Law-abiding citizens must report foul play as it robs those who qualify for jobs and impact negatively on the economy. We must also end job protection in government for the laggards.

All those duty-bound to assess, inspect and so on must not sit in the office and receive reports, drinking coffee and turning around in their chairs.

They are deployed to work and not to sit, ‘bathunyiwe’ as the president said to the nation quoting from the song “Thuma mina” by the recently departed Bra Hugh Masekela. If you don’t want to work, step aside or be stepped on as there are many who are hungry for the job. Kuburhulumente, akukho kulobani, isikhathi samapopayi siphelile! “Thuma mina”!

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