SA elected incompetent leaders - Pityana

2012-09-25 09:04

Johannesburg - Reverend Barney Pityana has told South Africans to take responsibility for the country's failures because they elected leaders without vision and basic competence, the Daily Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

"We must blame nobody but ourselves for the tragedy of our education system, a collapsing healthcare system, a bloated but inefficient civil service, pervasive crime, and corruption that has become endemic," Pityana said.

"That is because we have elected a government without any intelligence collectively to understand what must be done.

"We have a government trapped in ideological blinkers, that believes and behaves like it is unaccountable."

Pityana was speaking in Grahamstown on Monday at Kingswood College’s annual memorial lecture to celebrate the life of anti-apartheid activist Neil Aggett.

He said many of the country's shortcomings could not be blamed on its evil apartheid past.

If South Africans continued to endorse the country's failed leadership, the result would be "continued chaos, extending inequality, burgeoning unemployment, poverty and the social evils that have become characteristic of much of our society".

He said the ANC and its allies treated with suspicion and hostility any ideas that did not reinforce their own "stereotypical reality" and sought to silence the likes of The Spear artist Brett Murray, cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro (Zapiro) and expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Pityana is a former vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa and chairperson of the SA Human Rights Commission, and is now rector of the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown.

  • Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-25 09:09

    You get the government you vote for.

      george.pistorius - 2012-09-25 09:13

      So true but they think everything is going to be for Free!!!

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-25 09:15

      True. But the electorate is mostly poorly educated, thanks to these unaccountable leaders. They keep them ignorant and wards of the state, not destroying poverty, but just giving them handouts. Then the ruling party proceeds to spew lies and false promises at every election, keeping the electoral masses blind to the rot they themselves cause. They blame anything and everything but themselves for the last 18 years of failures and the ignorant believe them. The REALLY believe the opposition will bring back Apartheid, despite our constitution (the one the same ruling party attacks) making a return to discrimination all but impossible. The ANC uses race as a vicious weapon to maintain power, rather than as something to reconcile. We need to break the cycle of electoral ignorance first, before people will begin voting with their head and not their skin.

      patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-25 09:30

      Yes........ But how to change the minds of the brain-washed? Just watch some of the comments on News24. Stupid, stupid, stupid!

      louwhan.hoffmann - 2012-09-25 09:37

      The true definition of democracy: The phrase "tyranny of the majority" (or "tyranny of the masses"), used in discussing systems of democracy and majority rule, envisions a scenario in which decisions made by a majority place its interests so far above those of an individual or minority group as to constitute active oppression, comparable to that of tyrants and despots. In many cases a disliked ethnic, religious or racial group is deliberately penalized by the majority element acting through the democratic process.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-09-25 09:42

      Unfortunately a very large section of the electorate also lack the intelligence to make the right decisions when voting. We are just just seeing African history repeating itself, why should we be any different?

      mark.shatkinson - 2012-09-25 09:52

      amen to that.

      leon.groenewald.scuba.33 - 2012-09-25 10:08

      South Africa is now a corporation, A badly ran one, but a corporation none the less. Democracy is a mob backing what is popular without real thought to what is just, fair or right. We used to be a republic, remember RSA? A republic is set in place to moderate a mob. It doesn't matter who we elect, as long as our money is interest bearing bills of exchange, we will never find the progress we need. Go back to non interest bearing, gold backed currency, independent of the world bank and see how quickly we can start building. Politicians are puppets in the hands of the international money magnets. In our case fascicle puppets with real negative impact, but puppets none the less.

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-09-25 10:10

      Thanks to your predecessors, they done a fine job giving the people including myself gutter education. I stood at a braai yesterday where people are saying black people and coloreds are lasy and how hard working the Zimbabweans are, how satisfied they are for working for R60 a day. Braggig about what bargain they getting) Shame on you to pay a grown man R60 a day. (I spend that on my dog daily) simply because he is desperate. All you do is waste your time sitting to wait for media 24 to post some thing that would imply it is a black guy doing something wrong. Connie Mulder and ISeiel Ruddie stole billions back in the day, when million was still a million. Now go pay your maid and your gardener a better wage a living wage ( the PEOPLE that raised you and now your children. Go on now

      lsfreak - 2012-09-25 10:26

      Here in SA we don't have a choice of leaders ppl we get what we are given. Our leaders are "deployed" by a liberation organization that trys to govern a country...

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-09-25 10:33

      Thanks to those who stand for the truth, I don't want to just run down a man because of his skin color, but rather the color of his deed. But for those that don't understand the word truth rather don't comment.

      gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-09-25 11:18

      The incompetence of this government on every level is staggering.

      Johnny31456 - 2012-09-25 11:37

      Pityana for president!

      jeremy.forbes.1293 - 2012-09-25 12:28

      Yes, this is true, but Pityana and many others in recent months who have criticised this government openly, represent the absolute disgust and contempt which is growing among the black middle classes. This is very significant, the trend will show up strongly in the next election together with the fact that the born frees will for the first time be voting.Also, the DA students organisation are winning elections in Universities it would not have done just a decade ago. All these people have extended family networks among the poor, they will strongly influence how they vote next time around. Things are changing.

      Madhi - 2012-09-25 13:10

      The majority of comments in here are the reason why people will rather vote for slow death under the ANC instead of racial abuse. As long as people don't just accept Pitayana's criticims as a good and valid one but move on to imply black voter are stupid for voting their choice no matter how broken that choice is will not unite races. Black voters will reject any opinion no matter how good it is if it contains negative reference to their color, I would do the same myself if I was an ANC voter. My suggestion, let people condemn the ANC and its policies and not be like Romney and condemn voters as u will need them in a democracy.

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-25 15:55

      abner.malema, Very true..! Vote like an idiot and that is what you will get. Is it not conspicuous that those who criticize Apartheid the most vehemently, are the ones behaving the most like it - viz the "Struggle" was just a farce, it was just the 'children' who wanted to be the "baas", while they are still little more than children...

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-25 16:06

      Madhi, Spite is the height of childishness. In Western societies people tell each other they are stupid all the time. The difference is that the majority of people in 1st world societies are mature enough about to (a) take it from whom it comes (b) to do something about it. If you are stupid enough to vote for the ANC to spite white people then you deserve little more than the ANC and the Zimbabwe dystopia they have planned for SA. I just hope that you and those who vote for the ANC just to spite white people, will have the same convictions when they have to face their children and theirs, when they ask you/them why you voted for the destruction of their country when you still had a choice...

      claudia.meads - 2012-09-25 16:12

      victor.rapulane, NO - they are the ones who keep voting for the ANC... BTW - the "they" you are referring to, did NOT keep voting for Apartheid - perhaps you should get somebody to read to you about the 1992 Referendum (preferably somebody who did not take 21 years to fail Woodwork) - IDIOT...

      Madhi - 2012-09-25 17:37

      Claudia you can convey the same message to people without taking their dignity away from them. It helps no one to talk about western standards in a country that hates the west if anything. So again, tell the ANC voters they are wrong for voting the ANC but do not de-humanise them for not thinking like you. If u read my comment well, I did say I am not an ANC VOTER, infact I do not vote in National elections because there is no one interesting enough for me (the closest was the KISS Party but then u know what happened to that). However in local elections I vote DA because they have the time and energy to go and argue my accounts at the Johannesburg municipality, and yes I stay in suburbs so they are a majority where Iam. Be the change you want to see in the world - yes plagiarism for sure.

  • JohncarlosBiza - 2012-09-25 09:10

    Too many people have learned to live with mediocrity. That's the worst state of mind a nation can have

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-09-25 09:10

    So the majority voted for.

  • marais.adriaan - 2012-09-25 09:10

    Let us hope the voters heed this wake-up call. And give the reverend a Bells for saying all that he said.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-09-25 10:12

      Exactly. It's not because they are black, it's because they are incompetent, stupid fools, that only care about their bank accounts.

      rontheogre - 2012-09-25 10:47

      If a person or political party had approached the situation with a similar mind-set to that which Pityana has, I think we would have been much closer to a solution. I would throw my weight and resources behind such an effort without any reservation, even if it means losing a little in the short term as I know that SA will gain BIG in the long term. Presently the voters in SA keep on betting on a sick horse because of sentiment, fully knowing that the finish line spells trouble.

      Thabani.Lucky.Shezi - 2012-09-25 12:28

      Which other party is better than the ANC?

      nibiru.sekkiejorge - 2012-09-25 12:40

      @Thabani.Lucky.Shezi Any Party

  • nkadimeng - 2012-09-25 09:10


  • margo.vorster - 2012-09-25 09:14

    We know the country is a mess, but do we really have the power to 'choose' more competent it not just a pre-arranged political power struggle?

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-09-25 09:15

    Just a pity his wise message will not be heard or understood by the masses that support the likes of showerhead and fatboy, and the ANCorruption cadres will continue on their 'voyage of destruction'.

  • mandla.thwala.10 - 2012-09-25 09:15

    Mr Pityana I think you are a leader yourself too,what are you doing to change things arround in this country?talk without action is doomed

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-25 09:53

      Somebody have to talk and not behave like a sheep or a donkie with blinkers on the eyes. The ones on the government are the ones that have the power to act.Are they doing that?

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-25 09:56

      He is a leader, because he is trying to snap the majority of the electorate out of their mediocrity. This is a democracy, he can't stuff ballot boxes to "change things." He can only educate the electorate to do it for themselves, thus he is a leader and doing something to change things.

      abner.malema - 2012-09-25 10:13

      He is a good critic at everything black. Does why whites respond positively. THey say a black on black

      andres.dewet - 2012-09-25 11:10

      @Abner: That's EXACTLY why you accept mediocrity. Because rather than constructively criticise, you take racial offense. Black and White need to get rid of their damn victim complexes and build the country and not take every negative jab as a racial issue. Africans deserve better than this and if you fail to realise that, you're holding the very people you claim to want to empower and protect, back.

  • jurgen.eksteen - 2012-09-25 09:19

    Standing ovation!!!!

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 09:20

    But we as south Africans do not get a chance to elect our leaders. We only elect the party. They then decide who will lead us. African Democracy I suppose.....

      eva.walle.75 - 2012-09-25 09:26

      Exactly. You shouldn't vote for change, you should vote because of change.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-09-25 09:40

      Agreed Henk, the decision on who should be the leaders are taken behind closed doors in smoke-filled rooms laced with copious amounts of Blue Label by people with greased palms. The "leaders" are just the puppets, hence the saying: "we will go where the ANC decides to send us". Why do you think people like Mac Maharaj and Mo, Chippy and Shabir Shaik managed to get their positions? They don't want to appear to be in charge, yet they control and manipulate the "leaders" in every way, shrewdly operating in the background? Our democracy is just a farce, your vote at the polling station is of little value to the elected party. Once they have the power,even if acquired through devious means and false promises, they give absolutely nothing for the electorate.

      neo.motsepe - 2012-09-25 10:36

      Its quite simple, maybe Rev. didn't put it that simple then. The ANC failed everyone but themself, for the past 14 years, given the 4years when they started. Out-vote the ANC.

  • long.tom.509 - 2012-09-25 09:21

    A weak goverment wants a uneducated population,it suits there needs.

  • werner.dippenaar.77 - 2012-09-25 09:21

    Nice poem Pityana, but we are past words now, action is the only remedy There will be a WAR, and that is sad.

  • mandla.thwala.10 - 2012-09-25 09:23

    I think a fan makes a lot of noise and see a lot of mistakes,give a ball,you will laugh

      abram.spamers - 2012-09-25 10:04

      This is either a very incoherent sentence or a magic spell... I'm hoping for the second

      johand.dutoit - 2012-09-25 11:22

      abram.spamers- Don't keep your breath! His next sentence could just be "Thank you for president electing me for mistake & ball for laugh of fan noisy!" Makes no sense at all but the president bit is worrying me!

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-25 09:24

    vote anc and blame the whites that is how SA operates.

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 09:24

    But if a white guy says this he's racist and misses aphartheid. What a delema.

      billyandrew.croucamp.5 - 2012-09-25 09:29

      Some things are better not said, results speak for themselves...

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-25 10:29

      Quite right billy, results are there for everyone to see, but do they really take note of how delapidated things are becoming, how much worse off they really are? We need a leader who is going to take responsibility and simply fire the incompetant ministers in his or her cabinet

      Thabani.Lucky.Shezi - 2012-09-25 12:33

      Well if that is how he or you think he feels, He or you are ignorant. The ANC government is failing a lot of people I agree, but to say apartheid was better, that is taking it too far.

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-09-25 14:59

      Thabani, read the comment you commented on again. Read it slowly, word for word, to make sure you understand it correctly. Then comment again.

  • freddie.miff - 2012-09-25 09:24

    So true, the ANC believes in it's own narrow stereotypical reality and condemn any alternative views. Their arrogance and narrow mindedness will be their undoing.

      michael.a.collins.9659 - 2012-09-25 09:34

      Freddie, Unfortunately it will not be there undoing, it will be South Africa's undoing

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 09:28

    i am wondering if his opinion is not personal, considering at one stage he was instrumental during the formation of COPE and if my memory serves me well he urged people to vote for Cope (Mbhazima and Lekota) now i really wonder if the Prof is telling us about his intelligence *just wondering* - 2012-09-25 09:37

      Perhaps he is telling us bout his own intelligence. However, taking into consideration what he has stipulated, I think his intelligence has improved significantly. The leaders we chose are incompetent and lack vision. I think a picture on the wall is more useful than our government.

      abner.malema - 2012-09-25 10:05

      You are right and wrong depending on who the reader is aligned to. DA and coconuts will say you are wrong. ANC and African will say you are right. White people think they were born with experience whilst blacks will never in their life time gain experience. They are superhuman who are master in all

      thereevos - 2012-09-25 10:08

      Tshepo -trying to find excuses and shoot him down however he speaks the truth and considering this I would honestly say he's probably a little more intelligent than you.the proof is in the pudding mr brainwashed.

      pieter0827006294 - 2012-09-25 11:47

      Pityana attended the University of Fort Hare. He was one of the founding members of the South African Students' Organisation of the Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko. He was also a member of the African National Congress Youth League, and was suspended for challenging the authority of the Afrikaans teachers and the apartheid principles of "Bantu education". Pityana received a degree from the University of South Africa in 1976 but was barred from practicing law in Port Elizabeth by the apartheid government. Pityana went into exile in 1978, studying theology at King's College London and training for the ministry Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford. Thereafter he served as an Anglican curate in Milton Keynes and as a vicar in Birmingham. From 1988 to 1992 he was Director of the Programme to Combat Racism at the World Council of Churches in Geneva Pityana returned to South Africa in 1993, following the end of apartheid. He continued working in theology and human rights, completing a PhD in Religious Studies at the University of Cape Town in 1995. He was appointed a member of the South African Human Rights Commission in 1995, and served as chairman of the commission from 1995 to 2001 He also served on the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights at the Organisation of African Unity in 1997. Professor Pityana became Vice-Chancellor and Principal for the University of South Africa in 2001 and held the position for nine years.

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-09-25 09:28

    Wonderfully said, Rev. Pityana. You are totally correct. For the most part, our government consists of a group of power- and money-hungry idiots. All along I've said they're like a bunch of kids trying to run a luxury hotel.....

  • harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 09:29

    Is this not old Barney who hurled insults at people for objecting to transforming thier ways and ideas into that of the ANC brotherhood. One of majority that includes the intellectuals that forced this government onto South Africa with a lie claiming The Anc was a political party that stood for all the great things of democracy and turned out to be a marxist dictatorship organization brought to power with the help of the liberal thinking intellectuals who know it all except how to get us out of this mess and are now asking the same idiotic masses who helped them get thier way to now fix the Mess. Barney the fools who voted the ANC in do not have the sense to vote them out .They are scared of the consequences of a free society

      flysouth - 2012-09-25 11:13

      One and the same!

  • Chris_420 - 2012-09-25 09:30

    Well said and agreed, unfortunately its the lack of education that results in this voting cycle we have seen since 1994.

  • bob.small.7547 - 2012-09-25 09:32

    Reverend Barney Pityana, I like you...ALOT!

  • leigh.legonidec - 2012-09-25 09:33

    these" leaders" aren't voted for by the public, they only vote for a party. It's the screwed up political system which sees "leaders" voted in by the party factions that are the most influential. If the public had a direct say in the would be a whole new story!

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-25 09:36

    this what you get when you employ the cadre elite. they think they are the only once that can benefit from the imbalances of the past. all they want is for the masses to vote for them to keep them in a certain life style. apart from stealing and wasting the tax payers money they do not give 2 hoots about the constitution on equality. they always preach it by do not apply it. why must these fat cats earn such massive salaries plus other benefits that goes with it ie mansions and fancy motor cars plus, plus. it is actually disgusting and they feel no shame at all. they should get off their cloud nine and face reality why they are in power and it defenately not for the poor but them selves.

  • ashne.segal - 2012-09-25 09:36

    Thank G-d it wasn't me!

  • trevor.mashilo - 2012-09-25 09:43

    100% behind u Rev.....i need to consider who to vote for in 2014.

  • nico.leroux1 - 2012-09-25 09:43

    Rev. Pityana for President!

  • mzondistanley - 2012-09-25 09:48

    Pityana, You are a Half baked Politician hence not a Realist!! Where did you see or read that Democracy comes on a Silver plate? It is a Learning Process by the whole Society! It is True that South Africa is still a divided Society, the Haves and the Have not!! All the Strikes are a result of inequality? The Land is still in the Hands of a Few, dispite the fact that the Central theme of the Liberation struggle was Hinged on taking back the Land!! On Constitutional Negotiations for a Democratic South Africa Whites did not volonteer to surrender back Arable Land!! And without this Asset you can do Nothing to develop the Citizens!! not even to train your People oon Agriculture technics!! Do not be Simplistic !! You are on the side Metropolitan Politics which believes that After Aparthead The State will provide everything that Citizens want!! No, In Church yes we keep cheating the Citizens that The Rewards are in Heaven for those who are poor on Earth!! No , Let us be realistic Good things are on earth as it is in Heaven, except we have to Develop the Institutions of Governance fairly to be rational!! Equity and distribution of Oportunities to the Poor and rich!! I repeat Distribution of Oportunities to all South Africans and begin with a Tools of Arbitration and Justice, access to arable Land etc, Municipal politics is not the same as developing Rural Communities!! Urban Politics changes with Economic Winds. Ie The Price of Petrol is not decided in South Africa!!

      makenawn - 2012-09-25 09:58

      So corruption is not an issue for u 'cause is not mentioned any where on your comment. Corruption is not part of the learning process. It makes you think nè

      Hein Van Wyk - 2012-09-25 09:59

      the petrol price is given by the South African are trying to say the oil price is not given by SAG...

      asivhanga - 2012-09-25 10:10

      All those with thump down are whites..but good point Mzie.

      mshiniboys - 2012-09-25 10:14

      Mzimba the land topic is actualy geting a bit tired for some of us...if you want land you can communicate with me and I can organise you some hecters for free.I have land but I dont use it because I am also a professional.most people want to live in town these days and land is just meaningless and a topic for the uniformed.if our democracy is a learning process we should have learned already considering the length of time.blame games have been played too long now we need responsible leadership not celebrities who want to be'the only black guy in my are who drives a mercedes and a BMW'.

      trevor.myburgh.12 - 2012-09-25 10:53

      @Mzimba Only a very stupid ignorant, self center, excuse for a human being will disagree with you. Even though you get so much no votes, they cant stick this because it is the truth once again. Well at least we won't get locked up for our opinions.

      johand.dutoit - 2012-09-25 11:34

      asivhanga- Have you seen all the thumb down people? If not,how can you say they are all white? You must wake up and start realising that a good number of black people also feel like white people do!

      johand.dutoit - 2012-09-25 11:37

      trevor.myburgh.12- It's time for you to start talking sense,degrading language is not helping your Ultra Liberal outlook on life or are you just trying to save your ass?

  • bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-09-25 09:49

    Do mean that the ANC does not have a master plan that will make this country to succeed? Most of the politician in the ANC thinks that we are doing fine compared to our neighbours- Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe. I heard that the Preseident said we are complaining for nothing

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-25 10:04

      Do you still believe the President? South Africa is doing better than their couterparts in Africa because still have some skills and brains around , when they leave it will be the same as the rest of Africa. Wake up.

      pillowcasephelo - 2013-02-25 13:48

      U either are very stupid or are completely ignorant. How do you compare SA with Swaziland, Mozambique and even worse Zimbabwe. SA economy is probably 100 times bigger than this countries. Even Zimbabwe in its glory days could not compare to the SA economy. Its very huge endowed with so many resources. But hey, Zooma will take good care of the economy. That is bring it to its knees and complain that its still white people....

  • don.frost.581 - 2012-09-25 09:50


  • David Boikhutso - 2012-09-25 09:51

    it does not help when some of you call the masses 'fools'. then they will gladly vote along racial lines just to avoid being insulted in their own country

  • ndlovuvincent - 2012-09-25 09:51

    Prof Pityana,u are the one of our educated people,alongside,Themba Sono,Itumeleng Masala,Mphahlele Ramphele and many others,that I hold in high regard.My honourable professor,what u said is absolute truth,but what is disturbing now,u are not suggesting the solution.As u have been holding top position at the academic institutions,what contribution did u make to counter the current education system?It is disturbing and leaving a dim view of u when u only talk when u are given a platform to talk about other heroes and get an opportunity to talk ill of the current status quo.The systems was messed up long time ago,long before Zuma became the head of the country.I will be happy if I hear that all our well educated people call imbizo to discuss the problems this country is facing.I am giving u credit but u educated people must not act as opportunists,u have the power and knowledge,so do not hide it share it with us.You are the real peope who felt the pains brought by apartheid,so suggest the solutions.We know u once belong to a political party that pretended to be totally opposite to the ANC but u must not allow your hatred to make u shy to contribute towards the betterment of this country as I know u as a Proud African son,I am also proud of u,no matter what u say,that I do not aggree with u on.

      CapeTownRob - 2012-09-25 10:12

      It's quite clear to me that he's saying that we've elected the wrong government: "we have elected a government without any intelligence collectively to understand what must be done". The solution is to elect a different government.

  • Peter - 2012-09-25 09:52

    Well put Rev. but how do you explain this paradox in plain understandable language -so that those which the ANC education system has failed, can fully appreciate and place their marks next to the correct names in time for the next general elections? I would not bet against the ANC getting close to the vote results they enjoyed in the last elections. This outcome just spells more misery and chaos, unless a viable and cohesive group of opposition parties come together- fast!

  • lmapheto - 2012-09-25 09:53

    Voting as an illusion of choice...

  • pmalungana - 2012-09-25 10:01

    I think those who think they have better leadership skills than the incumbence should get involved and save the situation. The question is what are we doing to conscioutize the ill informed?

      neo.motsepe - 2012-09-25 10:10

      Simple. Out-vote them come 2014.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-09-25 10:45

      Damn politicians!!!

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-25 10:02

    Honestly speaking ANC has changed from what it used to be. It seems most of the leaders in the ANC were so desperately wanting to live like whites. In the process they failed everybody and the worst hit are our future leader. Education and health care have been left behind.

      pillowcasephelo - 2013-02-25 13:59

      Thats my problem with the ANC. Yes there are structural challenges in racial terms when it comes to access to resources and i known because i have experienced them. But my biggest problem is that we are told to vote ANC and blame whites while the very same same ANC leadership is living the so called opulence that they say "presumably"white people live as a direct result of Apartheid. They live lavishly in the same style and while we the Rank & File are made to scramble for the Crumbs all in the name of emancipation from Apartheid. I will never understand this part........

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-09-25 10:02

    ANC: JOBS FOR PALS..NO VISION..they play on the ppls past...remember APARTHEID..just to get votes..and the majority of the ppl who vote anc..are stupid..they live in** education..bad service delivery..corruption...and more the majority stil going to vote fr the anc..blacks believe if a white party take control of the country..they will go back to apartheid..frgetting the DA COULDNT WIN WESTERN CAPE IF IT WASNT FOR COLOUREDS AND BALCKS..da is not a white party..its for the ppl who believe in south africa

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-25 10:16

      Henze why the ANC will keep their people un-educated.. Only way to secure future voters..

  • cheers.perez - 2012-09-25 10:02

    Only a change on government will effect any kind of change at any level. An election requirement - at least eighteen months in advance - is that ALL political parties need to provide simple, brief manifestos across only education, health and pensions. All three need to be translated into the relevant local languages and party reps. need to meet with folk locally to discuss the implications of their manifestos. Local folk can also negotiate the manifesto as a means of expressing their needs/concerns/perspectives. If local folk do not accept the manifesto, then they can block that candidate from standing for election. Corrupt candidtates will soon run out of money to "buy" votes.

  • tiaan.truter - 2012-09-25 10:04

    Lol the only reason the ANC won is because they have a bunch of sheep following them,they take empty promises every single time and never learn from them.How many time did the ANC promise something to the people just to get there votes ? Every time theres an election they promise and never deliver,then the people b*tch and moan about it...You get what you vote for,which in this cast is NOTHING.

  • gail.welman - 2012-09-25 10:05

    Your comments are appreciated because you seem to be taking a stand against the "politically correct" stance. But how to fix. Most of us South Africans are here for the longhaul, whether we are pink or blue or spotty, and I would say there are many people who would like to help sort out this education mess because knowledge is the only way forward. You have long-standing relations with ANC and maybe you can show them how UNISA runs.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-09-25 10:06

    I agree with your statement Rev Pityana but not in total. I did not choose the people who are leading this country, nor did many hundreds of thousands of people choose them. They were "given" the jobs and if you voted ANC these are the people who were the leaders. I couldn't give a hoot who leads the country as long as they were capable of taking it forward and creating jobs and providing a decent education for every single child. However, they are not. They are self-serving, corrupt, arrogant and above all, useless!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-09-25 10:08

    Proficient advice,But have you told your fellow compatriots who visionary leaders are?.Tell tell them the names of those wise and competent leaders,In order to avoid the same paradoxical mistake in 2000014.

  • John - 2012-09-25 10:10


  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-09-25 10:10

    Nonsense, the elected government cannot sit back absolved and let blame fall on the people who voted for them. They earn a salary therefore they must perform to expectations. We have every right to blame the government that we voted for, because they are not delivering on election promises. They lied. While I hope that voters learn lessons and apply more thought at next elections, they do have a right to feel aggreived at government performance, or non-performance as the case may be.

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-25 10:19

      Sad thing is they wont learn... next elections, they will get some free t-shirts and a few hand-outs, and yet AGAIN vote this useless parties in power... Then be moved aside again for 3years.. Just compare the WC to all the other provinces, then you will see what a huge difference a proper governing structure makes. Sure the DA is not perfect, but dammm they are a hell of alot better than the ANC!

  • Paul Mphap - 2012-09-25 10:14

    hahahaha, well said Rev, but my question is how Mr spear respond to this one? our children's future is in jeopardy cos of current incompetent leadership!

  • kumbulani - 2012-09-25 10:24

    Well said Rev. Blame game wont work. I like it when he says \we are to blame\. Shower-head didnt just pitch bt was voted for. We need to understand one important issue here. Its a belief or truth that \the black\ community, being majority have in mind nt to be ruled by whites again. This is due to past and even sme current minor events. They rather have the corrupt party and dumb leaders. DA cld have brought sme changes bt however there is fear of the unknown. Racism still exists within SA and i thnk Mandela didnt finish what he started.

  • craig.daniels.90813 - 2012-09-25 10:26

    Pityana is speaking like a true Reverend but to be honest things are much better here in Cape Town if you compare it to the rest of the country thanx to the ruling party of the Western Cape

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-09-25 10:27

    Well said

  • jan.reinecke.792 - 2012-09-25 10:32

    What a breath of fresh air.....thank-you Rev Pityana! May your message of hope that faces up to the complexities of our diverse land be shared by more and more responsible individuals so that, like ripples, it spreads to the four corners of our beloved country!

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-09-25 10:33

    I wasn't aware that JELOUS MAYHEM(Julius Malema)'s IDEAS had supporters of Dr Barney Pityana's calibre-The good proffessor is better positioned to act because he's got a history with both AZAPO

  • abdullah.ndabezitha - 2012-09-25 10:33

    why did he not avail himself to lead... standing on the side line and play blame game is taking us nowhere... it is either you are part of the problem or part of the solution. "take out the splint in your eye reverend!"