In Voices: How to stop the plunder, that ANC list, abuse in the church, and can blacks be racists?

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City Press publishes a range of opinions on all the pertinent issues facing society in the Voices section. Get your copy every Sunday in City Press. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images
City Press publishes a range of opinions on all the pertinent issues facing society in the Voices section. Get your copy every Sunday in City Press. Picture: iStock/Gallo Images

Re-Imagine SA founder Mamphela Ramphele writes that the time is now for citizens to rise to the challenge of anchoring the democratic system they would like to see in the country. “We, the people, need to declare in uncompromising terms that we will not vote for parties that knowingly field candidates who are under a cloud of corruption or who behave in unethical ways, undermining our core values of ubuntu.”

University of Johannesburg politics professor Mcebisi Ndletyana says uprooting corruption requires acceptance of the attendant risk that the entire party [ANC] machinery might rise-up against Cyril Ramaphosa.

“This raises a strong possibility of him being ousted. That’s not the risk Ramaphosa is willing to take, nor is the rest of the ANC leadership keen on doing so. This is the reason the ANC has not acted on its repeated promise to do lifestyle audits on party officials. The inclusion of inglorious individuals on the list, therefore, is typical of the party. This may not change anytime soon. There is certainly pressure to reform the ANC, but that may weaken after the election.”

Author Sarah Setlaelo questions why the church is quiet on abuse.

“The history of sexual abuse in the church, currently in the making, is being written by pastors’ wives, church members and the families of the victims. They are the ones who control the narrative, because with their interventions, the likes of Omotoso, Bushiri, Lukau and priests from all other mainline churches have no opportunity to wound and damage whole generations of children.”

Patrick Wadula, a former editor, argues – on blacks being racists towards each other – that “the other challenge we face is that in our noble quest to root out apartheid colonialism and racism, we don’t succumb to the perils of political correctness by saying that black Africans can be racist towards one another”.

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