LETTER TO THE EDITOR | Case for a government of national unity has never been stronger

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The current crop of ANC leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, has had full knowledge of the transgressions within the party but has chosen to ignore it or cover it up, writes David Gant.


The ANC has at long last been fully stripped of its emperor's clothes and now lies naked for the nation to see it for what it really has become.

The tsunami of recent revelations of corruption, nepotism, greed, crime, incompetence and cover-ups have vividly exposed how the movement that once honourably earned its struggle credentials, now has no moral right to be the governing party of our country.

Worse still is the fact that many of the current crop of ANC leaders, including President Cyril Ramaphosa, have had full knowledge of the transgressions within the party but have chosen to ignore it or cover it up, thereby for years denying the electorate at large the opportunity to realistically assess the party and having found it wanting, punish it at the polls. The ANC has wreaked havoc on our country and has effectively lied to the nation to keep itself in power.

Under any civilised democracy these circumstances should lead to the removal of the government of the day or, at the very least, a mass resignation of implicated political leaders. Ironically though and having regard to our country's history, a future without any ANC involvement in our political establishments is probably inappropriate and there are many in the ANC who could responsibly make a positive and honest contribution to the political, social and economic future of our citizens.

However, they would need to be part of a Government of National Unity and the case for and urgency of such a government has never been stronger.

Only such a government could mobilise the best of our political, business and civil society leaders and form a representative cabinet that could put our country back on a path towards relative progress and prosperity.

If President Ramaphosa wants to restore any form of dignity to the ANC and leave some sort of honourable legacy himself, he should form such a cabinet without delay.

- David Gant, Kenilworth

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