Desecration of Mandela indeed

2013-12-14 12:21

I witnessed the desecration of Nelson Mandela and I was appalled and disgusted at the atrocious behaviour of louts (aka mourners) who attended the Mandela memorial on Tuesday last week, AS WELL AS, at the FNB stadium who clearly came to ensure that such a solemn occasion would lapse into yet another farce only they are capable of achieving.

Was it necessary to become unruly and to boo President Zuma and to defy repeated calls from, inter alia, Cyril Ramaphosa, to order and to afford various speakers a hearing?

Notwithstanding tensions within the ruling party and dissent amongst members of the way it is governing the country, the memorial was not an ANC event but one wherein all South Africans were involved and therefore such abominable behaviour, at a time when the world is focusing yet again on our country, clearly shows that there are disruptive elements whose conduct, not even the ANC as a party can and should condone.

In that sense it was truly a desecration of everything that Nelson Mandela stood for and espoused and notwithstanding what transpired on that occasion would not damage President Zuma's political reputation any more than it is already damaged, the embarrassment was clearly palpable and humiliating and one has to read what the world's mainstream media was saying about it to understand the point I am raising.

Let me state on record that it was inappropriate for ANC members as well as its detractors to use Nelson Mandela's memorial service to vent their spleen at President Zuma.

Yes, we must uphold and strive to uphold a commitment to the principle that the ANC in government is in that position of leadership because it wants to achieve the goals that are espoused in the Constitution Yes, it is important to serve notice on government,that we as a nation must and will take issues of a qualitative leadership seriously and that the leadership under President Zuma is divisive to the country as a whole, but this is something that the party has to decide at an appropriate time and occasion as it did in the case of Thabo Mbeki's ouster in Polokwane.

The world is watching what happens now that our moral flame has flickered into history. We can , as an electorate note what is happening to the ruling Congress Party in India, especially its humiliating show at the polls lately and explore such possibilities here as well. Those in dissent can record their dissent at the polls as did those dissatisfied at how the governing party in India is performing.

Dissent as you must and as it is your right. But do it an appropriate time so as to have an impact on government as a whole.

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

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