Mamphela a principled leader…?

2014-02-10 10:55

DAgang’s one night stand merger caused great confusion about Mamphela’s political affiliation- but, atleast the saga gave the public transparency over one thing; her principles.

When Mamphela first introduced her Agang SA political party when South African reflexively gave her glorified political tags that like feminist, a fresh leader, a positive new visionary, a ‘resurrected Steve Biko’ and someone to liberate us from the ANC’s corrupt governance. She further instilled this perception of her as a bearer of new life with her political language i.e. “restore the promise of our freedom.” It is simply, and just, a recycled advertising that makes lies sound sincere and give substance to pure wind.

If Mamphela was a principled leader, which she advocates to be, why would she go against her own propaganda that she popularly vocalized to refrain black South Africans from voting for the DA in this year’s national elections. Her infamous saying my son would rather die than vote DA and claiming the DA is afraid of white racism are not new nor original, her sworn enemy (ANC) has long capitalized on black people’s fear of white power in post-apartheid, because they had witnessed its merciless brutality. To them no white liberals exists but a “white sheet” cleansing itself off “black spots.”

So, Agang SA is supposedly different from the ANC because it was founded to maintain black power and ‘restore the promise of our freedom’…

But establishing a party is not cheap especially maintaining it and fighting against limited time before general elections, and against a ruling party whose members are disgustingly rich from feeding on illegal tenders which create a new class of black elites that further marginalizes the poor and disadvantaged. Likewise, the poor and disadvantaged are not fed only with the gospel (recycled empty promises). They listen and robotically behave accordingly after weekend long celebrations that give out food parcels and free alcohol. Most importantly, cows need to be slaughtered. It was no surprise when rumours emerged about America funding Agang SA, but that was quickly discarded. Then, at the beginning of this year it was rumoured that senior Agang members were not paid.

Furthermore, Mamphela is not a “joiner” but a “merger” that occupies a presidential candidate position. Indeed, the DA never changed its policies ever since her Conversations with my sons and daughters book was published two months ago; neither has Mamphela changed her perceptions of the DA- it seems, as she rejected the presidential offer while Agang members were regaining their consciousness after passing out from the news. The merger was simply a selfish political move that would see her, personally, gain another title to her many titles. And it presented instant mass power accumulation compared to her small and financially struggling party. The only thing she had to give was her black skin… to attract black voters to the party. This was an easy task- until she realized how her propaganda had infiltrated her black Agang members/voters, who would not easily vote for a ‘Boer.’ After the general elections she would be simply a member of the DA- bowing down to Zille. So, she was inflexible in becoming the presidential candidate for the DA, the presidential candidate of Agang and the leader of Agang- all at once… When she saw how impossible this would be as Zille demanded her to sign a DA membership that would possibly see Agang being swallowed up by the DA and Agang SA members threatening to elect a new leader. She realized that she would rather be a president of a small party than be a nobody in a larger party. Her actions illustrate what Richard Armour once said, “Politics it seems to me, for years, or all too long has been concerned with right or left instead of right or wrong.”

The slogan “to restore the dream of our freedom” gives principles of justice, equality to all and freedom to elect a leader. But, what did Mamphela do after her failed attempt to accumulate mass power… she headed back to Agang SA consumed by her territorial behaviour to prevent the party from electing a new leader, because Agang was founded by her and belongs to her…


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