The damage done by "Dr" Pallo Jordan and others

2014-08-24 21:33

One’s intellectual capabilities are not determined by a piece of paper. Yes, Pallo Jordan might not have all the qualifications he has claimed but that does not mean he is not smart or reduce his level of intelligence. What has been compromised is his character and his ethical conduct.

I am not disputing the limitations of the apartheid system nor the challenges faced by those who were directly affected by it. I know of a number of smart people within the older generation who lived an honest life and not blamed everything to the apartheid system. One old man always say to me if it were not for the apartheid system I would have been a structural engineer. The same old man is a professional doing great things and making something out of his life in an honest manner.

What is wrong is wrong, irrespective of who is involved. South Africa has a funny way of sugar coating certain things simply because they have been conducted by certain individuals of power.

Well I think it is a little too late for an explanation if one has been caught after not coming clean by yourself. Some say they admire Jordan for standing up and being bold about the issue. Is he standing up or is it the ANC arrogance standing up? To a certain degree I would like to think NO! Even with the Nkandla Report Mr President himself could not stand up to the people that he claims to be serving. What I would like to challenge is the system that allows for such. Mr Jordan is not the first nor will he be the last.

I would like to assume that in such a High Institution of the People the processes should allow for proper verification prior to one’s appointment. My concern is how the situation would have been handled if he was a member of the opposition party. To me the situation just goes to show the level of inequality in our country.

As a young black person I value Jordan's contribution to the ANC and the country. He is a smart and an intelligent man. It is so embarrassing to us aspiring young black people. I wish that every black person involved in these “shady” and unethical behaviours can realise the stumbling blocks they are creating for us as young black people. I often ask myself do these people have kids. Yes they do and can afford to take them to expensive schools and hook them up with nice jobs within their circle of friendships, while an ordinary black child has to work extra hard to prove herself in the real world.

A lot of people often associate all these misconduct with race or the current ruling political party. When things go wrong we tend to forget that ANC is made up of individuals. Yes there may be a certain culture of doing things within the ANC, but each man for himself. If we still allow ourselves as black people to live in the past we are then slaves of the apartheid system mentally.

There was nothing stopping Mr Jordan from pursuing his academic aspirations after the apartheid era but because he had allowed his mind to be enslaved he continued to live in lie. Let us free ourselves from all sorts of oppression, open our minds to receiving and continue to work hard.

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