THE ANC is in a low-key civil war as comrades jockey for pole position to win the race for the ANC presidency.
Mathews Phosa has spoken out against the crisis now prevailing. We urgently need men and women of his pedigree to salvage the ANC before it self-destructs.
His moral compass is rooted in a sense of absolute right. He is without doubt one of the towering talents of this ANC generation and can rise above party politics.
He vehemently opposes corruption and was at odds with the party hierarchy, an episode which reflects his shrewd political judgment and courage.
He is highly regarded by the rank and file within the ANC because of his distaste for adversarial politics.
The chasm between the rich and poor has become unbridgeable as conflict looms.
Poverty remains South Africa’s monumental nightmare; if left unchecked it will decimate the country beyond recognition. We have betrayed the legacy of Madiba. The macabre political dance displayed by the ANC is not the dream of the masses who fought for the enthronement of democracy. The ANC should search its conscience to see if posterity will judge it right and if history will be on its side.
When democracy was born, we attained freedom with such an enlightened leadership across the board, from politics, business and academia to religion and sport.
History teaches us that the road to serfdom is always paved with good intentions. Sadly, the prestige and power of the government have grown, and liberty has contracted.
Our leaders want to control every human action and see it as an affront if anyone demurs and questions their intervention into the minutiae of people’s everyday life. History will judge us harshly if we do not restore our democracy during the next round of elections.