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Andrew Hendricks proposes an ANC 10 Commandments of Truth and Reconciliation.
Johannesburg - There can be no doubt – the ANC is the only party to take the country to ultimate liberation, but the job is not done.
The ANC is, however, its own worst enemy... We squabble among one another, some even leave. No one is presenting a credible option. Some are for, some are against the president. But he is the president of the ANC. Presidents come and presidents go – the ANC lives on.
We have had the rich legacy of a Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Mhlaba and countless others.
What legacy is the present leadership leaving?
We are all trying to emulate Madiba, but there is only one Madiba.
Only he could tell the world to back off. Only he could scold Bush. Only he could express an opinion on all things.
Today we assume that that mantle has fallen on us, but can we do it? Is it not better for South Africa to inject a greater level of realism into its politics than idealism.
The Madiba time is over. We are faced with different challenges – chief of which is producing a better life for all – yet we think the world is waiting for us to comment on this that and the other. Have we heard Japan’s opinion?
Minister Davis is in the US pleading for AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) to be continued yet when we speak we think we can tell the US where to get off.
Lorgat (Cricket SA’s chief executive) wants to teach the Indians the ethics of world sport – they say we will not play ball with you.
If you want to be the moral voice, join a church. You are not Madiba.
Stop the arrogance. Stop this self-righteousness. Our people will suffer if AGOA goes. If Indians don’t tour here, our cricket will suffer. Where is our realism?
We’re a small country that produced a colossus, then lost our way.
The ANC must heal itself. It has to heal the wounds of Polokwane. The faults of my brothers and sisters are my faults. We need to become more forgiving and less critical of one another. If we don’t, those beautiful ideals will come to naught. The world is a place of realism – especially for a small player such as we are. We were the new boys on the block – not anymore.
May I in all humility propose an ANC 10 Commandments of Truth and Reconciliation.
1. Revert to the tried and tested doctrine of trusting your comrade. Your life depended on it.
2. Steer away from suspecting one another.
3. We have all sinned – no one is without blame. We must confess and correct.
4. The ANC is bigger than all of us. Let us honour this great movement.
5. Can we go back to the trenches? We were not perfect then – we are even less perfect now!
6. Let elders be elders again. I long to talk and reminisce without suspicion.
7. This generation of leadership can do no less – we need a Zuma as we need a Mbeki. We need all hands on deck to deliver what our people have entrusted us with and expect of us.
8. The challenge of transition was greater than we could have anticipated. Let us stop apologising for being human with human frailties.
9. We, the members of the ANC, have nothing to be ashamed of. We have won freedom for our people!
10. Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika. We need His blessings to achieve our ultimate objective. May God have mercy on us if we fail.