If there is one regret we as South Africans ought to have is that Nelson Mandela had been released from prison at an age when he lacked the energy to lead this country for longer. As a result, his vision and magnanimous statesmanship were not carried forward by Thabo Mbeki, who, sadly, pursued a narrow African agenda. This philosophy still influences the ANC’s race-based policies.

Trading on the Struggle credentials of one’s parents and grandparents should be seen for what it is – nepotism.

The “African renaissance” dream will remain just that, without the acknowledgement of an inclusive component to it.

When the ANC took over the country, it assumed the attitude that it would be able to go it alone, with the result that a lot of expertise was lost. Hence the critical shortage of skills in this country, which now have to be imported from other countries.

If it had not been for the arrogance of the ANC, we would now have been in a much better position as far as the quality of our human resources is concerned. The constant “experimentation” with the education system has also severely compromised the potential of future generations.

Too many things are being said and done without proper scrutiny or rational thought.

Consider this: if it had not been for the investigations of serious fraud and irregularities by the press, we would by now have been a certified banana republic.

A sad example of the current ANC leadership was on display at the recent Top 6 press briefing concerning Julius Malema’s expulsion from the party.

The serious questions posed by reporters were responded to with cynicism and dismissive retorts.

Another example was when Ben Turok, after years of allegiance to the ANC, learnt that he dared not challenge the party’s collective mentality.

This in a party that claims to be democratic.

No wonder the Speaker of Parliament, Max Sisulu, recently quite rightly expressed his concern regarding the quality of some of the members.

Ronald Dippenaar

Eldorado Park, Joburg