A lot seems to be getting wearier about the shortfalls of South Africa and ANC’s ineptitude in addressing the issue.
Party veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela condemns how the ruling ANC keeps pretending that things are still right in the country.
Speaking to journalists on Thursday, the well-known party veteran and activist called on the party to seek fresh possible ways to address SA’s problems, mainly corruption which has become a song on the lips of all citizens.
Pointing out the country’s challenges including the current riots by university students over fee hike, the questions over the system of proportional representation and state’s economic fall, Madikizela-Mandela called on the ruling party to take a fresher look at these problems and find a lasting resolution to them.
“We cannot pretend we do not have problems and we cannot pretend things are not wrong in our country. A lot of things are wrong‚”
“The kind of introspection we need, would need a whole layer of fresh leadership‚ combined with the elders who are still left in the organization, to revisit the question of the Freedom Charter‚ what has happened since 1994 … and find out where did we go so wrong.”
Speaking further, she said the ruling party’s leadership should consider going on a retreat for a month to find some answers as the party needs a complete overhaul of its leadership.
Madikizela-Mandela said, as part of the ANC’s National Executive Committee, she needed to also critique herself and that the party as a whole need to go back to the drawing board to go through all the stages of ANC presidents since 1994, to find out “where we went wrong?”
“Were we right about proportional representation? Was the system we adopted the right one? Why do we have so much corruption everywhere you turn in institutions? The one word that is on everybody’s lips is corruption. The governing party has the answers.”
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, however, encouraged heads of private industries in the country to rally together and help government sort out the economic challenges faced by the country, adding that a well-grown economy will be for the benefit of all.
“Captains of industry must help us build the economy of the country. That cannot be done if we are disunited. That can only be done if we unite as South Africans.”
On the “destabilized” state of SA parliament, Madikizela-Mandela said SA Parliament has been reduced to some fiasco. “It’s just a useless exercise that exposes the weaknesses of our country,” she added.