To say that ANC leadership in South Africa was worth it is the worst thing any citizen would say, implied an anti-apartheid activist, Mkhuseli Jack who wished that the ANC never governed South Africa.
Jack who was formerly a UDF leader, blamed the governing African National Congress (ANC) for taking the country down to its worst state full of corruption and economic woes, has said that the party won’t regain control of the Nelson Mandela Metro until it stops stealing government money.
Speaking in Port Elizabeth at the reburial of six activists who were executed by the apartheid government in the late 1980’s, the anti-apartheid activist said that the end of the apartheid era that brought freedom to the people ought to bring positive results that should lead to enormous progress and not regress.
The former leader also warned that ANC that the only way it would regain its power is to become humble and stop stealing what belongs to the people.
“It must never allow them to regress and the only way you can get back to power is to start being humble.
“This is the good beginning. If you do that, you will get back to power and govern us properly and not steal people’s money. For as long as you think that you have a right to steal, then forget it. I wish that you never govern this country.“
Founded on 8 January 1912, the ANC has since South Africa’s independence in 1994, been performing better than 60% in all general elections, but it’s downfall seemed to have begun with the 2014 general elections which saw the party having a reduced majority of 62.1%, down from 65.9% in the 2009 election.
The official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) increased its share of the vote from 16.7% to 22.2%, while the newly formed Economic Freedom Fighters(EFF) obtained 6.4% of the vote.
The situation for the ANC worsened with mounting corruption charges against its top officials including the currently serving President Jacob Zuma.
The party further lost more of its majority vote to the DA in the 2016 local government election. This made it lose control of municipalities like the Nelson Bay Municipality among others, to the DA-led coalition government.
Since then, the ANC has continued to lose much of its supporters and this could increase further after the much anticipated elective conference in December.
Meanwhile, the ANC Nelson Mandela Bay chairperson Phumzile Tshuni explained that the cause of which the anti-apartheid activists died for should not be forgotten.
“Some people today speak from comfort zones because these comrades did not struggle for money,” said Tshuni.
“They were not millionaires or billionaires.
“They didn’t have businesses. They did not fight for tenders but for a better life for all. “
The remains of the six UDF activists were reburied at a Heroes Acre in the Zwide cemetery, where other political luminaries such as Govan Mbeki and Raymond Mhlaba are buried.
After almost 30 years buried in an unmarked grave in Mamelodi in Pretoria, freedom fighter Thobile Lloyd was finally given a decent funeral on Saturday by his family.