Bob’s Weekend Paper Wrap Up
This morning I want to focus on the Friday edition of the Sowetan. The headline that grabbed me was one that was lamenting the silence and absence of former president, Thabo Mbeki. I wasn’t at work on Friday but i went out to grab the Sowetan and alas – for me; there was no real story there. I did however, page through and I found one that left me immensely irritated. No, it wasn’t the usual cut and paste journalism that we have become accustomed to lately but the sheer lack of decorum, common sense, relevance and just plain rational judgement. The piece was published on page 5 of the Sowetan and in it a resolute Kebby Maphatswe is bemoaning the fact that there is rampant vote buying, corruption and money laundering in the ANC Youth League. He goes on to say that the state of affairs is so bad that it has the potential to destroy the organization. The bee in my bonnet is simply this and please GET IT: THE STRUGGLE IS FAR FROM OVER. Kebby’s assertion is limited to the Youth League and that’s just a portion of the problem.
Now, I have sat and listened in ewe to the stories coming from MK Vets and trust me; one needs a whole box of tissues to sit through those sad and harrowing stories of what these (at the time), young black activists who were ready to die for the liberation of our country went through. From expired food rations to trojan horse attacks as happened in Motola, harsh training, Quattro, spy infiltrations, bombings, harsh living conditions in different parts of the continent, months and months of no communication with leaders in Lusaka, Zebra and python diet, ambushes, impossible missions, internal and chronic mistrust and a whole lot of other unbearable human suffering, you would think that MKVA would be willing to share their stories publicly with as many young South Africans as possible. I do not see how our youth is going to benefit from the speech Maphatswe made at the group’s National General Council over the weekend. But I can tell you this though; The struggle is not over – not by a long shot! I can see, Kebby, OB Mabena, Teddy Van Schoor embarking on a Nationwide roadshow to share inspirational war stories with our nyaope inflicted youth. Stories of how freedom for the ballot was fought and won. We are getting short changed by leaders who can still influence our youth positively to get on the straight and narrow. Does anyone not see how Afriforum is exclusively benefiting Afrikaners or how the Stellenbosh mafia is keeping the broederbond alive? Is it not evident that the Jews have kept their holocaust story alive and continue to prosecute those they call Holocaust denialists?
Within MKVA there is a rich History of young men and women who did the unthinkable for this country. I have no doubt that our youth will be inspired by these stories and will get a clear picture of how this once evil pariah we now call Mzansi was unshackled. So come Kebby Maphatswe, be a good and dedicated Cadre – round up your organization and get these soldiers on the road to instill some sense of Pride, Honour and Discipline that has produced the Chris Hanis of this world. Tell the youth stories of courage and grace under fire. It doesn’t help that half the time when MKVA speaks its either some dissatisfaction about money, or protecting a grown leader who should be protecting himself. Rise up Umkhonto and start fighting the next struggle if only for the sake of your children and your great grand children and the future of a South Africa you helped shape
By the way, the Arch is still fine, The Pope spoke, Sundowns won, Pirates won, and this week, we shall see the release of the crime stats – brace yoursleves