Weekend news wrap up with Bob Mabena – 20 June 2016
The struggle for the liberation of our country was a war – a war against the tyranny of an excessively repressive and non-repentant Apartheid regime that thrived on propaganda, subversion, racism, larceny, hatred, plain, theft and murder. Many lost their lives on both sides of the equation. The Magoo Bar bombing is one example of the retaliation of the liberation movement and yes; human beings lost their lives there too. Whether the subtext was about differences of ideology or a classic fight of good against evil; it doesn’t really matter. What remains is that this country is still not liberated and people are still dying. Post Apartheid, people are directly or indirectly dying of poverty and unemployment almost on a daily basis. Ignorance happens to be another killer but the worst killer at this stage of our exercise in democracy is the looming August local government elections. This pillar of how we run our democracy has seen comrade against comrade, with the use of the barrel of a gun and it seems, from where I am standing, the killing isn’t going to stop. The other form of death is death of the soul that is being brought about by these elections – it’s almost ominous. Tucked away on page 14 of the City Press is a story about a man who once led an almost successful coup against the then President of the “bafoonic’, if not comedic tragedy known as Bophuthatswana – Lucas Mangope. You see, Rocky Malebane-Metsing was once flavour of the month with the ANC for this heroic act. He was even touted as the first Premier of the North West. Someone else was chosen instead and poor Rocky was left with not much of a profile since then; let alone a senior government position. I am quite sure that Malebane-Metsing will remind anyone who cares to print his story about his – yes – brave attempt at overthrowing what was an illegitimate government and he will continue to state how he is now being disrespected or at least, his leadership talents are being taken for granted. I am also quite sure that this gentleman will not be the last casualty of the August 2016 Local Government elections. The grave mistake or even miscalculation that he and many like him make, is to think that there are rewards for serving in a revolution. Indeed the illusion does exist because of the patronage we have come to witness since 1994, but in reality, those dark days of apartheid created a lot of martyrs – both willing and coincidental. But there is never a guarantee that struggle heroes of any revolution will be rewarded with powerful positions or wealth. There can never be a guarantee that one who sweats blood, organises rallies and works for their political party or ideology will ascend to some throne of glory! Even more profound is that there is actually no guarantee that a great struggle organisation such as the ANC or PAC will remain noble or at the least – relevant. As a matter of fact, most liberation movements fall by the wayside or implode as soon as they achieve some visible victory against the enemy.
The popular adage goes, “only the good die young,” and this particular didactic applies to one CHRIS HANI. In THIS soldier we could identify an icon who understood what it meant to serve, and he had articulated it many times before his death. Willing servitude and selflessness have no real tangible rewards or benefits, other than a strong legacy or if one is fortunate enough, a bit of praise and a statue or a street name. The breed of cadres that we now have are at best, being naively presumptuous or facetious at worst. As a member of any liberation movement worth its salt – even one turned into a powerful and myopic political party – one is called on to serve and that’s that – serve with no expectations of luxury cars or mansions as rewards. I am both terrified and disappointed at the fallout from the councillor list that was just released and confirmed by the ANC through the SG, Gwede Mantashe. I find it hard to accept that there are members of the ANC who believe that they ACTUALLY deserve positions. Listen to this and listen hard – “the ANC was in part, created to churn out and be proud of SELFLESS REVOLUTIONARIES and not insatiable and greedy hypocrites and parasites who keep feeding off the poor.” You are not on the list; don’t be bitter and twisted; keep serving and if you don’t get that, at least understand that THIS IS POLITICS!!!!!! Put the gun down and serve because it’s not yet Uhuru.
And finally, while we are all watching the Guptas unravel; the brutal killing of Hope Zinde; Hlaudi having to explain his Joseph Goebbels moves to ICASA; Angie Motshekga fighting back; Kuli Chana reliving his Tupac moment; Oscar Pistorious crying and crying and crying; here is a story I think we may have forgotten; The Sunday Times brings back……The amazingly Jurassic and backward reactionary from the KZN municipality of uThukela. Surely you remember this non-caped crusader who fights for the virtue of every little girl – yes, she is the inimitable and seriously twisted mayor who decided to award virginity bursaries to girls who could prove that they hadn’t been deflowered. Here is an update; this Friday past, the Commission for Gender Equality confirmed what Kuli Roberts and I have said. Yep, the commission has classified the bursaries as unconstitutional and recommended that the mayor go for a remedial course. What did she do or say in reply? Forget that, look to King Goodwill Zwelithini who last week conferred an award to Mayor Mazibuki for her role in promoting virginity testing. This mayor is sticking to her guns, she wants to keep peeking and probing so she can give bursaries. This is the country we live in. Adapt or die!!