Demand change - Mlangeni pleads with Sexwale
ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni has warned media and communications strategist Kay Sexwale not to mock the sacrifices made by thousands of young people by throwing them away on a whim.
Mlangeni, a former Robben Island prisoner, was responding to Sexwale's open letter to him and other surviving Rivonia trialists, former president Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada and Denis Goldberg, where she raised her disappointment at how the ANC has degenerated under President Jacob Zuma and that there is a public perception that the Mangaung leadership debate will boil down to who will continue to allow rampant looting of state resources and the dangerous slippery slope of tribalism in the ANC.
"All I know is that Zuma will never again hold office with my consent. Personally, it will be a betrayal of little Kay who was badly injured in a cross-border raid in Lesotho in 1982 when the apartheid forces were hunting down Umkhonto weSizwe combatants like my father and Chris Hani," her letter reads.
In his response, Mlangeni tells her about how he was moved by her letter and that when they were young they too raised questions about the future of the country.
"Instead of giving up, comrades like Chris Hani had the courage to stand up and demand change. The 1969 Morogoro conference, that set the ANC on the right path, was the result.
"So too, today when you feel that things have gone wrong, do not throw your hands up in despair. Do what Chris and others did. As one who was born into the ANC, I imagine you are a member of a branch. Demand and organise to bring about change," Mlangeni pleads with Sexwale.
He told Sexwale, who is also the niece of Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, that she should be careful as leaders in the ANC come and go but the organisation remains.
"I want you to note well, I say the ANC, not Dr JS Moroka who was ANC president when I joined. I joined the ANC, not Dr Moroka! As you probably know, Dr Moroka left office in disgrace and later even repudiated the ANC. It is vitally important to separate leaders from the movement, because as you can see from the case of Dr Moroka, leaders, even presidents, come and go. But the movement lives on and outlasts them," he said.