SOUTH AFRICANS DO NOT BE FRIGHTENED -MOTLANTHE
*Caption: Dr Makhosi Khoza (on behalf of Xubera) handing over a gift to Former Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Former First Lady Gugu Mtshali
Written by: Menelisi Ndwandwe
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe cautioned South Africans not to be afraid if there is a political change in the country, simply because of powerful institutions the nation has.
Motlanthe was addressing more than 200 people at eLangeni Hotel on Friday, under the topic of ‘National Consciousness’ courtesy of Xubera Research and Development Institute.
Motlanthe recalled how in 1961, Frantz Fanon prophesied the current status quo, especially in third world countries post-colonisation.
“The national bourgeoisie (the middle class) will be greatly helped on its way towards decadence by the Western bourgeoisie,” he said.
The above quote in normal terms can be translated on how the West elites will come to exploit the resources from the less developed countries.
He added that such exercise has been evident for years and it continues to haunt the rainbow nation.
On the aftermaths of local government election, Motlanthe said people showed their discontent to the ruling party.
“The message is loud and clear, citizens are unhappy about the African National Congress (ANC) and it needs to go back to branches to listen to grievances,” he said.
He further warned that the changes in leadership can be in accordance of ANC constitution and the party is the most structural party in the country.
University of KwaZulu Natal’s (UKZN) Professor Paulus Zulu praised former trade unionist and State man for an honest discussion on national consciousness.
“He alluded opulently, the question is can we say the country has reached this belief? (National Consciousness),” he asked
Former President who was given a responsibility in December 2012 to lead a political education within the liberation movement emphasized how the country was must political educated.
“It’s significant to educate citizens about the politics of today and the history of it,” he explained. “However the basic education is the first step, we need to sort it first so that we can have the empowered citizen.”
At the beginning of the year, Motlanthe was publicly endorsed by ANC’s Johannesburg branches as the successor of President Zuma in 2017, noticeably he was accompanied by the axed MEC Cyril Xaba and the Chair of Ad-hoc Committee for Public Protector, Dr Makhosi Khoza.