ANC DETERMINED TO DEFEND MADIBA’S LEGACY
By: Bliss Ndapasowa
Extensive investment in public services was hailed as the ideal mechanism to assist in defending former South African President Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
This idea was highlighted at the African National Congress’ public debate on Madiba’s legacy under the theme, “How best can we preserve Madiba’s legacy” held yesterday at Durban City Hall.
The forum, conducted as part of the series of activities the National and Provincial ANC structures have been engaging in prior to the July 18th celebrations, constituted a panel of guest speakers. These speakers included ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Associate Professor School of Management, IT and Governance Betty Mubangizi, and KwaZulu-Natal South African Youth Council representative Mandla Shange.
Amongst the numerous ways of upholding Mandela’s legacy that were discussed, Professor Mubangizi emphasized the growth of public service as playing a pivotal role.
“Nelson Mandela’s character left particular anecdotes that speak to specific aspects of society, mostly which make up the duties of civil servants,” she said.
On this note, she stated that civil servants can only emulate those attributes that will assist in fulfilling Mandela’s legacy by performing their duties capably.
She called upon the government to put in place a, “school of government,” as a means of producing desired outcomes in the public sector. Integrating institutions of higher learning was one of her key ideas in upgrading the sector.
ANC member, Sipho Nyembe who attended the discussion could not agree more with this vision.
“People first. It has always been like that even in the freedom charter. As long as the ANC lives Madiba’s legacy won’t die,” he stated.
KZN South African Youth Council representative Mandla Shange said that in his view, the youth as a generation had a long way to go in defending Madiba’s legacy as he categorised the formation of new parties as a sign of abusing freedom of association.
“We must not be a generation that will betray the democracy fought for by the ANC’s true son of the soil,” he said.
Shange also encouraged the youth to partake in activities that will enrich the lives of South African people rather than promote division.