Should all Africans become like Egyptians when it comes to challenging leaders? This is a fundamental question I ask to anyone out there working for change on the African continent. In less than a year, Egypt and its people are again showing to the rest of the world that masses are tired of being continuously lied to by politicians.
Most politicians if not all are liars. Is Sarkozy less of a liar than Netanyahu, though he treated the latter of being one in a leaked conversation with Obama? You tell me. But this is not about these three, but about South African politics. If one remembers, when Mandela was freed from prison and his country ended Apartheid rule, many in South Africa and the rest of the world, believed strongly in a new era where victims of the discriminative system would harvest in a reasonable period of time the benefits of such change.
Julius Malema, the leader of ANCYL, and a significant fraction of his compatriots don’t think that much has effectively changed since then. For his frank-speaking over issues affecting South Africans and other Africans elsewhere, that officials in ANC leadership cannot address effectively, he has been publicly demonised. The following article from William Mpofu writing in The Sowetan pleads for his defence. Continue reading