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Combat stalwart Andrew Mlangeni must peaceable be honoured by all of us working against a noxious-free society, writes Bennitto Motitswe.
The passing of 1 of Africa’s liberation fight icons, Andrew Mlangeni marked every the quit of a tough phase and the commence up of a more challenging phase in the protracted fight against total liberation.
To paraphrase Madiba, the pre-1994 period changed into once evidently treasure “hiking a sizable hill” and the post-1994 is revealing “many more hills to climb”. This observation is supported by chronic inequalities and rampant corruption that derail the prompt fight against Covid-19 and undermine the continuing efforts to bustle transformation. What this capability that of this fact does Ntate Mlangeni bequeath for all to navigate the more challenging occasions?
His loss of life took place SA for the length of a more challenging time of accelerating Covid-19 infections and mortalities – and rampant corruption which is rarely helping the snort by rearing its horrid head and thereby undermining all concerted efforts to make a decision over the unconventional coronavirus. The increasing allegations of corruption connected to Covid-19 tenders across spheres of government mustn’t ever be treated as business as typical.
Mlangeni and most of his tried and tested abilities of freedom opponents demonstrated unmatched traits of principled politics, selfless activism, and proper management. They epitomised the dream of a noxious-free society. Sadly, now not all the famed freedom opponents continue to exist the temptations of vitality in the aftermath of the 1994 democratic step forward. Mlangeni grew to change into increasingly more upset with in uncomfortable health-discipline.
When discharging his final organisational deployment as chairperson of the fresh ANC’s integrity commission, established amidst increasing calls to quit corruption and restore integrity, a particular-thinking Mlangeni stumbled on himself having to honestly reprimand a sitting ANC and SA president, Jacob G. Zuma. He changed into once clearly disenchanted by noxious practices implicating deployed ANC leaders he comradely trusted.
Many activists and leaders in the post-1994 abilities procure it tough to focus on out against dehumanising corruption in the identical come they spoke out against dehumanising apartheid. Ntate Mlangeni did now not procure speaking out against wrongdoing to be tough. He demanded stream against those he says were in the trenches with him, however agree with betrayed the belief bestowed upon them by the organisation that deployed them to support our americans.
All cadres, activists, and leaders engaged in the continuing liberation fight are ordained to uphold the highest requirements of revolutionary morality and organisational discipline. To be focused on a revolution is set achieving eternal substitute. It technique you may perhaps well be in it for one reason and one reason simplest – for the worship of serving the americans. But revolutionaries are human beings and moreover they’ve weaknesses treasure all human beings.
Therefore, unless society sees every human being as a political being; unless society sees human existence as revolving around political existence; unless society sees politics as a permanently evolving science, and unless society sees wide awake studying and unlearning moreover-known in on a conventional basis politics, human beings would remain fallible and corruptible. It is now not simplest tough however more challenging certainly to procure active revolutionaries, let by myself a comrade in the appropriate meaning of what a comrade is, in the post-1994 phase of the continuing fight.
Sustaining democracy as a technique to develop total liberation would require more activists than leaders, and this capability that of this fact urgently need more civic training in communities to breed disciplined and devoted activists. We now agree with got more public representatives tainted by corruption and some speaking out against it. There changed into once no extreme stream to withhold those either dragging the ideal name of fight in disrepute or stumbled on doing imperfect, to story. Here is a betrayal of Ntate Mlangeni and his rare breed of a abilities of freedom opponents.
Cyril Ramaphosa assumed the helm of the ANC and SA’s management for the length of a more challenging phase of fight and on the peak of corruption. His political tenure shall be judged on how he acts, now not simply speaks, and the map his collective of leaders in the ANC and government either enhance or defy his going through of rampant corruption, including how he acts against those tainted by noxious practices in every the ANC and government.
The remaking of a noxious-free society can now not be postponed to any extent extra and Ramaphosa is seized with main the charge, albeit that he can now not assemble it by myself. He wants enhance from every ANC and government, and across society resulting from corruption has permeated society. The continent and the area awaits to label how he handles this revolutionary activity in this more challenging phase of tolerating democratisation and against total liberation.
Ntate Mlangeni expressed his belief in President Ramaphosa, who’s doing a sizable job in speaking out, however needs to behave lickety-split and successfully if he’s brooding about rooting out corruption.
We belief that he will act to withhold someone stumbled on doing anything imperfect to story. This would well also be the ideal come to honour Ntate Mlangeni.
Ntate Mlangeni served as the ethical compass of the nation and the few final fight veterans, in particular of us that espouse an identical traits, in particular those serving in the ANC’s integrity commission, must follow it sharing their experiences, speaking out, and demand stream with out concern, favour or prejudice.
Ntate Mlangeni with out doubt lived fully and with out contradiction contributed immensely. He’s immortally reunited with his ancestral family and intergeneration of lifelong freedom opponents. It is exquisite to converse Andrew Mlangeni arriving side by side with Tanzania’s Benjamin Mkapa, a infamous statesman and a fellow combatant to Mlangeni and their intergeneration of freedom opponents across the continent.
I trust Ntate Mlangeni joyfully hugging his wife who departed sooner than him, June Mlangeni, and beaming with loving smiles.
I moreover trust him and Mkapa being summoned to a series of posthumous briefings with Julius Nyerere, OR Tambo, Kwame Nkrumah, and Nelson Mandela, amongst all departed iconic freedom opponents across the broader intergeneration of activists and leaders engaged in the fight for liberation across the continent wherever ANC and diversified liberation actions purchased active enhance including in Ethiopia the put Emperor Haile Selassie helped Mlangeni, Mandela, and others with their first military practising and strengthened the working out that SA’s fight is intertwined to African solidarity.
Corruption is a threat
I assemble now not agree with any doubt that Ntate Mlangeni shall be frank to record all departed martyrs that rampant corruption has change into the single most threat to the persevering with fight against total liberation. He would lament how he tried to warning the hot ANC membership and management that critical democratisation is dependent on how we collectively act to uproot corruption from society. He would moreover teach them that the area is confronting a fatal and invisible enemy and there’s hope to make a decision over correct treasure there changed into once continually hope to defeat basically the most oppressive regimes.
The fresh phase in the inch of liberation is certainly a more challenging phase and Ntate Mlangeni’s existence of sacrifice offers classes to emulate and apply in achieving a dream of a noxious-free society. Mlangeni never misplaced hope and would now not treasure those he’s reunited with, including those he leaves on the help of, to deem that all is doom and gloom.
As we convey farewell to a fallen vast of the liberation fight and a servant of the americans, we must convey with out concern of contradiction that a noxious-free society is possible in honour of Andrew Mlangeni. We must fetch solace in President Ramaphosa’s reassuring eulogy made for the length of a enlighten funeral in honour of the enduring Andrew Mlangeni, including that voters and government mustn’t ever undergo noxious practices.
– Bennitto Motitswe is a coverage specialist and human rights activist.
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