“I have said it often that if you don’t see that I’m black you don’t see me. My hope is not that we are a colour blind society, but we build opportunities for all and a nation where we can see our diversity expressed in its beauty” – Mmusi Maimane (Bokamoso | South Africans have a shared responsibility to overcome racism, 28.08.2015).
Mmusi Maimane is in an impossible position as the leader of opposition and the leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA) in South Africa. However, with the election and the powerful return of Hellen Zille in the federal leadership of the party.
The values, the ethics and the leader should have enough insights to know what the party know has shown. They have shown that the values that Maimane is in stark contrast to Zille. Therefore, her sudden return are backfiring the works Maimane has done over the years.
That its why its time for Maimane to follow Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba and resign from the DA. Maimane shouldn’t be involved or function with the likes of Zille.
Who just wrote this in May 2019: “My biggest mistake in DA was to contribute in promoting Black leadership in DA and propelling both Mmusi Maimane and other Black provincial DA leaders to the echelons of power within DA. By doing so I lead DA to the trap of racial politics and promotion of skin colour over skill and talent” (Helen Zille – ‘I regret promoting Black leadership in DA – Helen Zille’ 27.05.2019).
So, we clearly see her motivation for her return. We already know what kind of leader she is and what she stands for. That has been evident for years, therefore, her acts and her words is despicable. That is why Maimane, who is tarnished by her, should follow Mayor Mashaba. That’s if he has integrity and guts. Because, he should show character and will, which he has proven with his continued fight for justice, rule of law and against corruption.
That is why Maimane now has a big challenge ahead of him. That is if he wants to be a voice for a rainbow nation, be a voice for a tolerant society and stand for equality for all people. Because, if he stands by Zille, he is trading his ethics and beliefs for a position. That is why Mashaba has shown him the way.
This will will cost Maimane, it will be hard, but his integrity and his stances will be intact. They will be true and not just empty slogans. If he really believes she is making DA a better party. Because, she already believes that Maimane has gone in the wrong direction. Therefore, she had to return and know wants her ways again. Than, the party will not be the diverse or the one of the image of Maimane. That is common knowledge. If not his blind, because he fears what happens when he resigns or steps away from the DA.
He should also know that, especially if he believes in his own words: “The struggle for a nonracial South Africa began in the early 1900s and continues to this day. The diverse people of our country will know neither peace nor broad prosperity until that ideal is achieved. Our historic agreement of 1994 was that South Africa belongs to all who live in it. The DA’s project is to promote that vision and continue the struggle for a nonracial South Africa. Our rich diversity is part of what makes this country so fascinating and beautiful. We should embrace it. Acknowledging diversity doesn’t make you a racist. On the contrary, it is the first step to embracing it. Apartheid will only be truly defeated when only one race remains: the human race” (Mmusi Maimane – ‘Bokamoso: We apologise for the error – Mmusi Maimane’ 29.10.2018).
He can still work for the same cause, he can build his own or together with others. If he resigns other DA leaders might join him and stand behind there. They might follow him elsewhere. As he has a capacity and already a name. A rising star, that many looks up. That is why Maimane should do the right thing. As the DA is going backwards and will be tarnished with Zille in the federal leadership. To think otherwise is not acceptable.
Maimane lost today, but he can win tomorrow, if he steps down and revamps his career elsewhere. That will cost, but his integrity and his ethical backbone can continue. But that will not believable, if he hangs around Zille. Peace.
Sometimes we need an reminder, that some powers and some states doesn’t come with the best intentions or with a real helping hand. If it is the famous white elephants or the other giant aid initiatives that doesn’t amount to anything. However, what is now at stake is for instance a lot African states and their loans to China. The Chinese has collateral in either ports, state owned enterprises or ability to directly extract the needed resources the current state with huge loans has. This is their trap and Sankara warned about this, just like the French, British and Americans has done in the past too. Nothing new under the sun, just new methods to get ahead.
What I am quoting is a speech done to the OAU in 1987, just a few months before his assassination. Therefore, the words and warnings seems more important. As in our time, the leaders of today is recycling the ills of the past. They are doing it out of greed and in the end, the people and the citizens will suffer. Not the multi-national corporations, not the state itself, but the public whose disregarded and have to reinvent money.
The wise words of Sankara:
“We believe analysis of the debt should begin with its roots. The roots of the debt go back to the beginning of colonialism. Those who lent us the money were those who colonized us. They were the same people who ran our states and our economies. It was the colonizers who put Africa into debt to the financiers—their brothers and cousins. This debt has nothing to do with us. That’s why we cannot pay for it. The debt is another form of neocolonialism, one in which the colonialists have transformed themselves into technical assistants. Actually, it would be more accurate to say technical assassins. They’re the ones who advised us on sources of financing, on underwriters of loans. As if there were men whose loans are enough to create development in other people’s countries. These underwriters were recommended to us, suggested to us. They gave us enticing financial documents and presentations. We took on loans of fifty years, sixty years, and even longer. That is, we were led to commit our peoples for fifty years and more. The debt in its present form is a cleverly organized reconquest of Africa under which our growth and development are regulated by stages an norms totally alien to us. It is a reconquest that turns each of us into a financial slave—or just plain slave—of those who had the opportunity, the craftiness, the deceitfulness to invest funds in our countries that we are obliged to repay. Some tell us to pay the debt. This is not a moral question. Paying or not paying is not a question of so-called honor at all” (Thomas Sankara – Speech given at the African Unity Organisation Conference, Addis Ababa, July 29, 1987).
Let us not forgot the lessons of the past, as we in the present is continuing a cycle of recycling debt, growing debt and cycles of repayment schemes, which will only make the next generation suffer. If not, when the grace period hits and the state doesn’t have a big enough tax-base or revenue. It defaults and has to give away extraction licenses, state owned enterprises and other vital transport infrastructure like ports and airports. Because, that what is happening.
This is happening in our time. The world is looking, but nothing is getting done. Peace.