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You betray the legacy of Tambo by not speaking out! - Mogoeng Mogoeng

28 October 2016 10:48 AM

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says that current circumstances in South Africa require people to stand up and speak out.

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng says current circumstances in the country require people to stand up and speak out.

Mogoeng was delivering the Oliver Tambo Memorial Lecture in Johannesburg last night.

The lecture was attended by African National Congress (ANC) stalwart Dr Frene Ginwala, Zanele Mbeki and ANC Deputy Secretary General Jessie Duarte amongst others.

When circumstances are so trying that they challenge and beg you to stand up and be counted and yet for the sake of money, position and self-interested you cow down...

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

And to those who choose to say nothing:

It’s a betrayal of the highest order of the legacy of OR Tambo for any of us to be politically correct in circumstances when courage is called for...

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng

ANC Gauteng leader Paul Mashatile, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and Ginwala are amongst other prominent figures who have also made the call for those in leadership positions to speak out.

"For the sake of our future" press release sent out by ANC stalwarts (scroll down for names of the signatories):

This press release has been prepared on behalf of long standing stalwarts (names attached) of the African National Congress (ANC) who have been and remain deeply concerned about the present situation within our country and our movement.

The signatories have come together out of a profound sense of commitment to the ANC and importantly, to the future of a united, prosperous, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

We remain devoted to the principles and values that have been the hallmark of the ANC for over 100 years, values that are encapsulated in the Constitution of our country and the Freedom Charter.

Given the signatories’ length of service to the ANC and the country we would add value to the process of introspection to which the ANC has committed itself.

Collectively and as individuals we have attempted to engage with the President of the ANC and the other senior five elected office bearers of the ANC, (through the Office of the Secretary General (OSG), the letter was sent directly to the President as well), in the belief that our diverse and long standing involvement and knowledge of the movement could contribute to correcting many of the Ills that have befallen our organisation.

Regrettably, the response by the OSG has focused on administrative and structural internal processes of the movement and appears to show a lack of awareness of the urgency that the signatories feel.

The pace of events unfolding in the ANC, Government, and civil society severely limits the ability of many within the African National Congress to use the normal internal processes and largely dysfunctional structures to raise concerns and potential solutions; there is simply not the time.

We believe that the overwhelming majority of ANC members who are committed to the real values of the ANC will understand this and give their support to any initiative that helps strengthen the movement, government, the role of Parliament, and the institutions of the state to ensure the necessary corrections take place, before it is too late.

Any initiative of this nature will see people who seek to question motives.

This is understandable, and the loudest criticism will come from those who do not necessarily have the best interests of our movement and the country at heart.

As signatories we stand in solidarity with the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan and the other accused, Oupa Magashula and Ivan Pillay. We strongly believe the charges are without foundation and clearly show a misuse of state agencies, when the NPA and other agencies should be focusing on cases of corruption and the misuse of public funds. We urge all members of the ANC to show their support for the three accused on Wednesday, 2nd of November 2016 at the Pretoria regional court. No stalwart who believes in the historical values of the ANC can abstain from this issue.

As with any political organisation there are mistakes that need to be corrected.

Historically, the ANC has faced many challenges, but because of leadership, introspection and honest self-criticism, the movement has been able to grow in strength and stature, in the eyes of our membership, communities of South Africa and the international community.

The trust between the ANC and communities, built over up over so many years, is now severely under threat.

Communities that have looked to the ANC for leadership and who we should serve, increasingly see self-enrichment, corruption, nepotism and the abuse of power - the moral high ground that the ANC enjoyed is being lost.

As stalwarts and long serving members of the ANC we have a profound responsibility to the movement and the country to ensure that the principles and values of the ANC are not destroyed.

We believe that the overwhelming majority of our citizens embrace the values of the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of our country and share this view.

  1. Kathrada Ahmed

  2. Goldberg Denis

  3. Mlangeni Andrew

  4. Appelraju Premi

  5. Aboobaker Goolam

  6. Botha Ntombazana

  7. Browde Selma

  8. Cachalia Ismail

  9. Carolus Cheryl

  10. Chiba Laloo Issu

  11. Chikane Frank

  12. Chikane Moss

  13. Coleman Audrey

  14. Coleman Max

  15. Colvin Louise

  16. Coovadia Cas

  17. Coovadia Hoosain

  18. Dyer Rob

  19. Erwin Alec

  20. Fischer Ilse

  21. Frene Ginwala

  22. Kemp Stephanie

  23. Govender Krish

  24. Hogan Barbara

  25. Jassat Abdulhay

  26. Jordan Zweledinga Pallo

  27. Kgositsile Keorapetse

  28. Langa Mandla

  29. Lujabe-Rankoe Thandi

  30. Luthuli Albertina

  31. Mafolo Titus

  32. Mahlwempu Nontsikelelo

  33. Makalima Mfengu

  34. Manuel Trevor

  35. Marule Jacob

  36. Masala Mzwandile

  37. Masekela Barbara

  38. Matabane Dumi

  39. Mayatula Shepherd

  40. Mbatha Khulu

  41. Metcalfe Mary

  42. Mdolomba T

  43. Mfengu Makalima

  44. Mkhabela Sam

  45. Mkhatshwa Smangaliso

  46. Mkhwanazi Ata

  47. Mntwaphi Patricia

  48. Mntambo Zweli Vincent

  49. Modise Billy

  50. Modise Jackie

  51. Modise Yoliswa

  52. Mokate Renosi

  53. Molefe Popo

  54. Moloi Super

  55. Mongalo Antonio

  56. Moolla Moosa ‘Mosie’

  57. Morobe Murphy

  58. Msimang Mavuso

  59. Mtshizana T

  60. Mtshali Eric

  61. Mufamadi Sydney

  62. Muller Mike

  63. Mxolisi Mali

  64. Ndzanga Rita

  65. Nhlapo Welile

  66. Naidoo Prema

  67. Nene Gorge

  68. Ngcakani Zolile

  69. Nkomo Mokubung

  70. Nkosi Joanne

  71. Nkosi Morley

  72. Nyanda Siphiwe

  73. Pahad Essop

  74. Pahad Aziz

  75. Pillay Ivan

  76. Pillay Thumba

  77. Pityana Sipho

  78. Plum Daniel Edward

  79. Rabkin Sue

  80. Randera Fazel

  81. Rara M

  82. Ratshitanga Ratshaka

  83. Reddy Jairam

  84. Sangweni Angela

  85. Sangweni Stan (Stanislaus Skumbuzo Mzilankatha)

  86. Seopasengoe Connie

  87. Seroke Joyce

  88. Serote Mongane

  89. Shope Gertrude

  90. Sisulu Sheila

  91. Skweyiya Zola

  92. Smithers Maurice

  93. Tikly Mohammed

  94. Turok Mary

  95. Turok Ben

  96. Twala N

  97. Vundla Mfundi

  98. Vil-Nkomo Sibusiso

  99. Stella Williams

  100. Williams Tim

  101. Wilson Tim

28 October 2016 10:48 AM