I was inspired by the rallying cry of ANC NEC member Nomvula Mokonyane who said: “Our struggle has been against a minority that wants to dominate a majority. You can’t have a minority wanting to dictate to the majority the future of this country.” She is a supporter of Jacob Zuma, by the way. Despite that, I could not agree more.
Most South Africans want a new president, an honest president who will work hard with labour organisations, business, civil societies and its own National Treasury to prevent any further credit rating downgrades. The decision rests in the hands of 50 ANC MPs in Parliament who need to support the motion of no confidence in the current president, just 50 people will determine whether a minority oppresses the majority and pushes South Africa into an economic abyss or not.
There is a valid argument on the table that the ANC must present a united front. To survive, any political party should resolve its own factional fighting internally and not in a public arena. However, right now, we are living through unprecedented times never envisaged by those who drafted the Constitution in 1994. South Africa has once again become beholden to minority oppression.
And hence, ahead of the vote in Parliament, each and every ANC MP right now should be asking himself or herself the following five questions:
Or, as an alternative:
Make no mistake, the minority is once again in charge of South Africa.
Vote with your conscience, your soul, your God and with the knowledge that the whole of South Africa is behind you. Vote without fear of losing your jobs. Those who walk out of Parliament with their heads held high, even if they are expelled from their positions, will be embraced by South Africa. We will not forget you and what you have done for the country. You will not be left on your own. We promise. DM
Sygnia CEO Magda Wierzycka is no stranger to challenging the status quo. The actuary and consumer advocate believes in forcing transparency in the financial services industry, one educated investor at a time. Her outspokenness has earned her a legion of online trolls and is reported to have SA fund managers shaking in their boots. Shes the only female CEO of a fintech company in Africa and loves all things future tech. She tweets from @Magda_Wierzycka.
"A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong gives it a superficial appearance of being right and raises at first a formidable outcry in defence of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason." ~ Thomas Paine