Marius L Fransman: Prof, when you coming to help with campaign in WC,
My friend, I do not want to see DA in but I cannot in good conscience campaign for an ANC that condones building of millions and millions of rands on president’s residence with tax payers money, does what it can through police concealment of evidence to prevent truth coming out of Marikana commission, does not even commiserate decently with the families. Has the ANC lost common concern for ordinary people that they do not even help the families? I also cannot campaign for an organisation that is so enmeshed in corruption at every level. Sure, in the WC you are not in government, so the opportunities for enrichment or testing whether people will bite as others have, is not there. I cannot support an ANC that sees nothing wrong with suppressing corruption charges against the president. I cannot support an ANC that sings Umshini Wam, bring me my machine gun, a song of war in a time when we need peace, but also completely inappropriate during a rape trial (a gun being a phallic symbol). I cannot support an ANC which dishes out shares galore to its officials and their relatives as is alleged/proven in Godlfields and proven in others. And I can list lots of other reasons. No, you have not kept track of my thinking. You will not see me there.
Marius L Fransman: I did keep track of your thinking prof, however I thought that you reflected deeper on some of these matters, and that even with all the issues you think is of concern, you can still make the analysis on the contradictions and how best to move forward. Remember your perspectives got many to stay the course, and not to find easy answers for complext societies in transition, esp with our tyype of reconciliation model.
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Raymond Suttner: Thank you Marius L Fransman. I have been thinking and trying to understand what is happening, which I find very troubling. I do not see the ANC as having the desire or capacity to self-correct and believe that we need to find a way of advancing emancipatory ideas in ways that are better able to take us forward. I do not have clarity on what that entails, but I am working on it, as best I can