Upright leadership means putting people's interests first
HAVING no political ambitions that are trained to make a grand entrance to any occasion, the habit of being ordinary comes naturally.
I am free from the burden of demanding special treatment normally reserved for very important people (VIP), some of whom possess no weight of significance to add to any cause that is worthy to live or die for.
Being ordinary though does not mean one needs not be grounded or be without manifest flashes of specialty in them.
Everyone is special from the moment they are born. Some are born with a name. Others inherit the name.
And yet others, with no name to inherit, grow to defy all odds to create a good name for themselves. It is the story of life in which children grow to accept or aspire for higher stations than the names their parents bequeathed upon them.
Having died too early for me to know what it means to have a father, the burden of his name, Ntsomi Ngwenya, fell on my mother's shoulders to elevate.
Though she had nothing by which to be distinguished as a VIP, my mother waged a determined struggle simply to be somebody.
Rooted in that struggle is the source of the contentment of my soul that makes me to be comfortable under my own skin without loss of a sense of being somebody.
To cope with her meagre income, my mother always excluded a suit from a set of things when buying me clothes, arguing that having one will rob me of the freedom to play as a child too soon. She hated takkies and read "thuggish image" in them.
The freedom to play as a child saw me grow into adulthood never to be in a suit, tie and cuff links. While the takkies she hated are today part of my wardrobe, her comfort is that I have never been behind prison bars as a tsotsi.
Once, when she was fetched from work by police in order for me to surrender for arrest, the reason had nothing to do with being a tsotsi.
Some of my mother's teachings have shaped the heart of a rebel that I am to even dare to differ with her, when justified, without the guilt feeling of being anti-mothers, women or girls.
Here is another thought worth writing home about. Never build your name from your possessions. Let everything you own through the sweat of your honest labour enjoy the navigating stamp of your good name.
What makes former president Nelson Mandela powerful was his refusal to stay in power longer than he could. Those who cannot see their names outside political office never dream of leaving.
To reinstate sanity back to the corridors of power, the boys and girls that make a living from politics would do well to remember the lessons their good mothers taught them.
In the sway, the purpose of holding political office would be crystal clear. It is to serve and not to reduce citizens into hopelessservitude.
Ethical leadership not only makes ordinary people worldwide to imagine themselves being the source of the political will that sets the pace of their countries' development. People also see themselves as the VIPs that matter in the affairs of their states.
Presidents that negate this free spirit of nations ultimately get exposed to be the tsotsis who shamelessly live off the loot of victims.
And no normal mother would brook the nonsense of a tsotsi being at the helm of any country.
Is it not true that the rule of the oppressors is prescribed by the endurance of the oppressed? Look at Cairo.