'Ramphele for SA president'
I WOULD like to applaud one of South Africa's brainy woman who has such impeccable struggle credentials and yet she continues to display such exceptional independent thinking.
This mother, wife and grandmother philanthropically has taken the bull by its horns by continuing to inspire the nation with such civic participation to enforce constitutional compliance.
Mamphele Ramphele has proven her leadership capability. She continues to remain a hope with her analysis on matters of national importance in such an extremely politicised environment.
To her credit, Ramphele has ensured that the ping-pong game around former crime intelligence boss Richard Mdluli comes to an end.
Not only that, but she was instrumental in setting aside the letting off of controversial judge president John Hlophe, by ensuring that the Judicial Services Commission follows proper procedure in adjudicating complaints against judges.
She did all this with no gain or vested interest whatsoever in mind, but out of patriotism.
I think this is what this country desperately needs in a leader. We need cerebral personalities like her to steer South Africa's prosperity further so that we can realise the real revolution of our young democracy.
The time has come to dissect proportional representation and for the electorate to directly elect their leaders, not what is currently happening where a group of about 500 elite gather as so-called delegates and make decisions for about 48-million people.
We have dissected constitutional democracy in favour of political sovereignty where public servants adhere more to political masters than to the constitution. This has resulted in institutionalising mediocrity, which has become a trend.
That is why people are prepared to "kill" for individuals and our moral fibre has deteriorated.
In truly democratic states, the threshold in appointing quality leaders is primarily exceptional thinkers and the intellectually-minded.
Leadership has nothing to do with populism or loyalty.
Against that backdrop, I say: "Mamphele for president!".
- Puleng Mmila, Seokodibeng