'No son of mine must serve in this government' - Sexwale snr
Advice for Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale from Frank Sexwale
Kay Sexwale passed on this interesting advice on Twitter this morning:
"No son of mine should be in a government that shoots its own people".
She attributed this to her grandfather Frank Sexwale, who she hailed as her hero, before closing her tweet with these words: "SA Cabinet must resign".
Kay Sexwale, a former radio 702 presenter, is Tokyo's niece.
The Sunday Times on 30 September quoted a speech by Tokyo Sexwale at Fort Hare, in which he said a renaissance of the ANC is needed.
In his words:
"It was a deeply disturbing call from my elderly father. It was about the Marikana tragedy — a massacre.
"My father is a man of impeccable principles and unquestionable morality, with proven credentials as a patriot.
"He still lives in our home in Dube, named after ANC founding president John Langalibalele Dube. He lives in Thabo Street, named after ANC and Communist Party stalwart Thabo Mofutsanyana. Thabo is also the name Govan Mbeki chose for his famous son. Thabo Street produced five death-row political prisoners. All ANC.
"The conversation with my father over Marikana has weighed heavily.
"He said to me: 'No son of mine should become part of a government that kills its own people with rifles, in the manner we saw on TV. Take a stand and leave the Cabinet'.”
"He quickly added: 'I do not say leave the ANC. But leave the Cabinet'.
"My response was a measured one. I explained that one does not necessarily have to leave the Cabinet to make a statement. I felt, in a modest way, I could still make a valuable contribution. I said there were good men and women in our government who were committed to making ours a better country and making a better life for its citizens.
"He concluded: 'It's your call. But you know my view'."
Toyko Sexwale commented in his speech it had left him with this thought, amongst others: "The ANC needs to slaughter its own ghost and undergo soul searching".
He has been voicing his concerns about the state of government in recent months, including the speech the Sowetan also reported on this week in which he lashed out at unscrupulous ANC members who use taxpayers' money for their own benefit and also used state institutions to settle political scores.
What with his father's words and his niece also pressing him on the matter today, what will be his next move?