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'No government is forever' - Shilowa

By ASANDA NINI | Jan 21, 2013 | COMMENTS [ 44 ]

In a rare public appearance, interdicted COPE leader Mbhazima Shilowa came out guns blazing at a party event in Alice where he lambasted President Jacob Zuma’s government

Speaking on Saturday to more than 1,000 Eastern Cape COPE supporters who had gathered at the University of Fort Hare’s Alice campus for their provincial summit of branches, Shilowa said after two decades of democracy the ANC-led government has failed to deliver a better life for all South Africans.

This was Shilowa’s first public speaking engagement in the Eastern Cape in two years.

He warned Zuma’s government of a possible revolt if they did not get their house in order.

Shilowa, who has been interdicted by court from participating in any party activities, constantly reminded those in attendance that he was not speaking as a party member.

“Remember I am not your member as I have been interdicted by court from participating in any COPE activities, so I am only here as a guest, an outsider and a bystander and I cannot participate in your dealings until this is resolved in court which is sitting again on February 1,” he told the crowd.

The former Gauteng premier was sidelined from party activities when two years ago, party leader and former close confidant Mosioua Lekota successfully applied through the courts to ban Shilowa from party leadership activities.

Addressing more than a thousand supporters, Shilowa said the majority will have nothing to show when the country celebrates its 20th anniversary since the advent of democracy.

“Next year we will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy and the ruling party will organise a series of events to mark the occasion, less to do with the historic nature of the occasion, but as part of garnering votes.

“To understand how far we have travelled since 1994, we have to understand what our destination was.

“In 1994, the ruling party contested the elections under the slogan, A better life for all, but we have to ask whether a better life for all has been achieved, or more generously, whether a foundation to a better life has been laid.

“A better life for all and not a better life for some, after all that is what the contract with the people of South Africa was,” Shilowa said.

He said a better life should not be meant for some who happens to be in government or well connected to politicians or to the ruling ANC to loud applause.

“It’s not for those who use the system to line their pockets, not for the corrupt who, because of who they are and the positions they occupy, have never been brought before the law, but a better life for all,” he said.

“A better life must be for all, because that is what the struggle was about. After all this is what many went to jail and exile for, with some paying the supreme price when they died at the hands of the apartheid agencies,” Shilowa said.

He warned of a possible revolt, saying, “no government lasts forever”.

“We are where we are, not just because it is not possible to eradicate years of apartheid neglect within 20 years, but because there has been very little attempt at dealing with the challenges.

“We have merely been tinkering with the systems and at some point people can see through the gimmicks of the ruling elite and the painful reality though is that when they rise, they rise and they are unstoppable,” Shilowa said.

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Shilowa after leaving ANC you failed even COPE supporters never mourned your political death, so stop embarrassing yourself ANC made you somebody. If I were you would choose another profession. Terror terrorised you and you'll never recover. Goodbye

Jan 21, 2013 11:23 | 0 replies

SO SAD FROM GAUTENG AND SURROUNDING AREAS SUPPORT TO

1000,,,,


1000 WAYS TO DIE

Jan 21, 2013 2:36 | 0 replies

@Dandan

TupacAmaru!
Dandan
ntathe shilowa utsukae
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I love your Sotho accent. Brilliant!!!!!!
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Im an african bru ke thutha ku ngwala ke bua se sestwana
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Good for you,
wa rogana, gathwe sestwana keng janong??? or ke a bona oraya Setswana

Jan 21, 2013 2:23 | 0 replies

Everything you said cde Shilowa is so spot on. You speaking in a personal capacity means you are one of the many people who fought for freedom and democracy who are witnessing dictatorship in Zuma's ANC corruption manoeuvres.

Jan 21, 2013 2:21 | 0 replies

Next year we will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy and the ruling party will organise a series of events to mark the occasion, less to do with the historic nature of the occasion, but as part of garnering votes.
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So true Mr Shiolowa...........

Speaking from experience................. ANC only interested in votes

Jan 21, 2013 2:19 | 0 replies

we love you Dandan for being a spot - back to COPE, Sit down Mbazima - you failed yourself, the nation at large. you guys had a good thing going on - but your egos and creed got in the way - whick clearly shows you had your own personal interest at heart not that of the nation - Now we are stuck with a strong white opposition party! THANX

Jan 21, 2013 2:17 | 0 replies

@Shredder

I will push hard , very soon you will be shocked, after that I will try vhenda (shumela vhenda)

Jan 21, 2013 2:11 | 0 replies

You are also part of the failer that reflects the ANC and you pocketed a lot of money exploiting the poor sidelined communities of South Africa, and I call of you so called political leaders even those who pretend to be good sameritans "cold hearted criminals" Be it ANC, COPE, DA, KISS etc, you are all vultures and hyenas. One day is One day.

Jan 21, 2013 2:10 | 0 replies

Indeed Mr Guest Speaker only time will tell, it seems like ANC (All National Criminals) is supported by corrupt and greedy cadres who only cares about there pockets and bank accounts.My wish is to see ANC lose provencial contests and win on national level reason being that it will feel intimidated just like they are in western cape

Jan 21, 2013 2:7 | 0 replies

I thought you were dead and berried. Shame things are tough in the political arena. If you had only shut your mouth and enjoyed the gravy train of JZ you would probably be a minister by now. Bad choices lead to some peoples downfall.

Jan 21, 2013 2:5 | 0 replies

MsKinkyakaKamaSutra - wa rumulana, LOL

Jan 21, 2013 2:41 | 0 replies