Delivering the 4th Nelson Mandela Lecture last year, President Thabo Mbeki said: "Thus every day and during every hour of our time beyond sleep, the demons embedded in our society that stalk us every minute, seem to always beckon each one of us towards a realisable dream and nightmare. With every passing second, they advise, with rhythmic and hypnotic regularity - get rich! get rich! get rich! And get rich at all costs".
These words of wisdom are relevant, not only because the ANC holds an elective conference in December, but because of two events that happened recently.
The first one is the dismissal of Schabir Shaik's appeal in the Constitutional Court. The National Prosecuting Authority and Bulelani Ngcuka were vindicated because 16 judges have unanimously agreed that Shaik's dealing with Zuma was indeed "corrupt to the core".
The second event is the allegations that the PSL elite wanted to scoop 10percent off the R500million Absa sponsorship. Trevor Manuel is now crucified by those who listened to the call by the demons Mbeki spoke about. Manuel is now accused of interfering in the affairs of the PSL when he wrote to Absa and not to the PSL.
We must, without fear or favour, confront these demons so that our society does not reproduce other Schabir Shaiks, who wanted wealth by "hook or crook".
Siyanda Mhlongo, KwaDukuza