The new public protector says she will leave the dispute over the state capture report prepared by h.
Sipho Mfundisi's attempt at rubbishing the ANC is pathetic and a damp squib (Court teaches ANC a lesson, 17 December 2008).
Facts must not be sacrificed for political expediency. The ANC went to court because of principle, not "swagger and boldness". The ANC contends that thousands of voters were technically disenfranchised in the twelve wards that it did not contest in the recent by-elections. The low turnout in most wards shows that large numbers "voted with their feet".
The ANC's stance on the name issue is premised on the principle that no party should appropriate South African history. The Congress of the People is an integral and significant part of our liberation struggle heritage. It is also a historical fact that the ANC and its alliance partners contributed immensely to adopt the Freedom Charter, which makes it an intrinsic part of its history. For Mfundisi to assert that the ANC went to court to "claim ownership of certain words" is disingenuous in the extreme.
It is no coincidence that Cope desperately wants to usurp this proud history because appropriating it will give it instant goodwill and leverage.
And what's wrong with the ANC exhausting legal processes? It has a duty to appeal the judgment. Cope cannot be privatised to advantage a single group. Mfundisi's twisted logic doesn't enrich public discourse so he shouldn't venture into areas he is not competent in.
Mogomotsi Mogodiri, Joburg