Since the dismissal of Jacob Zuma from government by then president Thabo Mbeki, we have witnessed an emergence of a new trend of public discourse.
What was once regarded as a country with highly political and vigilant leadership has become a country with leadership characterised by slander, innuendos, lies and disinformation.
Today, people in leadership positions behave as if they own us and have a right to do as they wish without caring about the implications.
Unimportant to them, this country has a very high rate of public violence coupled with extreme abuse of women and children.
Now anyone who is a leader will ensure that he or she treads carefully on matters of public discourse.
But populists and mobs prey on the laxity of the public.
What value does the Cosatu disinformation booklet have on advancing the struggles of the working class? Well, all Stalinists will, in one voice, shout that it guarantees the defence of the gains of liberation. But what gains and what liberation did Stalin have in mind?
Unless we take a stand as the public, and say lies and deceit will never mislead us, we are in for a very rough time.
It is only a true revolutionary who will wake up and confront the truth and accept reality. As the saying goes, "facts are stubborn".
Major Kobese, Braamfontein