The Fees Must Fall protests had dire consequences for café employee Eddie at the University of Cape .
OF THE many quotes favoured by leftists all over the world, one of the more famous is Amilcar Cabral's "Tell no lies. Claim no easy victories." Pardon us for expecting the ANC and the Communist Party to have heard or read this quote.
Given how often our self-styled leftists have made it their job to detect "counter-revolutionaries" and other "enemies of our people" we expect them not only to have heard of the quote but also to know that that was not all that Cabral said on that day.
He also said: "Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. We should recognise as a matter of conscience that there have been many faults and errors in our action whether political or military: an important number of things we should have done we have not done at the right times, or not done at all."
We hope that the above, and President Jacob Zuma's frank assessment as to what has caused service delivery riots in the past few weeks, has put the likes of Tokyo Sexwale, Blade Nzimande, Sicelo Shiceka and everyone else who has peddled the third force scapegoat or displacement of blame firmly in their place.
The poor might not have all they require to live comfortably. But they are not stupid. They would not simply fight against a government they elected overwhelmingly unless they had genuine concerns.
Zuma might have to remind his comrades that Cabral's teachings hold as true today as they did on that day 44 years ago.