THE poisonous response of the MK veterans to Professor Kader Asmal shows what the post Mbeki ANC is made of.
Remember how Cosas responded to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and how the ANC humiliated Thabo Mbeki?
This gutter politics, I hope, do not represent Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, Andrew Mlangeni, Ben Turok, Ronnie Kasrils and the other living MK vets. True comrades do not wish others to pass away.
Mandela has criticised the ANC several times, but no one wished him dead.
Julius Malema criticises those he dislikes week in and week out without any reprimand from the MK vets.
The paramilitarisation of the police was mooted at Soweto's Jabulani Amphitheatre by President Jacob Zuma at a rally for pregnant teenagers.
Like Asmal, we must reject the creation of a police state because we have seen police brutality in Zimbabwe and Chile. If we allow it, it means we are abandoning the spirit of our Constitution and our approach to policing.
If the MK veterans differ with us, we must not get wishes to die.
Phillip Mhlongo, Cope KZN Secretary, Durban