ANC leaders did not win struggle on their own

The policy conference of the ruling party must be used to reflect on the ANC's failures and successes.

The policy conference of the ruling party must be used to reflect on the ANC's failures and successes.

The movement has succeeded in creating a middle class, multimillionaires and of course extreme levels of inequality.

Racial integration remains an elusive quest in our country because all endeavours towards racial integration are met with racist remarks and further alienation from both sides.

Most importantly, the ANC must shed its arrogance and indifference to the poor who put it in power, and must stop serving those who don't care about the movement.

The callous and reckless statement by Smuts Ngonyama - "I did not struggle to be poor" - when he was justifying his amassing of millions through the Elephant scheme hurt poor people.

Such statements are unforgivable. Amnesiac leaders must be reminded that if it were not for the masses, they would have been no threat to the apartheid regime because they were powerless in jail or in exile. The masses who stood behind their leaders against the apartheid system are now being excluded from benefiting economically.

The ANC needs to create inclusive policies to combat scourges that are hurting the people, such as inequality, discrimination and poverty - if they really care for the country.

Phillimon Mnisi

Johannesburg

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