Our country needs pragmatic leadership

Every leader has to be pragmatic, especially during times of tension and uncertainty.

Every leader has to be pragmatic, especially during times of tension and uncertainty.

It is obvious that ANC deputy president Jacob Zuma is headed for the presidency of both party and country. It is this that will call for pragmatic leadership.

Pragmatism here implies accepting that the past 13 years have been years of political excitement. This excitement diverted attention from the real issues and ultimately our movement was divided, with the tripartite alliance suffering major setbacks.

Yes, greed and overnight riches blinded many a leader.

Pragmatism here again implies that the new leadership should focus on working towards unity by addressing the real issues.

Retention of the same cabinet, while cutting out dead wood would be most pragmatic. Then we need to redirect our politics more towards domestic matters. We must cut down on international activity.

South Africa has already become home to all who sought refuge (some good, some bad), and they have been embraced by the local community. The law must take its course against all who come here with evil intentions.

Pragmatism also implies accepting defeat and letting the new leader unify the country. We need to shake hands in a spirit of brotherhood. Together we need to remake the ANC as a unifying force of our people.

Benjamin Seitisho, Phuthaditjhaba

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