Fence-sitters betray country

Jacob Zuma is intent on getting into power, no matter what it costs the country.

Jacob Zuma is intent on getting into power, no matter what it costs the country.

In the last few days, his friends and so-called supporters have also come out of the woodwork. Tokyo Sexwale is one of them. One wonders what Sexwale's motives are for supporting and allegedly bankrolling Zuma's campaign.

And then there is President Thabo Mbeki, who this week was in Europe promoting the country's best interests. A statesman to the end. He could easily have put the country's affairs second to his personal battle, but his responsible nature will not allow it. Can't people see this?

More importantly, can't those people going to Limpopo to elect the ANC leadership see this? Can't we see the difference between the two men?

Mbeki's qualities will see him triumph over Zuma.

But the greater shame is on the people who are sitting on the fence while the struggle for the heart of the country continues. Ministers and their deputies simply refuse to be involved. Those who have not nailed their colours to the mast should be ashamed of themselves. Declaring at this late hour that one does not support either of the two candidates, like some did at the weekend, is opportunistic.

Not only are Mbeki's reputation and legacy at stake, but so are theirs.

Taukgolo Sebata, Limpopo

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