New leaders must learn from history

We have just passed through a brief period of frightening parallels that catapulted us into the void of an unsure future.

We have just passed through a brief period of frightening parallels that catapulted us into the void of an unsure future.

Ironically, prominent leaders have described the events as a peaceful transition or a display of the maturity of our democracy.

But the storm is gathering because we have cursed ourselves by repeating the mistakes of history and not learning from them.

First Judge Chris Nicholson likened Jacob Zuma to the biblical Samson threatening to bring down the temple and all those he felt had betrayed him.

Despite the judge exonerating Zuma, the political pillars and walls are likely to come down if those who are calling for an independent judicial commission of inquiry into the arms deal have their way and President Kgalema Montlathe obliges.

We are told that Thabo Mbeki was recalled to restore good governance but the growing discontent among the ruling class and country indicates that the recall could become the source of widespread political unrest.

What is looming in South Africa is not your typical French, Russian, Cuban or Mexican revolutions, but a Machiavellian enterprise driven by a legion of interests.

Those who wish to lord it over the rest must take the lessons of history very seriously because they speak to all ages.

Moleeane Skosana, Cape Town

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