Comrades: stop war of words

THE worrying war of words between the Young Communist League and the ANC Youth League makes me believe it is time we voice our anger with the manner in which leaders in the tripartite alliance are engaging with each other in the media.

THE worrying war of words between the Young Communist League and the ANC Youth League makes me believe it is time we voice our anger with the manner in which leaders in the tripartite alliance are engaging with each other in the media.

Buti Manamela and Julius Malema must stop hurling insults at each other.

The character assassinations that have become the order of the day are going to kill our mass democratic movement. It cannot be right that some choose to call press conferences just to hurl insults at another member of the alliance structures - and the elders of the alliance seem to only find this amusing.

This politics of character assassination is the same politics that made the ANC in North West what it is today, a mess.

Some of us joined the ANC and its alliance partners because we admired the values of these organisations - not because we could not find anything better to do.

I am saying to the leaders of alliance that we have had it with your egoistical behaviour.

Some of you are pushing nothing but your selfish interests. It is becoming clear that you joined the alliance structures for your own benefit.

If you look at North West, our own comrades have looted government departments. You find departments that are literally broke - being run by comrades who always have a lot of cash for their own campaigns.

If we truly want to build the ANC, let us show respect to our fellow comrades, not because that is considered to be African - but because that is what it means to be human.

The more we allow this rot to continue within our structures, the more people will continue using state organs to "deal" with those they regard as political enemies.

It is shocking to read in the newspapers of the number of our own comrades killed by their fellow comrades simply because others were caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

Matela Mthwalo, Matlosana

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