Opinion: Msholozi is a hero and deserves our forgiveness

Opinion: Msholozi is a hero and deserves our forgiveness

Editor's Note: Sanele Sano Ngcobo is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria and the Secretory General of PACASA. Briefly.co.za has taken a look at what his take is on the the treatment Jacob Zuma has received in the wake of his resignation.

The black self-hate and white indoctrination of blacks was very apparent in Parliament during the SONA of 2018 by his excellency, newly elected president of the Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa.

FW De Klerk, decribed by Julius Malema as "a mass murderer of black people who got off without answering for even one of his crimes" is applauded hysterically by the members of parliament. Jacob Zuma, a man who has dedicated majority of his life to the service of black people was jeered because he decided to willfully resign when the party which had deployed him to office decided to recall him.

We are made to believe that former president Jacob Zuma is the worst thing that happened to South Africa. Many people asks us, why do we keep on defending him? This is a man who came when we were suffering, when were our brothers and sisters were dying like flies. This is a man who came when life of a black persons value depreciated, when it was ok to let black people with AIDS to die without any intervention.

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This is a man who came when the life expectancy was 54,7 and left when it was 64,0 years. This is the man who came when there were 310 419 HIV related deaths/year and reduced that to 126 755. His robust ART programmes extended the lifespan of many in South Africa, who would have otherwise died at an earlier age, with the biggest beneficiaries being black Africans.

This is a man who made free tertiary education a reality, even when the so called communist were against it “Where is this money going to come from? We are not against free higher education but where are we going to get money and we won’t (increase) VAT in order to fund free education.” Blade Nzimande: He went against the The Heher Commission into the Feasibility of Fee-Free Higher Education and Training which found that there was no capacity for the state to provide free tertiary education. Today this is a reality, all 1st year NSFAS beneficiaries are studying for free.

This is a man who spent 60 years of his life as a member of the African National Congress, a man who was arrested by De Klerk’s political party for 10 years. A man who led peace negotiations between members of ANC and Inkatha Freedom Party, his interventions saved lives of many black South Africans. Have you forgotten that Zuma was one of the first ANC leaders to return to SA to begin the process of negotiations, and was instrumental in organising the Groote Schuur Minute between the FW de Klerk regime and the ANC that reached important decisions about the return of exiles and the release of political prisoners.

Just in case you have forgotten in 1998, he established the Jacob Zuma RDP Educational Trust Fund. The fund has educated more than 20,000 children at primary school level, to university. Beneficiaries are primarily from impoverished backgrounds in rural areas.

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We are all human beings, let us forgive Nxamalala and move on with life. If we were able to forgive De Klerk, a man described by Malema as "A man who allowed the mass murder of black people" why can’t we forgive Msholozi? Let me answer the question: We won’t forgive him because we don’t value lives of black people. We choose those who massacred our people over those who saved thousands of black people's lives.

Say whatever you wants to say, Msholozi will always be my hero for saving lives of black people and increasing the value of our lives.

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