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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ismail Lagardien.]

If Andrek “Panyaza” Lesufi knew the origins of Afrikaans, he might think twice. Then again, ‘non-African’ slaves and indentured labourers who were brought to the Cape during the Dutch era — which studies have confirmed as among the seminal originators of Afrikaans — are erased from the ANC’s ideological revolutionary training, and the cadre of Little Octoberists that today populate the ministries and public offices around the country.

When you scan the landscape of ANC leaders in elected or appointed positions, there are very few people who stand out for a combination of intellect, competence, ethical conduct, professionalism and for a set of sensibilities that are commensurate with a vision of democracy, openness, tolerance and trust.

These sound like terrible generalisations, but beyond, say, Zamani Saul, there are very few people who, when they were (or have been) in office, has had any respect for the actual work they do, or for their integrity.

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