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Forget politics, what Eastern Cape needs is collective ...

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Forget politics, what Eastern Cape needs is collective responsibility

Skilled people who have left owe it to their birthplace to return and rebuild the province

Songezo Zibi

Last week Eusebius McKaiser wrote a searing column for TimesLIVE, Not an Oscar-winning performance by the ANC, about Eastern Cape premier Oscar Mabuyane’s re-election as ANC Eastern Cape provincial chairperson. It did not make for pretty reading as he laid bare the daily humiliations residents of our province have to endure.

His essay made me think deeply about the real nature of the problems that afflict the Eastern Cape, in addition to ANC incompetence and corruption. It also made me think about my responsibilities to the province, since I still call it home and it is where my family lives. I also expect to be buried there, so I care much for it.

The fabric of the province has been corrupted for far longer than the ANC has been in power. The homeland governments were profoundly corrupt. The cadres merely found a machine that was already steaming ahead, expanded it and gave it more energy. It is now a juggernaut that cannot be stopped by those who are its stewards...

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