SA has lost its moral authority and soft power. With the release of Nelson Mandela from prison in 1990 and the democratic breakthrough in 1994 came the expectation that the country would become the moral compass that points the way for all of humankind. Mandela and his beloved country embodied the hopes and aspirations of the oppressed in Africa and the world. However, Mandela did not invent the values that inspired these hopes and aspirations. He was born into them and so was the ANC. Both he and those who led the ANC with him were moved by the heroism and selflessness of those who came before them. Their mortal remains must be turning in their graves as they behold what has become of what was once a revolutionary movement. Is the current leadership of the ANC living proof of the curse of King Shaka ka Senzangakhona who as he breathed his last said, "Ngeke nilibuse. Lobuswa amankengane." Other oral historians reported that King Shaka said to his murderers, "Ngeke nilibuse. Lobuswa ...

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