After reading Dr Makhosi Khoza’s views on "The day I confronted my liberation struggle credentials’ fatigue" (Makhosi Khoza hits back at Mthembu’s ill-discipline accusations, July 10) we felt moved to come out in our small way in support of Khoza in her courage to confront the malfeasance in our current politics in SA.
As concerned citizens and former activists in the 80s and 90s, we hereby express our support for the courageous and principled stance taken by Khoza in speaking openly and fearlessly against the rot that is afflicting our body politic. We are alarmed by the vitriolic attacks she is being subjected to and the threats of disciplinary action against her for having taking a stance on matters and values that all upright citizens of our country, who respect our hard-won democracy, should uphold.
We fully align ourselves with her views regarding the present state of the nation. She identifies many of the critical problems that face our society, in particular when she observes that "our leadership appears to lack courage to act on the root cause of the ANC leadership decline, that is, corruption, kleptocracy, greed, crass materialism, bad governance, suffocation of intellectualism and suppression of voices of reason and moral uprightness".
We recognise the danger she has placed herself in through the active expression of her convictions. We support her democratic right to speak out without fear of intimidation, threat and reprisals. Any threat of violence against her and her family is a violation of her human rights and of the values of our Constitution.
All of us who are pained by what is happening to our country need to unite and stand up for what is right. We need an honest, accountable and transparent government and political leadership. And this is exactly what Khoza’s aspiration is.
We rally around her as a symbol of integrity, patriotism and courage. We appeal to all peace-loving South Africans, men and women, young and old, black and white, to take their place in this struggle against an incompetent, uncaring and corrupt government and to safeguard the future of our children.
We urge all South Africans to stand with Dr Makhosi Khoza and to support her freedom of speech and conscience without intimidation!
Signatories as of July 9 2017: Khethiwe Marais, Warara Kakaza, Stephen Marais, Sheila Ngubeni, Motlatsi Molotsi, Nkeke Thosago, Tokoloho Ngogo, Natala Davnat Mathebula, JK Mogafe,