Sipho Pityana. Picture: LEON SADIKI
Sipho Pityana. Picture: LEON SADIKI

It is easy to be complicit in a crime or injustice by failing to raise your voice. Sipho Pityana spoke last week at the conference organised by the Daily Maverick and Future SA, whose aim is to mobilise South Africans to stand together to end the tyranny gripping our country.

Last week, in an interview with the BBC, Atul Gupta sought to distance himself from the white monopoly capital narrative that now bedevils race relations in SA.

He knows that he was telling an untruth to the overseas news channel; he knows that, through his media empire, he has employed a host of loyalists to discredit many good South Africans including Trevor Manuel, Thuli Madonsela, Pravin Gordhan, Derek Hanekom, the South African Council of Churches and countless others.

In the frontline, he has Mzwanele Manyi and a host of others serving as Pied Pipers of Saxonworld, doing his bidding to besmirch the names of good men and women, rubbishing them as dishonourable and captives of white monopoly capital, whatever that might mean.

In this climate of uncertainty, South Africans dare not be intimidated by political thugs using violence to get their way.

We have to act in concert to bring about a new order, to replace corrupt leaders.

Like the Reverend Martin Niemoller, an outspoken critic of Nazi Germany, we too must condemn fascism: "First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a socialist; then they came for the unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist; then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew; then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me."

We must work together for a better SA, and support initiatives by people such as Pityana.

Fr Jo-Mangaliso MdhlelaVia e-mail

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