In today’s society, the sometimes fickle human nature seems to perpetually find itself in leadership positions and surely this calls for the awakening of our late and laid leaders.

South Africa’s current political landscape suggests that we need a complete change in leadership and the requirements that determine or qualify people as part of leadership. The African National Congress (ANC) can be seen as an explicit example of the disconnection between government and the people. Where a dominant political party finds itself at a crossroads by virtue of a complete lack of accountability and transparency.

As such, influence and resources are not redistributed such that they speak to the many prevalent socio-economic and political issues that continue to taint the country’s democracy.

We find ourselves in inconsistent times where the deficiency of transparency and loyalty are appalling. Inevitably, we need patriotic leaders that are driven by passion to help elevate and inspire the baffled South Africans. The late public figures of the country such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Albertina Sisulu, Steve Biko and Abert Luthuli are a reflection of the type of leaders we need to assimilate in our country.

The agitating question we should be asking ourselves as the victims of the impassive system is what we need to learn from this inspirational characters and eventually realise what measures we need to implement.

For example one of the most important leaders in South Africa and even across the whole world is Nelson Mandela, or as people call him, Madiba. He challenged people to forgive each other for wrongs during apartheid, to learn from this in order to work together for a common future.

He also recited a critical aspect that actually contrast today’s governance. This is shown in one of Huffington Posts article which quoted his profound speech that said that the milestones of the country inject a democracy in which the government, whomever that the government might be, will be bound by a higher set of rules, embodied in a constitution, will not be able to govern the country as it pleases.

In addition, Helen Beatrice Joseph (Fennell), born in Sussex, England, 1905 also portrayed genuine leadership skills during her lifetime. Her services were profoundly exceptional. Fennell was one of the leaders who read out the clauses of the Freedom Charter at the Congress of the people but the most spectacle of all her contributions was the women’s March on 9 August 1956. This was one of the most memorable moments of her illustrious political career, as she was one of the main organisers of the protest.

This shows how drastically the governing of our country has actually shifted from the genuine trends that placed the passion for humanity ignited and instilled by these former leaders. This is precisely why we need passionate persons in high and influential platforms so they may advocate for accountability, transparency and most importantly loyalty to the nation. We highly and consistently speak of Ubuntu but do we practice what we preach?

As a society we need to take a broader perspective and elect leaders that are intrinsically and passionately driven to serve the nation. As well, it is our responsibility to become as self-sufficient as possible by establishing infrastructure that’ll  secure resources and satisfy the needs of the people.

Thulani Zwane

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