17 Apr 2014
Jay Naidoo delivers the Van Zyl Slabbert Honorary Lecture at Stellenbosch University last night talking about 20 years into democracy. What are our Challenges?
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In Kenya at the invitation of the Society of International Development discussing the blurring of the line between political and public interest. What we need today are leaders who do not think on the basis of race, tribe, religion or gender. We need leaders who unify our people and serve the interests of citizens who elect them rather than their own private business interests
Watch the video: Jay Naidoo and Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor
Jay Naidoo, Member of the Society for International Development and Kenya Dialogues Project in discussion with the Hon. Sophia Abdi Noor, PBO Act Architect and Member of Parliament on Good Governance and the PBO Act on national television, NTV
The Cosatu that Elijah Barayi led was answerable only to its members. It never flinched in the face of brutal repression from either the Apartheid state or the bosses. It was a fighting force of organised workers not just on the shop floor, but it militantly espoused the political aspirations in society. Still, it always connected back to the factory floor for its mandates and to report back. That independence, deep in its DNA, gave it the moral fiber and ferocious stamina to endure the battles it faced. Today, it’s a very different organisation.
President Mogae’s insistence on taking a tough stance against corruption is his lasting legacy. With his usual bluntness, he explains: “We need to protect the independence of public institutions. There must be the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and leaders who provide a role model by complying with the law.” Wisely, he adds: “It’s not that everything will be smooth, but that in the event that things go wrong, there are ways open to the aggrieved to find redress within the system.” Prudent advice to our own political class in South Africa.
“Hide nothing from the masses of our people. Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories.” – Amilcar Cabral
On the many occasions I have met President Pires, he is accompanied by his wife, Adelcia Barreto Pires, and his two daughters, Sara and Indira. He seems the picture-postcard family man, a refined statesman oozing warm humility. And that is what gives him his love of his people and the strength of his leadership. In the ten years he was president (2001-2011), he transformed Cape Verde from a barren island poor in natural resources, with little arable land, into a model of democracy, stability and increased prosperity.
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