June 23, 2016
#2X – ANCWL: What can they teach us now?
Over the last few years I’ve struggled with the concept of being supportive of anything the ANC does. I cannot understand why they continue to protect the president, when more often than not, the things he does – or has been accused of doing – have done more damage to the party.
I am a legacy baby, legacy in the sense that I am the great niece of Charlotte Mannya-Maxeke. Charlotte Maxeke was a religious leader and a socio-political activist. As co-founder of the Bantu Women’s League, now known as the ANC Women’s league (ANCWL), she was an instrumental figure in advocating for women’s rights. To my family she is a matriarch. Her activism and lifetime contributions continue to play an important role in our society today. Thus, it leaves me saddened that in the days approaching the local government elections I find myself asking, was all she fought for over the years a waste of time?
The ANCWL is something I am removed from. I cannot relate to what they stand for anymore. When they are mentioned in the media it is usually to support a man who I don’t believe wants what is best for the people. Growing up in a family that lives and breathes politics, my bloodline and the lineage of my ancestors, makes this more of a struggle.
I have always felt that my opinions were too “model C”. Whenever I ask questions I am told, “You don’t know anything.” There’s an unwillingness to educate me, regardless of how many books I read or documentaries I watch.
In recent months, we have watched (and participated) in youth lead movements. Yet, the sustainability of these youth led movements are still questioned, and by the activists who played a role in youth led movements before.
I have struggled with asking how it is that I could carry so much disappointment towards a party I still have so much faith in. Is it really because of just one man? I ask myself who I’m going to vote for in the upcoming elections, then I realize that asking if I can trust any one political party is a waste of my precious time and energy. I’ve already concluded that I can’t trust politicians with the well being of my future.
This saddens me because I used to believe that the government – mostly the ANC – wanted what was best not only for the people but for the country. There is a broken system that owns our government and whether or not that will change is something that remains to be seen. Whether or not they will change or prove to people that they deserve to lead, remains to be seen.
Originally posted: https://www.facebook.com/notes/vip-live-za/ancwl-what-can-they-teach-us-now/496028180595713
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