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Posted: October 21st, 2009 | By Ray Hartley

Kader Asmal accused Deputy Police Minister, Fikile Mbalula, of engaging in “low level politics”. His response follows. Perhaps Asmal could rest his case?


The diatribe Kader Asmal metes out at the leadership of the ANC is nothing more than hot air from a disgruntled individual who refuses to come to terms with reality. Heaping insults at our leaders and desperately trying to project the ANC as a conglomeration of imbeciles will not catapult Asmal back to centre stage of public life, as he seems to hope with his ramblings.

The evolution of the ANC was a necessary condition of history, which evolution cleansed the ANC of arrogant and aloof leaders who believed they had the licence to think for the rank and file. Throughout its history, the ANC has gone through similar transformation and renewal, regurgitating those who undermined its very value system in its name.
Asmal wants us to believe he is the messiah endowed with the power to salvage us from the big bad ANC, forgetting his very role in shifting the ANC away from its base and values. It is a sad day when those relegated to the rubbish bin of history want to make a comeback through populist tendencies that they decried yesteryear, and rumblings of a raving lunatic.

It has never been part of our struggle or culture to seek liberation by the media, whom ironically Asmal calls upon to investigate the “dank, dark, dangerous areas of South African life.” Our people have always understood their power to hold to account their political leadership and the power of the vote in keeping in check those that do not represent their aspirations. Asmal and his ilk, having realised this choose to conveniently ignore the masses of our people and sound the clarion call to their darlings, the media establishment.

The ANC collective elected in Polokwane led by President Zuma, Deputy President Motlanthe and Secretary-General Mantashe have no illusions about the magnitude of the work at hand in the pursuit of a truly emancipated society. We have made an unequivocal commitment, which we intend to see through, that we will eradicate the “dank, dark, dangerous areas of South Africa.”

The bitterness that comes through Asmal’s statements is astounding and betrays a bitter old man struggling to make peace with the realities of the day. He is not shy about singling out individuals for his venom in the hope that his disciples will take up arms and march to his imaginary war. I have never harboured ambitions of becoming the next Secretary-General of the ANC, and the ANC has pronounced itself on succession matters and I am part of that collective. If Asmal is truly an “ANC person” then he surely understands the injunctions that enjoin all disciplined members of the ANC, being to respect and abide by the decisions of its structures, and the NEC has laid this matter
to rest. There may have been a time when Asmal spoke with
distinction and authority on ANC matters, but he has become a latter day Don Quixote whose ravings do nothing for our movement and our country, but rather make us wander if he is really not doing others’

If we are to fight the scourge of crime in a decisive manner, we need to stop pussy-footing and act decisively. If that means taking a hard look at how the police operate and transforming the same into a fierce force that instils fear in the hearts of criminals, that is what we will do. Our call for the transformation of the police from a service that is perpetually apologetic to a mean police force whose military-style operations and efficiency results in safer communities, must never be misconstrued to mean returning to the days of apartheid.
This does not mean police officers will be above the law or they will acquire a licence to become gun-toting vigilantes who have no regard for the citizens’ rights. This is a deliberate fabrication by those who are dismayed at the single-mindedness and determination of this administration to make a better life for all a living reality.

On the eve of the 2009 elections they peddled doomsday tales, suggesting that the country will be on fire once Jacob Zuma became President. They are now at pains to sustain their doomsday theory in the face of rising public confidence in the President’s commitment to addressing service delivery challenges, and improving people’s lives.

Issued by
Fikile Mbalula
Deputy Minister of Police





October 21, 2009 at 11:38 am

Mbalula misses the point completely, the doomsday scenario that many have warned about is happening, he needs to take note of what Khayalitsha residents were saying about Jacob Zuma before and after the elections!



October 21, 2009 at 11:56 am

Mbalula misses the point on what Kader Asmal said. He is emotional and makes wrong anology completely. If you think people are happy about the ANC and Jacob Zuma leave your offices and walk in the townships where service delivery in NIL. It time that ANC members stop accusing the people who served under Mbeki of bitternes. Biterness what bitterness. They have been there done that and they probably know more that you do. If only you can take the positives from Kader Asmal statement, you would grow. ANC members please stop being defensive, be open to criticism and learn from it. It is called constructive criticism aiming to help you grow!



October 21, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Mbalula completely fails to address Asmal’s point and instead goes on a deeply insulting rant designed to cloud the true issue. We need mature politicians who listen and learn rather than bluster and bully their way out of situations that call on them to deliver somthing of value. This is a schoolboy response. Lets have some positive and valuable action rather than the meaningless rhetoric that characterises ANC politicians. Mbalula, stop playing childish political games and do something useful.



October 21, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Amandla Comrade Mbalula! Well stated, factual and without any emotions. Its impressive and refreshing to see comrades address matters in this manner. Amandla! Awethu!


Judge Nkola Motata

October 21, 2009 at 12:53 pm

Just like Tutu who prefers to take views againt majority views, with the sole purpose of attracting attention, Asmal seems to be in love with that approach. Difference is Tutu is not ANC member and Asmal is, so disciplined cadres know that they should raise their views in relevant structures of the organisation!!!


Tau ya Tswako

October 21, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Just wish name calling could be stopped and issues be engaged instead. If this is the way the ANC leaders and members are going to adress issues then who will dare raise any disenting view. This will be the begining of an end to democracy and begining of dictatorship.



October 21, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Mbulala should perhaps reconsider his sentence “On the eve of the 2009 elections they peddled doomsday tales, suggesting that the country will be on fire once Jacob Zuma became President’ Hasn’t he been in Standerton today, where the complete lack of service delivery has resulted in flames etc? Asmal was an idiot, but the “rubbish bin of history ” (go Mbulala, go) will be far kinder to Asmal than to Mbulala and that half witted idiot sucessor at the ANCYL.



October 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm

I fully agree with Fikile times are changing and the is a need for strong measure to be taken .The old man must remember he had his time in the ANC where is our education system under his stewardship why he never challenge the intelectual ZIZI.any ANC MEMBER CAN LEAD THE ANC IF STRUCTURE WANT HIM .POLOKWANE DID SPOKE ACCEPT THE OUTCOME OR YOU MUST BE CHARGED AND BEING EXPELLED AS YOU DID TO CHIEF PHATEKILE HOLOMISA


Madoda Mshengu

October 21, 2009 at 4:44 pm

Mbalula is the cristalisation of the new ANC that has totally lost the moral value of leadership, one is even embarassed to ascribe the word leadership to this ilk. He totally misses the radar on all points raised by Mr Asmal, can a boy be transformed into a man in less than a year, that is the question that Mbalula is definately answering.

The manner in which he answers one of our elders in our organisation brings shame to the memory of the martyrs who died in-pursuit of our liberation. This is the perfect manifestation of the nature of leadership that Zuma has “groomed” to take center stage, he brings humiliation to this former galant movement.

Will time judge such unscrupalous individuals whose overbearing ambitions know no limits, how a person like him could ever inhabit ambitions to be Secretary General is a shame. Mbalula’s only enemy is his undisciplined and uncanny mind, he is a true shame to the combined efforts of all South Africans.


Larry Goodfella

October 21, 2009 at 4:52 pm

Our South African young politicos exeplify the following statement:

“Africans have a maddening habit of always choosing the course of action which will do the maximum damage to their own interests. They are also not singular in this. Africans as a whole are not only not averse to cutting off their noses to spite their face, – they regard such an operation as a triumph of cosmetic surgery.”
High commisioner to Nigeria, Sir David Hunt.

Now Asmal is just not African, since he is capable of a smidgen of common sense.


Zanu PF 4 life

October 21, 2009 at 8:50 pm

@ Larry,

No one is interested in your stinking racist views here. F#kc off with your nonsense !!!!!!



October 21, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Zanu PF 4 life – truth hurts sonny , truth hurts . What you failed to elicit from Larry’s missive is that , the first one to swear , shout , get emotional – loses the argument . So if you wish to debate , do so , but if you wish to engage in stone throwing , necklacing and burning – go somewhere else please .


Larry Goodfella

October 22, 2009 at 6:43 am

It seems I have unearthed a troll.



October 23, 2009 at 9:17 am

what is Mbalula still doing with antique “revolutionary” english? does that say something about his mentality? I think the fact that Prof Asmal was an Education Minister and that he is only a deputy minister of police should motive him to be at least relevant!


Robbie Yax

July 25, 2010 at 12:28 pm

Why do people need to show their entire lack of any breeding or education when entering a very healthy debate? It is both astonishing and equally shameful for people representing or speaking on behalf of the ruling Party of the “present regime” to behave like shear losers.

Indeed the debate in question here, is about an incredibly horrible little man called Mugabe. However, we need not look beyond our borders as South Africa appears to have a growing column of misfits, within the ranks of the ruling party right now, clearly resembling that little despot to the immediate north of our country..

Little do these misfits realize, that by opening their mouths or putting pen to paper, they in fact show up the inadequacies of their own cause.

Be that as it may, despite a lot of disagreement with certain of Kader Asmal’s policies whilst Minister of Education, he is a man of integrity and humility.

Besides Nelson Mandela, how many others in the ANC could claim such stature.

I rest my case!

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