JOHANNESBURG - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Wednesday hit back at critics who claim the South African “rainbow” is unraveling - by urging every citizen to play their role in the country's democracy.
Motlanthe spoke to Talk Radio 702 at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg.
He said in the face of the textbook crisis, and others like it, today's leaders must focus on current problems and not rest on the shoulders of struggle giants.
Limpopo pupils received all of their learning material six months into the academic year.
The Department of Basic Education failed to meet several deadlines imposed by a court and rights group Section 27 – to deliver all textbooks by mid-June.
The initial delay was caused by an invalid tender awarded to textbooks supplier EduSolutions - which was only cancelled in April.
The deputy president said “We have to all ensure that we have a participatory democracy - rather than one that is left to politicians and leaders”.
The show’s host, John Robbie, also asked Motlanthe how the ANC’s elective conference in December would play out.
Robbie asked “Are things going to come right in Mangaung? There’s not going to be any blood on the walls?”
To which the deputy president responded: “They’ve got to come right. I don’t think there’s any choice other than to set things right.”
The ANC has been marred by factions in recent months.
Liliesleaf Farm was where ANC activists secretly met in the 1960s. Many of the party’s leaders were arrested there – which then led to the prominent Rivonia Trial.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)