KWAITO legend Eugene Mthethwa of Trompies fame has a bone to pick with ANC chief whip Mathole Motshekga.
He claims Mathole stopped his proposed National Dialogue – meant to address the non-existence of the rainbow nation – in 2012.
Taking to social media to vent, Eugene – on his Facebook page – posted: “I wish Cde Mathole Motshekga could admit his blunder for stopping the national dialogue I had proposed after discussing [the idea] with the president."
"Now, five years down the line, the former presidents are calling for a national dialogue. Visionary leadership dololo (lacking).”
Eugene’s frustration was prompted by a national dialogue that was held on Friday, chaired by former presidents FW de Klerk, Thabo Mbeki and Kgalema Motlanthe.
A disappointed Eugene told the SunTeam: “The president was in favour of this idea and gave me his blessing. This would’ve helped us find ourselves as Africans.
“But Mathole didn’t like the idea."
"He just cancelled it just as it was about to start. I know he will never apologise for cancelling it, but I know his conscious will deal with him.
“All I really wanted was to remind him of the blunder he made back in 2012.”
In response, Mathole said: “That’s his opinion. Who am I to stop a national dialogue? If he thinks that I’m living in my own world, that is his own opinion.”
“I used to work at the president’s office, as the stakeholders’ relation. I observed that previous presidents Dr Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki had left their legacy.
“I then confronted our president and asked him what will be his legacy? He told me he wasn’t sure. I then proposed that since he was a traditionalist, we needed a national dialogue. I explained to him that South Africans claim to have a rainbow nation, but that it was non-existent. He loved it and gave me his blessing.
“This would’ve helped us find ourselves as Africans.
“Mathole didn’t like the idea. He just cancelled it before the breakfast event was held. I know he is that type of person who doesn’t like anything that involves religion.
"Mathole will never apologize for cancelling it but I know that his conscious will deal with him. Whether he apologizes or not its up to him. All I wanted is to remind him of the blunder he made in 2012.
"The national dialogue was going to be about the morals, values and norms,” he said. People don’t know that the president is surrounded by wolves in sheep skin,” he said.
Motshekga said: “That is his opinion. Who am I to stop a national dialogue? If he thinks that I’m living in my own world, that is his own opinion. I’m entitled”