The road to Mangaung


Award winning political editor at South African radio station Kaya FM 95.9, Thabo Shole-Mashao, is providing a 360 perspective of the ruling ANC party’s 53rd elective conference taking place in Mangaung, Free State Province, in December.

Every Wednesday morning on the 180 with Bob Mabena show, in The Rocky Road to Mangaung, Shole-Mashao covers what will be discussed at the conference. He also goes beyond the head-lines, looking at how the decisions made will affect us as individuals, the impact it will have on public broadcasters, the role of liberation songs within politics and the role of the media.

Other topics under discussion include, The ANC Cadre – then and now. Thabo Shole-Mashao poses the question: What does it mean to be an ANC cadre today?

Fighting for what they believed in didn’t come with a salary for people like Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Exiled and living “underground’ they forfeited “ordinary’ lives with their family in order to achieve their vision of an equal South Africa, at the risk of imprisonment and death. However it would seem that an ANC membership card these days is a passport to entitlement, luxury homes and cars and a billionaire’s lifestyle. ANC members today preach democracy, freedom of speech and movement and a fair constitution for all; however it is the very same members who allegedly disrupted Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille’s planned visit to President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla.

Shole-Mashao asks whether this is something Mandela would have done or encouraged.

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From 16 to 20 December Kaya FM will be broadcasting live from Mangaung, with daily updates.


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