South Africa needs a new agenda - Mcebisi Jonas on political education, activism

Former Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas says South African communities need to mobilise for change and create a new agenda for the nation.

Jonas made headlines in 2016, alleging that the Gupta family had approached him in late 2015 to offer him the position of finance minister.

He resigned as an ANC MP in April this year after being removed from President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet in an unexpected reshuffle.

Read: Resist bullshit! - Mcebisi Jonas (former Deputy Finance Minister)

Jonas has a candid chat about the state of South African politics, activism, his upbringing and conscientisation.

I'm doing a lot of things. I write papers, give talks, and continue with activism to promote a better South Africa.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

The bad thing about '94 is that the ANC and liberation movements demobilised communities.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

Every body assumed that government would always do the right thing based on the Constitution and Freedom Charter. We were wrong.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

People's views change. There's a connection between your material position and your outlook.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

It was naivety on our part to think that we would be able to resist the temptation brought by being in power.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

Part of the weakness in South Africa is that we haven't changed the fundamental structure of the economy and society.

Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Finance Minister

Listen to him reflect on the state of affairs in South Africa:


This article first appeared on 702 : South Africa needs a new agenda - Mcebisi Jonas on political education, activism


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