Sexwale's sad in-house challenges

JOHANNNESBURG  - There is a SeSotho saying here in Mzansi that roughly translated in English say “a black man needs a white person to find a solution for his problems”.

In other words, a black person normally prefers a white person over another black man, according to the saying.

It’s a big saying taking into consideration Mzansi’s political history in which years of apartheid have left many black people thinking that the white person is the only solution.

It is such thinking that has at most times left Mzansi people hated across the continent because the feeling is that despite years of oppression by whites, people here are still afraid of taking radical measures to turn things around and empower blacks whether it is economically, socially or otherwise.

As a result, whites remain in charge of essential services and areas and the pace of change is non-existent.

The feeling is while there might be a new political dispensation, there is no movement in changing the past status quo and whites remain totally in charge and that blacks in every sphere are not helping matters to move things in a different direction.

How do you explain some statements this week by some leading Mzansi football people who have been campaigning against Tokyo Sexwale’s Fifa Presidential ambitions?

It is shocking that some have even used their Caf connections to make sure that Sexwale does not have a foothold on the African continent; people who are supposed to be leading the very campaign to prop up one of their own.

It was with shock this week when Mzansi’s players union joined the bandwagon of criticising their own (Sexwale) in a disappointing press conference, without even having spoken to the man to understand his manifesto.

It left many questioning whether the very same top football officials were not using the union to push their own agenda. In Mzansi, don’t discount anything.

Would these football officials or players unions sung the same song had the candidate for the Fifa office been a white person? Knowing the general thinking of Mzansi people, I doubt that!

Point is Sexwale is one of Mzansi’s most decorated individuals both as a political heavyweight and success story of a black business man.

He understands the running of a thriving corporate and these are individuals needed to turn Fifa around.

He has a global clout, has been embraced by warring factions to find lasting solutions as was the case when he was appointed to mediate in the Palestine/Israeli matters. But alas, Mzansi’s black people don’t see the relevance of one of their own.

Are these the effects of years of apartheid? Most probably!

I had an opportunity to see Sexwale’s recently published blueprint. It is a fantastic document which really touches on a wide variety of issues afflicting the game both at home and abroad. It is a very inclusive document.

It touches on redressing issues badly affecting the game, sponsorship, racism to further growing the game from its current status. It is a well-thought document but Mzansi’s fellow blacks don’t see it that way. To them, it should not be from one of their own, period.

Whatever the hindrances, Sexwale has an opportunity to lay the ghost to rest, he must take his campaign around the globe and let his intentions do all the talking.

He has a pedigree to change this game which is currently undergoing challenging times.

Can he be the person to turn things around? I think the answer is a big yes despite challenges he faces from his fellow countrymen!

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