Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota accused you of condemning him and others to the apartheid regime, are you condemning your daughter (Caster Semenya) to the most uncivilised human beings in the world? You have hardly protected her or said anything.

An Open letter to the President of the Republic of South Africa

Dear Mr. President,

Mother Teresa once said, “Never be so busy as not to think of others”.

Mr. President you have been busy since been appointed as President of the country. You have been attending to issues of national interest, issues relating to the economy of our country.

You have been consumed by your preparation of state of the nation address, the budget and maybe preparation for the 2019 national and provincial elections.

Mr. President you have forgotten about your daughter.

I know Mr. President that you want to be the hero of our democratic dispensation, you want to make a mark, you are looking at the big picture. What you forget is that it is things that seem small that matter, the simple act of caring is heroic.

Mr. President we rise by lifting others.

Cope president Mosiuoa Lekota accused you of condemning him and others to the apartheid regime, are you condemning your daughter to the most uncivilised human beings in the world?

You have delegated the protection of the daughter of the soil Caster Semenya to your minister of sport. You have abandoned your most loved daughter at a time when vultures are surrounding her, and you can’t even hear her crying for you.

Mr. President, I want to advise you that, you are an activist before you are the President of the country. I also want to advice you that, the issue Caster Semenya is facing is not a sporting issue, it is a human rights issue. Yourself as the first citizen of the country should take the lead in defence of Caster Semenya, don’t only throw money at her.

The greatest gift you can give is your time.  Not money, not items, not food, not pretty cards with handwritten sentiment, but time. People need your presence.  The way you can help a soul the most is to simply be there.
Richelle E. Goodrich

How do you keep so quite when one of us is out there in the World being treated like she is not worthy of life and living?

How do you sleep at night?

How do you expect the world to take Caster Semenya’s issue seriously when you as her President don’t seem to care? You have relegated a Global human rights issue to a sporting ministry, why do you obscure your daughter’s pain? What kind of a father are you?

How do you expect South Africans to take you seriously when you have neglected their most loved daughter?

Mr. President, you like quoting Nelson Mandela, you like portraying yourself as a leader who is carrying Mandela’s values. I have news for you, Nelson Mandela would by now have repeatedly spoken personally against Caster Semenya’s human rights violations. Nelson Mandela would probably have gone to Caster Semenya’s court hearing, but not you.

You should be rallying the world behind Caster Semenya. You should be the leading light in giving her hope, making her road a little lighter.

How do you expect South Africans to vote for you in the coming elections when it is clear that you don’t care?

Thank you


Sefu Sekgala

President of the Association of Self Sustainable communities (NPC) and Head of Polotiki Institute

Join the conversation! 1 Comment

  1. Firstly Mother Theresa is a bad comparison. She has been shown to have let people suffer to suit her twisted version of religion. Secondly Lekota’s words were a desperate electioneering campaign to remain in Parliament after the elections. Lastly, that is why we have a Minister of Sport – to do what sportiung issues require. You cannot expect the president to do everything.



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