In a recent editorial in the Daily Maverick, Sisonke Msimang thoughtfully argues that South African civil society with it’s predominantly white and “racially insecure” leadership will have no choice but to welcome Dr Ramphele back. Simply put, the sector needs her street cred.
Msimang raises some interesting, and perhaps uncomfortable, points about the progress of transformation within civil society, and calls for the sector to begin a meaningful conversation that includes more diverse voices. “Changing the civil society landscape so that the voices of these leaders are respected and valued is crucial,” says Msimang. Funders too need to be included in the conversation, as they may need to “think more deeply about who they fund.”