Chief Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli is a political heritage that South Africa cannot afford to misplace at a time of leadership crisis.

South Africa’s governing party, African National Congress is currently going through a difficult period that some have described as a crisis, self-sabotage and self-destruction. The party has lost control of strategic municipalities of Tshwane (Pretoria) the Administrative Capital, Johannesburg, the Economic Capital and the Legislative Capital of Cape Town. Many people including some ANC members, commentators, economists and others point to a weak or lack of leadership as the main source of the challenges currently encircling the party of great Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu and many others who held it together for decades during turbulent times.

SANtv today reflects on the life and times of one such iconic leader, Inkosi Albert John Mvumbi Luthuli, the President-General of the ANC from December 1952 until his death in 1967. This is the leader who managed to fuse with great prudence traditional leadership and modern-day contemporary politics. This was during the height of oppression of a black person not only in South Africa but also in many parts of the world. He managed to instil calm and restraint even when the temptation to take up arms was demonstrable. He preached peaceful demonstration even when destroying apartheid owned establishments would have achieved immediate results. A rare, revered and respected African leader of his era. Her daughter, former Member of Parliament Dr Albertina Luthuli talks to SANtv from the great place of the original 1927 home of Chief Albert Luthuli in Groutville KwaDukuza, South Africa.