How long can this go on?

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When the ANC won the elec­tions in May with a re­duced ma­jor­ity in Gaut­eng and a lower voter turnout, the party said the next ad­min­is­tra­tion would be about putting its shoul­der to the wheel.

But it has spent the past four months putting out fires to pro­tect Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

A per­fect storm has gath­ered over our pres­i­dent’s head. He can­not dodge the public ex­ca­va­tion of the spy tapes any longer.

This week, a de­ci­sive Supreme Court of Ap­peals judg­ment said the tapes and tran­scripts should im­me­di­ately be handed to the DA.

Now, fi­nally, the truth will come out on whether the pres­i­dent fairly dodged the bul­let of pros­e­cu­tion for cor­rup­tion.

With a tri­umphant corps of Economic Free­dom Fighters who have changed the shape of pol­i­tics, our pres­i­dent can no longer dodge cul­pa­bil­ity for the over­spend­ing on Nkandla and for the con­comi­tant per­sonal en­rich­ment.

#pay­back­the­money is now the stuff of lore and is also be­ing chanted by ANC sup­port­ers. The pres­i­dent is buck­ling un­der the rigours of of­fice and, pos­si­bly, by the com­ing storm. How long can the ANC al­low this to go on?

Vi­tal ar­eas of gover­nance are stand­ing still. At last count, min­is­ters were fo­cused on pro­tect­ing Num­ber 1 rather than do­ing their jobs.

The po­lice ser­vice is hob­bled by years of politrick­ing to dig dirt on the pres­i­dent’s en­e­mies; the Na­tional Prose­cut­ing Au­thor­ity is crip­pled by years of ma­noeu­vres to first get Zuma off on charges and then by ef­forts to keep the spy tapes from get­ting out for a public air­ing.

The public works depart­ment is se­verely com­pro­mised be­cause it al­lowed the spend­ing on Nkandla to bal­loon un­der a fair amount of pres­sure. The State Se­cu­rity Agency is at sea af­ter years of ma­nip­u­la­tion. In­tel­li­gence op­er­a­tives taped the con­ver­sa­tions that led to the drop­ping of charges against Zuma. This week, the rel­a­tively un­known State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter, David Mahlobo, was the lead min­is­ter on a mys­te­ri­ous trip to Rus­sia with Zuma.

The plot thick­ens. The econ­omy slows. The mid­dle class is buck­ling un­der the pres­sure. The at­ten­tion is ev­ery­where be­sides get­ting the wheels of state turn­ing, as the gov­ern­ing party promised.

For how long can this go on?

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