Zuma must not lie about so-called third force

The Independent on Saturday - - OPINION - From: SIYANDA MH­LONGO

DEAR­EST South Africans, I stand up “on a point of or­der” to cor­rect ANC KwaZulu-Natal pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Su­per Zuma who is man­u­fac­tur­ing a story that there is a “third force” try­ing to desta­bilise the coun­try us­ing our prov­ince as an en­try point.

So many peo­ple die but we pay huge salaries for State Se­cu­rity Min­is­ter David Mahlobo and for­mer head of po­lice crime in­tel­li­gence Richard Md­luli.

He has iden­ti­fied the “third force” as the main driver of “ANC killing ANC” in KwaZulu-Natal. This claim has very short legs and must not be sus­tained.

We are now 23 years into democ­racy and this Zuma is speak­ing of a third force. It is not the third force that used Bern­ing Ntle­meza, Muzi­wen­doda Kunene, Md­luli and Gideon Niewoudt to fight ANC bat­tles. It is not white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal that built Inkan­d­ley­ih­lek­isa Palace at R246 mil­lion deep in a sea of poverty. It is nei­ther the third force nor white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal that bought a R440m palace in Dubai.

This vi­o­lence is between ANC fac­tions fight­ing for ten­ders, state re­sources and trans­for­ma­tion of the ANC into a “den of loot­ers”, mafias and mili­tia sim­i­lar to those of the DRC.

That is why the likes of Md­luli, Kunene and Ntle­meza are crit­i­cal play­ers in turn­ing the ANC into “a haven of po­lit­i­cal thugs”.

Never in the his­tory of the ANC has it had the son of the pres­i­dent shout­ing at an NEC mem­ber like was done to Pravin Gord­han. The best way to hon­our Sindiso Ma­gaqa and all for­mer ANC cadres and de­ploy­ees killed in ANC “civil wars”, is to ad­mit there is an “in­ter­nal civil war” the party faces, not a third force.

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