Dirtier pol­i­tics as exit time nears?

The Star Early Edition - - WORLD - Phaswana Rofhiwa

IF THERE is one per­son who man­aged to or­ches­trate a “silent coup” in the his­tory of the ANC it is Pres­i­dent Jacob Zuma.

Zuma scored big whilst the ANC was not ben­e­fit­ing any­thing in re­turn from him ex­cept demise. His­tory has taught mankind to re­spect a man who has noth­ing to lose.

In 2007 when Zuma de­feated Thabo Mbeki in the ANC’s 52nd elec­tive con­fer­ence in Polok­wane, he con­tested for one main rea­son.

He weighed his op­tions and con­test­ing Mbeki was the first step to avoid be­ing a jail­bird and that he achieved.

When Cope was formed as a con­se­quence of that, po­lit­i­cal op­ti­mists sensed that it was safer to be la­belled “sell-outs” by their for­mer com­rades than by the so­ci­ety in the fu­ture.

We have now en­tered a dif­fi­cult stage where ca­reerists who still sup­port Zuma will be harshly judged when the obit­u­ary of the ANC is writ­ten.

The ANC elec­toral sup­port has de­clined dras­ti­cally since Zuma as­cended to power.

South Africans have wit­nessed the two break­aways, namely Cope and the EFF, due to dif­fer­ences that cen­tred on Zuma.

Cosatu fac­tional squab­bles that led to the ex­pul­sion of its largest af­fil­i­ate Numsa and for­mer sec­re­tary-gen­eral Zwelinzima Vavi, who is now lead­ing the break­away South African Fed­er­a­tion of Trade Unions Saftu, were Zuma’s fight­ing plan.

The re­cent aborted plan by the ANC NEC mem­bers to have Zuma re­called has led me to ask one ques­tion: Will Zuma fall any time soon? He ap­pears to be ready to fin­ish his term in gov­ern­ment.We all know the big­gest rea­son why the pres­i­dent can’t vol­un­tar­ily re­sign. He is a cow­ard who never be­friended the rule of law in his life­time.

If me­dia re­ports are any­thing to go by, that Zuma threat­ened the NEC not to push him hard, he might be ready to play even dirtier pol­i­tics than he has done since he oc­cu­pied pow­er­ful po­si­tions in his party and the gov­ern­ment.

All lead­ers who rule by fear have one thing in com­mon.

When their time to exit of­fice nears they threaten sta­bil­ity to get pros­e­cu­tion im­mu­nity.

T h e or­ches­trated plan to in­tim­i­date sec­ond deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary of the SACP Solly Ma­paila should worry ev­ery cit­i­zen be­cause it might be the begin­ning of an au­thor­i­tar­ian takeover of our democ­racy.

It is clear that the peo­ple whose lives are in dan­ger are not only Dr Makhosi Khoza, Lindiwe Sisulu, Jack­son Mthembu, Gwede Man­tashe and ANC stal­warts, but ev­ery­one else who is op­posed to Zuma’s lead­er­ship.

While Nel­son Man­dela left a legacy to the ANC, it must be noted that the in­cum­bent pres­i­dent and his con­fed­er­ates will leave are­ally neg­a­tive obit­u­ary.

All lead­ers who rule by fear have one thing in com­mon


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