ANC takes it to the wire

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IT WOULD be easy to sug­gest that the ANC’s KwaZulu-Natal re­gion is clutch­ing at straws in what might be de­scribed as a des­per­ate at­tempt to save its par­ent body from an un­cer­tain fu­ture. But at least it is try­ing. With less than six months to go to the ANC’s elec­tive con­fer­ence in De­cem­ber, the proxy wars have started in earnest.

It was al­ways go­ing to be in­evitable that the favourites to take over as pres­i­dent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion from Ja­cob Zuma would use what­ever op­por­tu­ni­ties they got to stake their claims. Even at a plan­ning con­fer­ence And it has not seemed to mat­ter what the top of­fi­cials of the ANC have had to say about the pur­pose of its plan­ning con­fer­ence at Nas­rec Expo Cen­tre, south of Joburg.

Ap­peals to park the con­tests for the next lead­er­ship po­si­tions have largely been ig­nored.

As the ac­cu­sa­tions, counter-ac­cu­sa­tions, wild prom­ises and dark threats start gain­ing mo­men­tum, an in­creas­ingly ail­ing ANC is fac­ing the very real prospect of a split – or worse.

What­ever peo­ple may think of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, there’s one thing that should not be ig­nored: An ANC in ro­bust health is good for the coun­try.

Let’s be blunt about this: ev­ery­thing points to the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal sup­port­ing Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

So when it sug­gests that in the elec­tion con­test for the pres­i­dency, the per­son with the sec­ond-most votes should be­come deputy pres­i­dent, they are al­ready fig­ur­ing that Dlamini Zuma will be the pres­i­dent.

But, other than this, it is a plan so sim­ple that it might well work.

Those who like the idea say it will sig­nal the death knell of slate pol­i­tics.

But those who favour slate pol­i­tics are against the pro­posal.

Ap­par­ently Zuma, who is said to favour Dlamini Zuma to suc­ceed him in South Africa’s top job, came out in favour of the KwaZulu-Natal pro­posal when it was raised in one of the com­mis­sions at Nas­rec this week.

“In our com­mis­sion it was only Sihle Zikalala and Zuma who ar­tic­u­lated it. Other peo­ple just ig­nored it. It’s a new pro­posal, which we ob­vi­ously need to con­sult widely on,” said a source, who asked to re­main anony­mous.

The ANC is in deep trou­ble. To get out of it, it will need to try new things and to act de­ci­sively when­ever it is con­fronted by new prob­lems

We do not be­lieve KwaZulu-Natal has a per­fect so­lu­tion for the prob­lems of the ANC. But what it does have is a sug­ges­tion that will buy the na­tional party some valu­able time.

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