Zuma will cost ANC at polls

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

AC­CORD­ING to a week­end news­pa­per, the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mit­tee has asked Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down. How­ever, the pres­i­dent has ve­he­mently re­fused, say­ing the West wants him out in or­der to cap­ture the ANC. And he is the only one who can stop it. What hog­wash!

The in­tegrity com­mit­tee’s move sug­gests that the gov­ern­ing party wants to see the back of JZ. How­ever, the same ANC is against its mem­bers in Par­lia­ment, who want to vote with their con­science in the im­mi­nent vote of no-con­fi­dence against the pres­i­dent. Does the ANC want Zuma out or not?

But I di­gress. If the gov­ern­ing party is not out­raged by the Gup­tas’ state cap­ture, then the party is com­plicit in sell­ing the coun­try to the high­est bid­der – the Gup­tas. As a re­sult, it has lost the moral high ground to lead the na­tion.

A week ago, the ANC held a pol­icy con­fer­ence in Nas­rec, south of Joburg. Noth­ing much came out of that pol­icy con­fer­ence. No sur­prises there. Has the lib­er­a­tion move­ment run out of ideas on how to take the coun­try for­ward? There is no easy an­swer.

The ANC has be­come its own worst en­emy. Its un­prin­ci­pled stance in de­fend­ing its pres­i­dent is go­ing to cost the party votes come 2019, as hap­pened in the last lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, when the ANC lost three met­ros to the op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Zuma’s party has been in power for the past 23 years. As things stand, the econ­omy is down, un­em­ploy­ment is high and poverty is on the in­crease. It’s time we had a dif­fer­ent party in power which will in­ject new and fresh ideas, and make our coun­try a bet­ter place. Kag­iso

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