It’s time an­other party took over power

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Tha­bile Mange

AC­CORD­ING to a week­end news­pa­per, the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mit­tee asked Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to step down.

How­ever, the pres­i­dent ve­he­mently re­fused, say­ing the West wanted 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 self-same ANC is against its MPs vot­ing with their con­science in the 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’s state cap­ture, then it is com­plicit in sell­ing the coun­try to the high­est bid­der. As a re­sult, it has lost the moral high ground to lead the na­tion.

A week ago, the ANC held its pol­icy con­fer­ence in Nas­rec. Noth­ing much came out of that 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 worst en­emy. Its un­prin­ci­pled stance in de­fend­ing its pres­i­dent is go­ing to cost it votes come 2019, as hap­pened in the last lo­cal gov­ern­ment elec­tions. The party lost three met­ros to op­po­si­tion par­ties.

Zuma’s party has been in power for the past 23 years. As things stand, the econ­omy is down, un­em­ploy­ment high and poverty is on the in­crease.

It’s time we had a different party in power to in­ject new and fresh ideas and make our coun­try a bet­ter place. Joburg


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