All bets are off for De­cem­ber

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

IF YOU think you can pre­dict who will take over as ANC pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber, think again. Even those clos­est to the rul­ing party and the SA Com­mu­nist Party don’t seem to know for sure. How else do you ex­plain the SACP’s res­o­lu­tion at the re­cent 14th na­tional congress to con­test fu­ture elec­tions?

It reads: “Af­ter con­sid­er­able de­bate at congress we have re­solved that while the SACP will cer­tainly con­test elec­tions, the ex­act modal­ity in which we do so needs to be de­ter­mined by way of a con­crete anal­y­sis of the con­crete re­al­ity and through the process of ac­tive en­gage­ment with worker and pro­gres­sive for­ma­tions.”

So, on one hand, the party says it will cer­tainly con­test elec­tions, yet on the other hand, it’s not sure how. It would seem as though the SACP is hedg­ing its bets. It will stick with the ANC if the rul­ing party elects Cyril Ramaphosa as its pres­i­dent in De­cem­ber.

But if he loses, the SACP would go it alone for the first time, prob­a­bly with Ramaphosa as the face of its cam­paign.

A few days ago, Hu­man Set­tle­ments Min­is­ter Lindiwe Sisulu also joined the fray. She ap­pealed to ANC branch del­e­gates to use their con­science when vot­ing for their lead­ers at the party’s up­com­ing na­tional con­fer­ence.

“Should any­one in­tim­i­date you for your choice of lead­ers, you have got the right to re­port that per­son to the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the ANC,” she said.

In what is seen as the first step in her pub­lic cam­paign, Sisulu said she would stand against cor­rup­tion.

But why now? Where has the min­is­ter been over the past few months, given the scathing al­le­ga­tions im­pli­cat­ing the rul­ing party and the pres­i­dent?

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