Zuma’s days are num­bered

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kevin Goven­der

AU­GUST 9 is Women’s Day but that could change to Lib­er­a­tion Day this year as our in­fa­mous pres­i­dent faces a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Par­lia­ment the day be­fore. In all prob­a­bil­ity it will be by se­cret bal­lot.

It’s D-Day for a de­fi­ant Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma who has re­fused to ab­di­cate the pres­i­dency be­fore the De­cem­ber elec­tive con­fer­ence. His re­silience and stub­born­ness dur­ing at­tempts of im­peach­ment have his en­e­mies bay­ing for his blood.

As ca­bals and cliques con­trive be­hind closed doors, it will give po­lit­i­cal quis­lings a chance to hide be­hind a ve­neer of col­lu­sion and get rid of a leader whose hege­monic as­pi­ra­tions must come to an end. It will be ma­tu­rity day for the re­lent­less con­quests of pros­e­ly­tis­ers in the mould of ANC MP Makhosi Khoza. Zuma has been de­struc­tive and like a lo­cust – he went where the fields were most fer­tile, in­dulging him­self on Gupta crops. But the har­vest is over and the poi­soned feast of the Last Sup­per awaits him. What­ever the out­come, Deputy Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa will be the fo­cus. An am­bi­tious man, he in­jects a level of pru­dence into the po­lit­i­cal dis­course. A big thinker with an ex­tra­or­di­nary mind, he’s an hon­ourable man bur­dened with the need to do the right thing.

If he wins the ANC pres­i­dency over Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, he will look to re­pair the im­age of the ail­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion and win back lost sup­port. If he loses, there is ev­ery pos­si­bil­ity of form­ing a new party with sup­port from across the po­lit­i­cal spec­trum. As the DA strives for a 30% stake of the votes in 2019, a new party would put ANC dom­i­nance at risk and ren­der coali­tion pol­i­tics no more than a dot on the hori­zon. Shall­cross

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