Repairing the image of an ailing ANC
AUGUST 9 is traditionally Women’s Day, but that could be changed this year to Liberation Day as our infamous president faces a motion of no confidence in parliament the day before, in all probability by a secret ballot.
It is D-Day for a defiant Jacob Zuma who has refused to abdicate the presidency ahead of the December elective conference where he will hand over the throne of the temple of the ANC.
His stout resilience and stubbornness at impeachment attempts have his enemies baying for his blood.
As cabals and clichés 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 Makhosi Khoza.
Zuma has been obdurately inimical and, like a locust, he went where the fields were most fertile, indulging himself at free will on Gupta crops.
Now the harvest is over and the poisoned feast of the Last Supper awaits him.
Whatever the outcome, going into the summer, Cyril Ramaphosa will be the central focus and nexus of all political attention.
An ambitious man, he straddles the fence on what was and what is to become. He injects a level of prudishness into the political discourse.
A big thinker with an extraordinary mind, I think he is an honourable man burdened with the need to do the right thing.
If he wins the ANC presidency instead of Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, he will look to repair the image of the ailing organisation and win back the lost support in a revanchist drive.
If he loses, there is every possibility of forming a new party with support from across the political spectrum and alliance partners.
As the DA strives for a 30% stake of the votes in 2019, a new party will put ANC dominance at great risk and coalition politics will no longer be a dot on the horizon. Shallcross, Durban
BIG THINKER: Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa faces questions in the National Assembly.