Re­pair­ing the im­age of an ail­ing ANC

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Kevin Goven­der

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.

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