Eish… here come those chickens again!
THE ANC continues to devour itself trying to protect one man, thanks to the debilitating effects of factional politics besetting the functional machinery of the organisation.
President Jacob Zuma is protected by those close to him in the national executive committee under the pretext that the organisation cannot afford another split. But the real reason is that they are fearful of the exposure of their own complicity in state capture and corruption.
This blind loyalty has been the ANC’s Achilles heel and threatens to divide the once great movement in the run-up to the watershed December congress. In the latest national executive committee meeting, the organisation took a decision to keep the president until his term expires at the much-awaited congress.
As if that was not enough, the organisation has warned of dire consequences to those who vote against the party line in the parliamentary motion of no confidence in Zuma.
This decision could haunt the ANC in the event the erratic president is entangled in further unethical conduct which might cause his cronies to jump to his defence before the conference.
The president is prone to scandals, as expressed by SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande in his address to the 14th party congress.
Congruent with the decision to keep him, the ANC might be forced to defend him in the event of any misdemeanour before the conference. This goes a long way in projecting the ANC, in the eyes of the voter, as an arrogant party hell-bent on defending Zuma, come hell or high water.
The voters’ recourse lies in the universal suffrage guaranteed by the constitution and which the ruling party has the duty to respect.
The ANC got a taste of this in last year’s local government elections in which the ruling party lost some of the country’s most strategic metros.
The ANC could ignore the warning signs, but at its own peril, if the local government elections results are anything to go by.
ANC veteran Joel Netshitenzhe has likened the unconditional protection of the delinquent Zuma to a family that, for the sake of unity, tries to protect one of its criminal members. He correctly argued that this act cannot be said to be in the name of unity, but simply complicity with the crime.
The president has filed an application to review and set aside former public protector Thuli Madonsela’s State of Capture report. And lately the new public protector, advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, in an unprecedented move, criticised the president and said the application lacked any prospect of success.
Mkhwebane further said the president had no right to decide which judge would oversee the state capture inquiry. The initiation of this investigation into state capture, which the public protector is more likely to order, will inevitably further heap more troubles on Zuma.
The proverbial chickens will come home to roost if the ANC national executive committee dares to protect Zuma on this one.
The ANC should self-correct and re-jig its torpedoed image, lock, stock and barrel to arrest its increasingly declining fortunes and public trust.
Zuma and his close confidantes consider all as vitriol on the part of his detractors, even citing conspiracy theories including a supposed regime change agenda on the part of the West.
If the West does not want him and the SACP, which is an embodiment of communist ideology in the country, does not want him at its events, then who wants him? Your guess is as good as mine. Tshisahulu, Vhembe region, Limpopo
CRYING FOUL: How much longer can President Jacob Zuma be protected by the ANC? the letter writer asks.