Now is the time for ANC to act

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IF EVER the ANC needed cool heads and clear minds, cou­pled with a sense of ur­gency, to guide it from a path of disas­ter, it is now. This is why it is so ex­as­per­at­ingly dif­fi­cult to un­der­stand why a cab­i­net min­is­ter such as Lindiwe Zulu and a deputy min­is­ter such as Kebby Maphat­soe should be ac­cus­ing col­leagues of “sell­ing out” and call­ing for strong ac­tion to be taken against them for vot­ing in favour of a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence to re­move Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma.

And it’s plain stupid for oth­ers, such as ANC Youth League mem­bers, to throw around words like “trea­son” when de­scrib­ing the ac­tions of their col­leagues who broke ranks on Tues­day.

We would have ex­pected se­nior ANC mem­bers like Zulu and Maphat­soe to pro­vide gen­uine lead­er­ship and set an ex­am­ple to other, less ex­pe­ri­enced mem­bers within their ranks. In­stead, they have cho­sen to act like hot­heads.

Af­ter the vote on the DA’s mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma, it is ob­vi­ous that the di­vi­sions in the move­ment of Tambo, Man­dela and Kathrada run deep. The ANC has been torn apart by fac­tion­al­ism. It’s an organisation fac­ing disas­ter.

The ANC’s wounds are self-in­flicted. It put the noose around its own neck. It did noth­ing when it should have been de­ci­sive. It did noth­ing when cries of cor­rup­tion swept through its ranks. It did noth­ing when al­le­ga­tions of state cap­ture grew from whis­pers, to shouts, to roars. And when you do noth­ing, it’s cer­tain you will pay a heavy price.

Its mem­bers are forced to choose be­tween nar­row, even self­ish, party in­ter­ests and the in­ter­ests of the peo­ple. When this hap­pens, mem­bers will vote with their con­sciences.

We hope the cool heads will not only steer the ANC clear of a witch-hunt – but also ad­mon­ish those who call for it.

The ANC lead­er­ship know what ails the party. They know how it came to be where it is to­day. They know what must be done to set it on a new path. Now is the time for them to act.

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