ANC days with an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity num­bered

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THE only time I agree with Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma is when he sings; “Inde lendlela esiy­i­ham­bayo”, which means, “this road we’ve em­barked on is long.”

I did not want Zuma to be re­moved on the eighth of the eighth month in 2017 due to the eighth mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in him. This be­cause that would have made the road we are em­bark­ing on shorter.

Here are my eight rea­sons:

The ANC has made it pos­si­ble to test the strength of our democ­racy. So far, the coun­try has con­fi­dence in its con­sti­tu­tional gov­er­nance.

We have wit­nessed the in­de­pen­dence of the ju­di­ciary, once again show­ing us that the con­sti­tu­tion is the supreme law in South Africa.

That is pro­gres­sive, and it is all thanks to the short-com­ings of the ANC lead­er­ship.

I have once again wit­nessed how the rul­ing party is made up of a bunch of loyal in­di­vid­u­als who have ev­i­dently mis­placed their loy­alty. A lot can hap­pen in five years, more can hap­pen in 23 years of gov­ern­ing. Sadly, fa­mil­iar­ity in­deed breeds com­pla­cency. Yet again, they chose one man over the coun­try’s well­be­ing. Your po­si­tions as MPs are tem­po­rary and his­tory will for­get you just as quick as the wilder­ness will be your home be­cause there will be a post-Zuma regime come 2019. That mo­tion was more than just about the ANC be­ing taken out of power. It was about the repo­si­tion­ing of our lead­er­ship as a coun­try that is in dire cri­sis.

That the ANC lib­er­ated us from apartheid will be the most ir­rel­e­vant man­i­festo for can­vass­ing for votes. It has been used since Je­sus was still en­ter­ing Jerusalem rid­ing a don­key.

The loy­alty of the born frees is not to what you prom­ise but to what you de­liver on. At the helm of it, it is the many black poor chil­dren in places like my home vil­lage, Pankop, who were hope­ful that by 2016, fees would have fallen, and that the stress of not hav­ing money to go to univer­sity will be a thing of the past. But sadly, it will be one of the crit­i­cal and sad re­al­i­ties that will make them vote for any­one but the ANC. It is about the free wi-fi, and the lack of job cre­ation that has been one of the great­est chal­lenges of the ANC-led gov­ern­ment.

Young lead­ers are peo­ple who are cham­pi­oning the rights and the needs of young peo­ple. The ir­rel­e­vance of the ANC is also high­lighted by the lack of young lead­ers in the fore­front. Where are the ANC Male­mas and Maimanes? The lack of rel­e­vance is go­ing to be an­other nail in the cof­fin of the ANC.

Mem­bers of the ANC are in fact just over a frac­tion of the 11 mil­lion vot­ers that got the ANC to win the 2014 elec­tions. You will re­alise, come 2019, that the sup­port the ANC is get­ting was be­cause South Africans gen­uinely be­lieved that the ANC’s ma­jor­ity rule was still the best out­come for their ben­e­fit. They are not mem­bers, so their sup­port can and will sway in a dif­fer­ent direction to that of the ANC.

The word com­rade is used a lot in po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship, and per­haps it is used too loosely for many of you to com­pletely un­der­stand what it means. The com­rades or al­liance to the ANC are not for the ANC or for what the ANC is for, they are against what the ANC is against. It looks like the days of en­joy­ing a lot of ca­ma­raderie are num­bered. Be­cause the ANC lead­er­ship is ap­palling. As Up­ton Sin­clair said, “It is dif­fi­cult to get a man to un­der­stand some­thing, when his salary de­pends on his not un­der­stand­ing it.” Nobody wants a weak­ling of a leader.

It is no se­cret that many South Africans are scared to vote for an al­ter­na­tive party to the ANC, but as our democ­racy moved from be­ing a tod­dler to be­ing a teenager, op­po­si­tion par­ties have be­come rel­e­vant and vi­able. How­ever, the ANC pre­tends or is ig­no­rant to the fact that the 25-year-old adult democ­racy of South Africa is free enough and wise enough to know that the ANC isn’t the only op­tion. The ig­no­rance of the ANC will be its death. be­lieve any­thing he ut­tered in his thank you speech to the ANC sup­port­ers who were gath­ered in Cape Town. Your po­lit­i­cal life was al­most taken away from you. Twenty four votes short from end­ing your reign, and that could have opened South Africa to a new dawn, but like the cat you are, it would have been an in­com­plete tale of your lives.

You are not go­ing down alone. Your last life will end, mark­ing the end of your po­lit­i­cal reign when the ANC is not voted for by the “over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity”. You are a laugh­ing man, so, you will best un­der­stand this; “He who laughs last, laughs the loud­est.” You will not be the one laugh­ing last.

In­deed the road to 2019 is ex­cit­ing, it bears hope for regime change, but most im­por­tantly, it is long.

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