Pre­dic­tion of Zuma’s sur­vival proved right

The Star Early Edition - - LETTERS - Sam Dit­shego

IN THE wee hours of the morn­ing of Au­gust 8, I tweeted the fol­low­ing mes­sage on Aubrey Masango’s Ra­dio 702 show, which he retweeted: “Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Ged­ley­ih­lek­isa Zuma has 9 lives like a cat, he’s go­ing to sur­vive the 8th mo­tion of no con­fi­dence.”

Be­fore Sak­ina Kamwendo’s SAfm ra­dio show ended, just a few min­utes be­fore 9am, I tweeted the same mes­sage.

In the af­ter­noon the vote tally proved I was cor­rect. All the an­a­lysts did not think the mo­tion could fail. Karima Brown said it was clear the ANC was di­vided.

I re­sponded on Twit­ter and asked her what she would have said if the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence had suc­ceeded?

The mo­tion failed, but she says the ANC is di­vided sim­ply be­cause there are ANC MPs who voted in favour of that failed mo­tion.

There is no po­lit­i­cal party that has no di­vi­sions; it is not only the ANC.

The fail­ure of the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence in Pres­i­dent Zuma shat­tered the ex­pec­ta­tions of many an­a­lysts, com­men­ta­tors, spin doc­tors, talk­ing heads and pun­dits.

They have not learned that their wishes do not nec­es­sar­ily rep­re­sent re­al­ity, nor can their wishes trans­late into re­al­ity.

When I told some peo­ple the mo­tion was un­likely to suc­ceed, they said I like Pres­i­dent Zuma. Do I have to hate him? If I hated him, I would not be able to come up with an ob­jec­tive as­sess­ment of the out­comes of the no-con­fi­dence mo­tion.

Some of these an­a­lysts pinned their hopes on what EFF leader Julius Malema thumb-sucked – that on Wed­nes­day, Ja­cob Zuma would not be pres­i­dent of the coun­try, the same thing he said about former Pres­i­dent Thabo Mbeki.

Malema con­tin­ued to say they had se­cured enough ANC MPs’ votes to carry through the mo­tion of no-con­fi­dence.

One thing that was lack­ing in these analy­ses was the fact that all the op­po­si­tion par­ties that came to­gether to oust the ANC through a no-con­fi­dence mo­tion, in­clud­ing the ANC it­self, are cap­i­tal­ist par­ties. There is no dif­fer­ence be­tween them and the ANC. So what was the fuss all about?

There was the lumpen el­e­ment that blocked the streets of Soweto and Kag­iso in the name of that failed mo­tion.

I have al­ways main­tained that the prob­lems of the ANC can­not be pinned on Ja­cob Zuma but the en­tire or­gan­i­sa­tion, and that Zuma’s pre­de­ces­sors were as cor­rupt as the in­cum­bent.

Zuma’s pre­de­ces­sors presided over many scan­dals, in­clud­ing the rot­ten-to-the-core arms deal.

The peo­ple of this coun­try de­serve bet­ter, and the PAC has the an­swers to this coun­try’s prob­lems, as ar­tic­u­lated by its found­ing pres­i­dent, Man­gal­iso Robert Sobukwe. Kag­iso

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