‘Despite cracks, loyalty will hold tripartite alliance together’
Raga said the loyalty people had for the political party that brought them freedom should not be underestimated.
“Yes, there are cracks… but loyalty means everything. There is a debt of gratitude that must be paid at the polls,” he said. “The centre of the alliance is still very strong, though being weakened by poor leadership. There will be opportunities to iron (out) some of them after the elections which will determine how the ANC fares in the 2019 elections.”
Earlier, Dr Jody Cedras of the SA Qualifications Authority told the conference that the key strategic challenge for the alliance, and the entrenchment of democracy, was leadership, governance and public policy.
The alliance was presented as a political formation where ideology and individual persuasion were not necessarily clearly delineated, but rather integrated in support of the broad-based tendencies of the ANC. Cedras explained that the way in which the partners addressed and managed the persistent economic and social challenges that continue to mire progress in the country, would continue to be central.
Ideology and organisational integrity, when contesting for political power, sometimes retreated in favour of individuals and the perceived benefits they could bring.
“The unique nature and character of the alliance presents exceptional opportunities, in regard to combating corruption in the public service.
“Alliance partners have… developed their skills in exposing corrupt activities.”
Inaction when this was exposed could be more damaging to the state in the long term.