‘De­spite cracks, loy­alty will hold tri­par­tite al­liance to­gether’

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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.

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