EFF wor­ries ANC and DA

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - LIFE -

NEXT week’s mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion is prob­a­bly go­ing to be the most ex­cit­ing we have had be­cause the out­come is rid­dled with un­cer­tainty.

In pre­vi­ous elec­tions, the ma­jor play­ers, the ANC and the DA, were con­fi­dent about win­ning con­stituen­cies but in this elec­tion, the rel­a­tively new boy on the block, the EFF, has sent th­ese ma­jor par­ties into worry mode.

Prior to the en­try of the EFF, the two ma­jor par­ties felt se­cure in the com­pany of the less in­flu­en­tial, smaller par­ties like Cope, the ACDP and the UDM.

The EFF has se­cured its po­si­tion in the po­lit­i­cal land­scape as a force to reckon with, its pop­ulist leader, Julius Malema, seiz­ing ev­ery op­por­tu­nity to em­bar­rass our pres­i­dent with his pay­back-the-money cam­paign.

Malema shot to fame here and abroad with his ir­re­press­ible tac­tics in­side and out­side Par­lia­ment.

He was so per­sis­tent the des­per­ate Speaker was at a loss for words to con­trol the young up­start, who treated his for­mer se­niors, in­clud­ing his for­mer boss, the pres­i­dent, with un­re­pen­tant dis­dain.

Not even our shame­ful pres­i­dent’s use­less guf­faw­ing could save him fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment from the fiery Malema. Malema did more dam­age to the Te­flon-coated pres­i­dent than the 90 000 boo­ing mourn­ers could at Madiba’s fu­neral.

The DA has not been able to grow fast enough in the black town­ships be­cause of its “white” im­age – even though it has a black leader – be­cause it has proved vul­ner­a­ble to chants from the des­per­ate ANC that it is a “white racist party” with to­ken blacks in charge. For­mer DA par­lia­men­tary leader Lindiwe Maz­ibuko’s at­tack on the party, over sup­posed male racism, falls right into the lap of the EFF and the ANC. On the other hand, the des­per­ate ANC has no an­swer to the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of the EFF among the job­less youth of this coun­try.

The ANC, sadly, like all rev­o­lu­tion­ary par­ties, started off well, as Zanu-PF did in Zim­babwe, but, like the lat­ter, it has gone off track, with cor­rup­tion get­ting its ugly ten­ta­cles into the lead­er­ship.

The leader of the ANC has so many cor­rup­tion charges against him, has been found guilty of vi­o­lat­ing the con­sti­tu­tion; has wasted mil­lions of rands of tax­pay­ers’ money, and has al­lowed the Gupta fam­ily to in­flu­ence ma­jor govern­ment ap­point­ments in the face of a very weak, help­less, asi­nine and syco­phan­tic NEC, who sup­ported their pres­i­dent at ev­ery turn be­cause their liveli­hoods de­pended on their cur­ry­ing favour with him even though it went against their bet­ter judge­ment.

There is lit­tle rea­son to doubt the ANC has cap­tured the SABC in spite of Gwede Man­tashe’s fee­ble protes­ta­tions against the de­spi­ca­ble ac­tion by Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng to ban all cov­er­age of vi­o­lence.

The ANC is aware most vi­o­lent protests are the re­sult of poor ser­vice de­liv­ery in poorly run ANC mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties.

To hide this in­for­ma­tion from the pub­lic was to give the ANC an un­fair ad­van­tage in the elec­tion cam­paign.

Hope­fully the re­cent court rul­ing to com­pel the SABC not to cen­sor cov­er­age of vi­o­lent protests and the re­in­state­ment of the jour­nal­ists who were un­fairly fired, will give it enough time to cor­rect the wrongs of the past two months.

In 1994 a ma­jor­ity for the ANC was the right thing be­cause it gave this party the power to cor­rect the wrongs of the past, un­hin­dered; 22 years later, this ma­jor­ity has be­come our down­fall; their veer­ing to un­man­age­able cor­rup­tion has be­come un­stop­pable.

Another year of them will spell doom for our young democ­racy.

Our vote may not get us a govern­ment that can de­liver but it can re­duce cor­rup­tion by pre­vent­ing any one party from win­ning the ma­jor­ity of seats in govern­ment.

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