Silly sea­son back as ANC tries to hood­wink vot­ers – again

Any­one with hunger for par­lia­men­tary salary can start their own party in SA

Sunday World - - Viewpoint - Vusi Nza­pheza

The silly sea­son is over but an­other is lurk­ing on the hori­zon. In fact, the sec­ond silly sea­son kick-started ear­lier in the week when the ANC hosted its birth­day cel­e­bra­tions in Dur­ban.

The oc­ca­sion also saw the launch of its man­i­festo yes­ter­day to woo vot­ers ahead of the na­tional elec­tions. The well-re­sourced gov­ern­ing party typ­i­cally spared no ex­pense.

Through­out the week, ANC politi­cians unashamedly knocked on the doors of the poor to dis­trib­ute T-shirts and make prom­ises that would never be kept. The 107-year-old move­ment is ex­pe­ri­enced at this sort of thing.

In the first demo­cratic elec­tions in 1994, the ANC promised a bet­ter life for all. How­ever, mush­room­ing squat­ter camps and ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment bear tes­ti­mony to the lie.

The party also un­veiled the stat­ues of four of its pres­i­dents, which bore no re­sem­blance to Thabo Mbeki and Ja­cob Zuma. A whop­ping R20m was spent on this abor­tion while or­di­nary peo­ple strug­gle to make ends meet.

De­spite its che­quered record in gov­ern­ment, polls have shown that the ANC is streets ahead of any op­po­si­tion party and tipped to re­turn to power af­ter the elec­tions. This is de­spite the In­de­pen­dent Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (IEC) re­veal­ing there are 563 po­lit­i­cal par­ties reg­is­tered for the 2019 elec­tions. We ought to be spoiled for choice but a cur­sory look at this mot­ley crew does not in­spire con­fi­dence. Most of them are mickey mouse par­ties that lack a na­tional foot­print.

For in­stance, how many peo­ple are likely to vote for the Gazankulu Lib­er­a­tion Congress? The name Gazankulu alone raises red flags since it was used by the apartheid gov­ern­ment to clas­sify the then home­land.

This party will need the nous of the Matatiele-based African In­de­pen­dent Congress (AIC) to gar­ner enough votes to get a par­lia­men­tary seat. The AIC no­to­ri­ously used a logo that looks sim­i­lar to the ANC in a smash-and-grab that net­ted three seats in par­lia­ment.

The vot­ers also have to con­tend with Pa­tri­cia de Lille’s re­cently formed Good Party af­ter her ouster as

Cape Town mayor by the DA.

Last month, the “in­tellek­shual lek­sha”, Hlaudi Mot­soe­neng, fired a salvo at Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa with the found­ing of his African Con­tent Move­ment, in­sist­ing he can’t be de­feated by the Buf­falo.

The dis­graced for­mer SABC ex­ec­u­tive may sound delu­sional but he has never been short of con­fi­dence.

Not to be out­done, Gupta chief de­fender Mzwanele Manyi an­nounced this week that he was leav­ing the ANC to join the African Trans­for­ma­tion Move­ment (ATM).

The acro­nym has in­vited pub­lic ridicule, but for some­one who has weath­ered state cap­ture de­ri­sion, it is water off a duck’s back.

For­mer ANC MP Dr Makhosi Khoza had the fore­sight to ditch her ADeC be­fore con­test­ing any elec­tion while Dr Mam­phela Ram­phele left her Agang with a trail of debt to­talling mil­lions.

It is a tes­ta­ment to our democ­racy that any­one with po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tion and hunger for a par­lia­men­tary salary can start their po­lit­i­cal party.

The Na­tional Drink­ing Com­mit­tee of Straight &

Two Beers re­cently emerged from a week­end sum­mit where we shot down the for­ma­tion of a po­lit­i­cal party for those who love the bot­tle.

The par­lia­men­tary brawls have been em­bar­rass­ing even to our bar-hop­ping mem­bers.

The IEC says there are 563 po­lit­i­cal par­ties reg­is­tered for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions

/ Thuli DlaminI

The writer says in 1994 the ANC promised a bet­ter life for all but mush­room­ing squat­ter camps and ris­ing un­em­ploy­ment bear tes­ti­mony to the lie.

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