Writ­ing seems on the wall for Busi

The Citizen (KZN) - - Opinion -

Ev­ery time the ANC is­sues another press re­lease “clar­i­fy­ing” its of­fi­cial po­si­tion or warn­ing “com­rades” not to con­tra­dict “of­fi­cial” pol­icy, we think of a ver­sion of the lines in a ’70s pop song: “Clowns to the left of me, loot­ers to the right, here I am, stuck in the mid­dle with you…” But, sadly, it is not a laugh­ing mat­ter be­cause ev­ery time it hap­pens, the gulf be­tween the two main ANC fac­tions – those loyal to Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa and those loyal to for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma – grows wider.

And, in the case of the Zuma-ites, ev­ery time they speak out in public means they are grow­ing bolder and stronger.

Given that wreck­ing ball era that was Zuma’s time in of­fice, we don’t think that is a prospect to be savoured.

The lat­est ruckus in­volves the slap­ping down of for­mer North West premier Supra Mahumapelo – an ar­dent anti-Ramaphosa man – for his com­ments that he sees no rea­son to fire Public Pro­tec­tor Bu­sisiwe Mkhwe­bane. Of course not, she’s de­fend­ing your side most of the time…

In re­mind­ing Mahumapelo that his opin­ion does not re­flect of­fi­cial pol­icy, though, it seems that the Ramaphosa ANC is de­ter­mined to get rid of Mkhwe­bane. That’s a good sign.

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