BOKAMOSO | Two months after LGE2016, it is clear the ANC has taken the low road

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History will mark the 2016 election as a pivotal moment in SA’s political development. No one foresaw the ANC losing so much of its urban support as to lose control of three powerful metros and fall a full eight percentage points nationally, bringing the party to a point where losing power in 2019 is a distinct possibility.

An outcome so threatening to the ANC’s future prospects was bound to catalyse a significant reaction. It seemed obvious that the ANC had reached a high road / low road fork, prompting either pragmatic self-reform, or a hastening towards populism and kleptocracy, as alternative strategies for self-preservation.

Two months in, it is clear the ANC has taken the low road. Since the election, and at a staggering rate, the ANC government has taken or allowed high level decisions that scale up the pace of state capture, patronage, corruption and cadre deployment that have become the hallmarks of Zuma’s ANC.

The first clear signal was a reckless and baseless attack on Finance Minister Gordhan in an attempt to remove the ‘internal opposition’ at the Treasury, the outcome of which is still uncertain. What is certain is that investors and ratings agencies are horrified. The attack on the Treasury was aimed at eliminating obstacles to the government’s plans for the nuclear deal, SAA, the presidential jet and other opportunities for corruption.

Sure enough, Zuma-crony Dudu Myeni was swiftly and irrationally reappointed as SAA board chair, despite SAA posting a R5.6 billion loss for the last financial year. The trillion rand nuclear deal was confirmed as going ahead under a veil of secrecy, despite massive public resistance, and a compelling argument against it, and the first corrupt contracts relating to the deal were signed this month with connected cronies. And Defence Minister Mapisa-Nqakula confirmed that R100 million has been allocated for the leasing of a new VIP jet for the current financial year, but declined to give further information, “for security reasons”.

Other red flags have emerged in Parliament, with the ANC caucus voting against an inquiry into state capture by the Guptas, despite mounting evidence and a public outcry. They also refused to table the SADTU “cash for jobs” report which may be the key to breaking the union’s stranglehold over our education system, a crisis that is rendering millions of our children functionally illiterate and innumerate.

True to form, President Zuma sought leave to appeal the North Gauteng High Court’s judgement that the discontinuation of the prosecution against him on 783 counts of fraud and corruption was manifestly irrational. This shows a continued willingness on the part of the ANC to allow Zuma to delay his day of reckoning with endless court action at vast public expense.

State capture and cadre deployment have continued apace with the appointment of alleged Zuma crony, Arthur Fraser, as head of the State Security Agency and with Dudu Myeni (of SAA infamy) being appointed to chair a major KZN water board. On Tuesday, Hlaudi Motsoeneng was re-deployed to a top job at the SABC, despite a damning Public Protector finding against him, and despite a court ruling that he is unfit for the position, and despite his sustained attack on media freedom.

This is clearly in reward for Motsoeneng’s support to the ANC during the 2016 election and in preparation for further favours in the 2019 national election. Under the ANC’s stewardship, the SABC is becoming the voice of government propaganda and a powerful means to shore up fast-eroding popular support.

All the while, the ANC has failed to show decisive leadership in responding to the calamity unfolding at our universities, which has seen R600 million of damage wrought on our precious campuses. Thousands of students are being denied the right to learn and SA faces the very real risk of extended campus shutdowns and irreversible destruction to the higher education system.

With the feckless ANC leadership unable or unwilling to stop the organisation’s steep decline, an attack on the Electoral Commission was almost inevitable. Last week it emerged that both Gwede Mantashe and Jessie Duarte, two of the party’s top six leaders, admonished IEC deputy chair Terry Tselane to the point where he fears for his life.

In essence, the ANC’s response to its electoral losses has been to step up its intimidation or capture of democratic institutions, and its plundering of public coffers.

However, the approach since 3 August may be less a systematic assault on our democracy to further a specific agenda, than symptoms of panic and disarray in a party that is “at war with itself” in the recent words of Cyril Ramaphosa. This can be seen in Mining Minister and Gupta lackey Mosebenzi Zwane’s attack on the banks, which the Presidency swiftly shut down. The ANC is disintegrating internally, and the collateral damage is a steady reversal of the gains South Africa has made since 1994.

Both the 2016 electoral result, and the ANC’s response to it, has accelerated the process of electoral change towards true multi-party democracy. By 2019, the ANC will have ruled for a quarter century. It is high time for a shakeup. A loss of power nationally will cure the party of its worst afflictions. It will teach the ANC a much-needed lesson in political accountability, and shatter the arrogance that naturally sets in with prolonged power. It will smash the ANC’s patronage network and cut its channels of corruption. It will rid the party of its copious dead wood: those individuals who place personal enrichment over serving the public good.

Voting the ANC out of power will also be the rite of passage that establishes South Africa as a fully-fledged democracy, whose citizens will have finally learnt that a vote is a means of holding an incumbent government to account, and not a measure of allegiance. We will all be the better for it.

5 YEARS LATER, WE'RE STILL WAITING FOR JUSTICE

The Farlam Commission Report was released over 2 years ago, but nothing has been done since then to provide closure on the greatest tragedy of our young democracy.


  • Sharksstalker

    However, 2019 is still a way, and with them already threatening the IEC what guarantees will there be that the elections will not be rigged? I wouldn’t put it past these bunch of bandits!

    • Stewart Wood

      The reaction is worrying of course as it presages possibly major malfeasance in the conduct of elections by ANC manipulation through it’s corrupt stooges.

      I think this is expected from the ‘party of lies and corruption’.

  • JohanSchoeman03

    I just keep wondering when this dam
    wall is going to collapse and what the effects are going to be. If the ANC’s
    behaviour in the Tswane Metro is anything to go by we are going to be in for a
    rough time because many, many wallets are and will be threatened.

    You just keep giving the ANC stick Mr Miamane! You and
    your team have my full confidence!

  • A_Place_In_The_Sun

    The DA is doing well to counter the ANC’s non-democratic onslaught on SA, but I can’t help feeling that it needs to be doing much, much, more, especially in countering the perception, so successfully created by the ANC/EFF “alliance” that the DA is an instrument of so-called “white capital”. If this is NOT true, the DA needs to analyse and publish the real facts about “white capital” – whatever that is.

    • jeremy jackson

      The facts about White Capital are that there is no such thing. White capital is a phrase used by racists to try and split our country down racial lines by convincing all black voters that if they vote anc/eff, they will receive wealth which can be stolen from the whites. The DA are not going to steal land, banks or mines from anyone. They believe in an equal society where everyone has the same opportunities to create there own wealth. The DA will focus, like they do in wc, hugely on uplifting the lives of those that want upliftment. A completely unequal budget where the taxes of the wealthy will go to build houses and services for the poor. But in the DA it will never again place one race group over another

  • lolly

    Could you please come with the strategies to be used in rural areas to show voters that DA is an alternative, And also the conduct of DA white members or any members using racist remarks to be made aware of the implications in DA prosper.

    • jeremy jackson

      DA will do all the things the ANC have been promising for 22 years but not doing. They will deliver services to the rural areas. Simply by not stealing all the money st municipal level for themselves snd their friends

  • Elisa Hadebe (Noto)

    Everything is just wrong and their municipal loss did not really bother them. We are working tirelessly to open blind eyes so that ppl can see what ANC is up to. DA we will win. Proud DA supporter

    • Sharky912

      THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE IS SO MUCH STRONGER THAN THE PEOPLE IN POWER !
      VIVA DA !

      • Elisa Hadebe (Noto)

        indeed

  • Micheline Logan

    With the current behaviour, I do not see us having to wait till 2019 – something has got to give.

  • VR007

    well written. and all true

  • Νιckary

    I must come in and express my view. For me the ANC has lost it. This ANC and leadership are rotten and are involved not in State Capture and Economy Capture they are flouting the Constitution which is the top instrument in the Country representing all the people. I need to remind everyone this Zuma guy has said before that the party and he are above everything else. Did he not? This man has been recorded singing a stupid song shooting at BOER and by implication all whites! Yes he did. Did he not say some time ago that the current dispensation is too cumbersome and complicated to his liking and that if he was given free hand for 6 months Mr Genius will fix everything in the Country! I did not comprehend what he will fix and how. SA I want to reiterate in the past was one of the best run Countries world wide definitely in Africa. There is no doubt about irrespective of what some imbeciles may counter argue. They know nothing of public administration and rules and procedures that is why they utter nonsense. Even under Mandela that Country was doing a lot better especially under the National Government initially. Unfortunately Mandela was persuaded and was under pressure by his party to go it alone. Were they anticipating earnings out of corruption? Did Mandela just gave up? When Mbeki (an intellectual and very well educated but weak character) took over, he lost control quickly, he couldn’t fight the type of games Zuma and his supporters were fighting. When Zuma took over the flood gates were just open, wide open. Now I appeal to all South Africans especially those ‘Clever ones’ as mentioned by Zuma to take cognisance of what is going and ask themselves do they want in the words of C Hani a new elite to take over and perpetuate ANC rule and their inner circle? We have seen this in 55 Countries over the last 60 years in Africa,. One disaster after the other. It is only lately that a few Countries are trying to alter their course. Such as Ethiopia and Kenya. It is therefore up to all the SA Blacks to take to the streets and demand the immediate resignation of Zuma and his kleptocracy in the ANC. We whites and the other minorities can only support them. If all that fail SA as we knew it will be finished and a new emerging Zimbabwe shall be manifested. If that happens I can only see that all of us who really want this 1994 accord succeed we must split the Country. As I am older than most of those writing and an migrant from North Africa I dont want to be a third time refugee. SA is a most beautiful Country rich in diversity, rich in resources, rich in expertise, skills etc within 5-10 years a new SA shall be making headlines if we get rid of the crooks, corruption and inept leaders. The radicals will stop moaning and complaining if the Authorities show them that this is not an Mickey Mouse Country that a handful of children and rascals, radicals can make ungovernable. When SA economy starts to pick up at a rate of minimum 4-6% again with the right mix of economic policies everyone abroad will be impressed. This ANC is a cancer and the malignant leadership. They must go.

    • jeremy jackson

      Very well said and so true

  • The facts about Dudu Myeni and the water board are a little more scary than have seen set out above

  • Paul Chinchen

    Tick, tock, anc, tick, tock…
    Crumble, crumble…