Ungovernable State of The Ruling Party
“Ungovernable” can be dismissed as an exaggeration or an overreaction when describing the state of affairs within the ruling party, its youth wing and left allies. After all, ANC is the broad church, the youth league is known for being outspoken and the alliance is robust. And there’s nothing new from what has been said and done to cause alarm. Others may even take you back to Madiba era and equate Julius Malema’s unruly behavior with his, something politicians do better to distort history for their immediate gains.
I tend to differ when I hear that there’s nothing new, there is crisis and it’s going out of hand, whether the alliance will survivor another split or not is something else. But the real problem is the poor management of these issues.
Rewind to a few years back to pre-Polokwane time when Zuma was the ANC’s deputy president embattled in criminal charges. Those whose future depended upon him assuming power, made threats of violence, chaos, and destruction if charges against him weren’t dropped, and calls for disbanding the Scorpions were viewed as if they would solve Zuma’s woes. They were going for broke, unmindful of what was at stake, and they put all their eggs in the Zuma basket.
This kind of behavior continued after his victory at Polokwane, with Scorpions no longer existing, the tune changed to target the judiciary. The competence of Honourable Judges was put into question, they were named counter revolutionaries who won’t act partial in their rulings, All in the name of saving Zuma. Not that they see some kindred spirit in him, but rather a pawn that can be bent to suit their design, a hand that will carry their nefarious deeds, and he has shown nothing to contradict that view.
Under his presidency these pre- Polokwane trends continue in and out of his cabinet. It now fits the Police Ministry to shout, “Shoot to kill” as if that will be the solution to crime. No proper communication with the gun carrying force on the ground, so they shoot even the innocent.
That what it takes for Justice & Constitution Minister to shamelessly job-hunt and appoint a Public Servant to the judiciary bench despite the impression that will make, so as the president who ignored the findings of the Ginwala Commission on Menzi Simelane but instead appointed him as the National Director of Public Prosecution.
That’s why COSATU & the Youth League are on the rampage, demanding to have a say in government policies & control the functioning of Reserve Bank. Meanwhile the Youth League can chop and change ANC leadership structures to put their choice up and impose upon the cabinet ministers to endorse Nationalisation of Mines with no concern of the damage this pre ejaculation will cause to the country’s economy. They stand united behind Zuma to stand for the second term. The tone has been set for the next conference, would-be casualties have been identified, their political obituary is being written.
But Zuma won’t say a thing or stand up to anyone. If he has any principle he is yet to demonstrate it. He remains like a chameleon in the ANC alliance jungle. His inclusive style is good to give as many an opportunity
to participate but it’s a disaster when he can’t be an authority in all these verbal crossfires which are spewed all around him. As the president he is the only one who can call into order what’s going out of order. He has already foolishly chosen the wrong side with life style audits of politicians. No excuse will easily spare him criticisms for not declaring his interests and giving an explanation about the continuous support he is getting from certain businessmen who are funding lavish the life style of one of his wives.
What happens in the ruling party spills over to the Country. The question over Nationalsation of mines was a major concern, which he had to do damage control on, during his recent trip to England. Zuma has no privilege to appease his supporters, he has to put the State’s interest first but that will be achieved through managing internal affairs of the ANC with its Alliance partners before they start affecting the functioning of our democracy.
By Authentic Views ©