The ANC won’t spare South Africa from President Jacob Zuma. We are all alone.
That was the reasonable message from ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe’s media instructions on Wednesday, after an amplified meeting of the gathering’s national working advisory group.
The individuals who still trusted the ANC of Zuma had the capacity to burrow profound and settle on hard choices in the general population intrigue, in light of the estimations of its establishing moms and fathers, ought to tear the signals from their eyes and face the merciless truth; a similar truth that roused Julius Malema and Mosiuoa Lekota to leave the ANC and shape their own gatherings.
The ANC of OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu has been caught by Zuma’s degenerate system of support lawmakers and government employees. Yes, we were senseless to have trusted that the ANC would make the best decision and review Zuma, either in Parliament of through an extraordinary meeting of the national official panel.
Zuma and his buddies will battle at any cost to shield him from jail, and to improve themselves and their own particular support systems.
Truth be told: the state has not been captured by the Gupta family, but by a corrupt and morally bankrupt ANC, with Zuma at the top.
The ANC Ahmed Kathrada spoke of is dead. The ANC that Pravin Gordhan wants to save is unsalvageable.
To recap: a finance minister who had managed to stabilise the economy and the currency goes on an international roadshow to woo investors who want to invest in government bonds to fund service delivery projects. He lands at Heathrow and receives a text message from the president: come back home. No reasons are provided.
The minister attends a few meetings and takes the first available flight back home.
Asked why he had recalled the minister from abroad, the president tells two separate meetings that the minister had gone rogue, lobbied foreign investors to topple him and met with Lord Renwick. Three days later the president fires the minister and replaces him with a minister who admits to being a friend of the Guptas and whose former adviser frequented the Gupta compound and bought a house from them.
Mantashe tells Talk Radio 702’s Xolani Gwala that the new list of Cabinet ministers didn’t come from the ANC, but from “somewhere else”. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa says he disagrees with Zuma on firing Gordhan. Treasurer general Zweli Mkhize says the ANC is no longer at the centre of decision-making in the country.
South Africa puts two and two together.
The SACP, Cosatu and ANC stalwarts call on Zuma to resign in the best interest of the country. The markets fall and the rand weakens.
The country holds its breath and, like a battered spouse, remains hopeful that the ANC will eventually do the right thing and censure Zuma in some way or form.
But nothing of the sort happens. On Wednesday morning, Mantashe tells the country that it was all one big misunderstanding: Gordhan was actually fired because of an “irretrievable breakdown” in his relationship with Zuma.
The intelligence report Zuma spoke about “complicated” matters. And how dare the SACP speak out about these secret matters in public?
In fact, says deputy secretary general and popular ANN7 analyst Jessie Duarte, Zuma had wanted to fire Gordhan since November last year and they knew about it! She stops short of saying: “What’s the big deal, guys?”
Yes, adds Mantashe, it was them, the officials, who had dissuaded Zuma from appointing disgraced Eskom CEO Brian Molefe in Gordhan’s place. No applause.
The fact that Mantashe was made to embarrassingly admit it was a “mistake” for him, Ramaphosa and Mkhize to speak out against Zuma’s wrecking ball confirms the stronghold the president now has on the party.
Zuma’s only censure was to “acknowledge shortcomings” in the “collective management” of the reshuffle.
Zuma is in charge and there is no way for the ANC to remove him from power. The party simply does not possess the ability.
Those of us who believe the president should step down in the interest of our children, our country and our future, are on our own.