South Africa’s former president, Kgalema Motlanthe says it would be good for the African National Congress (ANC) to lose the 2019 general elections.
Answering a question from during an interview, Motlanthe asserted that it would be ideal if the electorates vote out the ANC in 2019 so that the party will renew itself.
Kgalema Motlanthe on the 2019 elections:
Mr Motlanthe told the BBC that the electorate will ‘vote out the ANC’ for as long as it is “associated with corruption and failure”. He said he had faith in South Africans to do ‘the right thing’, and welcomed a potential defeat in 2019 for the ruling party:
“It would be good for the ANC itself and let me tell you why… because those elements who are in it for the largesse will quit it. They will desert it and only then would the possibility arise for salvaging whatever is left of it.”
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KM insisted that the penny would only drop for JZ’s regime if they were to be booted out of power. Motlanthe’s scathing denouncement of the ANC follows a tidal wave of accusations and corruption charges.
The depths of allegations – a large number of which have been proven – regarding state capture would have been enough to see any other leader in a democratic state fired a long time ago.
Zuma’s survival capabilities know no bounds, however. Eight no confidence motions and nearly 800 criminal charges have been laid against him. We still haven’t displaced the chaotic commander-in-chief.
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However, his iron grip on power has loosened dramatically. August’s no confidence motion saw him survive by a paltry 11 votes. Up to 40 ANC members voted in favour of having him removed from public office.
Perhaps Motlanthe is right: The ANC are still very much redeemable. But in his words, they may have to “hit rock bottom” before rebuilding themselves as a respectable political movement.