Growing Pains: A bucketful of crap

2013-06-18 10:00

Wow, how crappy has the past fortnight been for the ANC Youth League?

First, the news that the league had dumped human waste where only gods tread.

Then there was the ambush of Western Cape Premier Helen Zille’s convoy.

If we didn’t know why officials have such large entourages, it’s because s**t happens.

Then there was the little matter of an application to liquidate the league, because its financials were so “chaotic and in shambles” (these are the ANC’s words), that debts relating to its 2008 conference were presenting themselves as a R15?million sword of Damocles.

This was an elective conference many will remember for exposing us to a bum or two.

And finally, there was the announcement that the league’s interim leadership, or national task team, of which this author is a member, had disbanded seven provincial executive councils – more than most political parties have active members.

All this is enough to give a “youth leader”sleepless nights, or endless plot ideas for a TV series.

In South African politics, one needs strong bowels and even stronger powers of analysis to see what’s beneath it all.

Like all stenches, the news of the crap wars in that province first got to me on Twitter.

I doubled-checked if anyone in the task team had given the directive for the offensive. “No!” was the response.

So why the credit?

In the previous general election, we saw many ANC members standing as independents. Did this suddenly mean the ANC was standing against itself? No.

These were people exercising the democratic right they had fought for.

In reality, no formation has done more to groom civil activists than the ANC.

Yet, the faeces flingers in Western Cape were simply dismissed as agents of a party plan, not concerned citizens engaged in a “kak” form of protest.

Presumably, youth league members can’t be concerned community members.

What would possess a young person to lug those disgusting plastic toilets around, scoop out doles of people’s excrement, manipulate it like putty and carry it around in buckets?

A friend surmised: “The DA, after years of trying to break into the real black market, is now faced with real black problems.” Problems like dignity.

Yet, they shovelled the issue on to the doorstep of the youth league. Surprise, surprise. This week’s rendition of the blame game didn’t flush it away.

As we call the turd squad to account, so too should we crap on the administrators who have allowed such a stink to fester, linger and spill over.

Speaking of administration, I think we all understand being fed up, especially when you haven’t been paid in five years.

But strangely, they made no attempt to find resolution with the task team, the guys responsible for getting their money.

Yet there’s been a determined drive to push the league into administration.

Could this be political? An attempt to further embarrass the league.

Could it be that installing an administrator reigns in the most dynamic cog in the ANC’s electioneering machine?

The key lesson here is the importance of accountability, both financial and otherwise.

I found it ironic that some who presided over a period of obvious unaccountability have the gumption to ask for more money to establish new-found political ambitions.

Guess it is a South African trait.

Sadly, many more disciplined comrades did not fare as well.

They have actually had to face up to the consequences of some of our then leaders’ actions.

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