Putting an end to the madness

2008-09-27 00:00

When I heard that the country’s deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka had resigned, my first thought was “good riddance”. After all, blood is thicker than water and her husband is former National Prosecuting Authority boss Bulelani “Prima Facie” Ngcuka who was cited in Judge Chris Nicholson’s judgment as one of three NPA bosses who abused their position and acted contrary to the provisions of the Constitution.

When the exodus of cabinet ministers followed, I knew there was a discrepancy in the centralisation of power in the presidency as this would not be happening if Parliament had more power and sharper teeth.

The departure of the other ministers shows that these ministers did not have the interest of the country or their party at heart but that of Thabo Mbeki. This being the case, we do not need them anyway.

They were in Parliament on political party tickets and not on an Mbeki ticket. A lot of them were clueless, and I will not mention any names … Essop, Alec, Manto, Nosiviwe.

What was especially shocking for me was how media houses went out of their way to portray Mbeki as a victim of this whole debacle whereas he has only himself to blame for his demise.

While local media houses blamed the African National Congress for Mbeki’s demise, foreign media were scathing in their attack on him. Have the local media forgotten how much damage Mbeki has done to this country? HIV/Aids, Kgotsong, crime, Zimbabwe, abuse of state institutions, support for African dictators, special treatment for cronies, and dictatorial tendencies — the list is endless.

What is very ironic is that Mbeki fired then deputy president Jacob Zuma as a result of a judgment from a case in which Zuma had not been charged and not been called to answer to before a court of law.

When the guillotine finally hit, he was the first to cry foul about (the presidency and cabinet) not having been afforded an opportunity to make representations in a case that made serious indictments about their conduct and had serious consequences for his job, just as it happened with Zuma.

At no point did he go public and apologise for firing Zuma as a result of an unrelated judgment. History will illustrate that double standards are one of the pillars of Mbeki’s presidency.

Democracy is alive and well in South Africa and where Mbeki’s rule was cut short is exactly where members of the Zanu-PF failed with Robert Mugabe, which has left our northern neighbours in they position they are in today.

As unpopular as the decision is with some, I believe the leadership of the ANC will be vindicated for putting an end to Mbeki’s madness and penchant for autocratic rule.

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