The Mangaung conference of the ANC in 2012 in Bloemfontein being one of the more important conferences staged by the party, in that the position of president to the party, was one which was high on the agenda and enjoyed a lot of pre-and-post media coverage.
The choice was between Jacob Zuma, and Kgalema Motlanthe and the division in support for either of them became one of the most challenging facts of the conference.
Eventually it was Zuma that won, but even now two years later, those that opposed him has to pay for their wrong decisions.
Mayors within the Limpopo province, in various municipalities, recently had to pay the price of not supporting Zuma in his election, and the payment that had to be made, was to be recalled from their position that they were holding, in most cases as mayors to councils.
He won the election, and that should be it. Why must people now still pay the price of not supporting him at the time?
Is it a fact that people would pay for their ‘possible mistake’ of not supporting him, in the first, second and third generation to come?
How long must they be punished for something which our constitution guarantees everyone in the country, that of freedom of choice?
After all the support giving the Motlanthe was not supporting any other party, but supporting the person within the party, whom they at the time, thought to be more qualified, and deserving to lead the country into the next five years. Zuma whom they knew firsthand of his leadership, abilities, capacities in the five preceding years, and was of the opinion that the leadership portrayed by him, was lacking in efficiency, effectiveness, good governance and accountability. They wanted someone to lead, and lead productively having the fate and destiny of its citizens as his first priority, and steering the country into prosperity, and not into the doldrums that was so obvious in the leadership portrayed by Zuma prior to 2012.
What is evident is that Zuma wants to surround himself with people that are 100% + behind him, in the five years of his presidency, as he is in all possible ways, eliminating that people in whatever ranks in the party, would when the decision was on the table to relieve him from his duties, before his five year tenure expires, would not be part and parcel of that decision to not relieve him of his duties prematurely.
And in the meantime, people have to pay the price….. just because he is so scared, and having seen the writing on the wall, that it may just be possible that he might not serve his five year term in full, as his image has already become a liability to the party and his unpopularity amongst voters was evident in the lections 2014.