The African National Congress is at it again: the party has hit the streets demanding justice and fairness from the media and anyone who cares to listen. The youth wing of the ruling party, ANCYL has even marched to the offices of the Mail & Guardian demanding that the weekly paper desists from negative reporting about the ANC.
At the same time, the ANC has lodged a formal com0plaint with the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) over the “racist” tweet by the Democratic Alliance Mike Waters who showed a pack of dogs waiting and lining up to urinate on a picture of Jacob Zuma.
And it doesn’t end there –
The 101-year old political party has also complained about the remark by the Public Protector comparing the ANC voters with abused spouses.
To add more litany of ANC haters is an Eye Witness news cartoon which portrays the ANC and its voters as a bunch of clowns.
The ANC sure has had enough of insults and the party is resorting to formal channels to complain even after receiving apologies for those who seemingly offended the organization.
It is however comforting to note that the ANC also believes in the importance of the Chapter 9 Institutions, which includes the SAHRC, and the party sees it fit top lodge a complaint with one of those institutions.
With the experience that the ANC has had with the Public Protector over the Nkandla report, it would have been easy to conclude that the party has lost faith in all of those institutions.
It is actually quite promising that the party ran to the SAHRC to report being mistreated by the media.
The deeper question that however remains unanswered about the whole saga is how the ANC arrived at the conclusion that it is being mistreated and abused?
To put it differently: on what basis does the ANC expect to be loved and treated with warmth as a governing body?
If one takes into account that the ANC is the most dominant party in government and remains the most visible and present organization in the public space, it makes sense that the party would be the most talked-about in the media.
The level of attention the party gets equals the level of dominance it has in society.
In most cases ANC leaders often talk about how glorious, old and majestic their politic al party is. At times the ANC leaders even compare themselves to Jesus and comparing their leadership style with the salvation of humanity that is underway in the southern tip of the continent.
Yet when one reads your Bible it is clear that Jesus also had critics and He never banished them – he prayed for them instead.
The ANC is behaving like Judas, who has betrayed his Master’s trust and yet continued to behave as if all is well.
The problem with such a hypocritical stance is that it backfires sooner than you think it would.
Guilt is a bitter pill to swallow, particularly when evidence is out that there are acts of impropriety.
Those who offend the ANC have since apologized and one wanders what the party expects to get from the complaints they have lodged with the SAHRC? It would be interesting if the commission came back with the sanction that says: “it is offensive to keep bluntly reminding the ANC that it is losing its track and may actually end up being despised by many!”
Here the SAHRC would be making it compulsory for everyone to be nice to the ANC. This will not stop the growing perception of uneasiness.Imagine a situation where a small expression of uneasiness with the ANC results in the party running to the SAHRC or even the Courts seeking help! That is the type of action one associates with smaller political parties – not a party that has a majority of 62% of the support in the country