Have the ANC and its alliance partners reached the stage at which they should consider adopting the principle expounded (explained, expand on, talked about, develop) by former President Thabo Mbeki. Thabo Mbeki back in 2002?
Mbeki speaking to delegates to that year’s ANC policy conference, said that though it was important to increase the size and strength of ‘our movement’ he was convinced that ‘we must pay particular attention to the principle ‘Better fewer, but better’!”
With these words Mbeki was pointing to the tendency of party members to disregard decisions of the organization.
Today the principle should be analyzed and debated by the ANC and its alliance partners as chaos and division rage unabated.
The power struggles within COSATU and threats by its biggest affiliate NUMSA, to abandon the federation, are a sign that all is not well within the ruling party.
COSATU cannot survive long if the chaos in its ranks continues.
The ANC, which is supposed to take the leadership role, is paralyzed and unable to restore normality in COSATU – let alone within its own structures.
President Jacob Zuma, the leader of the alliance, is missing in action.
His deafening silence adds fuel to the raging inferno that is sweeping through the alliance.
This country will move forward only is those elected to power are actively involved in formulating and implementing policies that better the lives of our people.
The current chaos, and the tendency of party members to defy, decisions taken by the majority, puts the ANC, and therefore the government, on a slippery slope.
The power struggles with NUMSA and the ANC should worry all South Africans.
A ruling party that is always beset by chaos is a danger to the democracy it claims to be entrenching.
Sometimes, ‘Better fewer, but better’ is the only option.