The ANC in Gauteng is a party in conflict. Gauteng is South Africa's most densely populated region, and it also contributes some of the highest numbers in Employment, student enrolments and Johannesburg is reputed to be home to 12500 millionaires. The battle lines were drawn when the provincial executive of the ruling party was said to have approached Mr Mbeki to lead their middle class campaign. This was met with strong but measured opposition from Mantashe.
As if by some twist of irony, Mbeki has made the nominations list for MP's in Gauteng. What does this mean to the ordinary South African voter though? Does it mean an upswing of delivery; is it going to stem the flow of violence seen at service delivery protest; will it stop Zuma from taking another wife, or is it just politics of personality?
In my humble opinion, the Mbeki battle in Gauteng is a battle between Mashatile and Mokonyane, two of Gauteng's leading politicians. Paul is a strong proponent of the Anti Zuma slate within the ANC and Mokonyane is seen as Zuma's acolyte, blindly following in her "mentor's" footsteps and perhaps she has presidential ambitions herself. But the casualties of this unseemly war are the ordinary Gautengers who are harassed by police, residents who are threatened with water and electricity cuts and the public servants with axes hanging over their heads should the opposing side win the battle.
On the other hand, the election machine that is the ANC is criss-crossing the country like a bunch of rock stars on a world tour, giving speeches, making promises, promoting self-interest and ultimately wooing South Africans into their little pockets.
As a South African who believes in the power of consciousness, i urge all South Africans to exercise the power of their votes and vote for a party that is not scared to declare its interest in these elctions. A party of activists waiting for a moment in time to make a shift from what is to what can be. South Africa, it is in your hands, to do to the ANC what the ANC did to Apartheid.
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