Motsoeneng mocks ANC’s core of power

2016-10-02 06:03
Hlaudi Motsoeneng

Hlaudi Motsoeneng

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At its 2012 Mangaung conference, the ANC reaffirmed the emphasis of its June policy conference on the urgent need for organisational renewal.

And one of the strategic thrusts to attain the desired renewal was to position or strengthen the ANC’s capabilities “to be able to play its dual role as a movement for transformation and a strategic centre of power”.

As a strategic centre of power, the ANC should have absolute power to influence any decision that is contrary to its value system, rule of law and, above all, the Constitution across the state and civil society.

By so doing, the ANC would not only be entrenching its tentacles in the society as a paragon of morality, but also would automatically be regarded as a beacon of hope and a vanguard for good governance and maturity of our constitutional democracy towards National Democratic Revolution.

With this in mind and after wallowing in great depression over the manner in which Hlaudi Motsoeneng and the SABC continue to erode public confidence in the ANC, I have pondered deeply and asked myself a question: Has the movement done enough to quell the circus at the public broadcaster as a strategic centre of power?

And my answer, simply, was a big no.

ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu is on record confirming that the unfortunate, naive and ludicrous decision by the SABC – under the tutelage of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, the board and Motsoeneng – to censor violent protests, was contrary to the ANC’s policy.

Again, he is on record condemning the SABC board’s decision for retaining Motsoeneg as a group executive of corporate affairs, despite the court judgment that his appointed as chief operating officer (COO) was irrational and should be set aside.

Amid all these legal and logical odds against the “miracle man”, the SABC board chairperson, Mbulaheni Maguvhe, quipped that Motsoeneng should apply for the COO position.

With all Muthambi’s spectacular support of Motsoeneng, I often wonder: “Is she, unlike the majority of us, not able to fathom the damage caused by the stay of Motsoeneng to the public confidence in the ANC?”

Mthembu has dismissed any suggestion that Motsoeneng enjoys the protection of the ANC.

It is well and good for the ANC to distance itself from the circus, but truth be told, this is not good enough to absolve it in the eyes of the public with the correct understanding that Muthambi, the staunch backer of Motsoeneng, serves as a minister at the behest of the ANC.

This breeds a serious paradox that unfortunately led to the narrative that the centre does not hold at Luthuli House and the ANC is not a strategic centre of power.

This and similar goings-on at other parastatals appear to mean that the ANC has relinquished its powers to individuals, who in turn become power drunk and abuse state resources in the pursuit of fiendish, selfish ends and their puppet masters’ insatiable desires.

Muthambi and SABC board used all they had to show a middle finger to the ANC and undermine the rule of law to protect Motsoeneng.

No wonder he proudly hailed himself a “different animal” to announce his new appointment.

And this entire depressing saga saw the ANC shouting on the sidelines, rather than occupying its rightful place as a strategic centre of power to ensure the progressive enforcement of the Supreme Court of Appeal’s judgment.

Anything less continues to drag the name of the ANC through the mud.

Amid the calls by the ANC for the SABC to abide by the rule of law and dismiss Motsoeneng, the “different animal” is on record emphasising that nobody can decide on his future but himself.

This is a middle finger to the ANC, which unfortunately led to the narrative that the ANC has no power and is a toothless organisation.

To stop this narrative and colossal erosion of public confidence, the ANC needs to reclaim its power from individuals through relevant reforms on policies such as deployment of cadres to ensure collective responsibility.

In this way, the ANC will become a strategic centre of power with everybody conscious that he or she serves at the behest of the ANC and not individuals.

Ka-Ndyalvan is an ANC member at the Akaso branch in Pretoria

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