Tactics aimed at destroying the ANC Kwazi Mthembu Soweto The carefully crafted incessant attacks on President Jacob Zuma, which in most cases are baseless, are not merely directed at Zuma as an individual, but are meant to sow divisions within the ANC. These strong critics of Zuma pretend to admire the leadership styles of former presidents Thabo Mbeki and the late Nelson Mandela. Yet we know very well their real wish is to see the destruction of the ANC as an organisation. They know the ideology through which both Mandela and Mbeki were groomed is the same one that groomed Zuma. By singling out and praising Mandela and Mbeki, they are merely applying the same divide-and-rule tactic constantly relied on by the apartheid regime when it sought to elevate some tribes above others so that all the “lower” tribes could fight against the “higher” ones for attention from the white bosses and, in the process, consolidate the apartheid regime’s power. Unfortunately, some ANC members have fallen into this trap. They have gone on to assist the opposition in attacking the ANC and President Zuma. Some have, with the innocent intention of defending President Zuma, attempted to expose mistakes that may have been committed by the two former presidents. All the while, the enemy has stood and watched, enjoying the ANC tearing itself apart like black people did when they were manipulated by the apartheid regime. It is, therefore, important that ANC members stand guard against such dirty tricks from the enemy of the working class and ensure no quota is given to the enemy. ANC members must respect the leadership collective of the ANC, as Mandela always insisted.