The ruling party believes it is untouchable

2010-03-23 11:00

THE responses given by the MPs of the ruling party following the

vote of no-confidence motion on the president tabled by opposition parties are

nothing but disheartening.

For seasoned politicians like Jeff Radebe and Lindiwe Sisulu to

throw a tirade of insults at the Cope MPs goes to confirm that indeed a cancer

has infested our body politick.

Nothing of substance was given on Thursday in

Parliament to dismiss the motion tabled by the Congress of the People.

The leader in Parliament for Cope told by Sisulu that he had

“legitimised [Cope under his] bishop’s cloth. Get out and go and serve the


This demonstrated that Sisulu was seemingly unaware that Cope was in

Parliament because of a mandate given to them by 1.3?million voters in this

country and they therefore had a duty to perform.

Cope seemed more acquainted

with the realities on the ground: the majority of South Africans would love to

see the back of President Jacob Zuma quicker than 2014.

The president failed to

inspire confidence and chart a clear vision for the country; instead his

emergence to power turned our state into a scandalous theatre that turned sober

newspapers into tabloids.

Sisulu and Radebe should have given reasons of how the president

was managing to champion the fight against HIV and Aids when he was philanderer

of note and was seemingly not aware of the risks involved.

Obviously this casual

behaviour stood to be causing more detrimental effects than the approach adopted

by former President Thabo Mbeki back in the day.

Radebe was right that people

did not elect a pope; however I doubt that they wanted a lame-duck president who

doesn’t seem to be in control, evident in his poor reading of his speeches as if

he doesn’t know even their contents.

Sisulu must have lost her mind to insult Cope MPs and call them a

“stupid bunch of sore losers who were sour at democracy”.

Even though Cope might

have been started by former ANC heavyweights, the reality is that the survival

and existence of Cope is dependent on the many members and supporters who hail

from all walks of life.

Instead of launching this diatribe, Sisulu should have

answered why the Ginwala Commission’s report was ignored when appointing Menzi

Simelane as national director of public prosecutions.

She should have answered

why the president was failing to provide direction in the face of incoherency

among his cabinet.

To divert from these urgent matters and launch vitriol is not

going to assist in the betterment of our country.

Such is the body politick of our country, whereby debate is feared

and is diverted with cheap politicking that does more character assassination

rather than challenging the issues being tabled.

Clearly by asking Mvume Dandala

to return to the church, Sisulu is saying that politics is for vultures like

herself and there is no place for clean politics, with leaders of integrity and


What a sad confirmation for our nation.


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