Editorial: ANC’s double standard

2018-07-22 10:10

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The phenomenon of cash-in-transit attacks has shocked and embarrassed South Africans in the first half of the year, with a dramatic increase that saw the attacks for this period outnumbering the total for the whole of last year.

The sheer audacity of criminals who wield rifles and AK-47s and bomb money vans in broad daylight has been breathtaking.

But lately the police have started notching up successes against these organised gangs by arresting ringleaders.

However, the process of cracking down on the marauding gangs has embarrassed the governing party after one of its local leaders and staff members was arrested and exposed as allegedly being involved in a couple of these heists.

But what is causing the ANC more embarrassment is how it has handled the matter of Errol Velile Present.

The party summarily dismissed him after his status as an ANC member was revealed.

The party clearly wanted to be seen to take the moral high ground.

ANC spokesperson Pule Mabe said that when someone was accused of a serious crime, “we believe it could work in the interests of the organisation that such an individual could at least be put on the ice”.

What Mabe failed to say was that when he was accused of serious charges of corruption a few years ago, the ANC did not fire him from the party.

The ANC has failed to show leadership when one of its own senior members – not a nobody like Present – is accused and even convicted of crimes.

Just look at Mduduzi Manana, a convicted woman-basher, who is still receiving his salary as a back bencher in Parliament. That this national executive committee member is still in this position boggles the mind when one looks at the levels of women and child abuse the country faces.

But Manana is no Present. The Dobsonville branch leader is a dispensable, lowly member.

The party is guilty of double standards because it has failed to take action against the high-profile leaders of the party to send a clear message that it doesn’t matter who it is, crime, corruption and any form of wrongdoing will not be tolerated.

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