You can liken the ANC, and thus our government, to a badly damaged ship. The ship is damaged due to years of neglect with focus of the crew being mainly on pirating the waters it sails and plundering wherever it finds loot. Under Captain Zuma’s rein, the once magnificent ship began to rot. Zuma’s plan was never to sail the ship to prosperous lands, but merely use it as a means of obtaining enormous wealth, all the while fronting as an upstanding captain. Anyone who sniffed him out either got a cut of the pie or was thrown overboard and replaced with a more obedient successor.
We know how the rest of his story went, so cut forward to Captain Ramaphosa’s tenure. Imagine being given the helm of a sinking ship with crew that not only can’t really sail, but will stab you in the back the second they don’t like where you steer. This is his greatest problem.
Captain Ramaphosa needs a new ship with new crew, but how is this possible when any slightest move to do so will lead to mutiny by the majority of his crew? All he can really do is try and play the magician’s slight of hand, in making his crew look in one direction whilst he maneuvers in another. This too is a problem, as eventually someone will realise the trick.
All the while we sit back as passengers and watch this unfold, we know where we want to go but rely on the captain and crew to get us there. Rations are low and tensions are high, therefore we are easy to manipulate and be blinded to real problems. Instead of complaining at the crew and captain, we bicker amongst ourselves and forms groups of like minded passengers, telling ourselves stories of what all the answers to our woes are all the while scolding others for thinking differently. The crew sits back and marvels at their fortune, they know they should forced to walk the plank by the passengers but instead get to reap the rewards of their lies and deceptions, this while Captain plays his slow magic trick at the helm.
What a scenario us passengers find ourselves in. What do we do?
Fortunately, there are other ships in the water, all with enough space for us and captains eagerly awaiting the chance to prove themselves. Their maps crisp and routes clearly planned out. All we need to do is opt to travel on those ships and leave the current rotten, sinking one to fend for itself. It might even give it’s captain a chance to dock so he can find a new crew and get to work on fixing it properly, make it sea worthy once more and bring it back to it’s former glory. We would gladly sail with her again!
But for now, we need a new ship!