Points to ponder on Cyril win

2018-01-25 06:00
Author Skaap Motsau

Author Skaap Motsau

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Before the ANC national conference in Nasrec in December 2017, former party Deputy President and interim South African state President Kgalema Montlanthe, had announced that he would not be attending the event.

Asked for reasons, he explained himself thus: “According to the constitution of the ANC, 90% of the delegates attending a conference should be from the branches of the organisation.”

As it transpired during the conference, many of the branches which had been processed, were contaminated, having been under the manipulation of the various factions.

That means they were no longer carrying the mandate of their branches, but that of the dictates of factions. In a word, that conference was going to be a farce.

Despite and in spite of the outcry from within the ruling party that the practice of buying votes must stop, this continued in another form.

It was reported in the newspapers that the branches from Mpumalanga and some parts of Limpopo were given pocket money for the conference.

We also saw images of a gun-toting mob on TV, allegedly intimidating branch delegates from Mpumalanga.

What with the court cases and judgements nullifying branches and PECs in KwaZulu, Northwest and the Free State.

Even during conference registration, there were members who complained about fake branches.

But, it seems, Cyril Ramaphosa soldiered on. He wanted to be the president of South Africa. He harped on the theme about the need to establish a judicial commission of enquiry into state capture, to pursue the corrupt elements and bring them to book and to recover the stolen monies.

He was so enthusiastic, he even said, during a radio interview, he believed that Jacob Zuma raped Khwezi!

This brought the anger of Bathabile-Dlamini, the president of the Women’s League, to a boiling point. She laid on Cyril Ramaphosa, telling him not to speak about other people; that he should confine himself to things concerning himself.

She said they knew that he abused women and that they could call witnesses. She is the one who reminded the members of the previous NEC of the ruling party that they also had “smallanyana” skeletons in their cupboards.

Hell would break loose if those cupboards could be opened. Cyril Ramaphosa had to lower his tail and place it where it belonged, so to speak.

It ended up being a race between Nkosazana and Cyril. Cyril Ramaphosa didn’t win by a large margin.

It was very close. Even the results of the top six reflect a 50-50 margin. And so was the 80 member-strong NEC. There was no triumphant winner.

It is a situation that calls for caution. Only one person spoke about unity before the conference, the Premier of Mpumalanga. It sounded cynical and out of place then.

“Unity” has now become the buzz word. The unity of the ruling party is sacrosanct, they now say! This is determined by the balance of forces within the party.

Currently, parliament is grappling with what constitutes a serious misconduct by a president. Is abuse of women by a president not the serious misconduct contemplated in section 89 of the constitution?

.Motsau is the chairperson of Azanla MVA.

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