Alliance 'must regain moral authority'

2011-06-27 19:40

Midrand - The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its allies, the African National Congress (ANC) and the SA Communist Party (SACP), must return to their position as the moral authority of South African politics, says the union movement's assessment of the 2011 local elections.

Released on Monday at the opening of Cosatu's fifth central committee meeting, the May 2011 Local Government Election Assessment makes some pointed comments about internal organisational weaknesses.

Although the ANC (the senior member of the so-called tripartite alliance) won 63% of the vote, and, as the report said, remained an extremely popular brand and performed well despite contrary predictions, the report described the ANC's victory as "remarkable" as it occurred in the context of mass revolts in Arab countries aiming to rid themselves of undemocratic and unpopular governments.

In addition, many political parties around the world that had presided over the recent economic crisis had been swept from power. The ANC was re-elected in many constituencies despite the socioeconomic challenges that continued to "bedevil SA".

The report stated: "Despite being projected as an inept and corrupt organisation, it is evident that many of our people still have faith in the ANC."

The assessment said the official opposition political party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), had made large gains, mainly at the expense of the smaller parties, such as the Freedom Front Plus, and had begun to absorb the Independent Democrats.

The DA won 23% of the total vote and carried Cape Town and most of the municipalities in the Western Cape, while the ANC could only muster 30% of that province's total vote.

It said the DA ran a "smart campaign", by appropriating the legacy of the struggle and by claiming some of the struggle icons.

"In addition the DA is seeking to position itself as a party that can take forward those traditions and build an inclusive society based on the ideals of the constitution.

They realised that the 'swart gevaar' and the 'fight back' campaign simply failed to attract black voters to support their white and pro-business message, which is based on the protection of the privileges inherited from the apartheid system," the assessment said.

According to the analysis, the DA did strike a chord with many of Cosatu's members.

"This may be one of the reasons why we are losing the middle strata and the minorities that have historically supported our movement."

  • maseratifitt - 2011-06-27 19:51

    First give back all the money you stole from the people.

      Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 20:31

      Chaka did not use money! So I owe him nothing! Anyway he had more wives than Zuma! Ha!

  • BernieK - 2011-06-27 20:10

    Not,it is too late for you guys. You are criminals. That's what you are. Jail birds.

  • Dave - 2011-06-27 20:21

    You never had any morals, only authority, and now you seem to be losing that. Not feeling too sad right now....

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 20:30

    The anc has lost the moral high ground! And no wonder, they are the moral low-lifes! Bribes, murders, corruption, kick-backs, ostentatious tinted-window-one-star-cars (Mercs)! What do you expect? Vote DA for the moral high-ground! We can do it! Viva DA! and stuff the anc.

  • Mad Dog - 2011-06-27 20:33

    "Despite being projected as an inept and corrupt organisation, it is evident that many of our people still have faith in the ANC." anc, you are inept, corrupt and a blot on the landscape! Get out, damn spot!

  • Schalk - 2011-06-27 20:33

    ANC checklist for tomorrow in order of increasing difficulty: * Eradicate poverty * Educate the nation * Eradicate crime * Cure Aids * Establish world peace * Teach rational thought to Malema * "Regain moral authority" Good luck!

  • al_bundy - 2011-06-27 21:01

    The ANC should have seen the danger signs a long time ago. Empty promises, non-existent service delivery to the citizens, corruption, crime, education, health, national infrastructure (roads, rail system, water supply) to mention only a few. The list is endless. Yet they spend millions in money and time on events like national police day, travelling overseas to places like Libya instead of prioritising their own country and people. The ideals that their early cadres have fought for have been thrown down the drain in only a couple of years. They have completely lost the plot. Now, in a corner with nowhere to go, no return from this mess they have created, there is but only one option. Admittance to failure. Since Madiba's retirement it has become a situation of "each cadre for himself". Good luck to those who have robbed the country and its people of billions. May you burn in hell.

  • Le Jer - 2011-06-27 21:04

    Wait for elections post 2012, then you will be dealing with a group of youngsters who are more educated than their forebears and no amount of excuses and politically historical rehetoric will be able to pull the wool over their eyes. I imagine it is at that stage that you rig the elections and really start gorging at the trough, sanctions will then become the evil as international investors rights' would have been trampled all over and education will then become a lesser priority on the budget. I hate being pessimistic but Mugabe 101 is an open reference on all the tables' of governement ministers as well as the children they fail to discipline and is easier to adopt than actually doing a solid days work.

  • Arno Webb - 2011-06-27 21:43

    The alliance has lost moral authority for ever. It doesn't kick out the many in office who keep acting immorally. They still cover up or condone. It harbors the seeds of its own destruction. The leadership is too lame and riddled with corruption to root it out. If the DA is not an acceptable alternative, another one will come, as sure as night follows the day.

  • TamaraSays - 2011-06-27 21:51

    Perhaps Cosatu should recognise that the vote is not so much FOR the ANC, as it is AGAINST the DA. If a credible, black party should ever emerge in South Africa, the ANC and their allies could be in for the battle of their lives.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-06-27 22:40

    WHAT MORAL AUTHORITY??? The TRIPE APARTHEID ALLIANCE has stood idly by whilst this country has been RAPED. LONG LIVE ZAPIRO, HE HAS YOUR MATES TAPED. Let's start again, without all the POLITICAL CLAPTRAP and let all people of goodwill REBUILD our land with Madiba's Spirit. Let an HONOURABLE PERSON step upto the plate to lead our country FORWARD.

  • Zupta - 2011-06-28 02:06

    U miscreates u still don't see the light. Its two words core ruption. What a group of Dwangs they spend so much of energy in the wrong places. Can someone give me a baseball bat to knock some sense into these guys.

  • Smaal - 2011-06-28 07:35

    I guess there must be a difference between European morality and African morality. Maybe there is a difference in definitions. Anyone want to comment on what the definition of morality is in the African context?

  • Stanley Black - 2011-06-28 09:16

    As a South African this is an issue that I feel is not given the attention it should. It need everyday South Africans to formulate opinions on it and for those opinions to be debated and commented on as a society. is somewhere you can do all that, go check it our submitting and commenting is easy and requires no registration.

  • JadedJay - 2011-06-28 09:24

    'The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its allies, the African National Congress (ANC) and the SA Communist Party (SACP), must return to their position as the moral authority of South African politics...' What?! When?! How?! Who?! These guys wouldn't know a moral if it came up to them and slapped them in the face.

  • York Hunt - 2011-06-28 14:12

    @The ANC. Good luck with regaining any sort of morality. You certainly have an impossible challenge on your hands.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-28 14:19

    They lost their moral authority when Nelson Mandela and, even old Thabo Mbeki went. How can one have moral authority with a president who was accused of rape and also at present under suspicion of corruption???????

  • nic - 2011-06-28 14:34

    what moral authority??? you never had "moral" authority. you don't know the meaning of the word

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