ANC Evades Responsibility, Accuses EFF Of Anarchy

2014-08-22 11:54

The ANC did not hesitate to hurl out the crudest of their famed expletives in reaction to EFF ‘bringing parliament into disrepute’ yesterday, in yet another eventful assembly of parliament.

Jacob Zuma, as protocol would have it, was supposed to answer questions from the membership, and when EFF’s Julius Malema’s well awaited chance eventually came, parliament was brought into a blistering and explosive eruption of red hot larva - at least from President Zuma’s perspective I assume.

The all too familiar calls for order and repetitive threats by the presiding National Assembly Speaker over the insubordinate opposition chants by the EFF MP’s were soon on course. I’m guessing this somehow shapes up the vigilant promise made by Julius when the EFF was sworn in back in May, that ‘the EFF is here to work’.

While the event that saw JZ being put out of his (high) comfort zone garnered support across races and otherwise conflicting organisations, many other people were less than impressed with the EFF’s abrupt methods. Be that as it may, the general consensus was that, in light of the matter at hand, it would be hypocritical to focus on Julius’ methodology while ignoring Mr Zuma’s atrocious implication.

Malema’s controversial action could compare with a situation wherein a child rebukes his misbehaving drunken uncle in front of strangers. Whether what the child says is right will not be the issue. The contention would be that ‘it is not in the child’s place to speak like that to an elder’. But nonetheless, the child spoke in the place of everyone concerned, in both tone and speech.

Soon after Julius Malema and EFF’s relentless inferno yesterday, a sweeping wave of agitated responses from the ocean of power was splashed all over the media, reflecting the all too known ‘tendency’ of high intolerance to criticism, opposition or ridicule by the ruling ANC. ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa came out firing in response to Thursday’s developments, accusing EFF of promoting ‘anarchy and general disrespect’.

Zizi Kodwa went on to make some harsh coercions to the EFF, as reported in City Press, even going as far as saying, “We warn them not to take us back to the past where we will have no option but to defend our hard won democracy.” This warning was echoed by ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who said the EFF would ‘regret it’ if they ‘want to destroy that institution (parliament) for a short term satisfaction’.

But South Africans are reasonably angry and they rightly demand answers from those who govern them. Whether we voted for ANC or not, we have to hold them accountable for OUR government, of which they have won a ‘five year tender’ to administer. In this respect, the ANC should therefore not suppose they are answerable only to those who voted them into power, and not the entire adult and tax paying public.

In the 20 years that the ruling party has providentially won five year governing terms consecutively, they have equally grown rather arrogant and autonomous, at the expense of the people. They see themselves not as a mere service provider with a five year term, but as a larger than life messianic institution, whose draping flags waver about across the country imposingly.

It has become impossible and relatively hazardous both physically and otherwise to openly verbalise one’s dissatisfaction with the ruling party. If even the esteemed public protector can be ridiculed and to an extent even threatened by the Youth League without a somewhat harsh corrective action being taken by the parental ANC, then what more an uneducated nobody who is nonetheless affected?

I think people have the right to be really angry when presidential security upgrades which were supposed to cost around R30 Million eventually balloon to an outrageous R246 Million of tax payers money. How do you keep your calm when such ludicrous maladministration/corruption has taken place and yet no one has been fired - or jailed for that matter? And for a man who is supposed to look over the welfare of our entire nation to have such irregularities take place in his own home without his consent or concern is extremely worrying.

The Nkandla disaster was yet another great opportunity for whatever is left of the voice of reason and morality in the ANC to once and for all distance itself from the disgrace that is Jacob Zuma, and hastily take decisive measures to replace him and his throng of yes-men. But this ambitious thought is easier conceived than fulfilled, as reality reveals an intricate and complex network that binds the ANC to itself and absolute power, through any force, challenge or trial. ©

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