ANC needs women to lead.

2016-08-19 14:33

The alliance was strongly manned by Vavi with COSATU, Blade Ndizmande when he was sharp with the SACP and Zuma beefing up the ANC’s end.

In a short period of Zuma’s rule the alliance has had to do with the ANC being unopposed and if you dare questions you will be Mbeki’d and of which everybody can recall. The ANC became so intolerant it couldn’t stand the voice of its own ANCYL President Julius Malema. Malema had overshadoweded his predecessor Fikile Mbalula and was stirring up the crowd but in a way that was not sanctioned by the all mighty ANC. Heads started rolling and with time South Arica was set for a new political landscape.

Polokwane was the birthplace of errors for the ANC and what followed was a result of an undying score that Zuma had to settle with Mbeki. Mbeki was stunned and in his recalling he could recall how he played a heavy hand in the NPA’s pursuit of then Deputy-President. The ANC of old had become a much factionalized body with not many thinking of the repercussions of such a style of leadership. Terror Lekota escaped, but sadly couldn’t cope outside the congress. Manguang reflected a changed ANC. For many it represented a new era within the ANC of total disregard for organizational growth perhaps the aged ANC showing that at over a hundred years of existence many ambitions have gone out the door.

The recent Local Government Elections have shown a rapidly changing voter participation. Strategies that were once employed to secure voters have changed and the existence of threats to the ANC that were no loner considered. The Democratic Alliance (DA) has proven to be quite the thorn in the decreasing popularity and changing attitude towards the ANC. But the organization cannot cry of thorns because their current leadership is of decisions and votes made in the City of Roses. The ANC is seeing red everywhere they go, a bouquet of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) who they picked out of the garden too early and who have blossomed into masterful and industrious petals of promises of an economic freedom at the ANCs expense. The United Democratic Movement (UDM) has had a Generals sip of the sweet rewards of holding on long enough to see Nelson Mandela Bay Metro swing away from the ANC.

The ANC has made mistakes. People within South Africa are seemingly displeased and the ANC seems out of ideas. If anything, a rosy ANC could kick some fond memories back into South Africans and remind them why they chose the once remarkable organization. They are obviously licking their wounds and the other are calls of a newly shaped and changed congress. Such calls have come before but so history has proven that it’s never the case with a much male dominated ANC top brass.

There have been no significant leadership changes and questions of succession fall as the many men that are trapped in the ANC cannot make the obvious decision that the ANC has to make to inspire a change into their falling grace. This then disqualifies them because all they are good for is going with the norm which is destroying the ANC instead of challenging the norm which would be a much needed lift. Ramaphosa could be a challenger but he hasn’t inspired the masses into rallying behind him. Perhaps deeds of police against Lonmin miners at Marikana haunt his creditability still.

There must be a point in which we acknowledge that some individuals who do serve and do so respectably; they are the people the ANC should be looking to.

Dr Nkosazana-Dlamini Zuma emerges as the obvious selection or successor. Having served under President Mandela and President Mbeki as Minister of Health she moved to another important ministry which was Foreign Affairs where she succeeded longest-standing secretary-general of the African National Congress. She held her own for ten years. A position she used to rally support which saw her becoming the first woman to be the Chair of the African Union Commission (AU). In her last stint in South African politics she served as minister of Home Affairs the once troubled ministry was changing in competent hands and her successor Naledi Pandor took it to further heights.

In true spirit of the much spoken change the ANC may have to give the baton to Dlamini-Zuma to anchor them. As minister of Health she brought forward the Tobacco Products Control Bill in 1999, which made it illegal for anyone to smoke in public places. This showing the consideration that goes into her thinking. Brining forth a bill shows that she can clearly work with people not for political scores but what it best for everybody. Even her rejection of Deputy Presidency showed that in times of crisis the ANC turns to her but it fell to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.

She is one of many competent women the ANC hides in a hardly functional ANCWL, which many see as a means to exclude women and drown their voices. They are in crisis now with the top brass looking clueless as what to do.

Dlamini-Zuma has been in the mouths of many within the ANC and like wine she has left many mesmerized. She showed the world her true character when before her election she responded in these words to fears of a divided Africa “ I don't think the continent will be polarized. [The winner would] make sure they work with everybody, irrespective of where and who they voted for,”. If anything, someone who can hold such an attitude would be a fit representation for both the ANC and the country, should the ANC give in to the call of a woman president.

Questions of leadership have nothing to do with sex. Not in this context anyway. Such backward thinking is reminiscent of a country of old.

The ANC has a trump card that neither the DA nor EFF have. With everyone’s cards there to see The ANC has the next move.

The ANCYL want the elective conference to come early and then it would be Dlamini-Zuma who would have to start early at nursing a turnaround. Pandor would be a suitable deputy as she too is qualified and commands respect. It is changing times in the ANC and the time for a woman president is needed by the ANC more than anyone. If the intention is to win the General elections in 2019 the change should come sooner than later.

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