ANC Should Look Beyond Ramaphosa or Night is Arriving

2017-05-24 07:54

Given the disaster that has shook the ANC and the fact that the unthinkable and the abominable has eaten up the ANC, I expected to see new, outside-the-box thinking as all roads are now leading to the ANC elective conference, taking place in December. Instead I am confronted with a paralyzing sense of helplessness.

I found that the ANC members, including those who are expected to know better, are chained like slaves to a conceptual political mindset in which only two individuals, and, by extension, two paths to the rebirth and reawakening of the ANC exist in the ANC universe. Those two individuals, and paths, are Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa.

To hear the supporters of Cyril Ramaphosa speak, even the most staunchest supporters, is to realize that there is no doubt in their minds that Cyril Ramaphosa is feeble and represent a dead end, but the rallying cry is: Give me Cyril Ramaphosa rather than Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma so as not to perpetuate the notion of this country being like a kingdom where another Zuma takes over. That is the solidarity.

Neither Dlamini Zuma nor Ramaphosa will save the ANC. Both are simply not up to the task. What is needed is a dynamic nimble leader. If both these two individuals are deeply pathological, and I insist they are, then why ANC members do not unshackle themselves from them?

The election of Cyril Ramaphosa will be a sudden shift from vibrancy to a dismal state. Yes the ANC is currently in a bad taste, but with Ramaphosa it will be the worsening of a bad taste, a compounded morass. True, time is running short, December elective conference is around the corner, but there is no reason to throw up hands in surrender. If anything, the shortness of time should make the task of searching for dynamic and inspirational leader urgent. The principle of the ANC being a broad church should at this time be taken into considerations.

I say the ANC should go beyond this facile notion that they must choose between Ramaphosa and Dlamini Zuma. We have seen the leadership of Ramaphosa during the events leading to one of the darkest periods of our lifetime: the Marikana Massacre. His readiness to side with White mine bosses instead with the poor Black miners was telling. He is flaccid and dithering, a kind of front office manager: the very antithesis of a Black progressive dream. He should have used that capacity and role he occupied to educate the White mine bosses about the plight of the poor miners or took time to visit the miners and talk with them. For him to ask for concomitant actions against the poor miners presented a moral challenge of our time and lack of heart and lack of compassion to the plight of the downtrodden. He shown utter disdain for the poor miners.

Instead of ANC members just being the law abiding citizens of Cyril Ramaphosa they should look beyond, and consider several marginal presidential aspirants and turn them into vibrant, dynamic and vital winning formula that will reawaken the ANC.

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