ANC: The Rainbow Comes and Goes

2016-04-09 06:42

Reality is setting in across the country that the ANC, with the events of the past week, is fast loosing the life time patent to rule South Africa forever and ever. Actually they have lost that divine right they thought they have to rule South Africa "until the Second Coming of Jesus Christ"- a statement they made which personally I considered to be blasphemy.

The whole Impeachment process gave the members of the Opposition the pedigree and the qualities of trust in the public eye. The Opposition were capitulated into the mainstream as the ANC was seen on the side lines yelling and grovelling against the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.

It was a terrible decision for the ANC to act that way. The best and only strategy for the ANC was to go there in Parliament and respectfully bow their heads down and endure the corporate punishment, laceration; the barbed attacks coming from all angles. They should have calmly submitted to the ordeal and wait the time to vote, and then vote the way they voted. That would have been the better way to defuse tension and gain some degree of respect.

During the Impeachment Session things were made worse by the EFF. Through painful jabs at the Speaker the EFF pushed the Impeachment time from 14:00 to prime time. And so South Africans live on TV on prime time saw the ANC yelling and mercilessly tearing the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa with no regard. South Africans on prime time saw for the very first time that there are viable alternatives to the ANC.

Since the Impeachment the EFF and the DA right across the public domain are being celebrated as if they are war heroes, people who have saved the country.

As a young researcher I came in close contact with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Niger. Niger is one of the countries bordering Nigeria. Anderson Cooper is a journalist at CNN. He host a popular show called Anderson Cooper 360, commonly referred to as AC-360. He has just published a book together with his 92 year aged mother Gloria Vanderbilt. The title of the book seems to be speaking about the current state of our country South Africa. The book’s title is: The Rainbow Comes and Goes.  There is a time the rainbow shines in our horizons – beautiful with glistening colors and there is a time when it fizzles out from the sky.

I often wondered how Anderson Cooper succeeded as a broadcast journalist because he is not effective in speaking. When he speaks he mumbles words. But I have realized it is not about speaking but the fact that the man tells emphatic passionate stories that people resonate with. Very few people have witnessed more scenes of chaos and conflict around the world, the most harrowing crises of our time than Anderson Cooper. That is the only thing that goes for him. It cannot be his voice because he trips and mumbles words. He has also witnessed first-hand Rwanda genocides, Haiti earthquake where he was picking injured bloody people to safety.

If you have studied the game of wrestling you will know that the etiquette of wrestling demands that the older ones who have had their time in the sun should lose to the upcoming talent. This is done to give back and keep the business of wrestling vibrant, healthy and fresh.

But there was particular wrestler in the history of wrestling I know who refused to step down from the sun. His name is Bruno Sammartino. He refused to step down from the sun to keep the business of wrestling vibrant, healthy and fresh. People begged him from all sides of wrestling to step down for the sake of wrestling but he refused to step down from the sun. This is what he said: “I will not cooperate. If anybody can really beat me, fine, that’s the only way I’ll go down".

Interesting how history repeats itself. Has the ANC lost its capacity for regeneration? I don’t think so. As bleak as things are in the ANC, as forlorn as the landscape is, it is my belief that the intellectual, moral and technical capital exists within the ANC to rebuild their fallen house.

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