Punting good governance but hanging with gangsters: ANC strikes again!

2014-05-01 13:00

The messaging that we have been subjected to from the ANC is the epitome of incoherence. They say one thing and do another.

In the Western Cape, the ANC has been trying to win the province with an ‘any-means-necessary’ approach to their campaigning. This is once again epitomised by incoherence.

We have heard Marius Fransman chant that it is the Western Cape government that is refusing to clear up this issue of gangs. Yet policing is a national mandate. This means that it is national government who is refusing to deploy what I would recognise as a peace making force. This would be in the form of the South African Police Service and or military.

When there is conflict, as is the case in gang ridden areas, conflict must cease before peace can begin. One of the ways in which conflict is ended is by peace enforcement. This happens when a police or military force intervenes to halt conflict. Once this is administered, peacebuilding can commence. These are the efforts to prevent a relapse into conflict.

When talk or soft power fails to bring about peace; then the above stated becomes the next necessary step in peacekeeping. This is the case is gang rife areas. We need to send a peace force into areas suffering under gang violence, to put a stop to it.

Surely, if we see that this is the most efficient way to end conflict, it ought to be done. So why has it not been done? So they are actually saying the following:

‘We demand that the issue of gangsterism be addressed in the Western Cape. We are the only ones with the power to address it. But we won’t address it, so that we can keep saying that the issue of gangsterism needs to be addressed in the Western Cape.’

This is bizarre. The ANC is bizarre.

As bizarre as the latest revelation in this issue:

News broke recently, that known gangster Mark Lifman, attended an ANC rally. The rally was held in Athlone, Cape Town; where Jacob Zuma was celebrating his birthday. Jacob Zuma, takes his security very seriously. The R246m spent on security upgrades at Nkandla is proof of this.

How then, could a gangster such as Lifman gain close access to Zuma? Especially since he poses a security threat?

The answer is simply that he does not pose a threat because he is familiar to the ANC leadership. This is a simple deduction to make, however a far less simple one is exactly how far this familiarity goes. I would argue that thorough investigation is warranted to establish this because it is really not something that we should underestimate.

Getting back to the issue at hand, Mark Lifman and his obvious association with the ANC barks the following question:

How can we believe the ANC when they say that they want to put a stop to gangsterism in the Western Cape, when they are associating with these very gangsters?

There are two questions here that I will reiterate:

1)      Surely, if we see that sending in a peace force is an effective way to end conflict, it ought to be done. So why has it not been done?

2)      How can we believe the ANC when they say that they want to put a stop to gangsterism in the Western Cape, when they are associating with these very gangsters?

I am normally one to harp on about morality and ethics. But in this case, I don’t need to go that far. The ANC’s morality and its impact on our ethics, is strongly implied. So let’s look at the obvious. The obvious; which I stated at the outset of this exercise, that the ANC is incoherent. It is not incoherent because of stupidity. The ANC is incoherent because of lack of principle (here we go with morality again). It will say anything to get what it wants. Even if it is a blatant lie, that will cost lives.

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