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Sat Aug 01 22:17:53 SAST 2015

No wonder ANC's in revolt: iLIVE

Paul Hoffman SC, Institute for Accountability, by e-mail | 27 November, 2012 00:07
ANC flag. File photo.
Image by: SUPPLIED / Reuters

Your front page story "ANC branches revolt" and Justice Malala's plaintive observation that there is "hardly any mention of poverty eradication" by the ANC, both in yesterday's edition, may be related. The lack of accountability to ordinary people that is so evident in the current political leadership explains why many branches may oppose the Jacob Zuma slate for Mangaung.

Justice and peace are not achievable if leaders ponder, "What is in this for me?" rather than, "What can I do for my country and its people?"

Let us consider the president's track record:

  • He has evaded 783 charges of corruption, fraud, money laundering and racketeering, most of these pertaining to his financial relationship with Schabir Shaik, who was convicted on fraud charges;
  • His lawyer, Michael Hulley, has refused a court order to hand over the "spy tapes" that led to the National Prosecuting Authority dropping the corruption case against Zuma;
  • Zuma was cleared of a rape charge though he admitted to having consensual sex with the HIV-positive daughter of a friend, and then took a shower to avoid infection;
  • He later impregnated the daughter of soccer administrator Irvin Khoza;
  • It has been reported that his private residence in Nkandla has received "upgrades" that cost the taxpayer more than R200-million;
  • Many members of his family have amassed a large personal fortune since his ascent to power;
  • He is conservative, patriarchal, and polygamous;
  • He appears to not understand constitutional democracy; and

  • He was incapable of giving a straight answer to a BBC journalist's question: "Are you a crook?"

It is, accordingly, small wonder that a revolt is spreading among the branches of the ANC.


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