BRYAN ROSTRON | Cele and Sitole must go, but that’s not how it works in the ANC
In a government reliant on factionalism, mediocrity will always trump expertise and honesty
Despite overblown rhetoric about coups and, from former president Jacob Zuma’s camp, veiled threats of civil war, the recent mayhem was the result of a decade of uncivil wars. The ANC is split by rival factions. It’s a fracture that runs through all state institutions. The same paralysing dysfunction still plays havoc within the police force, which helps explain the failure to predict or rapidly control rioting.
Quicker than cleaning up the debris or investigating instigators, there is one colossal mess that could be eliminated immediately. From the police shambles, it is clear the rot starts at the top. The police minister and commissioner have proved unsuitable for their jobs. Dismissals or resignations won’t happen — that’s not the way the ANC operates...