EDITORIAL

Khoza's departure shows up gulf in the ANC

24 September 2017 - 00:00 By SUNDAY TIMES

Makhosi Khoza's departure from the ANC may signal a looming realignment of the South African political landscape that is not based on ideology but on the support for corruption and the fight against it.
By forcing out a member who joined the party when she was 12, the ANC will have to deal with the perception that there is no room for dissenting views in it.
It also shows to be untrue the long-held view that the ANC is a broad church. Those in the party who are celebrating her resignation betray the spirit of Nelson Mandela, who agonised over the departure of former ANC MP Andrew Feinstein. Feinstein decided to leave the party after becoming disgruntled with its handling of the arms deal corruption allegations.Khoza's future remains unclear. She has said she has no plans to join either the DA or the EFF. That leaves her with one option: to form a political party of her own. If she goes that route, she will soon realise that setting up a political party is not child's play.
COPE got more than one million votes because it was led by a group of senior ANC leaders with immense political clout.
The EFF received 30 seats in the 2014 general elections because Julius Malema was able to convince a number of ANC Youth League leaders to join him when he was expelled.

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