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A drean destroyed…when can we begin to dream again?

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[file] Former South African president Jacob Zuma / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Nic BOTHMA

In three days time, South Africans go to the polls to elect members of the national parliament and the provincial houses of assembly. The national parliament would choose the president while the provincial assemblies will choose the provincial premiers. If I were in South Africa on 8 May which party would I vote for? Would I hold my nose and vote for the ANC under President Jacob Zuma as I did during his years in power? Would I look for a small party that has never been accused of corruption, like the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)? Or accept the Economic Freedom Front’s(EFF) argument that their getting something small from what is known as the heist of the VBS is not as bad as what the ANC got and vote for them?

25 years after apartheid on 27 April, South Africa is worse off than under apartheid, according to statistics. Infrastructure that should ease black people into decent existence has not been provided in spite of promises. RDP houses supposedly built to replace jondolos are worse than squatter camp huts. According to Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s GANGSTER STATE most of the money went to the bank accounts of well-connected ANC family members and their cronies. One remembers Nelson Mandela saying: “Little did we suspect that our people when they got a chance would be as corrupt as the apartheid regime. That is one of the things that has really hurt us.” So Mandela did not foresee this happening in South Africa? But it had happened in the rest of Africa. Why would South Africa be different? If a children’s pictorial book author in Ghanaian could answer the question WHAT IS A HEAD FOR? With A HEAD IS FOR CARRYING LOAD why would South African politicians think that a head is for thinking out solutions to human challenges?

Mandela handed over to Mbeki unwillingly. The ANC from its inception in 1912 has been led by Zulus and Xhosas. Mandela wished to hand over to someone from a smaller tribe. Ramaphosa, at the time the Secretary General of the party fitted perfectly. But others ruled against Mandela’s wish. He handed over to Mbeki. Ramaphosa, disappointed and angered, did not attend that historic inauguration. He went into business. He is a billionaire today,
The Ramaphosa that Mandela wanted to succeed him is not the Ramaphosa of today. Then he was “a militant socialist, an organiser who was stubborn and arrogant (in a necessary and progressive way given conditions of the time), a product of the black consciousness movement.” Today he is a “comprador bourgeoisie whose fortunes are not accrued by business astuteness but by proximity to white monopoly capital in general and a multinational conglomerate, Anglo American, in particular.”

Zuma, by the end of his first term was the ANY and the ANC was Zuma. He controlled everything and everything reflected him. The investigative arms of prosecution had been clipped. Clever lawyers kept Zuma, his sons and his supporters out of court. At the municipal elections the ANC lost major municipalities and big voter support. At the elections for his second term there were tentative moves to stand against him for president but it got no where. Ramaphosa joined Zuma and kept his mouth shut as the wreckage of the country continued.

When Zuma was persuaded to step down he put his ex-wife to replace him. All his supporters who had been exposed in the state capture saga supported Dr. Dlamini-Zuma. But with the las minute deflection of DD Mabuza, who is now Ramaphosa’s Deputy, Ramaphosa won 51/49. If The President’s Keepers: Those Keeping Zuma in Power and out of Prison by Jacques Pauw tells about Zuma’s corruption, and GANGSTER STATE: Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture by Pieter-Louis Myburgh speaks of the corruption of the present Secretary General of the ANC, you have to read Nothing Left to Steal by Mzilikazi wa Afrika “to understand what DD Mabuza represents.”
These two officers of the ANC are to work with Ramaphosa to renew the party which both of them had worked hard with Zuma to wreck.

What are the possibilities of his being able to create his new dawn, the basis of which he begs for the ANC to be voted back to power on 8 May? There is a story doing the rounds that Ramaphosa will be sacked as soon as the ANC is voted back to power and DD Mabuza will take over. What will happen if this happens? Will the country rise up against the army of corruption fighting back? Nobody knows.

With such a narrow margin of 1% win, it is impossible to imagine that Ramaphosa will have the guts or the support base to introduce limited reform. Such reform would wish to sack not only his deputy but also the Secretary General of the party. If mere reform is impossible, where is the possibility for fundamental change?

Recently, some members of the ANC including the Secretary General have been calling for Julius Malema to come back to the ANC. Malema was the president of the ANC Youth League and one of those who helped Zuma to power against Mbeki. He discovered his mistake and began to take on Zuma. He was expelled from the ANC. He appealed. Ramaphosa chaired his appeal panel and confirmed his expulsion from the party. Now, they are asking for him to come back. He refuses but puts conditions on the table. He says Ace Magashule is stupid to think that mere talking would bring him back when he was expelled by a party conference. He also says the ANC is dying and they would have to change its name if he is to join them.

After ruling for 25 years most liberation movements turned political parties are ready for coalition government. Will it be the same with the ANC? A dream destroyed, when can we begin to dream again?
Is it a case of a dream deferred? Should I hold my nose and vote for the ANC with the hope of a new dawn? Or vote for a small party like IFP or EFF and hope for a coalition government after May 8?
bankole.omotoso@elizadeuniversity.edu.ng


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