ANC faces an uphill battle

Pretoria, Tshwane – As South Africans prepare themselves for 2019 as the election year, more eyes will undoubtedly be on the ruling party, the African National Congress. These national elections will indeed be the most difficult and challenging for the party on the ground following a decade of disappointing leadership under former President, Jacob Zuma. The ANC extended NEC meeting sat last weekend to discuss a list of potential candidates to be deployed to various legislatures and parliament after the elections. In the meeting, the NEC resolved to do a vetting process on the leaders earmarked for parliament and legislatures.

Part of the vetting process will check whether its nominated leaders have been corrupt or not. If the NEC members are the ones conducting the vetting process, this action will in a way seem to be unfair as those members conducting that process will also have vested interests as they will also be nominees.  Another challenge, that might have emerged recently, is having ANC leaders, whose integrity has been questioned, appearing on the nomination lists. Although those leaders have not been found guilty in the court of law for corruption, in the public eye they remain to have played a role in the corruption that has unfolded in recent years. ANC leaders such as Jacob Zuma, Supra Mahumapelo, and Malusi Gigaba are very good examples, and the ANC faces an uphill battle in convincing people on the ground to take it seriously when it preaches about fighting corruption. Although Zuma is highly unlikely to accept the nomination, his nomination, though,  sends a strong message that the ANC appears not be willing to change.

The Judge Zondo Commission of Enquiry in investigating the State Capture has so far shed some light to the public about how corruption was seen to be in full swing when Jacob Zuma was till president. It will be very interesting to see if those implicated in doing corruption are nominated for parliamentary and legislatures deployment. The ANC needs to remember that people who will be going to the polls are not their ordinary branch members, but millions of South Africans who want to see serious changes in the country so that a better life for all can be enjoyed. If the party is not willing to change, it will be punished at the polls!

(Article Date: 7 January 2019)

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