ANC Leadership Race: With Mpumalanga’s massive growth, it’s now David Mabuza, the decider. Be very afraid.
When trying to put together the complicated puzzle that is the ANC’s leadership election equation, it is important to assign values to your pieces. You need to know which way someone will go, and how much power they will have. The release on Friday night of the numbers of delegates each ANC province will be sending to the national conference now gives us much more information. While it is still far from clear what exactly will happen, we now know that the biggest piece, the player with the most weight, is probably going to be David Dabede Mabuza, the Premier of Mpumalanga and the ANC Chairman of that province. For those hoping for a wholesale cleanup and an end to corruption within the ANC and South Africa, this is probably bad news. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
Project 2019 is well under way in the ANC, DA and EFF as all eye victory in the next national elections. But each of South Africa’s three largest political parties has its own troubles: factional chair throwing in the ANC amid declining electoral performance, the DA’s internal ructions often steeped in racial overtones as it battles to shed its elitist image at the hustings, and pressure on the EFF to build grassroots structures to boost standing at the ballots. And so coalitions may again be the tool for clinching, or retaining, power. But it’s a fraught business with countrywide repercussions as the post-2016 local government elections coalitions are showing. By MARIANNE MERTEN.
ANC Leadership Race: As Sirleaf bows out in Liberia, could Dlamini Zuma be a true champion of women in the south?
Africa’s first woman president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, steps down this week as Liberia goes to the polls on Tuesday to choose her successor. It is expected to be a peaceful handover of power, unusual in that country. On the southern tip of the same continent another woman, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, is hoping to follow in Sirleaf’s footsteps by eventually becoming South Africa’s first woman president, for which she first needs to take control of the ANC in a highly contested succession. Her campaigners would want ANC branch members to believe that what she offers is unique, but what lessons has Liberia learnt from their outgoing president about gender? By CARIEN DU PLESSIS.
The dispute resolution process between the families of Life Esidimeni patients and the state begins on Monday. Relatives of those who died are ready for healing, but nervous about what they may have to relive over the next three weeks. By GREG NICOLSON.
Kazuo Ishiguro’s Nobel Prize for Literature this year encourages J. BROOKS SPECTOR to begin beating the drum for the nomination of Athol Fugard for next year – and to propose the fixing of a great wrong in the list of winners.
In South Africa, where electricity prices have quadrupled since 2007 and an expensive coal-fired power build-out threatens to drive prices even higher, renewables appear ever more appealing. Unfortunately, for the last two years Eskom has been stonewalling on this front, refusing to sign new renewable energy power purchase agreements, while claiming that renewable energy is too costly. By TIM BUCKLEY and SIMON NICHOLAS.
The SACP’s Red October Campaign focuses on eliminating gender-based violence in particular and violence in general. The SACP resolved to include insecurity as a result of crime and violence in communities as another scourge, in addition to the crisis of inequality, poverty, unemployment, corruption and state capture. It is also reconfiguring its outdated role within the alliance. By BLADE NZIMANDE.
To combat Aids, the Higher Education and Training HIV AIDS programme announced last week that the HIV prevention medication Truvada will be made available for the first time at seven campuses: the University of Free State, University of Limpopo, Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes University, Vaal University of Technology, University of Venda and University of Zululand. By PUSELETSO NTHATE.
David Ka-Ndyalvan: ANC succession debate: Top structures have failed to set the right tone for branches
Unity is key, but the quest to achieve it should be based on robust and frank political engagements, not on horse trading, which reduces a succession debate to a hollow leadership race laced with personalities, opportunism and hatred.
The ANC nomination process is officially open and branches can now have a frank, honest discussion about the type of leadership the ANC needs if it wants to remain in power in 2019. The ANC suffered a huge blow in the last local government elections, after which the ANC NEC called for self-correction. However, one can argue that there has not been much self-correcting. The upcoming conference must not be reduced to a game of numbers – South Africans deserve better.
Helen Zille: From the Inside: Western Cape should be given the power to combat violent crime and gangs effectively
The State of Urban Safety Report, released in August by the SA Cities Network, should be required reading for policy-makers. It shows a sustained and substantial decrease in all crime categories (except robbery) throughout South Africa since 1994 – an exceptional achievement. However, since 2011, the tide seems to have turned, with several crime categories showing a small but sustained annual increase once more. This requires urgent analysis, especially in Cape Town, where the latest trends are particularly disturbing.