The outcome of the ANC’s elective conference will, in many ways, determine the future of the country. This is because the contest over the leadership of the party is in fact a contest over access to state resources. Although both campaigns have tried to make it seem otherwise, and even the media has felt obliged to portray it as a clash of two ideological platforms, this is really a war over impunity for corruption in government. If Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma is victorious, impunity will reign. At this point, nothing else really matters.
The past few weeks have been an uncomfortable period for the South African business community. But whatever these instances show, they are not representative of broader business conduct, nor do they collapse the differences between the overwhelmingly honest behaviour of the business community and the industrial level corruption going on at all levels of government.
I’m hoping this will be the last ANC National Elective Conference to be decided by a minority vote – the last where a minority of ANC members elect leaders for the majority, and where a small ANC minority nominate leaders for the entire population of South Africa.
The South African Federation of Trade Unions is urging its members, workers and the poor majority of South African citizens not to expect any solutions to their problems to emerge from the African National Congress’s National Conference. On the contrary, it is sure to be a mixture of farce and tragedy which will bring closer the end of the 105-year history of a historic movement.
We need to unlearn our ideas of corruption (and who fits the profile) in our thinking and understand where there are vested interests and where there is money to be made and more importantly lost, a convergence of interests will ultimately decide on policy and legislation which affects us all.
If the ANC, ahead of its elective conference, needed any proof of quite how dangerous and desperate President Jacob Zuma has become, the fact that we are even mentioning the words “state of emergency” should be yet another wake-up call.
Tom Eaton (The Times 11/12/17) comments aptly on the manner in which the corporate elite has responded to the Steinhoff debacle. Losses amounting to more than R100-billion, exceeding, in 48 hours, the amounts the Guptas are accused of looting over a decade. Apart from qualifying as the biggest fraud in South African corporate history, the scandal sheds unflattering light not only on the morals of the corporate elite, but also their reputed financial wizardry to which their enormous wealth is so regularly attributed.
We are now only three days away from the most anticipated ANC elective conference since the ANC unbanning in 1990. The stakes are so very high and given a particular outcome it will either spell disaster for South Africa or it may be our saviour.