Thursday, September 25, 2008

ANC divided and ready to fold?

Jacob Zuma’s supporters left no stone unturned to ensure that his road to becoming president of South Africa was smoothed over.

They did not care who they hurt in the process and, of course their actions have caused great division in the ANC camp.

The ordinary man in the street may be excused if they wonder what on earth happened in our country this last week. President Mbeki was forced to resign by his own party just a few months before the next general election in South Africa.

What was the purpose behind this?

A man who is (semi) respected worldwide (Mbeki) is removed to make room for a man (Zuma) who may be corrupt, whose morals are suspect and who would allow the country to become ungovernable just to achieve his goal.

When Mbeki resigned, his Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka who is loyal to him also resigned, leaving the country without a leader prior to the 2009 election. Now we have a situation where our country will be in the hands of someone who is virtually unknown to most people outside the ANC camp, namely Kgalema Motlanthe.

Kgalema Motlanthe previously raised concerns about what he believed were Mbeki’s attempts to impose the government’s decisions on the ANC when Mbeki wanted to take action against Madlala-Routledge, Deputy Health Minister, arguing that she had undermined not only him but the ANC as a whole. Read his profile here.

Trevor Manuel, our Finance Minister also resigned, which caused the financial markets to tumble sharply as the overseas markets reacted to the negative news. He later advised that he resigned as it was Mbeki who had appointed him in the position - but that he was willing to serve under the new administration if they wanted him to continue in his post as Finance Minister.

This once again proves to me that one cannot understand the African mindset, that they make a mockery of our country by making decisions without thinking what the impact on the country and its people would be.

What's next?

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