Editorial: Does the ANC give a damn about South Africa?

ANC deputy secretary general Jessie Duarte had much to say this week about the Zondo commission turning its gaze to the inner workings of the ruling party and how its marching orders to MPs may have enabled state capture.

In a 1 600-word op-ed for Daily Maverick, Duarte lyrically invoked the name of Nelson Mandela and the principle of “democratic centralism” to counter Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s alarm at hearing from ANC MPs that they were expected to be loyal to the party rather than their oath of office on holding the executive to account.

One MP, who is now a transport deputy minister, said she turned a blind eye to the Gupta corruption because she was toeing the party line — and would do it again. 

She was promoted. Another member didn’t toe the line and she was axed. 

Duarte also found the testimony surreal, but for the very different reason that, those who protested failed to understand the lines of decision making in liberation movements as laid down by Mandela and Walter Sisulu, and the Guptas’ role as disruptors of the status quo.


It was not something Zondo, working within the narrow confines of the law and possibly those of neo-liberalism too, could comprehend.

Cue a withering put-down from Trevor Manuel who told Duarte she had lost the moral plot.

Given the right to a counter piece by the Mail & Guardian, Duarte messaged that she would not be saying any more. She then sent a second text simply containing the business card of Elias Magashule, her office senior, better known as Ace. 

The factions inside the ruling party are forever manoeuvring. Most, it seems, are driven by the desire to avoid jail and keep looting. This latest round is all about Jacob Zuma’s desire to spit on our constitution, and Magashule’s upcoming court appointment (for theft).  

Though the president has given his version of the state of the nation it is clear that the state of the party is not focused on what is happening in the country where corruption is rampant, service delivery is broken and the majority are nearing the poverty line. 

It is mired in the latest chapter of the battle for control of the ANC — and we will continue to pay the price for this.

Subscribe to the M&G

These are unprecedented times, and the role of media to tell and record the story of South Africa as it develops is more important than ever.

The Mail & Guardian is a proud news publisher with roots stretching back 35 years, and we’ve survived right from day one thanks to the support of readers who value fiercely independent journalism that is beholden to no-one. To help us continue for another 35 future years with the same proud values, please consider taking out a subscription.

Related stories

Advertising

Subscribers only

Ithala fails to act against board chairperson over PPE scandal

Morar asked to settle with the state and pay back the profit he made on an irregular tender

Vodacom swindled out of more than R24m worth of iPhones

A former employee allegedly ran an intricate scam to steal 8700 phones from the cellular giant

More top stories

Feathers fly over proposed wind farm’s impacts on great white...

The project poses a risk to declining great white pelican population at Dassen Island

Covid triggers crypto collectables boom

These one-of-a-kind digital collector’s items are being sold for unprecedented prices

Crisis response and accountability: Should leaders’ gender matter?

Women leaders are lauded for their handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, but the data is often cherry-picked

ANC North West factions fight on

Premier Job Mokgoro’s hearing begins despite move to stop it by party secretary general Ace Magashule
Advertising

press releases

Loading latest Press Releases…