13 April 2014

South Africa: Defending the Indefensible - How Nkandla Is Killing the ANC's Vibe


The ANC might have set out to tell its good story, but it is becoming more and more difficult task. The cacophony of voices of disillusionment and the negative sentiment the ANC has encountered at some public events, like what happened to Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba at The Gathering last week, should have triggered an alarm in the party's election war room.

Instead ANC leaders are trying to play it down and wish it away. It is clear the ANC is also writing off certain constituencies as lost causes and thinks the best defence is to demonise the critics. But perhaps the only long-term sustainable way to navigate the crisis is to confront it and also slaughter some holy cows - especially those in a high security cattle kraal in the heart of KwaZulu-Natal.

The ANC's elections head Malusi Gigaba runs a super ministry with all the country's parastatals and major infrastructure projects under him. He is also the head of elections in the ANC and one of the party's heavy hitters. He is avant garde, streetwise and savvy. This is why he is number three on its national candidate list, straight after President Jacob Zuma...

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