29 January 2016

South Africa: Disconnected and Dithering - ANC Takes the Low Road As SA Crisis Deepens


The ANC lives, the ANC leads. The first part of the slogan is certainly true - a 104-year lifespan is a formidable feat for a political organisation. As far as leading though, this week's national executive committee (NEC) lekgotla leaves doubt as to whether the ANC appreciates the crisis South Africa finds itself in. From an economy in dire straits to a nation struggling to find social cohesion to serious problems in higher education and the SA Revenue Service and more scandals involving senior ANC members, you would think the party leadership would step up to confront issues. And yet, there was not a single outcome to show bold, decisive leadership. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.

The ANC NEC lekgotla is arguably as high-powered a gathering you can get in South Africa. Apart from the ANC's top six officials and 80 NEC members, the meeting is also attended by the leadership of the ANC Women's and Youth leagues, high-level delegations from Cosatu, the SA Communist Party (SACP) and the SA National Civics Organisation, ministers and deputy ministers who are not in the ANC NEC as well as senior government deployees. It is supposedly the brains trust of the ruling alliance. The ANC...

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