13 June 2017

South Africa: Break the ANC Now or Later?


People inside the ANC are scared of breaking the party and losing the alliance it has with the Cosatu and the SACP. Their fear is understandable. The ANC has been their "political home" for decades and loyalty to the party has been passed from generation to generation. The ANC used to drip with nostalgic liberation street cred. But of late the party has been reeking from the symptoms of factionalism, corruption and client deployment (read cadre deployment). The rot has become so bad that even ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe, who has demonstrated a profound capacity for double-speak, is beginning to forgo his ailment denialism and admit that the party is in trouble. By MARIUS OOSTHUIZEN.

For South African democracy to thrive we need strong political parties that offer clear alternatives in their manifestos and thereby breed confidence and certainty across our society. If politics is about "bread and butter issues", we need substantive parties that have practical solutions to our problems of poverty, inequality, unemployment and increasingly, a stagnant economy.

The reason why strong democratic parties are so important is because we need the virtuous cycle of certainty, producing confidence, that in turn leads to investment and consumption, that...

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