10 August 2017

South Africa: The Motion of No Confidence - Where to Now for Our Beloved ANC?

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8 August 2017 was an historic day as the ANC survived a motion of no confidence in its leadership by a significantly narrower than expected margin. Public trust in the ANC will continue to dissipate unless we embark on a process of fundamental renewal.

The ANC has reigned supreme ever since the demise of apartheid more than two decades ago. The very notion of any sort of successful challenge against the ANC government let alone a motion of no confidence in its leadership would have been unfathomable. What unfolded in Parliament would have been dismissed a few years ago as unthinkable and inconceivable or worse still, not just unlikely and unimaginable but definitely impossible.

Yet the dissent among our own shows that this has become a very real possibility. The 8 August 2017 no confidence vote against the president of the ANC marked an historic day for South Africa's young democracy. It is a stark reminder to us all that the pursuit of democracy and accountability will always prevail both inside and outside the ANC.

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