ANC has no one to blame but itself

By: Luthando Brukwe

 Looking at the outcomes of the recent Local Government Elections, I think they were fascinating for political analysts, historical for those who record the history of liberation movements, victorious for the previously advantaged (as the prospect of 25 years to return back to the status quo), shattering for us normal ANC members (as we seem to be the only ones who understand the ramifications of these results).
The local election results have left our leadership in an even worse state of paralysis. I say this because over the years we (In the ANC) have developed a

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  1. Well, well, how many of your calibre are there, Luthando? And why do we outsiders hear so little of you?
    I totally agree with the headline, the ANC can blame only itself for the situation the organisation is in. I cannot and will not argue with the reasons you mention. I take it you know better than anybody outside the ANC – better than those who often, oh so elloquently, seem to know what’s going on in that organisation.
    However, as an outsider but still a supporter of the ANC since the times of the anti-apartheid movement, allow me to reflect a few thoughts.
    The historical compromise or “deal” struck in the early 1990s with the apartheid government under the auspices of national and international big business was necessary at the time. But, 20 years on, this compromise doesn’t seem to hold water anymore. South Africa remains a capitalist class society, despite the fact that all the racist laws of colonial and apartheid times have been thrown into the rubbish bin of history and the principles of non-racialism, non-sexism as well as a universal bill of human rights have been enshrined in the constitution.
    The capitalist class society is still alive and kicking. And that is why we have to analyse and talk about class contradictions, class struggle.
    Since the demise of the socialist block this way of thinking fell into a deep sleep. Also inside the ANC. Instead the idea and policy of “class collaboration” aka “social partnership” (the sugar coated name for it) is prevailing in the leadership. Correct me if I’m wrong.
    Class struggle is inevitable as long as there is one class of people economically exploiting and oppressing another. And this struggle is taking place inside the ANC itself for the simple reason that the ANC tries to embrace all classes.
    However, the DA is, by self definition, the better advocate of the capitalist so called “free” market economy – privatisation, deregulation, more market, less state. The DA is the party of the well-to-do in society and free of all ties with the working class, especially the trade unions. They are therefore the better option for bis business.
    By trying to compete on this field – wanting to be accepted as member of the old boys club of the rich, as it were, instead of breaking up the club and forming a new one – the ANC over time nurtured all these ugly things we talk about now: corruption, policy of patronage, cronyism etc. etc.
    Shouldn’t the ANC go back to its roots, the working class base? Instead of jeopardising its once winning partnership with the working class/trade unions? For example, I think, the expulsion of NUMSA from COSATU and the alienation of other unions was a fundamental error that will now bite the ANC for a long time to come.

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