Leaking ANC internal and confidential discussions is tantamount to organisational treason argues Khotso Molekane
ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe
The capture of the ANC and the attendant rot knows no depths. I never thought I would live to see the day when the Secretary General of the ANC would be the “Leaker” in chief of confidential ANC discussions. It is tantamount to organisational treason. This is the same SG that tells Andile Lungisa to resign his chairmanship of Nelson Mandela Bay ANC region because of ANC policies and resolutions.
I have tried to look back and recall any SG who displayed such immaturity and anarchist tendencies. Seeing that the cat is out of the bag, will Mr Mantashe hold a press conference and tell us about the shenanigans that followed the relieve from duty of Mr Nhlanhla Nene from the portfolio of treasury? Did he participate in the meetings that took place at the behest of business leaders, especially those from Somerset West and Stellenbosch to reverse the appointment of Mr Des van Rooyen? What was his incentive to be involved if at all? I am asking myself whether the ANC will be like National Union of Mine Workers once he is done with it.
ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, in response to the question about the changes that President Jacob Zuma has introduced at the national treasury, is quoted as saying that former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has served the country faithfully and should therefore never have been recalled. Did he consider former President Thabo Mbeki’s service to the ANC when he and his cohort that included former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel, now EFF leader Julius Malema, and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande – when they recklessly recalled Mbeki? Are Ramaphosa’s concerns about the ANC or the potential personal losses that he might incur should the economic trajectory move away from the narrow financial economy to a manufacturing driven economy that serves the interests of the majority? What lessons can we draw from his conduct at Lonmin before the Marikana tragedy?
The former minister of finance has allowed the captured classes to present him as indispensable. He has continuously behaved like he is doing this country a favour. He worked by his own rules. He treated the commissioner of SARS like he was his “garden boy” simply because he was not his appointment. He is now free to expose corruption that he claims he was protecting the treasury from. What I know is that in a free country like ours, everyone’s dealings will be exposed – including those of Pravin Gordhan. When there’s a cloud over his head, it is dismissed as a conspiracy because, the “Pravin is a saint brigade” cannot afford to have him seen as a complete human with the flaws of a normal being. Looking at this brigade, it might be too much to expect them to accept that they might learn some valuable lessons from the African continent. All the same, I advice them to read “The beautiful ones are not yet born” by the renowned Ghanian writer Ayi kwei Armah.
The South African Communist Party (SACP) put up a hell of a performance in the person of Solly Mapaila. He accused the president and everyone they don’t like of factionalism. Let’s go back to pre-Polokwane. Was it not the SACP that was active in the faction that wanted Mbeki out of government at any cost? I have heard rumours of external state agents who provided financial and other material resources for that venture. This is over and above the black plastic bag that allegedly had R500 000, if Madisha is to be believed. I would have expected the Secretary General of the SACP to lead the charge if the SACP was going to rubbish the president of its alliance partner. It is called having the courage of your convictions, not trying to keep the perks of office given by the president you despise. Disingenuously, the SACP claimed that they would resign en-masse if now MP Brian Molefe was appointed minister of finance. That was a pathetic stunt because the President had already, by their own admission, told them of the changes he sought to introduce to the cabinet. Shouldn’t the SACP make good the threats that they have been making to go solo and leave the alliance? My suspicion is that it’s too uncertain out there, especially if we might lose chauffer driven BMW 7 series. What is the difference between ANC ministers and SACP ministers? Didn’t Thulas Nxesi as public works minister support Nkandla upgrades? Incidentally, when the SACP was hostile to the Mbeki administration, the ANC mustered more than 67% national support.
What we have here is a frenzy to promote a self-serving agenda under the guise of protecting national interest. They do this by pointing a figure at others as corrupt to hide their own corruption and greed. It’s like a child pointing a finger at another child for not close their eyes during prayer. The question, always, is, how did you see them?