By Pinky Khoabane
There’s a seriously damaging smear campaign waged by both leading contenders in the lead-up to the ANC presidential race, which sadly, will come to haunt the ruling party come 2019 elections.
Factions within the ANC are so inwardly focussed at the moment that they simply think they must expose and even concoct stories to bring each side down. The ANC preaches unity in the name of Oliver Tambo but the conduct is far from it. It’s not difficult to see that the events staged in his name are factional. Even ANC members attend the events based on which slate or faction is leading those events. It is sad that a man who the movement has identified as a symbol for unity is being so abused.
While this in my view could be perceived, rightly or wrongly so, as part of campaigning, it is the ruthless and malicious stories that emanate from both camps in the attempt to win the hearts and minds of the ANC faithful come December 2017 that are troubling. It is to me, so short sighted that the winner will emerge with much to do in the face of what will be a gruelling opposition in the lead-up to 2019.
This leader will not only have to face stories from white monopoly capital media, true or devoid of it, but will also have to face those generated by the representatives of the party itself. Frankly this is what some of us call own goals.
Last week, we published a refutal by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of accusations she had received money from the Guptas http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/dlamini-zuma-responds-alleged-investigation-exposure-gupta-family/ and this week, its Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on allegations of anti-competitive behaviour.
“Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has noted several inaccuracies in an article published today, 25 October 2017 in Business Day newspaper, titled ‘Cyril Ramaphosa in firing line in latest probe request’.
The article reports on a complaint to the Competition Commission that “implicates Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Shanduka Trust”. It states later that the complaint lists Shanduka Coal, “in which Ramaphosa held an interest in trust”.
We wish to put the following on record:
– Deputy President Ramaphosa disposed of his stake in Shanduka Group in November 2014, including all of Shanduka’s mining assets and investments in other ‘regulated’ sectors.
– He does not have an interest in Shanduka Coal or in any mining assets, either in a trust or in any other form.
– The Deputy President is not aware of any entity known as Shanduka Trust.
The Deputy President reaffirms his view that any credible allegations of uncompetitive behaviour should be thoroughly investigated and those responsible held to account”.
The ANC is 105 years old and needs to show there’s something more to all those years than sheer power mongering. What some say is Wisdom.