Courageous leaders needed to take on Jacob Zuma

There is no appetite in the ANC to debate political developments and for introspection after the most humiliating outcome of the local elections since 1994.

The two major factions comprised of the so-called Premier League and reformers can’t meet each other halfway under the current atmosphere.

The ANC Women’s League, the Youth League, Umkhonto weSizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA) and the national executive committee of the party are reluctant to confront the elephant in the ANC. The NEC is reluctant to blame scandals centering around President Jacob Zuma for the election losses.

There are not enough courageous leaders who are willing to step in and say enough damage has been done under Zuma.

It is quite clear that the majority of ANC leaders in the NEC, the leagues and at provincial, regional and branch level are ready to go down the drain with its president; therefore the views of the reformers won’t see the light of day.

Moral champions the calibre of Ben Turok, Pallo Jordan, Trevor Manuel, Sipho Pityana and Kgalema Motlanthe are in the minority.

It’s not like the ANC can’t see that it is heading for the drain.

The problems are power-mongering and patronage circles designed to milk the system that most comrades are not willing to compromise.

Zuma captured the ANC strategically at a time when comrades wanted to get rid of Thabo Mbeki at all costs in Polokwane. He surrounded himself with unknown and morally compromised lieutenants who love their jobs more than the country and ANC.

It’s easy for Zuma to remind Kebby Maphatsoe, Lindiwe Zulu, David Mahlobo, Nathi Nhleko and others that if he is gone they are gone too. Who would pay the bond for ANC Youth League president Collen Maine if the patronage circle is defeated?

Like philosopher Plato argues, materialist politicians should consider the corporate world and stay away from public office, having realised that politicians who see politics as a career before they view it as activism were vulnerable.

It was not surprising to watch the MKMVA blocking ANC secretary- general Gwede Mantashe from receiving a memorandum from #OccupyLuthuliHouse marchers last week because they were not sober. They couldn’t sense how hostile they were towards peaceful marchers who are their children because they were showing loyalty to their political master.

MKMVA leader Maphatsoe was not ashamed to say Zuma instructed the association to defend the ANC when it was under attack, as if the party was endangered.

The party can’t carry out robust introspection in a sober manner while its leagues are captured.

Maine, women’s league president Bathabile Dlamini and Maphatsoe’s mission is to pronounce that the president is not going anywhere or to pollute the atmosphere conducive for dialogue.

During this difficult period where the ANC must focus on developing a road map to improve its relationship with the people, no one would have thought that the Women’s League would be pronouncing who should succeed president.

They know that they can’t be disciplined for making pronouncements before the succession debate is opened.

Rofhiwa is studying towards a Masters Degree in Political Studies at the University of Venda