Don’t like Zuma? Resign!

The African National Congress (ANC), the media and society at large fail to ask a simple question in the war-of-attrition against President Jacob Zuma, his leadership and the government.

Where lies the commonsense in serving as a Cabinet member under a President who – but once outside Cabinet – you publicly attack the Head of State saying, “There is no leader. There is no leadership”?

If Cabinet members feel that the President leads an immoral, bankrupt life and is not providing leadership, it would be moral to resign then.

The second question therefore would be, why have Cabinet members, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and ministers Tokyo Sexwale, Paul Mashathile and Fikile Mbalula not resigned? Why have ANC National Executive member and treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, Premier of Northwest Province and party deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise, and the Premier of Limpopo Province Cassel Mathale, not stepped down from their senior government positions and out of the ANC?

Another question: why have they opted to remain in the Cabinet, in the ANC structures and other government structures? In other words, do the abovementioned senior politicians assist to deliver, or do they commit sabotage, attempting to bring down the Head of State and Government by continuously undermining his image?

The globally correct thing to do for Cabinet members as soon as they realise that their incumbent President is “morally bankrupt, weak, corrupt and directionless without any leadership abilities” and therefore an “enemy of the state, the cabinet and government”, is to resign.

Why do they remain serving under President Zuma? This needs an honest answer.

The irony is, the same crowd that decries President Zuma’s leadership abilities and moral standards also serve as members of the ANC’s powerful National Executive Committee (NEC).

The NEC is the highest decision-making body of the party between elective conferences.

Now, have these senior members of the ruling party, its NEC and government raised their concerns within the NEC that Jacob Zuma is politically bankrupt, corrupt, a rapist and rudderless buffoon? Have they actually proposed a vote of no confidence inside the NEC?

If not, why not? If they have, what was the outcome?

If they really feel that the majority of the ANC NEC believes in collective leadership led by President Jacob Zuma, but find themselves in the minority, why do they not resign from the NEC then? Why continue to be led by a “corrupt and rudderless enemy without leadership capacity”?

In essence, the “Anyone But Zuma” (ABZ) group inside the ANC, singing the same hymn from the same page of the same hymnbook, exposed itself as destabilising the Presidency under Zuma and the government.

Soon after the ANC’s Polokwane conference, it became clear, that a strategy had been worked out to topple Jacob Zuma shortly thereafter. In fact, his opponents claimed from every public platform that President Zuma would not last five years, as they would gun for him from the onset.

The South African Communist Party (SACP), the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), the senior leadership of the ANC, the veterans and the Umkhonto we Sizwe War Veterans (MKVA), however, unanimously intervened to counter this lobby and have nominated President Zuma for a second term.

In the above context, it is interesting to see the daily media hype, civil society’s punt and the mischievous armchair academic analysts pushing a nationwide campaign of who will succeed the ANC and state President.

They too speculate that the incumbent is not able to hold the centre of the ANC together, while his opponents inside the ruling party do everything they can to unseat President Zuma.

All the more reason for them to allow and encourage the fired, former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president, Julius Malema, to undermine the ANC leadership.

President Jacob Zuma’s silence has been deliberately misinterpreted.

Extreme criticism to the extent of insulting, slandering and attacking the person of the President, and ill discipline of cabinet and ANC NEC members do not mean that the incumbent has allowed them to play with him and his image.

The aforementioned is being executed to mislead the uninformed general electorate, to make believe that President Zuma is indeed the “corrupt, immoral, rudderless, illiterate idiot and an enemy”.

Shortly before the historical ANC conference in December 2012, the political opposition, the media and those inside the ANC, called for the impeachment of the President of South Africa and the ANC.

One of the senior ANC NEC members pointed out, “Of course, there is a group inside and outside the ANC, who collaborates with forces outside to collapse the ANC from within by 2012. This is the Third Force.

“They and their ‘resourced agents’ work hard at it. One just has to observe how COPE outside and inside the ANC works with the DA, the UDM, IFP, the FF+, the media and others.”

The well-respected ANC NEC member describes the above efforts saying, “There is an ambitious rightwing ploy in place to destroy the ANC and bring the government down”.

In whose interest is this done? Who would want to covertly and overtly orchestrate a low-key nationwide civil war in the form of a

“North African style Arab Spring” that would spill over into the SADC region?

Many more “scandals” could – and will ‑ be heaped on President Zuma until the start of the ANC conference in Mangaung and beyond.

The result will be that the ANC and its support base will become more resolute.

Similar to Polokwane in 2007, the electorate will show their support of the ANC and its president. The reported efforts to discredit President Zuma actually work in favour of him winning a second term.

• Udo W Froese is a political and socio-economic analyst and columnist who is based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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