It is still unclear if the ANC has forgotten how Zuma unseated Mbeki in 2007 or if the ruling party failed to learn certain lessons that year before Mbeki was toppled.
That notwithstanding, someone who feels that the ruling party did not take cognizance of certain mistakes it made before its watershed 2007 Polokwane congress has taken bold steps to warn the party about its previous mistakes.
The warning signal was made by Zwelinzima Vavi. He asserted that ANC is on its way to making the same mistakes it made before its 2007 Polokwane congress when President Jacob Zuma unseated Thabo Mbeki.
Vavi argued that he had severally opposed moves by the South Africa Communist Party to have the Guptas probed by a judicial commission.
He rather believed that the country needs to treat squarely ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe’s assertion that the country would turn into a ‘mafia state’, should the Guptas continue to influence political appointments. Vavi said:
“This is why I dismiss all of these calls for a judicial commission of inquiry by the SACP, talk about us moving towards a mafia state by the SG of the ANC.”
We will recall that ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe warned earlier this month that the country would turn into a “mafia state” if the Gupta family kept trying to influence political appointment.
Mantashe dished out this warning after Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas said the Guptas tried to offer him the job of finance minister shortly before ex-finance minister Nhlanhla Nene was sacked.
Speaking further, Vavi opined that the SA Communist Party and ANC scribe Gwede Mantashe should take responsibility for the “mess we are finding ourselves in”.
“Just like I am taking the responsibility for my own role in the run up to 2007,” he added.
It has also emerged that the former unionist has penned down 11-pages of what he called “total confessions” of what happened at that time.
He further questioned why the ruling party has expressed shock now.
“It was five, seven years ago when I started to see the trends. We warned against the formations of a hyena state. Why did they condemn, why did they push us out? Why all of a sudden are they finding the political will to raise the voice now in 2016?” Vavi asked.
He said the outrage being expressed by President Zuma’s supporters was not about principles, but about factions and how people were going to benefit.
“It’s about who is going to be in the poll to distribute patronage in 2019, and how different factions are positioning themselves to be on the right side of that patronage network. It is not principled.”
“We are here because the SACP booted out anybody inside the SACP who dared to question us when we believed so religiously in the Zuma project,” he said.
Vavi has repeatedly apologized for helping Zuma to unseat former President Mbeki in 2007.
We will remember that at the party’s 2007 conference in Polokwane, Mbeki received 1 505 votes while Zuma won with 2, 329 votes.