This is perhaps, the official admission you’ve been expecting to substantiate the insinuations that many South Africans have abandoned the ‘great congress’ that liberated South Africa from apartheid. Secretary-General of the ANC Gwede Mantashe said his party is suffering ‘trust deficit’.
Mantashe was speaking at the memorial service of the ANC bus crash victims when he said:
“…we (ANC) have what I call ‘the trust deficit’…Black people begin to doubt whether we can be trusted, whether they can have confidence in the ANC. It is our duty, comrades, to go back to the people of South Africa everywhere (and) reaffirm the ANC.”
Mantashe explained that “battles and internal divisions” within the ANC is making it easier for opposing parties to propagate lies about the ANC and tells South Africans that the ANC government hasn’t achieved anything since the past 22 years.
“It’s not because nothing has happened, it’s because when we fight, when we are divided, when we display those divisions, people lose hope in us,” he buttressed.
Reporting this, iol related that political analysts weren’t surprised that the secretary-general used the memorial service for the ANC bus crash victims as a political lobbying platform.
More so, Eusebius McKaiser, a current affairs commentator expressed that the country has a history of politicized funerals. Professor Daryl Glaser of the Wits political studies department remarked that with the fast approaching elections, politicians will take advantage of any event to campaign for votes.
According to the latter, “everything is a form of electioneering at the moment, the ANC may be feeling guilty about what has happened to its volunteers, but they can also take advantage of the moment.”
Meanwhile the former reportedly stated that “we have a history of politicized funerals. Historically, funerals were important sites of mobilization. Many may say this was opportunistic of the ANC, that wouldn’t be an unfair critique. However, in South African politics, this is normal. The context however is different.”