Paul mashatile worries about what will become of South Africa’s democratic system if the party that is highly respected for ushering in democracy into SA finally loses its hold as a leading party.
ANC provincial chairperson Paul Mashatile admitted that the ruling African National Congress (ANC) has lost its leadership hold as the leading political party in South Africa.
He said the extent to which the ruling party has lost its position as a leader in society will lead to a massive loss of the people’s support in the 2019 general election and the party leaders will only have themselves to blame.
Mashatile’s quick admission to the failed state of the ruling party comes after its party leader Jacob Zuma, party’s national chairperson Baleka Mbete and provincial chairperson Sihle Zikalala were booed out of Cosatu’s May Day rally in Bloemfontein.
Worker’s action against the party’s leader and top officials is widely described as signs indicating that the people have already lost hope in the ruling party as it fails to listen to their calls for Zuma to step down to end rising poverty rate and state capture.
The ANC leaders had admitted that the ANC is overwhelmed problems but they vowed to commit themselves in having the issues resolved so as to save the party from embarrassment in 2019.
Mashatile said the ANC can still stand the chance of leading the country but he noted that the party was dying slowly as the people are slowly turning against it.
“I agree that we’re no longer a leader. I think we have weakened and should correct that to reclaim our position as the rightful leader of society,” he said, insisting on the support for Jacob Zuma’s immediate removal for the sake of the ANC future.
The ANC in Gauteng has been known to be unsupportive of Zuma since David Makhura became premier. It wants the president to step down and his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa, to take over.
But, their plea had not yielded fruits and Paul Mashatile blames it on the ANC top six who according to him, know why they party is yet to listen to people’s call by taking actions against Zuma like it did to his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki.
“Why is it difficult to remove Zuma? I think that’s the question that must be answered by the NEC. Our position in Gauteng is known; I don’t have to repeat it.” said Mashatile.
Meanwhile, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa who claimed to have visited the Shembe Church on Tuesday said he went to pray for the ruling party, admitting that the party was wallowing in its own misfortune.
Speaking to the media at the home of the Prophet of Mduduzi‚ “Unyazilwezulu” Shembe‚ in Empangeni on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, Ramaphosa asked religious gatherings to pray for the ANC and government and its leaders, saying that the party was going through a tough time.
“I came here for two things; to learn about iNkosi Shembe and [to] ask that you keep the ANC and the government in your prayers because you have seen that things are not looking good,” he turned to thousands of Shembe congregants, saying.
Please pray for the country, the government, and the leaders because things are not looking good at all. I have seen for myself today that indeed Shembe is the way, he pleaded.
While the worshippers continue to pray to find answers to the nation’s problem, Paul Mashatile preferred a quick answer to the South African problem.
He said leaders must listen to the people’s demands if they want positive changes.
“I would expect that the ANC and alliance leadership will be meeting to assess the situation and see what is it that we have to do to correct whatever is wrong. It’s quite clear there is something that the people are telling us that is not going right. We can’t close our eyes and think that everything is going well.” Mantashe concluded saying.