Presidential Hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu Talks Abnormalities In ANC: It is very safe to say that the ruling party has lost the overwhelming dominance it once enjoyed under the leadership of Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki.
The absence of the overwhelming support can be traced to so many scandals, infightings, and corrupt practices, which keep getting worse among ANC structures and its leadership forum with each passing day.
Most ANC diehard supporters have admitted that things have nosedived for the worst in the last 10 years and may probably get off the hook if Zuma continues to lead the party.
Under Zuma’s leadership, the ANC, which once promised to unify South Africans with their dissimilar histories and cultures has failed to knit together races in unity and love, as it was at the dawn of democracy.
What has rather taken the center stage in recent time are farm killings, division across races and a reinforced racial slurs, especially on the social media.
The division and other scandals plaguing the ruling party has greatly affected it that many believe it would be punished at the polls in 2019 in a way that may seem difficult to imagine right now – if it actually fails to put its house in order.
In March, South Africans – including those living miles away from the shores of the country – organized a massive march against the president government, calling on President Zuma to step down.
Although most pro-Zuma cadres like presidential contender Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma rubbished the marches, the resentment against the embattled president continued to grow.
The marches, even, was a slap on the wrist, compared to Cosatu May Day rally woos yelled out by South African working class against him.
Zuma was left with no option but to abandon the event and flee for his dear life – an embarrassment that has never been recorded in South African history and was never faced by any past leaders.
Ten years ago, Cosatu, under the ANC directive could mobilize thousands of people to take over the street in support of the ruling party. But now, it would be difficult to repeat it.
The dwindling strength and waning integrity of the ruling party would cause Cosatu members march against Zuma than to march for him.
In face of all these abnormalities, most ANC members have continued to speak out against the ruling party – like the late Ahmed Kathrada, who was critical of the ANC until the time of his death.
In recent time, former ANC leaders have asked Zuma to resign for dragging the party through the mire. Motlanthe Kgalame, former ANC Ben Turok, Reverend Frank Chikane, Mathews Phosa, Cyril Ramaphosa, Mcebisi Jonas, Pravin Gordhan, Pityana Sipho and a host of other prominent members have warned of a looming danger if things continue to turn worse.
The latest jab was released by ANC Presidential hopeful Lindiwe Sisulu, who appears to be the only feminine voice consistently crying in the wilderness.
Speaking in Johannesburg on Sunday, the veteran politician admitted that the ANC faces challenges like factionalism and the issue of nascent tribalism from time to time, adding that it can only take corrective measures against individuals when it must have only dealt with the same matter in private.
Although Sisulu has the backing of key branches in the Eastern Cape, as well as that of many Struggle stalwarts, student leaders and uMkhonto we Sizwe veterans, she is yet to publicly announce her presidential bid.
Last month, she disclosed that she was threatened twice for speaking out against President Zuma. The same claim was made by ANC chief whip Mthembu.
President Zuma, his son Edward and feminists from across the political spectrum said they are certain South Africa is ripe for a female president.
Though the Zuma family has since endorsed Dlamini-Zuma, many still see Sisulu as a threat to the former AU chairperson owing to her [Sisulu] clean record.