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6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

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Trump: US will act unilaterally on North Korea if necessary

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Posted By: Shopprice South Africa (CNN)US President Donald Trump has declared he would be willing to go it alone to restrain North Korea’s nuclear weapons program should China fail to change the More »

Climate change could render Sudan ‘uninhabitable’

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Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Temperatures are rising, water supplies are scarce, soil fertility is low and severe droughts are common. After years of desertification, its rich biodiversity is under threat and More »

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Farm workers still maltreated, hearings find

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Evictions and the bad, cruel behavior of farm workers were among the troubling trends uncovered by country-wide hearings by the cover Committee on Rural Development and Land More »

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Limpopo residents attack pastors and congregation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Limpopo police have pushed into water a manhunt for a group of group members who attacked church pastors and their persons in great number in Mecklenburg More »

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

EFF to hold vigil on Sunday evening ahead of Malema’s court appearance

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa EFF first Julius Malema said to so give support to his supporters to go into land 2 years ago at the meeting of friends’ elective meeting The More »

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

EFF will ask Parliament to dissolve Eskom board

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Economic Freedom Fighters on Friday called on the board of Eskom to move after Ceo Brian Molefes example in making ready to put up with too More »

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Kidnapped Cape businessman still missing

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa Cape Town business-man Naushad Deshmukh was still lost by Friday after 12 a.m. with no new developments, Western Cape police said.Representative Captain FC Van Wyk said the More »

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

DA to lay charges against Brian Molefe after Eskom resignation

Posted By: Shopprice South Africa The Democratic agreement (DA) will put charges against Eskom Ceo Brian Molefe supporters his statement giving up position, the meeting of friends said on Friday. Molefe resigned More »

 

Understanding the impact of Nkandla: Emeritus professor UCT

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Shopprice South Africa

To understand South Africa’s civics we need to acknowledge that it follows along  two  roads: the formal world of laws,institutions, including parliament, the courts and the administrative organs like the Public Protector, and on the other the informal dynamics and  force  calculations of the force barons within the ANC alliance.

 

If the first track controlled politics, Zuma would already be history. But it does not. However, these institutions and norms  remain force ful in shaping the political dialogue and in creating the structure where politics takes place.All civics parties seek to win and retain force . Issues of the so-called “national interest” are secondary. The ANC is no different

If the logic of the first track was fully applied, Zuma would long ago have resigned or  been forced out by the ANC leadership. The objective case for this is beyond dispute. He is in any case a lame duck president who has lost credibility  both internationally and domestically. He is a broken president and probably a broken man.What critics have ignored, however, is that this situation is being manipulated by the top ANC leadership who can benefit from the subsequent force  vacuum. As the secretary general candidly explained, it is not in the present interests of the ANC with looming elections to recall its president. What he means of course are the interests of  the leadership!

Zuma is now a captive of his party. This has many advantages for the other party leaders: the prospects of Dlamini Zuma replacing her former husband are probably now close to zero. Zuma himself will now be carefully monitored by his colleagues  to ensure that he is no longer able to act unilaterally to further his own or his cronies interests.He will face a personal crisis in finding the required funds to repay the fiscus without the overt support from his unsavoury cronies.

This will be bad for the country which urgently needs strong, bold and wise leadership to deal with the myriad challenges facing the economy and society. But this will not happen and civics will appear  stagnant and frozen. However, this will create chances for ambitious presidential aspirants to build support coalitions. For the ambitious within the ANC, this will be  a golden age:a paralysed president in which they will have a new freedom to canvass for promotion; a president no longer able to advance the careers of his supporters; and perhaps new chances to loot the public purse for leaders and interests formerly excluded.The only problem the force  seekers may face would be a dramatic implosion in ANC electoral support. This would probably lead to the  end of the Zuma presidency and the consolidation of a new leadership core with new winners and new losers. Good for the country perhaps but not for most of the politicians.

So for many, the current plight profiles the  best of all worlds-new chances to loot and  build support for the ultimate prize.When the big elephant is dying, the smaller animals  come out to feast. So while the country may be losing from Zuma’s lame  presidency, many in the ANC will pray that it continues for a long time.

 

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