ANC FUTURE AT STAKE
NATASHA MARRIAN: The high price of giving Zuma free rein
Paralysis, ineffectiveness and political arrogance have become the hallmark of the current leadership
After a fish is caught, its fate rests with the fisherman. Similarly, after the Guptas captured President Jacob Zuma, he allowed them to capture the party he leads. The ANC’s 86-member national executive committee (NEC) proved this when they emerged from their meeting last weekend with toothless decisions and platitudes. The NEC continues to bury its head in the sand as the country twists in the grip of a debilitating paralysis. In the past two days alone, the reappointment of Brian Molefe was reversed and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas rescinded her cabinet reshuffle. The ANC is at war with itself, as is its government. The credibility of the Zuma administration is so eroded, every decision it makes is viewed with suspicion.Yet the NEC ignored calls from veterans, its allies Cosatu and the South African Communist Party and the Nelson Mandela Foundation to hold Zuma accountable. It was captured long before the state was. Most NEC members are fence sitters. Those speaking out aga...