JJ Tabane Columnist

The past week was tough for the governing party, with leaders in its ranks starting to come face to face with reality. First in line was former president Kgalema Motlanthe, who reckons the ANC is so hard of hearing that it may well need to lose the 2019 election to be able to hear the voice of its own people again. Motlanthe argues — and I couldn’t agree with him more — that patronage has so overwhelmed the party that it will have to lose state power to shed the leeches so that those party members whose motives are pure can be left in peace to rebuild it. For this sentiment to be expressed by a former president and former secretary-general of the ANC is a terrible indictment of what was a glorious movement.In the same week, the High Court in Pietermaritzburg laid bare what many have been talking about anecdotally and Motlanthe himself highlighted in his organisational report a decade ago in Polokwane as the party’s dirty linen — the election of office-bearers in KwaZulu-Natal, the b...

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