STATE CAPTURE DEBATE
XOLISA PHILLIP: ANC’s open dissent a breath of fresh air
Debates raging within the governing party are a sight to behold
Talk within the ANC of disciplining so-called rebel MPs who voted with opposition parties in Parliament during August’s failed no-confidence vote against President Jacob Zuma has died down. Apart from former MP Makhosi Khoza, who resigned, backbenchers such as Pravin Gordhan and Derek Hanekom have been delivering critiques of the state of the party relatively unscathed. That’s not to say that Gordhan and Hanekom voted with the opposition; only Khoza has played open cards on the way her vote had gone on that eventful day in August. The others have only hinted at votes of conscience, and one can only read between the lines as to what that meant in terms of voting patterns in the motion of no confidence. Gordhan was spotted last week signing copies of investigative journalist Jacques Pauw’s The President’s Keepers with a wry smile on his face in what could be read as a ringing endorsement of the book’s contents, which are less than flattering about Zuma. The ANC did not breathe a word ...