Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on April 7. Picture: REUTERS/JAMES OATWAY
Demonstrators take part in a protest calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on April 7. Picture: REUTERS/JAMES OATWAY

I was an ANC activist at university, was subsequently part of the ANC’s "junior leadership" programme and remained a loyal ANC voter after 1994. But when saints such as Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu begin to pray for the ANC to lose the next election and when brave people with unquestionable morals state that the April 7 marches were no different from the women’s marches against the apartheid pass laws, it has to touch your soul.

The majority of the delegates at the upcoming ANC leadership conference will be beneficiaries of patronage and corruption, so the status quo will prevail.

The consequence of this will be that ordinary South Africans will get poorer, with a catastrophic rise in malnutrition, disease, deaths, crime and hyperinflation.

It is important to consider the arithmetic of the no-confidence vote in Jacob Zuma as president, in that 70 ANC members of Parliament voting with their conscience would be easier to achieve than getting more than half of the 4,500 delegates at the ANC conference to vote in this way.

Ryan HamrajVia e-mail

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