Picture: ISTOCK
Picture: ISTOCK

The much-awaited unity prevailed. New ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to carry out an organisational renewal mandate and resurrect the hegemony of the ANC in society as a party of choice to deliver a better life for all.

The storm of the so-called African Democratic Change will blow over. It is a lazy project to mimic the ANC.

Every bit of its distinctive branding is confusingly similar to the ANC. The timing of its launch was intended to capture slate factions in the ANC.

History has no space for copycats. Even young people in the Congress of South African Students (Cosas) can tell that the African Democratic Change is typical of a delinquent child with a desire for more attention.

How do you justify disowning your parents and then bear a child with similar characteristics you claim isn’t related to your parents? The truth is that you’re angry with a nasty appetite to exact sadistic revenge against your parents.

African Democratic Change is a stillborn project driven by those desperate to prove a particular point no matter what it takes.

Its founders should have drawn some lessons from the Congress of the People to avoid committing similar schoolboy mistakes. They have self-styled it as an ultramodern alternative to the ANC. That rings hollow.

However hard it tries, the African Democratic Change won’t pose any real threat to the ANC. Over time these renegades would appreciate that the struggle is a collective effort.

Morgan Phaahla
Ekurhuleni