President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses residents of Alexandra Johannesburg, South Africa, April 11, 2019. Picture: REUTERS / SUMAYA HISHAM
President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses residents of Alexandra Johannesburg, South Africa, April 11, 2019. Picture: REUTERS / SUMAYA HISHAM

Let’s not be too hard on Peter Bruce. Suggesting that we strategically vote for “Ramaphosa’s ANC” on May 8 is his least bad solution to the awful problem that faces us all.

Whether it’s Bosasa, the Robert McBride affair, state capture or Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s recent book, we all know our governing party is a classic proof of Lord Acton’s dictum that “power has a tendency to corrupt, absolute power corrupts absolutely”. Even former president Kgalema Motlanthe has said his party is now irredeemably rotten to the core.

But we also know that in all likelihood the ANC will win the upcoming general elections. If it gets less than 50% of the votes it will turn to the EFF in a desperate bid to make up the deficit. The DA will be fortunate to get 20%, and forging a governing coalition out of the remaining 50 minnows would be more difficult than herding cats. At the same time, our rudderless and listing ship of state is being blown towards a lee shore of economic disaster.

I don’t like Bruce's idea. But I don’t have a better one.

James Cunningham
Camps Bay