There’s a nifty little quote in John Wayne’s 1965 movie, In Harm’s Way, that ANC leaders might like to read twice and then reflect upon. It says: “Indecision is a virus that can run through an army and destroy its will to win. Or even to survive.”

Since Jacob Zuma launched his new party on December 16, stealing the ANC guerrilla army’s name, logo, songs and even history, the party has been standing by silently. Zuma has insulted its leaders, claimed he is still a member of the party and its national executive committee (NEC), organised against it, and vowed to topple it. The response from the ANC has been fear, infighting, indecision and silence. The party’s leaders have been at each other’s throats about how to respond to Zuma, with national chair Gwede Mantashe lambasting secretary-general Fikile Mbalula for confessing that the party broke the law to protect its former leader over corruption charges in the building of his Nkandla palace...

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