Ray Hartley Editor: BusinessLIVE

Our future and our way of life are at stake By Ray Hartley, 2005 The rise of the movement to place in power Jacob Zuma, at best an incompetent, at worst a man who believes it is acceptable to take bribes, poses a grave risk to this country. To date the political battle between President Thabo Mbeki and Zuma has been cast as simply another political power play. It is more than that. It threatens to unstitch the political and economic fabric which has been so carefully sewn into place over the past 11 years. The ascendancy of Zuma from icon of the left to mass populist figure has just begun; it is hard to see how those within the ANC who remain opposed to corruption will turn the tide.They have allowed Zuma to seize the initiative and have failed to offer the public a credible leadership alternative to fill the vacuum which Mbeki will leave when he steps down in 2009.They appear to be relying heavily on institutional action to save the day, waiting for the criminal justice system to d...

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