South African political analysts are working overtime, like ants at the site of a Coke Spill. Marikana, De Doorns, Lenasia or Mangaung used to just be another name on the map of Azania, I mean South Africa. Not anymore, not in 2012.
Hot topics have included the vacuum of leadership debate, analysis of the flawed second transition document, massacre not disaster dialogue, Nkandlagate or compounding matters of the compound or non-compound, information or secrecy bill, spy tapes and more recently the insult law. You could start a television series I tell you. It is political analysis paradise. To think I haven’t even started on Julius “I fight for the poor but give me sushi not Lucky Star Pilchards Malema”.
To cut a long story short the thesis of my argument is that political analysts, critics and the so-called opposition are all wasting their time with their analysis of contemporary South Africa’s political landscape.
Constructive criticism, or rather constructive critique-ism, has no place when those being criticised are fully aware of the situation and just lack the will power and desire to ensure remedy. In fact it is not in their interest, emphasis on the word: their. Why bother with an elaborate analysis of how a second bite of the cherry for the president-elect will merely lead to the maintenance of what President Mvuyelwa Mbeki refers to as “a dangerous and unacceptable situation of directionless and unguided national drift”?
Humour me and allow me to elaborate on this further. The point of analysing any situation is to highlight what is working, i.e. bravo on the response to HIV/AIDS, lament any blatant deviation from the agreed upon plan and offer recommendations for the future implementation of the policies and plans that the populace has agreed upon.
Now ‘as far as I am concerned’, this line ought to be referenced and credited to one Tshawe from Emzin’ Wezinsizwa, the current political context illustrates defecation on any alternative, advisory or cautionary views which are interpreted as counterrevolutionary and suspect and thus negligible regardless of their content.
Now I am not saying that those with the critical ability must stop writing or commenting. Not in the least, not while we still have access to information. Firstly this is a source of income for many and thus I cannot propagate for job loss, particularly not in the current economic climate with our credit ranking dropping to a paltry Baa1 rating. Secondly and more importantly it is critical for analysts to ensure that the people whom the Freedom charter said shall govern know what is happening in their country. So as much as I have little faith in any analysis influencing the African National Congress delegate’s choice when faced with a ballot paper with different heads, big and medium-sized, I think people must know so as to vote with a perceptive conscience in the future. Mandy Rossouw of the City Press reports interviewing an ANC cadre who is quoted saying “Mandy, you know me, you know I’m a Zuma man through and through. But I can’t say anything about Nkandla, even I can’t defend it” . This information must guide us at the polls.
The ludicrous intervention by the supposed to be federation of the workers, COSATU, who are trying to convince Kgalema Motlanthe to rubbish the nomination of the branches and asphyxiate any remaining democratic light by opting to not stand against Prof. President Reverend Zuma at Mangaung, gives credence to my argument. The reason for this standpoint is not because Kgalema is not ready to lead or because his policies are inefficient but the crux of the matter is to preserve the Zuma administration. I cannot debate Zuma or Motlanthe policies because the fact of the matter, I will accept correction on this point, is that the ANC policy statement is voted on by delegates and not dreamed of by the leader. Thus just like we had a Zuma-led administration not offering drastic policy changes from the previous administration, bar a few policy name changes, I will opine and say Motlanthe would not change much in terms of policy unless he works on IMPLEMENTATION.
People can write and analyse, inquire and investigate corruption and blatant theft allegations against the leadership until they are blue in the face. Fact of the matter is gone are the days when ideas dictated which leader would triumph. The big idea has been settled upon and certified as it satisfies those it serves. ENRICHMENT: Politics of my stomach. Live like kings and queens, be it luxury flights with security planes or what Public Protector ma Thuli Madonsela refers to as “displaying a blank cheque attitude towards public funds”. The less said about palaces the better lest this page be banned much like the advert from the Fish and Chip company. Like this paper has argued. Talking about it right now will not bear any fruit. Let us live and leave it at that… for now!
Where to from here? Challenge me at your own risk!
Kwakuhle kwethu! If the allegations are true and this is indeed the work of taxpayer funds.
To Mangaung and beyond!