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A house so divided

2012-03-11 15:09:47.0 | Reader Review |

JULIUS Malema, when addressing his supporters, said the gloves are off. And Mathew Phosa said Mangaung will make Polokwane look like a picnic.

Jackson Mthembu
Jimmy Manyi

The utterances by Malema to Implats miners and at this week's Cosatu march, the dissolution of the President Jacob Zuma-aligned ANCYL in KwaZulu-Natal and the expulsion of Malema indicate that the Zuma-led ANC is a divided house.

Investigating Bheki Cele's fitness to hold public office, the focus on Limpopo's financial status and the contestation between Senzo Mchunu and Zweli Mkhize for the top post in KwaZulu-Natal and the resignations of Mo Shaik and Gibson Njenje from Intelligence show that the battle between Zuma's supporters and his detractors is being fought on many fronts.

The demand by Schabir Shaik that Zuma repay him is meant to embarrass Zuma.

It is not a coincidence that Blade Nzimande and his trusted ally in Cosatu, president Sdumo Dlamini, addressed the Cosatu march. The two had to consolidate the KZN base, which backs Nzimande to replace Motlanthe as ANC deputy president. The statements by Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, deputy transport minister Jeremy Cronin and government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, that we have to "live with the e-tolls", and the very insensitive one by ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu, who said people are "exaggerating poverty" are enough proof that Zuma's government will not back down to the pressure from the people and scrap the e-toll system as well as ban labour brokers.

Also interesting are the roles of ex-COPE members. Anele Mda is in Zuma's camp while JJ Tabane and Phillip Dexter support Motlanthe. Those who supported Thabo Mbeki are also in the Motlanthe camp, though sceptical about Fikile Mbalula becoming ANC secretary-general.

Lerato Maake


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