With a deeply broken reform machine, the ANC’s legacy is in ...

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With a deeply broken reform machine, the ANC’s legacy is in tatters

With no success in growth and employment, the party bigwigs will be judged on an oversimplified tagline

Peter Attard Montalto

If you sit in the ANC’s hallowed upper circles on the national executive committee (NEC) or even at the apex in the government, what’s the point?

There seems to be increasing unrest in the party in the past month over this question, indeed in the president’s own “faction”. It’s a bit late, but better late than never. Why are they there? What influence or force for change can they have, except through the ANC and ultimately the president?

This existential crisis is likely to grow through the recovery phase. This mood has been generated by the president’s own perceived inaction. It parallels the despair and despondency in business and labour over the chances of reform to drag SA out of this pit of a permanent loss of output and employment through the government’s self-harm in its handling of the economic policy response to the crisis. It has been bemusing to see both entities in Nedlac expressing frustration and pessimism over the likelihood of reform...

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