EDITORIAL | Without backing, Ramaphosa may become accused no 1
This weekend’s anti-corruption meeting looks set to be a bunfight that could cost the president his position
It is promising to be a defining weekend for President Cyril Ramaphosa. One that would set the tone for the remainder of his current term as head of state and probably determine if he stands a chance of getting a second one.
The ruling ANC is holding a special national executive committee (NEC) virtual meeting from tomorrow morning. It comes at a time when the party and its government are on the back foot amid allegations of some of its leaders, their relatives and party employees looting funds that have been set aside for the fight against Covid-19. The scandals have implicated individuals as high in the political hierarchy as the president’s spokesperson, Khusela Diko, and her husband, Thandisizwe Diko, and as close to power as the sons of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule.
Though the ANC has survived many corruption scandals, there is a sense — even within the ruling party — that this can be severely damaging and could cost the ANC power at the next polls. State capture could be blamed on former president Jacob Zuma and his cabal, with the belief that his removal from office would put an end to it, but the PPE contracts looting scandal implicates all factions and raises fundamental questions about the party itself. Hence Ramaphosa has gone all out talking tough and promising hell on Earth for those who are found guilty of this type of corruption. ..