The ANC’s credo is ‘the more the merrier’, but where’s the ...

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The ANC’s credo is ‘the more the merrier’, but where’s the quality?

For Ramaphosa to implement his reform agenda, he needs to distinguish between the ANC and the state

Columnist

The ANC goes into yet another national executive committee meeting at the end of this week. As usual political observers will hold their breath waiting for news of what transpires in the meeting of the 108 or so top leaders in the party. The key question, as has been the case with every one of these meetings since January 2018, is whether Ramaphosa has enough power in the NEC to implement his urgently needed reform agenda.

The scrutiny of the ANC NEC and other ANC structures is not misplaced. Power in SA lies with control of the ANC. Useful as the state capture inquiry has been, a stark and bitter truth has been exposed by it. That truth is that none of the corruption that has taken place in our republic would have taken place if the ANC had not been captured first. That means that one cannot talk about state capture without talking about ANC capture. One cannot reform the state, at least for now, without reforming the ANC or kicking it out of power.

Power in the ANC translates into power over the state and its almost limitless resources. If one fantasises about wealth in SA today, as the Gupta family very obviously did, then one has to aim to capture the ANC. With the takeover of the party, the wealth of SA’s taxpayers is yours to do with as you please...

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