EDITORIAL | Never mind vaccines – and us. All the ANC cares about is itself
Instead of debating the all-important Covid vaccine rollout, the ANC spent much of its NEC in a power struggle
While the country is facing a looming third wave of Covid-19 infections — which scientists predict will most likely be the most destructive — the governing party’s highest decision making body spent much of its four-day meeting debating whether someone charged with corruption should step aside or not.
Party leaders spent more time on the subject than they did interrogating minister Zweli Mkhize’s vaccine rollout programme.
The stakes are high for President Cyril Ramaphosa. The last time a sitting president tried to remove a fellow member of the Top Six, he was denied a third term and was later unceremoniously removed from office. If reports coming from the meeting are to be believed, Ramaphosa has the upper hand, as the majority of NEC members agree that it is about time the ANC saves whatever is left of its bruised image by implementing a resolution of its 2017 Nasrec conference that those facing charges must vacate their positions...