ANC gets maximum mileage out of ‘morally bankrupt’ DA
Rasool dishes advice to party on cadre deployment in wake of Lennit Max move to Police minister's office
The ANC says it has learnt its lesson on cadre deployment, and now it wants to teach it to the DA.
Former Western Cape premier Ebrahim Rasool, the ANC’s elections head in the province, made the offer on Tuesday after DA member Lennit Max was appointed special adviser to Police Minister Bheki Cele.
Rasool said the DA’s announcement that former provincial legislature member Max had parted ways with the party was “morally bankrupt”.
He added: “What the DA is doing is almost akin to what [US President Donald] Trump has done.
“The US has no ambassadors in more than a third of countries because he did not trust [former president Barack] Obama’s appointees. The politicisation of experience and expertise is [wrong] and that is a lesson we have learnt as the ANC. We are advising the DA against it.”Max, the former provincial police commissioner and community safety MEC, announced on Monday that he had taken up the one-year contract in Cele’s office from July 1. He said the DA frustrated him by refusing to deploy him in the fight against crime, even though he was a trained policeman.
Rasool accused the DA of “calculated ineffectiveness and callousness” on crime. He said Max’s utterances exposed the DA’s lack of interest in reducing crime. But he denied the ANC was wooing Max.
“We can say unequivocally, he is not an ANC member,” said Rasool.DA provincial leader Bonginkosi Madikizela said “Rasool is the last person we can take advice from”. He said Max “has parted ways with the DA”.
“All I am saying is that he must make his new political home official,” said Madikizela. “He claims to be a member of the DA but he is speaking the ANC language and he [has been] appointed in the political office of the ANC minister as a special adviser.“You can only be advised by someone who is politically aligned to you. I cannot see a situation where a DA member advises an ANC minister. It’s absurd.”
Apart from his expertise, it is interesting to note that Max’s trilby – normally sitting proudly on his head – is now being thrown into the crimefighting ring with Cele’s collection of fedoras.
Max resigned as a member of the provincial legislature but vowed to remain a member of the DA.
Cele’s spokesperson, Reneilwe Serero, confirmed over the weekend that Max would be advising the minister on policing gangsterism and drug and substance abuse.