For the past 20 years, the ANC have invested a huge amount of our money in cadre deployment. South African taxpayers paid twice for the deployed cadres; once when we footed their huge salary bill, and we then paid a multiple of this amount through the utter devastation that this policy has brought upon us. If any South African has been as confused as Judge Zondo, as to why our ruling party would knowingly mortgage the future by employing the morally compromised shallow pool of lackeys, they got their answer this week.
For many years, the ANC used deployed cadres to funnel money from State Owned Companies (SOCs) to the ANC and especially to senior party figures. This was proven unequivocally during the testimony given at the Zondo Commission. We heard how a Cabinet Minister, the dreadful Nomvula Mokonyane, was given an Aston Martin by her backers, in addition to their funding of her frequent parties. We also heard how our current Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa, was “lent” R1m without any repayment necessary to purchase a top-of-the-range Jeep. On top of this, deployed cadres also funnelled money directly to the party. This was attested to by employees of Eskom and Transnet.
This was not the only reason to deploy loyal ANC members to key institutions!
Recently the “Independent Electoral Commission” (IEC), proved to be anything but independent when they handed the ANC a desperately needed lifeline by extending the deadline for registration for the forthcoming Local Government Elections. Without this lifeline, the ANC would not have been allowed to contest elections in key municipalities and metro areas. For all intents and purposes, it would have finished off the ANC, they would simply have not recovered from this setback.
The scandalous decision to reopen registration for candidates was taken by the head of the IEC, Glen Mashinini and his deputy Janet Love. Both of them are committed members of the ANC; Mashinini previously worked as Jacob Zuma’s personal adviser and Love was an ANC Member of Parliament. Despite the precedent of not allowing the IFP or the National Freedom Party to register candidates in 2011 and 2014 respectively, the ANC was accommodated. It must be mentioned that the Constitutional Court upheld this decision. I doubt if we have heard the last of this crazy decision.
What must be most concerning for the ANC is that none of the other parties seem to be that troubled about the lifeline handed to the ANC by its deployed cadres. In my recent interview with Herman Mashaba (view here) he mentioned to me that the ANC is now so badly split on factional lines, that they will be incapable of running a coherent campaign. His polling has shown that the ANC is on track to record below 40% in the three Gauteng metros, and it is even worse in smaller municipalities which have all but collapsed in rural areas.
I endorse the statement that we can’t have a successful country and an ANC government, it is one or the other. I still would personally have preferred to not even have them on the ballot just in case.
State of the Nation 2021