Opinion: How can you be neutral when your country is being destroyed?

Opinion: How can you be neutral when your country is being destroyed?

Editor's note: Omry Makgoale is a rank and file member of the ANC. In his opinion piece, he asks how the president can be neutral when the country is being destroyed?

Many South Africans have expressed frustration at the fact that President Ramaphosa has taken little action against Eskom, even as the failing power utility implements devastating stage 4 load shedding across the country.

But why is Ramaphosa so reluctant to take on Eskom and what does this mean for his presidency, and South Africa? ANC member Omry Makgoale says Ramaphosa's slowness to act is a sign of a presidency in danger.

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How can you be neutral when your country is being destroyed?

Are we voting for President Cyril Ramaphosa or the ANC? Is there a difference?

The question for ANC voters is what can we achieve by voting overwhelmingly for Ramaphosa?

True, he will get a vote of confidence from the voters, that is the people of South Africa.

With an overwhelming vote he will resume office with a strong mandate.

On the positive side, with a strong mandate he will reshuffle the Cabinet and - hopefully - appoint trustworthy Cabinet ministers.

We hope that subsequently the appointed Cabinet ministers will appoint competent director-generals and other civil servants.

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But look at the other side of the picture. According to ANC structures, he will still be subject to account to Luthuli House at the office of the secretary-general Ace Magashule and deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte.

The relations between Ramaphosa and Magashule will be tested to the limit. It can be antagonistic if not managed properly.

Whoever wins that tussle will shape the future of the country and the ANC in the whichever direction.

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At the same time, an overwhelming win for Ramaphosa as president also means that the ANC's party list of candidate MPs - including many implicated in the state capture inquiry under Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo - will be sitting in the next Parliament.

This means that ANC parliamentarians could fill the National Assembly with deployees of the Guptas and the Watsons, unless the current candidate list is cleansed.

There is no sign of that happening before the general election in May. As things stand, this means the National Assembly will be captured again via the ANC party list.

How can this be good for the country?

Read the rest of Omry Makgoale’s full column on News24.

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