Storms of leadership battles pounding governing party ship
FOR all who care to know, we are a country tossing and turning like a ship out at sea.
The hope, for good men and women on board the troubled trip, is to survive the scramble for the steering wheel.
Sadder still is to see those with proven know-how disdainfully shunted to succumb to the lunacy of the incompetent in the puppetry game of corrupting power.
The descending order of puppetry is spreading through every facet of South African life. And for as long as it is allowed to perpetuate, there is no hope of the ship ever settling on a direction that normal-think people can make sense of.
While it would be alarmist to claim the ship is sinking, the storms of leadership battles pounding it seem to have taken centre stage.
By accident or design, the warring crew, on board the governing party ship, seems less interested to sail it towards humane moral ground. Whether or not the tenure of the captain is renewed or terminated, is the primary political game in town.
The captain of the ship, in this instance, is President Jacob Zuma.
But since the game has not yet been officially declared to begin, the country is inundated with hit-and-run guerilla antics of the contestants.
Swinging along the shy contestants are corresponding dancing and singing legions declaring "this or that" for president.
The catch-phrase of this unfolding rigmarole is a "succession battle". Any good or bad intent emanating from any pretenders to the throne tends to be clouded and painted with the same defacing brush of the undeclared succession battle.
The leadership battle is yet to be officially declared in October. And in the cloudy and mistiness of it all to Mangaung, even those reputedly endowed with vision are sadly proving to be visionless.
Where the ship is headed is of little concern. At issue is who the next captain should be.
As wave after wave in the battle for the captaincy continues, the ship tosses and turns in desperation with little or no sign of the turbulence subsiding until the battle is won or lost in Mangaung. Some even have the nerve to say it is only six months until all else returns to normality.
The country is in a Mangaung state of mind. So should all and sundry stand by and hold our breath until then.
The unperturbed simply dismiss the direction-sapping suspense as the battle for the soul of the ANC.
Little do they realise that the soul of the nation is just as embroiled.
When the eye of leadership remains fixated with staying in office, it is bound to see only the comforting walls of power surrounding it and thus remain blind to the sea of misery engulfing it.
Inequality, unemployment and poverty find fiery mention in political speeches but meaningful urgency to act evaporates into thin air.
Something loftier than this should temper with the road signs to Mangaung.
Making the country work, than wasting it to vulturing agendas, should matter most. What would be the good of any party in power when there is no country to run?
To save the ship from sinking, it is high time the good rebelled against the puppetry game of power.