The ongoing power struggle between Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma has put our country on a perilous course from which it might never recover.
The childish mudslinging and character assassination is a great embarrassment to the country and South Africans, regardless of whether we support the ruling party or not.
Were it not for the fact that our so-called democracy is a sham, one would find comfort in knowing that the ANC would lose in 2009. Unfortunately, this is not how post-liberation "democracy" works in Africa, and the ruling liberation party is virtually assured of victory with an even bigger majority, regardless of how badly it performs.
South Africa is essentially a one-party state and this perhaps explains why the ANC factions have been accusing each other of corruption and womanising without having to worry that it will cost them dearly at the polls.
The factions know that both Mbeki and Zuma are not the preferred choice for the majority. The leadership battle is about egos and the greed of people who think it is their divine right to rule.
I don't believe that the factions could not find alternative candidates. One can only hope that when this charade is over, South Africans will be a lot wiser and see politicians for the self-centered and vain people that they are.
Tendani Siala, Polokwane