We must applaud the wise decision by Premier S'bu Ndebele not to contest the chairmanship of the ANC in KwaZulu-Natal.
The odds are heavily stacked against him. Since Jacob Zuma's investigation by the Scorpions, Ndebele has been under tremendous pressure to support Zuma against Thabo Mbeki.
The Zuma camp has deliberately humiliated him. On June 16 2006 he was pelted with plastic bottles at a rally at Princess Magogo Stadium.
Last year Zuma supporters heckled Mbeki at the burial of the remains of Moses Mabhida. At Polokwane, the KwaZulu-Natal delegation was mobilised not to vote Ndebele into the NEC. What else can a wise man do, except to quit in dignity?
It is known that Zuma favours Zweli Mkhize or Bheki Cele to take over from Ndebele. If one of the two wins, Zuma will get sympathy from supporters who will flood the courts in August.
It is unfortunate that the issues of good governance and an impeccable track record are no longer the criteria of who best can lead the ANC. It now depends on whether you support Zuma or not. We must salute Ndebele's role in ensuring that the ANC won KwaZulu-Natal in 2004. He has been instrumental in bringing peace and development to the province.
Pastor J Peters, Durban North