Regardless of ANC spin doctoring, there is uncertainty and confusion in the country following the actions of the NEC in Luthuli House.
Thabo Mbeki was ousted from the presidency, not for performance-related reasons, but of Soviet-style purging. Mbeki had made enemies in Luthuli House, but these should not be reason enough to oust a sitting president. The insurgents were out to seek revenge for what the incumbent had done to Jacob Zuma in relieving him of his deputy presidency. The hunter became the hunted.
The ANC NEC has difficulty in managing the conflicts and contradictions in the party. Can the citizenry have the confidence that this lot will manage the affairs of the state with competence and conviction?
The Alliance of Free Democrats (AFD) is concerned that the once respected organisation seems to be toeing the line of hotheads like Julius Malema.
The ANC Youth League may celebrate their role as putative "king makers", but the AFD would like to remind the citizens that the fate of our country cannot be left to this lot. It is one thing to destroy a political party, but it is unacceptable to destroy a state.
The ANC seems destined to follow the path of such former liberation movements as Zanu-PF which turned a once vibrant Zimbabwe into a sorry basket case.
Andile Tshona, AFD national spokesman, Pretoria