If you look beyond the rhetoric and the sloganeering, the question that nobody seems to want to ask in as many words is whether Jacob Zuma is the best man for the job of president of the republic.
Forget about defending the Constitution or doing it for the working class and the poor, that which makes the Democratic Alliance bold enough to believe they can now call themselves a party of government is whether Zuma is fit to govern.
Suspend for a minute whether Julius Malema's disrespectful utterances cause panic and discomfort, what has split the ANC is not so much whether Thabo Mbeki's recall was fair or not, but whether we are satisfied that JZ can be trusted with being the captain steering the ship South Africa.
Sure Malema is, to put it extremely politely, a political eccentric, but nobody has yet said that it would be his face on that ballot box.
In the same way that Ronald Suresh Roberts and the Mail&Guardian before him asked about Mbeki, the question before the South African electorate next year will be whether Jacob Zuma is fit to govern.
The answer to the question is not hard to find. Everybody has theirs and no amount of column space will change the very entrenched minds about what it is. In a way, one could say then that writing this column is therefore irrelevant since it offers no answers to the question asked.
The question needs to be asked and answered though to spare ourselves the sanctimonious sermons from both sides of the debate about why they are doing what they are doing.
As Kader Asmal pointed out on these pages last week, there are just too many millionaires who spent the last weekend at the ANC national executive committee meeting, to seriously expect anybody to think that the whole internecine tiff is about what is in the best interests of the poor.
Similarly, the very people who want us to think that they are defending the Constitution stood by and watched their party condemn the poor to their early deaths because of dilly-dallying about the academics of what really causes Aids.
They are not exactly paupers either. This is a war between the Gucci and Prada revolutionaries.
By all indications, the ANC and Congress of the People are two sides of the same coin.
That is why Bantu Holomisa does not discount the new party being what he calls a "Trojan Horse" meant to catch votes for the ANC depending on how you like yours cooked.
Even before the ink on their letters of resignation had dried, Cope leaders had already decided that the new party would adopt the Freedom Charter. You don't get more ANC-esque than that.
There are murmurs that the rigmarole could be resolved if the ANC decided to change its plans regarding whose face would be on that ballot paper, and this feeds my admittedly cynical conclusions about why we are going through this unnecessary fiasco.
Happily, we are not hearing too much about the many isms that the average voter would not care about. It does not help either if any of those who will contest the elections tell us that the problem is that there are too many poor people or that crime is rife. We can see that.
Excuse my cynicism, therefore, dear comrades. Even better, just cut to the chase. Go ahead and be bold and say what you want to say to help the undecided make up their minds. Tell us why Jacob Zuma is or is not the best man available for the job of being president of South Africa.