FINALLY, the chickens are coming home to roost.
It is not surprising that Thabo Mbeki criticised outgoing Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni's leadership only after his tenure as president of the ANC and of South Africa.
I am still struggling to make sense of Mbeki's outburst and comments. Is Mbeki trying to tell us something we are not privy to about how Luthuli House and Union Buildings have failed the country?
Mboweni, Gill Marcus, Irvin Khoza, Leonard Chuene, Molefi Oliphant, Danny Jordaan and others are part of the ANC cadre-deployment strategy put into state institutions and sectors such as sports, religious bodies, trade unions, non-profit organisations and so on.
Mboweni's failure to provide leadership to avert the financial crisis should be seen as an overall failure of the cadre-deployment strategy. When people are being parachuted into leadership positions merely because of their association with the ruling elite or on the basis of membership, without taking into consideration expertise, the ANC must accept full responsibility and stop blaming "reactionary forces" because they have been in power for 15 years.
This is confirmation of the failure of the ANC and its alliance partners to provide the country with much-needed leadership and lack of clarity on the alliance's ideological position or orientation.
The broad-church approach appears to be effective at election time but beyond that, the country needs clarity of thought, not wish-washy positions based on cut-and-paste frameworks.
Lesego Sechaba Mogotsi,Azapo Ward 40, Tshwane