WE ARE back to the boring old politics we conveniently pushed aside during the World Cup.
While most South Africans were glued to the television the picking and pulling went on behind the scenes in politics.
The ANCYL, Cope and IFP are at war. All three are in the throes of internal turmoil that is threatening to destroy them. The youth have gone to court to unseat an unpopular leader.
The IFP, slowly dying a natural death, is fighting against a younger faction that wants to resuscitate the party and put an end to the era of grizzled Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
The long-winded one is in his 80s but does not want to relinquish power, a common failing on our continent. His young Turks want his deputy, Magwaza-Msibi, to inject a new life into the moribund party.
The municipal elections next year have added a violent tint to the strife in all parties as individuals position themselves for berths on the gravy train.
Cope, which started so promisingly, is now a pale imitation of Taiwanese politics, where chairs fly and fists connect to settle disputes.
Policies, political theory and social development have faded as the war becomes personal.
It is troubling that this is the only show available to the public at present. It is ugly, unedifying and boring.
South Africans shy away from the political arena instead of compelling politicians and would-be leaders to pay attention to the nation. The idea of selfless service to the nation no longer applies to politics.