Polls will test our democracy

Almost a year after the watershed ANC Polokwane conference South Africans finally appear to have woken up from the Mandela mania and 1994 euphoria.

Almost a year after the watershed ANC Polokwane conference South Africans finally appear to have woken up from the Mandela mania and 1994 euphoria.

For the first time the ruling party appears vulnerable and ready to be taken.

There are both positive and negative aspects to the latest political developments. The positive, if managed correctly, will benefit the majority of South Africans. The negative will largely benefit a few intolerant, power hungry and greedy individuals who believe they alone are ordained and chosen leaders.

Thanks to the group that emerged victorious at Polokwane, the country will get an opportunity to put our fragile democracy to a stringent test and determine ANC supporters' level of maturity .

The scary part of the latest political developments is the fact that many of us are not certain if the ruling party supporters will be willing to gracefully leave office without threatening anyone with violence, given the ANC's record of intolerance.

In the run-up to the Polokwane conference we witnessed the endless fist fights, wild and violent behaviour at many ANC meetings.

Jacob Zuma does not come across as someone who has the ability to control and manage the group that gave him power.

Lesego Mogotsi, Tshwane

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