Not the ANC of yesteryear
THE continuing ANC-SACP feud, as reflected by the 98th ANC anniversary in Kimberley, shows that all is not well in the ANC of Chief Albert Luthuli, Oliver Tambo and Nelson Mandela.
Blade Nzimande's and Julius Malema's egos collided . Nzimande said some bourgeoise wanted to isolate him and the communists.
Malema said "super-revolutionaries" travelled to Nkandla to gossip about his youth league wanting to depose Jacob Zuma in 2012. Zuma emphasised unity, confirming that there were divisions.
Analysts Aubrey Matshiqi, Somadoda Fikeni and Steven Friedman correctly said the glue uniting these forces was Thabo Mbeki.
In Eastern Cape, North West, Gauteng and Western Cape there are the Mbekiites, Mantashaians and youth league. Those who build themselves around Mantashe are Nzimande, Zwelinzima Vavi, Buti Manamela, Eric Mtshali, Willies Mchunu and Sidumo Dlamini. The Mbekiites have decided to watch the "Zuma on Zuma war".
The SACP's decision to distribute their T-shirts at the ANC function angered Fikile Mbalula, Malema, Zweli Mkhize, David Mabuza, Cassius Mathale and other ANC provincial chairpersons . Imagine if the ANC had hijacked the SACP congress and distributed ANC T-shirts!
In 1990 Nzimande was vehemently opposed to the gradual lifting of sanctions proposed by Oliver Tambo, Mandela, Mbeki, Archie Gumede, Albertina Sisulu and anti-apartheid movements. He consistently clashed with Harry Gwala and discredited Mbeki. He calls Malema, Billy Masetla, Siphiwe Nyanda and other provincial chairpersons bourgeoise.
He is at the centre of all feuds, but his involvement in the struggle can't be traced in the South Africa Students Organisation , the UDF and ANC-SACP underground units?
Audrey Mthombeni, Piet Retief