Snake that eats itself?

ONLY the top brass of the ANC must be blind to the fact that the juggernaut is skidding dangerously out of control.

ONLY the top brass of the ANC must be blind to the fact that the juggernaut is skidding dangerously out of control.

The lower ranks have mastered the courage to lay siege to the higher-ups.

Councillors are hounded out of their homes a la bloody protest marches that are now the norm.

Rampant youth leaders refer to ministers and seniors in the organisation in derogatory terms: Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor with "her fake accent".

Ministers and the highest office of the organisation get involved in public spats as if they are going out of fashion: ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe versus Minister of Human Settlements Tokyo Sexwale.

It is open season: comrade against comrade. This time, despite overwhelming denials, it is daggers drawn between the nationalists and the communists in the organisation.

No such hotchpotch would have been allowed in the ANC of Oliver Tambo or Nelson Mandela.

Differences were, apparently, sorted out behind closed doors. In there, we are told, it was no holds barred. They all had the gumption to understand that they could agree to disagree and vice versa.

Arch communist Joe Slovo, nationalists Tambo and Mandela did it with aplomb.

Thabo Mbeki's autocratic style might have been divisive, but at least the centre held.

Under President Jacob Zuma cracks are obvious to all those with eyes and ears.

It is unlike any self-respecting family for it never wants to hang its dirty linen in public. This is what we are witnessing in the ruling party.

Unfortunately, as the ANC gums up, governance sneezes.

That is the nightmare Zuma must be going through.

Msholozi has failed to crack the whip or enforce decent but robust debate short of insults.

Post-Polokwane, this is Zuma's biggest challenge: rein in your troops - show leadership.

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