Sihle Sikalala’s Antics

KZN ANC chairman Sihle Sikalala’s antics on the succession debate within the ANC (Daily News,  May 15) are reminiscent of the joke that used to be told about democracy in the Soviet Union which recalled that a Kremlin burglary had revealed the results of the Communist party’s next election.

Until this week, Sikalala had ruled that the lid on the succession debate within KZN had to be kept firmly shut. Now, after Cyril Ramaphosa, to his credit, brazenly ignored Commissar Sikalala and campaigned for himself in KZN, Sikalala has backtracked. Suddenly it’s okay to have an open debate in the province on the issue so long as Sikalala’s anointed candidate, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, wins.

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the likes of Commissar Sikalala pays lip service to democracy. Simultaneously, his political aims show to what extent he is opposed to change and, as such, is very much part of the structures within the ANC which are taking South Africa over the cliff.

Sent into The Daily News and published, 17 May 2017.

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