‘We need to rethink our attitude towards politics’

Following the call by opposition political parties that President Jacob Zuma should be impeached, #NightTalk's Gugs Mhlungu and Sizwe Dhlomo asked Dr Mzukisi Qobo, associate professor, University of Johannesburg, if opposition parties would have removed their leader as State President if they were in a similar position to the African National Congress.

Last week, ANC secretary-general, Gwede Mantashe said that the calls by the opposition parties and civil society to remove Zuma from his position are an attempt to make the ANC tear itself apart.

Listen to the conversation between Dr Qobo, Sizwe and Gugu below...

Scroll down for quotes from the conversation...

I don’t think many people are asking for the ANC to tear itself apart but they are expecting for there to be agency of renewal within the ANC for the ANC to discover its core principles, ethics and values, and its historic mission. You can have that voice from the ANC without tearing itself apart.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo, associate professor, University of Johannesburg

I think another party could have enlightened itself to think about the long term, and to think about sustainability of the party. I think the ANC is thinking on the short term.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo, associate professor, University of Johannesburg

I think the ANC over a period of time developed a very strong culture of debate. But what we’re having within the ANC now is less restriction of internal party democracy, rather, absence of courage for people to speak.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo, associate professor, University of Johannesburg

I think we should rethink our attitude towards politics, and realise actually that the primary locus for change is in civil society rather than formal party politics.

Dr Mzukisi Qobo, associate professor, University of Johannesburg

This article first appeared on 702 : ‘We need to rethink our attitude towards politics’


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