Political analyst Karima Brown says events that unfolded at Cosatu’s main “May Day” rally in Bloemfontein on Monday mark a new degree of the crisis within the ANC and the tripartite alliance.
Brown says the crisis facing the ruling party and its alliance partners has been public knowledge, but reached new levels after President Jacob Zuma was heckled and stopped from speaking.
The fact that there is a crisis in the ANC and in the alliance is not new.— Karima Brown, Political Analyst and Talk At Nine Presenter
Cosatu was forced to cancel all speeches and end the event after workers affiliated to the trade union federation refused to let President Jacob Zuma deliver the keynote address.
Brown says she is anticipating a response from Zuma's supporters following the humiliating event.
At the same time, political analyst Prince Mashele points out that the ruling party has lost its credibility with the public and now with its alliance partners.
Mashele says the ANC's "limbs" are starting to fall off as it is no longer seen as the heroic organisation it was once.
When a governing party falls, the first stage is that it falls in the public mind... The halo of this sacrosanct liberation movement has gone and will not come back.— Prince Mashele, political analyst
When the head of a living organism dies, all its limbs also die.— Prince Mashele, political analyst
There's nothing momentous from what we witnessed yesterday, it's a logical conclusion.— Prince Mashele, political analyst
Mashele says what remains is for the ANC to be booted out of power, while Brown believes electoral politics are a bit more fluid and complex than that.
The pair also reflected on calls for the labour movement's renewal following the launch of a new trade union federation, South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu).
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