People find their courage closer to the ANC elective conference- Siya Khumalo

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator has a rather unique take on the deputy president, Cyril Ramaphosa alleged infidelity scandal that recently made headlines.

Khumalo has written a thought provoking piece in the Daily Maverick on exactly how we as South Africans should and can respond to the revelations of the deputy president's alleged infidelities. And more importantly how this will and could impact on the African National Congress (ANC) crucial December elective conference.

Khumalo also comments on Ramaphosa being vocal on state capture and corruption by some office bearers in government. He tells Weekend Breakfast host, Africa Melane that there is a lot of selective moralism happening within the ruling party.

People find their courage closer to the ANC elective conference. They align themselves with certain moral stances.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

When it's convenient to align themselves with those moral stances they keep quiet.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

We've seen this with Ramaphosa explains Khumalo.

When Pravin Gordhan was fired he spoke up. When there was that cabinet reshuffle he threatened to resign. He seemed to criticise the president a lot then stepped back from that.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

One wonders what is driving that dance other than just political strategy towards getting the position of ANC president, towards getting power. They are playing a game.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

On Friday, ANC Secretary General, Gwede Mantashe confirmed that ANC national executive committee (NEC) member Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma will be sworn in as an MP next week.

Khumalo says Dlamini-Zuma is gradually transitioning from being an ANC member to somehow getting political office. He reckons Dlamini-Zuma has no desires of becoming an ANC president but rather wants to looks to after help keep her friends and ex husband, President Zuma's secrets buried.

Khumalo goes on say Dlamini-Zuma's loyalty to the ANC has enabled her to move up the party ranks. He uses South African Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor as another example.

Look at Naledi Pandor, everybody thought she was a brilliant minister. When she defends President Jacob Zuma in parliament, she does it in a very nuanced and clever way. In essence she's defending her party.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

For me that carries enough moral questionability, that just being associated with ANC and how they protect President Zuma from parliament's job in essence. That alone casts aspersions of the character of the person in question.

Siya Khumalo, author, social and political commentator

Listen here for the full interview:


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