'ANC must protect the country's sovereignty, not its own interests'

University of Johannesburg associate politics professor, Mcebisi Ndletyana questions the African National Congress (ANC) led government's commitment to protect the country's sovereignty and act in the nation's interest instead of serving narrow self-interests.

He shared his opinion in an article published in Sunday's City Press.

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Speaking to Bongani Bingwa on #702Breakfast, Ndletyana says the ANC is a nationalist movement which implies that it has to prioritise citizen' interests especially those of black South Africans.

Part of their project is to correct stereotypes about black incompetence and affirm their interests and give them opportunities.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of politics - University of Johannesburg

But how they have dealt with the Guptas for instance, the fact that you would have a family of immigrants arriving in South Africa and pretty much take over executive authority, being given all sorts of resources to the naturalisation of natural claimants, that to me, if you use the nationalist lexicon, that is a betrayal of nationalists objectives.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of politics - University of Johannesburg

Having foreigners 'take over' the country in the space of ten years points to the ANC's lack of competence and pride, he says.

He adds that a leader such as Jacob Zuma with his 'spectacular biography' in terms of South African politics, has been a great disappointment.

He ought to be as nationalist as they come, but for him to behave in a manner that he did, especially the kind of individuals he interacted with, it is quite outstanding and treacherous.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of Politics - University of Johannesburg

He believes it is crucial to analyse the ANC as it currently stands, against its stated claims.

It claims that it seeks to affirm national sovereignty to disprove racial stereotypes and accord people's ownership of their own country - and that didn't happen.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of Politics - University of Johannesburg

He says even though apartheid is responsible for a number of things, one cannot absolve the responsibility that the governing party has.

My point really is, for a nationalist movement that claims to protect our sovereignty and a proud party, they have to act in a similar fashion.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of Politics - University of Johannesburg

I am calling and appealing to people to put the country that they love as a priority instead of folding their arms and being concerned about their own personal interest.

Mcebisi Ndletyana, Associate professor of Politics - University of Johannesburg

Read Ndletyana full analysis piece here:

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