By Alec Hogg
I opined that the truly significant story of the event was an abandonment of the ANC’s long-cherished Developmental State fantasy. Not just because it has been a monumental disaster. More importantly, because those who hold power in Pretoria now recognise this fact.___STEADY_PAYWALL___
Abandoning a core concept is never easy for a political party, especially for a liberation movement, even when the concept is obviously flawed. However, slowly reality dawns and eyes open. In this case, the realisation has been aided by the direct, destructive impact on citizens’ lives and Treasury’s tax receipts as a direct consequence of the state’s monopolies over electricity provision and logistics.
In every mass movement, there will always be refuseniks. Just as the Boers had their ‘bittereinders’, the ANC is burdened with the SA Communist Party. This unit, for reasons best known internally, has long been regarded as a repository of much of its intellectual capacity. So it remains a force to be reckoned with.
RW Johnson’s superb column challenges this SACP ‘brainpower’ theory and also exposes the fact that, although the ANC is finally embracing economic realities, it remains a divided house. The current ruling party will continue to be so as long as its precious Tripartite Alliance remains intact.
During Wednesday’s lockup press conference, Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana asserted that the ANC will remain in government after 2024 either by winning a majority or by being a key part of any government formed. Perhaps. However, its Damascene Conversion to economic reality may have come too late. Add the SACP baggage in tow, any different outcomes are very possible.
Roll on 2024.
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