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It was on the Ides of March that Romans assassinated a would-be Emperor whose power lust destroyed their Republic. So it is rather appropriate that on the same day, March 15, the public action of a little known politician is set to destroy South Africa’s modern-day Caesar. In this context, it is important to understand that Vytjie Mentor is like most long-serving ANC cadres. Drawn to the party by a calling to help her fellow citizen, she is a decent person with more than a touch of idealism. She is like many of those serving this young democracy. What made Mentor’s case unusual is how the forces of evil underestimated her commitment, as they clearly did with the man who inspired her “coming out”, Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas. Earmarked as an easy touch, she instead rejected the promotion because it came at too high a price and from the wrong source. Vytjie says she is only speaking up now because she thought hers was an isolated incident. Her courage, and that of Jonas, is sure to break the conspiracy of silence they unwittingly joined. Their disclosures are perfectly timed with the ANC’s National Executive Committee meeting over the next few days. Political analysts, including those who advise money managers abroad, are confidently predicting the ANC will back its compromised President. They assume too many cadres have been bought by Zuma and the Guptas – so they will ignore or differently interpret actions which Deputy Finance Minister Mcebisi Jonas describes as striking at the heart of SA’s “hard earned democracy, the trust of our people.” My experience of those involved suggests a different outcome. There are far more Barbara Hogans, Pravin Gordhans, Nhlanhla Nenes and, indeed Vytjie Mentors in the movement than “Gupta boys”. For the first time, they know the whispers are not just malicious rumours. I’m confident the pundits have miscalculated, that this weekend the ANC will show a renewed determination to regain its moral compass, to excise the cancer of cronyism and patronage. Those who hold Zuma’s career in their hands, after all, have families, friends and communities they must answer to. They know the Zupta spin is utter rubbish. And, these are people who for the most part, also kneel before their Higher Power and are guided by their conscience on the important decisions. The ANC will do the right thing. The future of Mandela’s nation requires it. – Alec Hogg
By Lizeka Tandwa, News24
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