Walter Rubusana, Saul Msane, John Dube, Josiah Gumede, Pixely ka Isaka Seme and Sol Plaatjie founded the South African Native Congress, which later became the ANC, in Mangaung in 1912 as an omnibus: opening up membership to people of all backgrounds.
Little did they know that, years later, the giant liberation movement would become a shadow of its former self. It attracted dodgy characters – convicted criminals and people with questionable credibility, whose sole objective have been to loot state coffers.
That arrogance has led to the ANC being unable to proclaim itself as the leader it once was. Facing polls in weeks – especially against the fledgling Economic Freedom Fighters, whose rhetoric seemingly resonates well with the poor and the young – the ANC has been found to be doing unnecessary pussyfooting before finalising its candidates list of MPs.
That list is currently laced with enough poison to deter any potential voter whose interest it is to see proper governance of the country taking shape. The names on the list, which according to ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, are to be referred to the party’s integrity committee, contradict and make a mockery of the ANC election slogan: “one South Africa for all”.
It contains characters such as Nomvula Mokonyane, Des van Rooyen, Bathabile Dlamini, Supra Mahumapelo, Faith Muthambi, Malusi Gigaba, Mosebenzi Zwane and Collen Maine – and names that continue to pop up at the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture.