Reading Floyd Shivambu in the Sunday Independent of today helps one understand the flawed, mischievous thinking of the factionalised mind pervasive in modern day ANCYL politics. His latest salvo speaks volumes of the low state of thinking ANCYL politics has degenerated to.
His tirade against Cyril Ramaphosa as the NDCA chairperson decries the foolishness of a cornered “teenager” who clutches on straws. Out of the quagmire of this he continues the emotional blackmail trying to buy sympathy, yet attempts to direct ANC thinking. Shivambu like a Magaqa is moving swiftly to the same position as their leader Malema. Perhaps they want to claim a political martyrdom that would memorialise them in South Africa’s list of heroes.
Shivambu’s publicised predictions on who the ANC will choose to lead attest that it will not be the NDCA chairperson. He chronicles a history that reflects Ramaphosa’ s personal interest, making him a sell-out, benefactor of billions etc. He uses this to make the case that the NDCA chairperson has already sacrificed principle on the altar of politics convenience.
Mine is no defence of a Ramaphosa, I have my own vocal views of the post-apartheid SA “billionare black elite” yet Shivambu’s warped thinking and cheap blackmail warrants unpacking.
I shall attempt to dissect this warped thinking that has become synonymous with modern day ANCYL politics. In which the ANC organisation is divided for cheap politicking reasons by those who claim they represent in self appointment the vanguard interest of the true ANC membership.
Shivambu firstly confirms the utter obsession with a Mangaung elective conference that has kept the mind of the ANCYL immured. It appears Mangaung is the only subject on the agenda of ANCYL.
Secondly he advances the argument that the ANC is a convenient factionalised organisation, which lacks the aptitude and presence of mind to engender organisational discipline. In the mind a of Shivambu there are many ANC’s, at least he knows one who disregard discipline and one who will get even with among others the NDCA chairperson, the secretary general and off course the president, and all those who fall in ANCYL mind in the dictator definition.
Thirdly his attack on Ramaphosa is an argument informed by personality politics, a characteristic trademark of ANCYL politics. It is the same personality cult politics that informs the blank defence of the indefensible the actions of its president Julius Malema.
In case we all forgot in defence of its wrong ANCYL attacked the NDC Chairperson Derek Hanekom seeking to show him out conveniently as “white” in the ANC trying to punish a so called “black” Malema and company. When that fails he is made out as biased against them for disagreeing with their stance on nationalisation
When this failed they as predicted take their attack to the chairperson of the NDCA. We all know ANCYL, attacked members of the NDC and NDCA for disagreeing with them on a non policy matter of nationalisation. The personality politics suggests the chairpersons of both the NDC and NDCA are unilaterally ruling the respective structures. All other members of the structures according to the ANCYL are either puppets, stooges and clearly not thinking according to ANCYL and its spokesman. It is the same flawed reasoning they advance on a Zuma led administration. According to ANCYL all those around Zuma do not think independently and therefore are controlled by the ANC president as puppets on strings to fulfil his political agenda. He therefore echoes the antics of virtually expelled Malema, who argues for the existence of the Zuma dictatorship.
ANCYL must own up to the creation of this ‘personality cult’ of leadership as mistaken identity for legitimate and democratic structures of the ANC. ANCYL must own up that it cannot claim a victimhood for it is the ANC who has taken against the ANCYL leadership, it is the legitimate structures of the ANC that has acted o the matter of ill-discipline
Shivambu, claims the ANC he knows will not trust a Ramaphosa in leadership, he throws everything at the NDCA chairperson as a means of discrediting him as one who is out to serve the interest of self. He draws an embolden line between the hearings and Ramaphosa’s political future, these may have by default a bearing yet it is simply questionable to see this as by design. Perhaps ABCYKL must tell us who they want to hear their cases, they must tell us who in the NEC must constitute the NDC and NDCA for those currently deployed according to the ANCYL are without reason biased against ANCYL.
The truth is the “ANC” of Shivambu will not trust a Ramaphosa or any member of those who disagree with them for that ‘ANC’ he talks about is not the African National Congress but the figment of the factionalised mind of Shivambu. His unequivocal claim on the distrust of Ramaphosa remains undeniably his views and those on whose behalf he opines.
Lastly what Shivambu seeks to do with this personal attack on Ramaphosa, is play mind games in which he seeks to create a doubt in the mind of some and more so in the mind of potentialy the NDCA and its chairperson to feel compromised with the hope of getting a sympathetic verdict.
Shivambu still adamantly hold on to the claim that they are victims of those who are out to get them. He regardless to the fact that he apologised and applied for granted appeal remains stubbornly convinced we all live on another planet where his appeal is no prove of an acknowledged ill-discipline case against him and his cohorts.
This notion pits the ANCYL as an independent, structure deriving its identity outside the ANC for it certainly disregards the constitution of its mother body, effectively rendering it outside the ANC. As the days drag on we must expect more of this wildcat statements, for it is indicative of the last days of perhaps the worst ANCYL leadership we have seen.
In all of this it will become clearer that this ANCYL is led by anyone who has a microphone in front of its mouth or has an audience, and warrants serious sanction, for its spokesman like its secretary general and president, in my assesment deserve to be outside the ANC today.