A phenomenon which is often overlooked by the contemporary political theories, one which is inherently contributing to the political orientation of our society, is how politics has given its verdict on the collapse of the ANC’s integrity that has tarnished its reputation as the potential carrier of the people’s hope.
The conclusion of this verdict was made possible by two distinct narratives; the first, being the looting of state resources which is directly linked to the representatives of this party; and the second, by the infection of ideological incompetence that has contaminated the minds of the leaders it produces to gravitate around unproductive politics. Accordingly, the only thing the party is now left with is to boost about a limited egotistic confidence which comes as a result of its historical role in the struggle, but beyond that it has nothing more to offer than to continue producing a herd of leaders who are a danger to its survival and, who are going to tear it and the state apart. It has nothing to offer than to embark on a fixed mindset of corruption-politics as it slowly cripples its way out of power.
Of course, ANC has become a political well that is poisonous to the system of our democracy; it has adopted a tradition of anti-intellectualism that doesn’t contribute positively in shaping the current political discourse. This is largely because the individuals are no longer guided by the objectives of the party more than they are driven by their personal interests, which are a contradiction to the party’s ambitions. They are no longer governed by the mentality of selflessness; greed and selfishness has intervened in their psyche at the opportunity of exposure to state resources. This, in and of itself, highlights the fact that politics in South Africa has become a corny process that is taking place in the territorial landscape of the ruling party, with the ANC as an object of corruption discussion, rather than them focusing on the priorities of the state, citizens and democracy.
However, they should be urgently redirected towards their intended role of inspiring development and empowering the citizens. If, on the other hand, politics are conducted in a manner in which they are not directly accessible to the public, in terms of setting the trends for political process; then they are not inline with the role they were meant to serve in our society, in other words they are highly questionable as is the case right now. In addition to this ANC has reduced our politics into its personal project, contrary to this they need to be transformed in order for them to be a public property, as opposed to being polluted by the ruling party and the offside agendas of its agents. This political transformation will firmly cement the public interest not only when corruption charges are polarizing public opinion.
A lesson that must be learned from this tragic nemesis of the ruling party, one which is communicated in parables is that, ANC is now approaching a phase where its historical deeds will count for nothing in the eyes of the people, as a result of the growing criticism of the government’s conduct of the state. A conduct which undermined the bond of trust between ANC and the people, which justifies, in more ways than one, that this political party has betrayed the people. Hence they don’t see any value in investing their hopes in its unrealistic promises. Their admiration for the party is gradually becoming irrelevant since they are beginning to see its demonic appearance, and its diehard loyalists are looking at the scene through a mist of tears.
Therefore, it is safe to conclude that twenty three years into democracy, ANC is not as respectable as it used to be under the command of its formidable, former leaders. Most importantly, it is threatened by the drastic decline of its numbers. Despite its undying ‘egotistic confidence’, it remains divided among itself and this division is still concealed by the benefits that comes with its ‘corruption-politics’, but once it is fully surfaced, it will have a ripple effect on its demise which will accelerate its oust from power. Moreover, it is quite disturbing not to hear some of its leaders emphasizing the impact of corruption charges in the future of the ANC as a brand. Equally disturbing is not to see brave leaders standing up to warn about the dangers lying ahead, when it is becoming clearer by day. Perhaps this deafening quietness and lack of bravery can be something upon which we can build the premise of our investigation whether or not there are still clean politicians left in this party.