Ebrahim Rasool, who is the ANC’s electoral campaign chief in the Western Cape, has admitted to a decade-long stint of terrible governance at the hands of the ANC.
Speaking at eNCA’s town hall debates held in Cape Town last week, the African National Congress’ (ANC) chief of campaigning in the Western Cape, Ebrahim Rasool, conceded to the terrible governance that South Africa has been subjected to, specifically over the last decade.
“I want to admit that we have had a devastating decade over the last 10 years in this country and I want to say that a lot of it has to do with the governance we’ve had in this country, even from the ANC. I want to say that we are now in a situation where we have a president, President Cyril Ramaphosa, who needs an enormously strong mandate if we are to give effect to the Zondo Commission, the Nugent Commission and all those commissions that are trying to find and identify those who have been corrupt, those who have stolen and we must put them in jail,” he said.
Rasool was the Western Cape premier between 2004 and 2008, before he was moved to the United States to serve as an ambassador for South African between 2010 to 2015. The move came after he had to step down due to the “brown envelope” saga that alleged that there were payments made to some journalists at The Argus for favourable reporting.
Although he is the ANC’s electoral campaign chief, Rasool has not shied away from highlighting the ruling party’s flaws. While addressing the Cape Town Press Club ahead of the May elections, he said that the ANC now finds itself in a moral dilemma, where its values are questioned.
“What we’re asking here is something more fundamental, about where is stability, a stronger government that does not have to look over the shoulders of factions, at certain provinces, whether that is preferable to a weak government that must always listen to the extremists barking on the sides.
“But the ANC until the past 10 years has never had a moral crisis … even when we made political, or organisational ideological mistakes it was never a moral crisis. So how do we repair the moral crisis in SA and can Ramaphosa be that person or should we strengthen his hand in doing that,” said Rasool.
Rasool has raised critical questions about the ruling party’s governance and it is difficult to overlook the sharp counterstatements between his address and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s overly confident statements about the ANC winning these upcoming elections, even at the face of the many dilemmas that riddle the ruling party.