Today, as history repeats itself, the ANC in Parliament have once again demonstrated that the party will always come before their oath of office, the Constitution and the South African people.
ANC MPs voted today against the initiation of impeachment proceedings against President Cyril Ramaphosa. They did so in defiance of the Constitution that requires MPs to hold the Executive to account. They did this in defiance of the will of the South African people and to carry out the instruction of the ANC NEC to protect a President at all costs.
Equally shocking was the surprisingly high number of absentees from MPs from the opposition benches today. Impassioned speeches from opposition leaders called on ANC MPs to vote their conscience and yet so many opposition MPs did not see it fit to attend this sitting. The fact that ANC MPs defend the indefensible is disappointing but expected, but that opposition MPs would defend the actions of the President with their absence is a demonstration of how the Opposition has become complicit in the problem.
The ANC has, nevertheless, copied and pasted the Nkandla playbook and South Africans once again find themselves led by a President with unanswered questions of criminality hanging over his head. The irrational shielding of President Ramaphosa mirrors the protection of President Zuma over the Nkandla saga that produced the Constitutional Court judgment that established the impeachment process.
It must be repeated that South Africa over the last decade has had to come to terms with political leaders who are battling criminal charges and violations of the Constitution. This seems to preoccupy these leaders when the country is desperate for effective and ethical leadership over an epidemic of state corruption.
Many South Africans placed their hope in a Ramaphosa presidency in the wake of Zuma’s lost decade; they have been deeply disappointed by Ramaphosa’s inaction in key areas and the exposure of the Phala Phala scandal. South Africa cannot be held hostage by the ANC and must vote it out come 2024.
It is high time that South Africans get a president they deserve. One whose leadership is beyond reproach and after Jacob Zuma, now Cyril, it is clear that ethical leadership cannot and will not be found in the ANC.
We have also maintained that there is no “good ANC” or “bad ANC”. That the ANC is a criminal enterprise, and our position has been vindicated by this latest development.
ActionSA states to the South African people, without equivocation, that the solution to South Africa’s challenges will not be found within the ANC. The pathway to fix South Africa lies in the 2024 National and Provincial elections and the removal of the ANC from government so that Parliament is no longer used as an ANC instrument to defend their political leaders from accountability.