2013: another tumultuous year

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People in the news this year included (inset, from left) AgangSA leader Mamphela Ramphele, the EFFs Julius Malema, President Jacob Zuma, Nelson Mandela and union boss Irvin Jim. The pictures are superimposed over Zumas dispute-plagued home at Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal. Picture: Doctor Ngcobo

Johannesburg - Any year preceding that of an election is usually the most interesting in South African politics, and 2013 was no exception.

What difference can a year make in politics? Well, this year we saw opposition growing to President Jacob Zuma, once the darling of the masses; the formation and realignment of political parties; and the usual switching of loyalties by some politicians.

The year kicked off in high gear with anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele announcing in February she was forming a “political platform” which later metamorphosed into a fully-fledged political party, AgangSA.

By the time the party was launched in June, the hype that came with the first announcement had died down. The party has failed to live up to its promise of presenting a viable alternative to the ANC. This was evident when Ramphele visited Durban’s busy Warwick Triangle in October. She, as a Daily News reporter put it, “elicited curious stares from onlookers, with several stopping to ask who she was”.

In the popularity stakes Agang seems to have also been eclipsed by Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF).

The party led by the controversial former president of the ANC Youth League is so far the main threat to the ANC’s popular support, especially in provinces like North West, where the ruling party structures are deeply divided

On October 13, Malema finally launched his new political party, choosing a hill in Marikana - where 34 miners were shot dead last year by police after a violent strike at the Lonmin mine - as the launch site. It was a slick move from Malema whose main policy position is propagating radical nationalisation of the mines and land expropriation “for the benefit of the poor”.

His rhetoric grew, with him being anointed the Commander-in-Chief of the red bereted EFF. At every chance he got, Malema used it to lash out at his one-time friend turned biggest enemy, Zuma.

This year certainly has not been the best for Zuma, who went from being voted for overwhelmingly at an ANC conference in December last year, to being booed at FNB Stadium in front of many heads of state and foreign dignitaries who had assembled there for Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

ANC national executive committee member and former police commissioner, Bheki Cele, later said he thought that many of those who booed were ANC. Clearly opposition has been growing from within.

Zuma has limped from one controversy to another this year, from signing the controversial e-tolls into law to his suspected involvement in the landing of the private Gupta plane at Air Force Base Waterkloof.

Just a week after the booing incident, Cosatu’s influential affiliate metalworkers’ union, Numsa, broke ranks with the ANC, while its president, Andrew Chirwa, suggested that it’s time the union asked difficult questions.

One of those questions was whether the time was not right to ask Zuma to step down.

These calls, which have also been made by the likes of the DA and the EFF, arise also from the scandal involving upgrades to the president’s Nkandla home. The government has sought to justify the expenditure of R208 million on Nkandla, saying this was necessary to beef up security at Zuma’s home and also to provide amenities for state security personnel attached to the president.

But a government report into the Nkandla upgrades has given rise to more questions than before.

While the inter-ministerial task team clears Zuma and points fingers at government officials, some of those implicated have hit back.

Some of the findings have also been challenged, including the relocation of Zuma’s neighbours because of security concerns.

The president’s brother, Michael, was quoted saying that only one household belonging to his other brother was relocated.

The upgrades to the president’s home are likely to continue to be an albatross around the president’s neck, especially during 2014, an election year, but as it has been proven before, it would be too early to write off Zuma.

He will be counting on KwaZulu-Natal, his home province, for support at the polls. This province has been instrumental in ensuring that Zuma stays on top.

It’s no wonder then that with ANC support said to be decreasing in other provinces, the KZN region would have to work hard to shore up support to compensate for losses elsewhere. In this province the ANC has set itself a target of a 70 percent share of the votes. This looks a target within reach for a party that won its first by-election in the former IFP stronghold of Nongoma.

Opposition parties in the province are not as strong, with the IFP still trying to recover from the 2011 split which led to the formation of the NFP. The IFP has managed to win back some councils it lost to the NFP-ANC coalition – including the strategic Nkandla municipality.

The ANC-NFP marriage of convenience has been on the rocks, with leaders from both sides having from time to time to extinguish fires in areas like Greytown and Estcourt.

The DA has really failed to mount an impressive challenge to the ANC, although it claims an increase in support.

Its appointment of Zwakele Mncwango as leader of the important eThekwini caucus might work to convince some voters that the party is not a white boys’ club.

But that caucus has had its fair share of controversies, with some members plotting to oust Mncwango and two councillors – including one-time DA mayoral candidate Ronnie Veeran - jumping ship to the ANC and, in the process, accusing the DA of racism.

The MF is also in shambles with leadership squabbles between MP Roy Bhoola and Amichand Rajbansi’s widow, Shameen Thakur, threatening to divide the party.

A peace deal between the two leaders was recently signed, but how long it would hold remains to be seen.

Next year should offer an opportunity for Premier Senzo Mchunu to start with a clean slate and appoint his cabinet.

Mchunu took over from Zweli Mkhize in September.

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