Mark Steele, MPL
DA KZN Chief Whip
KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu’s ‘I Do Right’ campaign is well-intentioned but has at its heart one huge fatal flaw. The more he commits the province of KwaZulu-Natal to ‘put measures in place to eradicate fraud and corruption’ the more people will look at the bigger picture of the abject failure of the ANC to hold their political leadership accountable and the entire credibility of the campaign will be undermined.
In the very same newspaper that the Premier is punting his anti-corruption campaign there appears a report from Parliament in which the ANC’s Mathole Motshekga declares wonderfully that the President bears no responsibility for over-spending at Nkandla and so, by some magical sleight of hand suddenly doesn’t have to comply with the Public Protector’s finding that he must pay back the portion of the Nkandla costs which represents personal enrichment.
It’s very simple Mr Premier. You can’t have it both ways. Either your party backs Jacob Zuma to the hilt or you fight corruption – but you can’t do both simultaneously.
In the courts of public opinion fighting corruption means holding political leaders accountable. The more the ANC denies this connection the more its credibility will suffer.
The President must already be uncomfortably aware that his senior lieutenants are doing the electoral arithmetic. While he brings in the votes they will be loyal, but once the support for the ANC drops below 50% in any of the key battleground metros then he will become an expendable liability in the 2016 local government elections.