#44. Wonder whether money spent on the Hadron Collider should have instead gone to the ANC who, on a much smaller budget, have managed to simulate the Big Bang. The firing and then resignation of President Thabo Mbeki and his replacement by Kgalema Motlanthe has everybody talking.
There is a sense that history is being made in this country and that we are all no longer passive participants in the future. Everyone has a view. With the announcement of a new President, Motlanthe, and Deputy President, Lindiwe Sisulu, [the position was actually filled a few days later by Baleka Mbete] the reign of Thabo Mbeki is being shrugged off. Interestingly the ANC line on this is that the decision needed to be taken to “recall” Mbeki (much like one recalls a faulty DVD machine) in order to create a “strong and united ruling party” – Jacob Zuma told a press conference at Luthuli House today.
But political commentators are pointing out that if anything this move will break apart what has been an uneasy coalition of interests – the ANC and its Alliance partners.
It looks like Labour and Communists to the left, Mbeki and the bourgeoisie to the right. If this does happen we can only look forward to a healthier political climate where the space of politics is contested rather than dominated by one enormous ruling party. It’s called democracy.
There’s nothing to do besides watch this space…