I urge everyone to read last week’s cover story from the Financial Mail, Soul For Sale, which covers the spectre of corruption and graft in the ANC. It’s pretty depressing reading, and no quote illustrates it better than this one from an ANC member in the Northern Cape describing the behaviour of some of his councillors:
In the Northern Cape we no longer have an ANC leadership. We have an ANC dealership.
Well that was short. It seems that Deputy Mayor Andrew Arnolds was merely a ‘placeholder’ for Pauline Cupido who was the ACDP’s original candidate for mayor and will step aside and put the position back up for the vote. It seems Cupido is still a member of the national legislature and will have to resign first.
This is illustrative of the fact that no one was really sure who was going to win power in the Cape and so were unwilling to give up the power they already had. Although at least Helen Zille had the cojones to resign from parliament before she was elected mayor and was prepared to be a normal city councillor had she lost.
Now the ACDP are not guaranteed of replacing Andrews with Cupido. There still might be some suprises. The DA is supposedly still trying to get the ID into their coaltion and they might use this as an opportunity to woo them over. Conversely the ID might want to try and seperate themselves from the ANC and vote for whoever the coalition proposes anyway.