WITH reference to "'Zuma has failed us'" (says Nceba Faku), when one reads news such as this, which greets us so early in the morning, it's a very bad start to one's day. To have it confirmed, by the top ANC man in this area, that the ANC is totally out of touch with the groundswell of opinion at grassroots level.
Of course Zuma has failed us – by us, I presume Faku means the population of the country who are suffering because of Zuma's gross inadequacy and not only the local ANC opinion.
A letter that appeared in this paper on October 1 submitted by Julian Ngcangca, under the heading "What about road to service delivery?" – as opposed to the road to Mangaung – should be mandatory reading for all those concerned about the disastrous course this country is headed on under the ANC. One sentence in particular caught my eye because of its relevance regarding what is going on with the ANC at the moment: "Its immediate focus is mainly on the road to Mangaung, and the positions that will be available and are currently being auctioned".
Ngcangca has hit the proverbial nail smack on the head with his reference to an "auction". That would appear to be exactly what happens: you please the guy at the top, who unfortunately is the incompetent incumbent, and all sorts of powers and wealth become possible.
Events over the past couple of years have proven that is, indeed, exactly what happens.
"Extinct" is another applicable word Ngcangca uses. It sums up the current dispensation: the sooner they become so, the better it will be for all South Africans of all races and creeds.
Richard Burbidge, Rowallan Park, Port Elizabeth