The ANC Presidential succession race certainly has thrown up some interesting questions, at least for a casual observer, whether he be an ordinary citizen of this country or a potential foreign investor. I would like to pose some of these questions here.
- Why is Mbeki standing for a third term as ANC President, knowing that he cannot serve another term as President of South Africa?
- What does he know that we don’t know? Could we see some meddling with our Constitution?
- How serious is Zuma’s threat to bring down the whole government if he is targeted for corruption in the arms deal case?
- How can we even consider electing a President who has no formal education, a pending corruption case and some strange views of HIV prevention?
- What prevents the succession battle resulting in a splintering of the ANC into numerous insignificant groupings?
- Why the bitter fight for the Presidency, when by the admission of both major nominees, the ANC is a collective and no real decision-making power is vested in the Presidency?
- How serious are the tribal divisions within the ANC? Is the concept of a Zulu President possible? What would the pecking order be in relation to the Zulu King?
So many questions, so few answers.