Are we just pawns in this new dawn?
Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain serves as the head of state with only ceremonial powers she welcomes foreign leader's opens parliament by reading a speech prepared by the Government of the day. The real power however is in the hands of the prime ministers who serves as the head of Government directing both the executive as well as the legislature.
To South Africans this may sound familiar and makes us ask the question do we live in a constitutional monarchy? I put it to you that you may not be blamed for thinking this if we think of all the events that took place over these past few weeks. Luthuli House is our equivalent of ten Downing Street it is the place were all government decision are taken by the head of state Ace Magashule and the Monarch HRH Ramaphosa who resides in Mahlamba Ndlopfu (Buckingham Palace) should just fall in line.
If HRH Ramaphosa would dare to disobey direct instruction from Luthuli house it could lead to his monarch being dissolved (recalled). When Ace Magashule came out and said the reserve bank needs to expand its mandate Ramaphosa could not come out directly condemning the statements made by Magashule but like the British monarch had to take a very diplomatic tone. When it was alleged that Magashule was colluding with Zuma to form the ATM party Ramaphosa had to remain quiet and wait for the NEC to take the decision to investigate.
Where does this leave us as South African will we continue to be the collateral damage whenever there is infighting going on between the ANC leaders. With a country plagued with corruption. Unemployment, violence and racism do we really have time for a governing party that will continue to place themselves above South Africans. With the upcoming SONA we will have to see if Ramaphosa will speak to those dissidents within his own party or remain quiet ultimately giving them the power to go rogue. Phakama Ramaphosa ixesha lifikile
- Kahla is a history student at Stellenbosch University.