Op-Ed – Rebuilding Democracy – Time to Use Our Own Power! [analysis]

What was unthinkable 20 years ago has happened in 2014. In 1994 it seemed impossible for the party of Nelson Mandela to be defeated and any split in the tripartite alliance seemed far-fetched. The ANC-led alliance is now hanging together by a thread, with all three of its components facing declining legitimacy and support and, in the case of COSATU, possible implosion. What happened?

In 1994 almost every person expected the ANC to win the elections and everyone saw COSATU as a powerful partner, whose influence had secured the insertion of the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) as a key element of the ANC election platform. The SACP was a widely admired member of this alliance, based on the heroic record of some of its cadres and respect for strategic and theoretical input that had played a significant role in many important choices taken by the ANC.

The alliance carried weight. The ANC was led by a man of impeccable integrity who had emerged from prison and immediately engaged the Apartheid regime, the ANC, and organisations within and beyond the tripartite alliance in a process aimed at ending bloodshed and building peace in a democratic order. Mandela,…

Source : Daily Maverick