Political analyst Ralph Mathekga says that the challenges President Jacob Zuma has faced have now become intrinsically linked to the African National Congress (ANC).
I always hear people say 'you need to leave tomorrow', but I don't think they can respond to the question of who is going to be in charge tomorrow. Is there anyone who can rally the party tomorrow, or do you need to continue with this uncomfortable normal in the ANC— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
Matshekga is releasing a book this week titled When Zuma Goes, which looks at the fate of the ANC and South Africa after President Zuma's time as party leader.
Speaking to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo, Mathekga says that for as much as there may be calls for the President Zuma to step down from the Presidency, it is less clear who could come into the Presidency and rally the governing party which faces several challenges.
How do you distinguish genuine mistakes? I'm of the belief that leaders can make mistakes and turn the corner. But how do you distinguish between genuine mistakes that could be committed by Jacob Zuma, and some malicious mistakes that have to do with his personality? There is a lot.— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
Mathekga says that while President Zuma has made genuine mistakes in his term ANC and State President, it is important to distinguish the decisions he has made in office, to his personality and prescription to his isiZulu culture.
Listen to the conversation below:
I think this is a mere expression, a simple indication that politics does matter to people, and it has begun to matter much more intimately than has been the case before— Ralph Mathekga, political analyst
Responding to the extent in which South Africans have responded to the current political and government revelations in the country, Mathekga says that citizens have shown a greater interest in the country's politics than ever before.
Watch a clip of Ralph Mathekga in studio with Sizwe Dhlomo: