But I don't know if that's a good or bad thing! No really, I have no idea anymore. Getting excited for Zuma in his battle for political survival only tells me that the forces ranged against him are, well, less palatable than Zuma. If that's possible?
Yes Vavi has said a bunch of encouraging things, but it means nothing as long as COSATU is a member of the alliance, as this speech has so clearly shown. Vavi and Juliaaas got big fat smacks. And besides, how crap is our body politic that we might get excited about Vavi's utterances? That is, how transparently corrupt is our political elite that union aristocrats, those morally and ethically pure defenders of the poor (not), are able to claim any high ground?
For me Mantashe must come through this NGC intact, and rapidly strengthen his position. Even though I don't really know what he thinks anymore on the more important issues, he and Kgalema Motlanthe seem to be the best hope the ANC has of some sort of stability. And lord knows the country needs a stable ANC!
PS. As far as I could tell from the reports no real direct mention of mines nationalisation, but a big fat smack for the ANCYL might indirectly be a big fat no to their proposals.