Martin Williams
3 minute read
28 Apr 2021
5:50 am

ANC using Winnie’s name to distract from service delivery failures

Martin Williams

Put aside this renaming William Nicol Drive folly. Spend money on helping the poor, rather than beguiling them with road signs. You can’t eat a road sign.

The ANC on 26 April 2021 mobilised to support the remaining of Johannesburg’s William Nicol Drive to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Drive. Picture: @MYANC/Twitter.

If ANC policy was consistent, the party wouldn’t rename William Nicol Drive after Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. They’d find a side street and rebrand it Winnie Step-Aside Street. How would Winnie have fared under the ANC rule which says members who have been charged with corruption or other serious crimes must step aside within 30 days? Winnie was convicted of fraud and kidnapping, which surely count as “corruption or other serious crimes”. WATCH: ANC lobbies to support renaming of William Nicol Drive A high-profile test of the ANC step-aside rule is secretary-general Ace Magashule, whose 30- day deadline almost coincides with the...