“It is, however, essential that the separation between party and state is respected, and that state funds are not used to fund party political activity in any guise.”
– Athol Trollip, as Parliamentary Leader of the Democratic Alliance (2011)
A curious tweet appeared on my timeline the other day. Phumzile Van Damme, the DA’s spokesperson and a member of Parliament, expressed dismay that the ANC was “marching on itself”. She was commenting on the march to the Union Buildings which ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe would be leading.
To me, this was not an instance of the ANC marching on the ANC. Yes, the Union Buildings may be occupied by an ANC-led Government, but one has to recognise that despite this, the Union Buildings is ‘State’ and not ‘Party’. If the ANC truly were marching on itself, it would be marching to Luthuli House.