“Russia could influence the ANC Elective Conference” – ISS researcher

Well, Russia might as well make it a hat-trick after being accused of rigging the American elections of 2016, and Brexit votes in that same year. Now Putin and the gang are setting their sights on the ANC Elective Conference 2017.

That’s according to Jackie Cilliers. He is a political scenario planner for the Institute of Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria. Cilliers believes that the Russians have a large stake invested in South Africa, as highlighted with the nuclear deal.

Will Russia interfere with the ANC Elective Conference?

The partnership is rumoured to be costing South Africa R1.2 trillion. It will see nuclear power stations established in our country. Although, it’ll be with the help of Russian workers, technology, and funding. Mr Cilliers believe this is a deal ‘too big to fail’ for the Kremlin, and they will do all that they can to ensure the agreement is kept.

“South Africa cannot afford a nuclear power plant now and does not need one until 2040. Nevertheless, President Jacob Zuma is determined to buy one now. And the question must be why? Has money changed hands? What are the reasons for this? Is it a payback for our membership of Brics? Nobody knows.”

The ISS scenario planner believes that a lot is riding on the two candidates aiming to replace Jacob Zuma as ANC President. Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma are expected to find out on Monday which one of them will lead the party into the 2019 general elections.

Will the ANC carry on with the nuclear deal?

Though Cilliers himself didn’t say which candidate Russia would prefer, it would appear that NDZ would be their pick. She is seen as the more ‘agreeable’ candidate to Jacob Zuma and his policies.

The nuclear deal itself has been widely lambasted for its haste, expense, and outright ignorance. If the ANC and South Africa really can afford to gamble with a trillion rand, then they can also afford to put a huge dent in the poverty numbers.

Enjoyed this post? Share it!


Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *