Editor's Note: With the ANC election conference on the horizon, the integrity of the delegates have come under the spotlight. Briefly.co.za editor, Stefan Mack, has a look at an average citizens perception of politics.
Whenever there are big stakes there is also big money, this is no different when it comes to politics. The reason that vote buying cannot be ruled out is that there are people who are prone to wanting to enrich themselves above all else.
Vote buying has been a problem for the ANC in the past and it is unlikely that it would be any different come the 16th of December. For Jacob Zuma, it is essential that Dlamini-Zuma wins the ANC elections, which would ensure his protection and allow him to complete his term in office. Additionally, he would be afforded the luxury of a dignified exit.
Zuma would also have the time and support to push ahead with his nuclear deal and make the 783 charges of corruption disappear.
In terms of funds available to buy necessary votes, Zuma and his associates the Guptas have more than enough to purchase enough votes to make certain the Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma starts the new year as president of the ANC.
How would the process of vote buying be assured, there are mechanisms in place to keep the voting secret. A solution to this has more than likely been discovered, whether it be two cellphones allowing to be handed in or paying the right people to look the other way.
There is little chance of realistically preventing delegates from selling their votes.
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