6 Memorable Moments of The Gathering 2016 in Photos
With less than 50 days left until South Africans go to the polls in the most contested elections since the dawn of our democracy, Daily Maverick’s The Gathering had panellists in fierce debates about the state of the country.
Here’s what we remember most:
The DA maintains in their agenda to point out what the ANC has failed to do, and firmly believes that South Africans will make the right choice through the ballot.
“They have been failed by the ANC government at national level, and they have been failed by the ANC where it governs in towns and cities across the country. But even this is a picnic compared to what would happen under an EFF government. Make no mistake, whatever ruin awaits our economy under the ANC will accelerate tenfold under the EFF. To get an idea of what this would be like, just look at what is unfolding in the EFF’s socialist utopia, Venezuela. Not too long ago, Venezuela was a thriving, modern democracy. That was until Hugo Chavez – a self-proclaimed “champion of the poor”, much like my friend, Julius Malema here – sold them his utopian vision”.
EFF Commander in Chief, Julius Malema, has continuously had to clarify in public addresses, the EFF stance on white people in South Africa. And the gathering was no different.
“The defeating of white supremacy and dominance is not hatred for white people. When I say I hate white supremacy‚ I don’t say I hate white people. This is their own home [country]. They have a role to play but they must agree that there must be a deliberate programme to empower black people the same way there was a deliberate programme to empower white people‚” said Malema. When moderator Ranjeni Munusamy asked Malema whether saying “crush white dominance” would be misinterpreted by his supporters‚ the red berets leader lashed out at her. “You think black people are gullible‚ you think they are fools‚ you think they are empty heads‚ that is how you view black people. It is wrong.”
Economist Iraj Abedian offered harsh criticism on the path the country is on and mentioned that the South African economy has major external and internal factors that are impacting it.
“I see an economy griped by all undesirable forces both internally and externally. That we cannot allow, whilst we are busy fighting all of these fights, we got to put in motion an engine that will keep breathing and going which will enable those who want to rebuild and reconstitute, have a fighting chance. SA can’t afford to be busy with self-destructive activities while the economy requires serious attention”.
Suspended Head of IPID was notably a surprise guest on the panel discussing the temperature of the nation. The critic of how there is “struggle envy” from politicians in power today. Once liberation heroes. Now suspects of crimes against the state. McBride mentioned that he has identified the individuals that form part of the people who are trying to dismantle and render useless of institutions.
“The fact that there is an attack on all institutions that are dealing with anti corruption whether its IPID, SARS are in SAPS: there is clearly an orchestrated campaign to dismantle and render useless independent state institutions and institutions of accountability. We actually identified these individuals,”
Vavi voiced his views on hidden agendas that are being led by political leaders which are targeting institutions and individuals that mandated are to deal with anti corruption in the state organisations.
How is it that the head of our Hawks is apartheid operative? McBride ask, Vavi jumps in and asks how these people can be appointed in these positions, he says there has to be an agenda.
The closest we got to a public debate was the 2016 Mayoral Candidate Debate. We saw current Johannesburg Mayor, Cllr Parks Tau, DA candidate Herman Mashaba and EFF candidate Floyd Shivambu fiercely debate on how the current administration has the minority in mind and not the majority.
Floyd Shivambu questions the current Mayor Parks Tau on why build bicycle lanes when there are people who need flashing toilets. Sisonke Msimang mentions that the EFF is one of the corn contenders in this election because addressing the majority is the only way to move South Africa forward.
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