The script has been flipped in SA politics
I’m getting goosebumps watching South Africa’s democracy catapult into a paradigm shift. The post Madiba era, which I believe has been coined by cadre Tokyo Sexwale. The Mail and Guardian dubbed it ‘Politics 2.0, Quantum Leap for SA politics’ in its Friday edition.
President Jacob Zuma’s term in office has slowly but sometimes speedily shifted the country’s power. I believe this will be his legacy. A legacy that has been characterised by historical moments of truth that have often failed to shine the brightest light on the ruling party. #Marikana #Nkandla #PublicProtector #SpyTapes #Rape #NPA #Hawks #Scorpions #Guptas. It can be argued that the revolutionary parties in Africa have historically failed at governance- and we have watched the ANC succeed and fail and then fail more often. I know many South Africans will forever be indebted to the party for a somewhat peaceful transformation that may have not necessarily been too far left. Accountability has also been at a critical root of their failures.
Watching Julius Malema and President Zuma’s story unfold has been nothing short of a tragic love story. Malema is still apologising for the positions he took to defend the man he once swore to die for. #Kwezi, a case in point. Malema’s growth in the new kid on the block category has reflected a deep political sense of maturity, a startling contrast to the man the mass media often ridiculed for his statements. The EFF has single handedly and essentially, check mated the political game. But, as with the ruling party, only time will tell how well revolution 2.0 does on the integrity front. I am of the opinion that the EFF will assume main opposition party status in 2019, and I’m so compelled to take a friendly bet on it. It takes some balls to say this out loud and assume your opinion counts as a journalist. The EFF have however managed to unseat the ANC through the opposition, and maintain its values through a non aligned vote, all at the same time.
Nevertheless, it’s d day for the blues who have been seated on the highest integrity horse since the dawn of democracy. The media will be tested for its alleged bias against the ruling party, and South Africa will be tested for its democratic decisions. Analysts have commended the state of the South African voter following the August, 3rd local government elections.
The results have been argued to show apathy on behalf of those who just didn’t vote, and an informed working class on behalf of those who did. Most importantly, the 2016 election result has for the very first time since, 1994; shifted power to the opposition in the country’s biggest cities. It is therefore d day for the ANC too, how well will it do as an opposition in local government? That part of its story has not gone too well so far with ANC officials heckling the new Tshwane mayor under the DA during his maiden address. There are other examples but the capital city opening of council painted yet another picture of a sore losing ANC. An ANC that choses its leader over the constitution, over the Chapter 9 institution mandates, over Women’s rights, over integrity and most importantly, over the voters.
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