Weekend Paper Wrap Up with Bob Mabena
Written by: Bob Mabena
Three stories caught my attention and I hope we remain on the same page for all three. My takeout here is that politics is not for the faint hearted and we must, as the voting public, see it for what it is – Horse Trading and Political expediency.
How was Zille pushed?
This is basically about negotiations and compromises inside political parties. Zille running as party leader and Atholl Trolip as leader in the Eastern Cape doesn’t look good at all. There are two white faces at the top in a party that is transforming itself in line with the country’s demographics isn’t going to win any more votes in its tipping point mode. Helen Zille was then shifted aside to make way for Musi Maimane to drink off the poisoned chalice – classic Political Shakespeare, but sensible as well.
The mooted next leader of the DA is Musi Maimane. It is obvious that this young man has some serious supporters within the DA but who are they and what do they aim to gain? Zille has Gavin Davin Davis and Geordin Hill-Lewis, but do we know who actually backs Musi; is it insider or powerful donors? What of Wilmot James? How about the “tea” session he just had with De Klerk and was it a good idea for him to use Patricia De Lille’s hunting ground for the launch of his candidacy. Only time will tell with this leadership, but it’s not going to be easy for the blue-eyed-boy of DA politics. One more thing to consider is the look of the DA leadership. Zille never really looked uncomfortable with either Musi Maimane or Lindiwe Mazibuko, but as a Western Cape leader, I predict some awkwardness between Maimane and De Lille – these two make for an awkward mismatch concocted straight out of the duplicitous classic “Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde. Over the weekend; both Maimane and De Lille sang heartfelt and real praises to Helen Zille but they did not acknowledge one another, which I find awkward. It’s like Mbeki and Zuma.
The other story is that of President Zuma painting a picture through his attorney Michael Hullley that this country could have been run by Mbeki’s puppet president. Again, we must be able to see the woods form the trees here. It is all politics and I am sure you will agree with me that the alleged 20 million handshakes that former President Mbeki offered him, was nothing but – yes, say it with me – political expediency, treachery and horse trading. It doesn’t make Mbeki a snake as he was once named in Mangaung – it makes him a politician. It is a pity President Zuma didn’t take it. Are we supposed to now think that all of a sudden – because President Zuma believes that Luthuli House would have run the country; that has never been the case anyway? Never has this country seen a president who will always position himself as a victim at the face of legitimate opposition or challenge.
This president whines at every turn of someone within his party showing dissent. How many articles have you read where President Zuma has claimed some forces within the ANC plotting against him? This is politics. Let us not be taken for a ride by cry-baby politicians who play the game and when the chips fall against them, they whine like little girls on the playground with a decapitated Barbie doll. Repeat after me- this is politics. President Zuma is a well-known tactician who used to be in charge of intelligence when the ANC was underground – this is a man who understands subterfuge and how to use it. One last time – there is no victim here – this is politics.
And finally – Xenophobia. For me, the best article to come out of the City Press was an article by Binwe Adebayo and Siyabonga Sithole. Very briefly, a Senegalese restauranteur had this to say about the Xenophobic attacks.
“I blame ignorance and arrogance on the part of both locals and foreigners,” said Sithole.
He further stressed that migrant workers – (read here foreigners) – need to be dissuaded of the notion that South Africans are less hard working.
Let’s try and remember that we can have as many hashtags as possible and write as many article but what we are doing here is preaching to the converted – the people who are killing and maiming foreigners are not on twitter, they don’t read Eusebious MCKaizer and they don’t care about LEAD SA. The messages we are sending out with protest action and hashtags IS not working – we are preaching to the converted and we need to think of creative ways to talk to our cousins and nephews that are killing Africans in a way that they will hear us.