Let me tell you why the ANC keeps winning
It is rather simple, the African National Congress is like the Italian mafia in both the positive and negative aspects of their existence (I know there is one major difference though - where the Italians remove ineffectual people the ANC does not always do that).
Both are family structures. You are taught to love the ANC and the Mafia like your own family and in many cases the ANC is full of your family and it is not merely bombastic propaganda. From day one you are reared in the ways of the organisation, its history, its legacy, its songs and its culture. When you are old enough you join your relevant body - SACO/ANCYL and move up from there and if you are a woman, the woman's league. Just like the Mafia the ANC is very inclusive with its organisation. When you die, your family honours you and the organisation gives you their respect.
Another common aspect is that both work from a grass roots basis. The Mafia and ANC both have their command structures aimed at keeping control of the ground. Yet, it is merely not about control but about keeping the people safe, ensuring economic growth and communal unity. Like the mafia protected the Italians, the ANC protects the blacks. One more important thing to mention is that where other organisations are run like business the ANC is run like a family. You will be far more likely to find an ANC ward councillor in a pub or soup kitchen interacting with the people than an opposition party councillor or even member from another party.
It is more than that just that – there comes a time when both organisations require sacrifices in an armed struggle; from these conflict there emerges a class of heroes that transcend our limited world, these men that participate in this awful struggles become demigods, men of renown and respect for their bravery. Adding more to the family prestige and honour. The young yearn for that that martyrdom or epic righteous struggle and this draws them into the family and its prestigious history.
This last election has just shown us how the organisation, like Italian Mafia during a crisis, came together to fight one last good battle. To rally the family around to do what must be done. Like patriotic soldiers going to war the masses of ANC supporters were rallied and full of zealotry to defend their family and their traditions in the face of an onslaught. Like brave soldiers do, they fought for their ideals. Like their mafia counter parts, they did what must be done.
There are many more parallels but you should probably get the idea. Some people might probably say these things are stupid but to some people honour, family and respect still mean something. If you look at the ANC and the results in retrospect it should be pretty obvious why they won. It is not always about who is more effective, but sometimes it is just a family thing or rather something most people that aren't part of it can understand.
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