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Zille‘s desperation for blacks vote castrates party’s effort to nourish our democracy

03 February 2014, 07:09

SOURCES in hell are reporting that Satan has unveiled a Da-agang themed torture complex. One of the sanctions is that the madam will lose black votes for treating democratic processes with disdain by appointing a pal whose insatiable appetite for power passes all human understanding. It is understandable that the DA seeks more black votes and representations within its ranks to enlarge its influence in South African politics.

However, leader Hellen Zille who now seems to run amok like a Spaniard bull on steroids, rode roughshod over internal and due procedures to announce the Agang leader DR Mamphela Ramphele as the presidential candidate.

This has undoubtedly caused strains within the party because it shows that that there has not been a proper consultation process. By any standard, Ramphele is suitable to lead any party but that is not the problem here.

The problem that caused the DA to attract negative media reports which do influence elections is the planning that led to the announcement. If everything was done properly and terms agreed upon, South African would be celebrating a political party that would challenge the ANC monopoly. Even though it is early to have that party that can take South Africa from the struggle movement, reducing ANC monopoly could be enough to stop corruption and maladministration in government.

But Zille and her inept advisors neglected one thing in their plot to lure the former World Bank leader: that is public relations. I am sure that the DA has capable men and women who understand the art of public relations but the leader was blinded by the desire to get more black votes rather than sticking to values that make the party a solid opposition.

Now the party should have been canvassing for the election not dealing with this comedy of error. This situation now questions the DA’s ability to act democratically and to make sane decision. The announcement gave those tired with ANC corruption some glimmer of hope but this was short-lived because Zille neglected the golden rule: though shall not make announcement without having the deal sealed on black and white.

This has also reduced the DA from an emerging strong opposition to a mushrooming political party.

Now let’s go to back to the story about those torturing carrying by Satan in hell.  After they were thrown in the pity not long ago, those carrying the mandate - such as Malema and Mosiuoa - summed up the torture: it is cold out of the ANC. These poor bastards - like Agang Leader- have allowed emotions and anger to take over their wisdom. Madam Zille is now caught with egg on her face. How can this capable men and women commit this mistake?  But Albert Einstein summed this for you: “two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about former.”  This sums those the whole issue.

As a young South African, I was enthused by the possible merger between the two parties but their behaviour reminded me that politicians will always be politicians. Not even the dubious distinction of failing to transform the University of Western could give them some novel ideas to approach leadership matters with a fresh eye. Next time you want to see a joker, don't check a pack of cards. They're all at DA House.

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