‘Breyani politics’ at its best

2011-05-09 00:00

AMICHAND Rajbansi, “the Minority Front (MF) Tiger”, was in town on Friday evening, and despite the cloudburst just before the start of his meeting, a fair number of supporters filled up the Ved Dharam Sabha Hall in Bombay Road, Northdale.

There were certainly more people than had turned up at MF meetings in the city prior to the 2006 local government election. Speaking to members of the audience it became clear that many were there because they felt vulnerable over recent utterances on the Employment Equity Bill and how it would affect them as minorities. They had come to the Minority Front — a party that sells itself as a home for minorities.

Rajbansi’s voice may have mellowed with age and is not as booming as it used to be, but he still has his bite. As usual the Democratic Alliance bore the brunt of his harangue. Analysis has shown that the DA has been working hard at winning the Indian vote — a constituency that the MF has traditionally seen as its own. Rajbansi as usual had his tricks up his sleeve, catchy soundbites, playing the ethnic card using words like “charrous” and “mlungus” and appealing to cultural sentiments.

He repeated his statement that DA KZN leader Sizwe Mchunu is an ornament in the party, and he called DA caucus leader John Steenhuisen a twerp. Rajbansi told the audience, that as a “charrou” he was warning them against the DA.

“This party is 90% mlungus. They will take your vote and pack Parliament and council with whites.”

He asked the audience which senior DA politicians was caught for drunken driving and said that in a recent radio debate, he ate the DA alive.

Rajbansi went on to appeal to Indian sentiments, reminding the audience how he brought great Indian musicians like Mohamed Rafi and TM Soundarajan to Durban.

As usual he was gentler with the ANC, saying on his way to the meeting that he has spoken to KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize.

“I hope the DA doesn’t say I am selling myself to the premier,” he quipped. Rajbansi acknowledged the woes of the Msunduzi Municipality saying it is in the intensive care unit because it has chronic cancer. He said the problems were caused because of bad ANC party deployment and party interference in the running of the council. “My message to the ANC is to get rid of incompetents.”

He said the ANC needs an electric shock, but not enough to electrocute them, but you can electrocute the DA, the MF leader added.

To his critics who say he is an apologist for the ANC, Rajbansi retorted that the ANC is a retirement plan for the DA. He referred to the ambassadorial postings of former DA leaders Tony Leon, Douglas Gibson and Sandra Botha, saying they are working for the ANC.

To criticism that he is a spent force, Rajbansi responded that he is not leaving any time soon. “I’m only going to leave the earth at the age of 92.” He ended his speech reminding the audience to stick around to enjoy the religious singers, the bhangra band and the breyani. His audience described it as “breyani politics at its best!”

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