What should they do now?

2014-05-13 00:00

LIKE many people, I thoroughly enjoyed the rhetoric, posturing, promises and “dissing” of others in the run-up to our recent elections. Close friends became acrimonious enemies — but only temporarily. With just a few exceptions, we’re all being nice to each other, again.

Here are some thoughts for political parties now that the IEC has signed off on final figures.


You’ve experienced a decline under Jacob Zuma’s scandal-ridden tenure. Put the man to pasture and start rebuilding credibility and trust for 2019 — you’re going to need it. The possibility of National Union of Metal Workers (Numsa) turning on you, well before that, is a reality. It’s not enough to sit back on your landslide win. The electorate has wised up and along with the EFF, will be snapping at your heels for genuine service delivery and change. Trading on formulaic, historic voter loyalty to the ANC, has now run its course. Strategic re-visioning required.


Someone get Helen Zille off Twitter. She’s a rampant menace. I have a few people in my circle who for the first time ever, didn’t vote DA because of her appalling behaviour on social media. The DA has done extraordinarily well, but might have done even better if the party’s communicating style wasn’t quite so confrontational. Zille step back, Mmusi Maimane step forward.


You’re under the microscope, folks. The jury is out on how you’ll speak and behave now that you’ve got seats in Parly. Great first steps. Now let’s see you apply your success in a constructive and nation-building way. Getting things done through the correct channels is going to prove a lot more difficult than stirring up crowds at a rally.


Nkosi Mangosuthu Buthelezi, time to take a back seat, baba. The success of the NFP under the redoubtable Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi is a flashing neon sign on your wall. Accompanied by the sound of an emergency evacuation klaxon. Your generation and mine needs to yield the stage to a younger cast.


Great showing folks. Keep up the good work. If you can engage with young people and speak their language, you might wrest back the KwaZulu-Natal opposition or indeed, a provincial governing role in 2019.


If founders can’t get on with each other, how can you expect us to believe you’d be of any significance in government? You’re a business-school case study in dysfunctional leadership.


Dear “General” Holomisa, go talk to the EFF about a merger. If you can let go of your need to be “the leader”.

FF+ and other Afrikaner movements

Folks, until you understand the importance of cohesiveness and unity, you won’t be taken seriously. Your single biggest deficit as a linguistic group is your fractiousness. Sit down around a big table and find a way of putting this to rest. Until that’s done, you haven’t a political influence hope in Hades.


Oh, what could have been, dear Mamphela Ramphele. You’re right. We Saffers don’t have good civic education. We don’t know how to use a vote as a stick to make parties deliver better. But when Queen Bee syndrome gets in the way, it’s not reassuring for wannabe voters.


A wonderful heritage that you allowed the ANC to co-opt way back (Sharpeville et al). You’re out of step with the modern dispensation. Sadly. But don’t blame the media for your own myopia. Sorry to see you go. — Biznews.

• Clive Simpkins is a marketing and communications strategist. Follow @clivesimpkins on Twitter.

• Biznews.com was founded and is

edited by Alec Hogg. He can be

contacted on Twitter (@alechogg and @biznews.com

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