Molo, tata! His Excellency Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa. I am in a saudade state of mind this week. I am nostalgic about the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) of yore.
It had a robust spine and a trustworthy leader in Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi as the sole God-ordained leader. The IFP was an agile political outfit, an overzealous apartheid protégé complete with a private militia funded by Pretoria masters. It was only answerable to the whimsical arbitrariness of its autocratic leader, the anointed one, the Prince. The traditional leaders (amakhosi and izinduna) were a cog in the wheel, subordinate to the impulses and demands of Prince Buthelezi in the service of the kingdom of the Zulu that was “long dead and buried in another town”. Hail the Prince!