ANC (the politically intolerant masked dictator) versus DA (the silenced/oppressed victim)

2014-02-13 15:39

Wednesday's DA March saga has disseminated a damaging insight about its opposition, the ANC; it has since been seen as a politically intolerant masked dictator- while the DA is seen as a silenced/oppressed victim. However, there never are victims in politics… especially during elections season- instead; political parties strategically and deceptively appear weak when they are strong for political advantage.

Sun Tzu, a Chinese philosopher, strategist and military general writes in his book, The Art of War; “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” Replace war in this quote with politics and re-read the quote. Thereafter, add this following Sun Tzu quote; “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle… [because] in the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.”

Undoubtedly, unemployment and a lack of ‘real’ jobs is a monstrous cancer in South Africa that continues to plague South Africa- especially its youth. The call made by the DA to march for 6 million ‘real’ jobs is symbolic of mobilizing public participation on matters that affect them instead of accepting their dehumanizing living conditions and accepting whatever solution the government proposes to their problems without properly evaluating its aptitude. Nonetheless, the DA’s constant criticism of the ANC’s ‘solutions’ to South Africa’s problems is not new; it has in fact become synonymous with the party. Therefore, for the DA to attract attention to itself (for yet another criticism) it had to exploit its opponent’s weakness to its advantage.

To properly exploit the ANC, the DA used its understanding of the beliefs the ANC holds, its history, decision-making and most importantly, its generally perceived behaviour. The ANC and its ‘soldiers’ have a history of acting and re-acting a certain way… they are known to be radical revolutionaries! iToyi-toyi is synonymous with the ANC. There never is a peaceful toyi-toyi when its ‘soldiers’ march on the streets; they are 'always' violate, vandalizing property and carrying streetwise weapons i.e. petrol bombs, grenades and bricks.

Secondly, there never is a peaceful encounter with the ANC and the DA. For example, just last year, 1 November 2013, ANC supporters booed Zille as she was about to address the crowd during the government launch of the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone… in front of Zuma; who sat quietly and did nothing…

Likewise, just two years ago, the DA's march to the Congress of SA Trade Unions saw DA supporters being hit with stones by COSATU members as they made their way to the Johannesburg Theatre.

However, this subtle ANC weakness does not always appear, the ANC can be civilized; no really, they can be, every once in a while. Nonetheless, the DA had to force the ANC past a certain threshold for it to exhibit its 'nature'. This meant the DA had to march to the ANC’s headquarters, the Luthuli House. This provocation would increase the DA’s image as an intelligent and rational group; while the ANC comes out barbaric and authoritarian.

Never in South African history has one party marched to its opposition’s headquarters (centre of ruling power) - even the 'barbaric' ANC did not dare even during apartheid. For example, let us briefly explore two widely known historical events that marked the start of armed resistance; the Sharpville massacre and the Soweto Uprising. To begin with, the Sharpville massacre; on 21 March 1960, about 5000-7000 black protestors marched against pass laws to a ‘police station’ where the police opened fire on them and killed 69 people and injured 180. Some say the march was peaceful, while some say the shooting started when these black protestors aggressively advanced towards the fence surrounding the police station. Likewise, on 16 June 1976, about 20 000 students marched in ‘the streets of Soweto’ in response to the introduction of Afrikaans (the Baas’ foreign language) being used as a medium of instruction in black schools. A confident number of 176 students died, but estimates amount up to 700 students.

Nonetheless, the DA knew very well marching to the Luthuli House was a great risk to its supporters; but the risk seemed to carry a desired political advantage. So, the DA contracted a private security company to walk armed along with them during the march. They bought helmets and shields. Thirdly, booked a hospital. Finally, called the act “not offensive but defensive.”

ANC together with its supporters fell for the trap- the provocation… and exhibited thee most uncivilized behaviour the DA and you thought they could ever portray! As would be expected its senior members were very defensive of its 'soldiers' i.e. Jackson Mthembu who claims he did not see anything, at all- absolutely nothing… As a reward its supporters received Coke and KFC for a job well done…

So, is the ANC a politically intolerant masked dictator or an easily provoked 'fool'? And, is the DA really a silenced/oppressed victim or a strategic 'snake'?

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