Gwede in Simulcast

2016-11-29 14:37

Remember when we used to watch TV on simulcast? The program on TV would be dubbed into, say Afrikaans, but those of us needing to listen in the original English would be able to tune to it on our radios. I think it was radio 2000. I had forgotten completely about this until I watched today’s NEC press conference where Gwede Mantashe informed the nation as to the NEC decision with regard to President Jacob Zuma. More than once, in an effort to understand what he was saying, I found myself reaching for a transistor radio and wishing that there was some way to access a translation. Because I could not fathom a word of it. Not one.

And the question is why I didn’t understand him. It bothered me greatly. And the more I struggled (not in the way the veterans did) the more I realized that it is absolutely possible that the ANC has its own language known to only a privileged few (are we allowed to say that?) And that somewhere deep in Luthuli House there is a safe room where an ANC to South African dictionary is secured under lock and key. It must be guarded at all times and I can imagine that some of the 20 something men who tirelessly protect the President also take turns in protecting this sacred text. Access to this book would provide insight into what the ANC really mean when they blame “ethnic nationalism, racism and monopoly capital” for the woes of the country and the party. Because without it, we can only scratch our heads and wonder.

Access to the dictionary might also provide some insight as to how the ANC is able remain so arrogant as to think that there is anyone, aside from those on their payroll who actually buys into anything at all that they are saying. Assuming it can be understood. And why, in an age of self enlightenment, the ANC remains steadfast in its refusal to take any form of responsibility?

And still I listened. Even without radio 2000 I pushed on hoping that the penny would drop along with the Rand that would undoubtedly fall alongside it. Still unable to comprehend any of the jargon I still pushed on hoping that something at some point would make some sense. It had to. They were addressing the people of the country. Why bother if they didn’t want us to understand what they were saying?

I naively waited for Mantashe to get to the part where he acknowledged that the ANC had let us down. And to concede that even though the President was not being asked to step down at this inconvenient time (no one would want to delay his yet another trip abroad), that at least we would not think we are losing our collective minds. The ethnic nationalist racist monopolies that we are.

But he didn’t get to that part. And once again South Africans were left feeling robbed. Not only of the money that the ANC has stolen through corruption, but now also for the hour in the middle of a Tuesday afternoon that they will never get back.

For that, and for the fact that once again the NEC and the ANC has proven that it doesn’t give a fig for South Africans, they deserve only our contempt.

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