Oh Lindiwe, how sexy art thou?

2012-12-04 17:46

So I am going to be frank. I think Lindiwe is sexy. Call me a perv and chauvinist, I don’t care. I will dare to publicly declare that I like Lindiwe Mazibuko - a lot.

I don’t find the sista attractivebecause she tweets pretty pictures of herself. She doesn’t lure me in because she sells herself as average girl; being the “hopeless romantic” on her twitter status. I don’t think the Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader is “hot” solely because she is fiery and brave enough to raise her differing opinion in parliament sittings.

None of the reasons that I have mentioned influence why I think the thirty-something year old is a sexy politician. Well, maybe there’s one.

So, allow me to get straight to the point. I like Lindiwe firstly because she confuses our stereotypes. She looks “coloured”, twangs like a suburban white girl and has a distinctively Zulu name and surname. Because of this, it seems like we can’t stop judging the girl, despite the fact that she is simply smart and fluent. The haters reduce her smartness by name-calling her “coconut”, “un-African” or “not African enough”.

I am also fond of Ms Mazibuko because on the surface, she complicates our country’s dialogue on racism. She makes it problematic for critics to cheaply argue that the DA is a racist party. In fact, her party has tried to reinvent itself and front as “multiracial” or a “rainbow-nation” representation.

But wait, I am not done. The third and last reason Lindiwe is striking to me is because she signifies a new face of politics. As a country, for far too long, we have viewed politics as a thing for the comrades who have earned their way up during the struggle-days. However, in the midst of this out-dated practice she joined her party to quickly move up the ranks and become the so called “mover” and “shaker”.

Lindiwe Mazibuko is a feisty one. Whenever she puts on her “game-face” in parliament, at a press conference or outside some court I can’t help recalling Jill Scott’s hardcore and “don’t-mess-with-this-gal” posture in her  Getting in the Away music video.

Yes, I will say it again. I think Lindiwe is sexy. However, political sexiness can be a deceiving spell.  Political appeal can flirt with your deep desire to feed your hunger then spit you out into a deeper abyss of finding no help in its empty promise.  This kind of empty flirtation has constantly been proven by the ANC’s lack of service delivery and its no love for its people.

So Lindiwe must understand why I gaze at her attractive stance from afar. I simply don’t trust her.  Although she flirts with my inherent desire for justice using the merciless stand against the ANC, I find it hard to believe her. As much as I appreciate that she is in the frontline of questioning the Nkandla debacle, opposing the Secrecy Bill and flagging the “no-confidence-in-Zuma” banner, I still can’t identify with her.

As much as the country needs an opposition that whinges like the DA, the party is still at a loss. They are critiquing an ANC, that seems to be the singular choice for a majority of voters. Their criticising is not necessary unaccepted by ANC voters but it is hard to see DA leader Helen Zille gaining the trust of the supporters of the party they are aiming to oust. When the Western Cape Premier pulls the militant stunt to request for an army “to deal with” the farmers protesting bad-pay, this doesn’t impress some of us who have been raised by maids, garden boys and "working behind the counter" single mothers.

As much as I like Mazibuko, I don’t trust her because a few months ago her boss referred to black pupils as “refugees” because they were moving from Eastern Cape to her holiday destination haven, the Western Cape.

The problem with Mazibuko and the DA is that they are always singing the unbelievable “rainbow nation” tune.  However, we do not live in a post-racial society. If you look at our society, race still separates us. The geographical, social and economical divides are marked by complex racial issues. If this attractive party can admit that blacks and coloureds are still the poor majority and the white folk are still the privileged minority that will be a milestone for them. However, beyond that they must start articulating stronger their views on nationalisation, poverty alleviation,  racial equity in the private sector and land reform.

Townships are in a bad state while suburbia thrives, and this is a position the DA cannot only attribute to service delivery. If they want to identify with the majority they must admit that deep poverty is also perpetuated by systematic public ills, such as in what we are seeing in the Western Cape where farm workers are paid peanuts.

As much as I think highly of Mazibuko’s wrestle against the ANC, she also needs to bring the debate on race, privilege and class back on the agenda.

She has more than a year left to win me over. If she doesn’t I will have to refrain once again from making my mark on any ballot paper.

This will only be because I could only gaze at her appeal from this distance.

(Ps. follow jazz2ben on twitter. I am still used to the typewriter but slowly learning this tweeting phenomenon.)

 

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