The rise and rise of the DA – how David is slaying Goliath

2016-08-05 07:43

If the ANC was a man, a strong big man towering over his friends and foes, today and especially on Saturday, he would be weeping in pain, kicked right at the groin. Every Goliath eventually has his own weak spot. And the ANC failed to defend that weak target, mainly the significant Tshwane Metro –should the IEC announce in favour of the DA.

The DA (David) is not only making inroads, but going for the kill, given that it is the arch enemy of ANC (Goliath). I am most disappointed that my choice (see my Elections day piece here), the ANC, has performed so dismally in this significant Metro. But alas, it is what it is and I will go on and smell the coffee and see what gives. I really hope that the DA can do incredible work with Tshwane and Johannesburg, areas that are predominantly black – if you do an eye-scan count, exclude Sandton to see that Gauteng has large black numbers.

My disappointment does not yet translate to pain because a friend of mine, trying to cheer me up to look on the bright side, said: ‘It’s not all that bad. The DA might do good work, and this loss is going to get the ANC to get off its laurels and take residents serious.’ And I hope the cadre can get away from the honeypot too.

I hope that comes to be in the next elections, national and then local government. In those next elections are look forward to the DA’s gains reversed and the ANC humbled to realise that it is no longer that ‘it’ boy on the playground – what with big muscles and grandiose attitude.

Goliath, like an elephant, thinks with his muscles and often forgets to protect those weak spots. Again, the mayoral candidate chaos and Tshwane burning this winter was one of those groin weak spots. This is excluding the other bigger liability of a leader that the ANC will protect, to the grave. Is it a turning point for the movement yet?  May be, may be not. Goliaths are usually stubborn, even in the face of danger and loss in a small fight, to a David slaying with an unintimidating sling. I think ANC should now get nervous as that sling comes with brains and aiming ability, and brilliant branding toolkit.

What if the ANC continues to slip like this? With many urban non-voters coming out to vote, especially for the opposition – the David-with-a-sling of the playground – just to neutralise the ruling party, things may change for the worse or the best.

I think and hope that the ANC reinvents itself, after eating some nasty dust from a giant fall on the playground of the big Metros. It might decide defending its rolling bad and rotten decisions is really not worth it for an organisation that built its legacy and powerful brand through sweat and blood, literally. This towering Goliath might lean down, reach out to the small men calling for his attention, and finally listen. Am I dreaming? Well, I hope not.

This is why I hope not.

The DA ruling the Metros, I think, is a bad idea. For me, it is a sign that they are aiming their slings squarely at the national government. And if they win many of those parliament seats, aaah! Mmusi might be replaced by someone of fairer skin. And I have no issue with race, even though it may seem I do. But white rule in a majority black country, with largely poor people, is not going to help the black man. It is not yet time.

For the many sparse and under-resourced rural areas of this country, there are no white villagers, except for that one other. The policies of the DA are developed largely white people who do not understand, at least in depth, the struggles in black communities. They do not live there. And I am not saying they have to. Another fall target, BEE, the cornerstone, although not anywhere near perfect, aimed at correcting economic exclusion installed by the historic white parties, will change its form dramatically over time. Those are not nice prospects to swallow. See the social media jokes, for laughs and perhaps for thinking interestingly around that black-to-white-rule switch.

Perhaps these are just unfounded fears for change. And I know change is good. But God help the black man, and many other whites, that should the DA keep its boot on Goliath’s neck firmly while he is down for at least two decades, it never becomes arrogant and aloof. South Africa still needs a lot of development and integration to level the playing ground.

Salute to the DA for gains in so many key areas across our beloved country. I can say that because I am not a party agent but an engaged and interested citizen. You should not have stayed-out your vote, if you are one of those who did. Do not complain while David continues slaying.

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