The Sweet Story of DA and AGANG

2014-02-01 17:38

Politics and the establishment of political parties, is all about the gaining of power and control. The process of political expression and political formations envelopes all the network matrices of various societal forces and cross-pollination of wide ranging factors that go into the wooing, courting, marrying and latchment to the epicenters of gaining power and control, in any socio-political matrix of a given society. In any given political expression first there is a creation of an idea and then there is process of cross pollinating that idea widely and that cross pollination involves peddling and back peddling of forces with one goal and one objective in mind – to gain power and control. The captivating story of Agang and DA can be vividly described in military terms for indeed it is the story of the battlefield. Two words can better describe the Agang and DA story: “shock and awe”. Shock and awe is a military doctrine and strategy. This strategy is based on using overwhelming power, dominant battlefield awareness, dominant maneuvers, and spectacular displays of force intended to paralyze an adversary's perception of the battlefield and destroy his will to fight. It is making the enemy deaf and blind, and it must be done quick and swift in order to deny the enemy the ability to recover. What is the purpose of shock and awe? The purpose of shock and awe is about rapid dominance, causing the enemy psychological shock and awe before battle even begins. It is a surprise move intended to shock people and send their minds off balance. It is a massive psychological attack to achieve quick and rapid dominance. Power in human affairs spells relevance. It can sometimes confer significance. It is potency, and it is about influence and running personal affairs of other people. It is the ability to command obeisance and to enforce one’s will to the rest of humanity. And political expression in the form of political coalitions and collisions of political parties are just one of those methods and strategies through which power is wooed and captured.

The story of the Democratic Alliance and Agang when looked in this context seems practical and logical – and further deserve our particular special attention because within the South African context and South Africa’s history of separatism, the story’s metaphysical undertones is enveloping a mass super political ideology. This super political ideology is a giant wave that is battering and has the potential of shaping the lives of many South Africans in a radical manner. Since the dawn of democratic rule back in 1994 with President Nelson Mandela crafting the vision of collapsing the divergent cultural and racial orientation into one through his doctrine of reconciliation, the story of South Africa has always been that of equity, oneness, and inclusivity.

The Nelson Mandela doctrine has been accepted by many locally and applauded worldwide as a model of a future world where people from different cultural and racial backgrounds come together and live together as one human race. At face value it seems a tough demanding project. Since Mandela  attempts within South Africa itself have been made in various spheres to realize these principles of integration and oneness; in education, health, in business, government, religious establishments and civic life.

But all these ideas and principles have never been experimented and tested on large scale practically in the political sphere. And that has always been a missing link because politics represent the ultimate force in society. Politics is the ultimate umbrella leadership of any society.

And when we see Democratic Alliance and Agang joining hands in this manner certainly the ideas of one nation, and integration are being tested where they have never been tested before and represents maturity. Both Democratic Alliance and Agang are vibrant youthful political parties established post Apartheid, their current story is the story of maturing the political direction of the country. So what the leaders of Democratic Alliance and Agang did recently is taking South Africa forward radically. The story is cognizant with the Mandela theory that we all accepts and cherish. These are two colliding waves of change, colliding and overlapping, causing conflict and tension around us.

One key thing to observe in this Democratic Alliance and Agang story is that it has imposed itself heavily on society – leaving many people from different cultural and political orientations resisting or accepting or wondering what is happening. Certainly the story has radically defined the Democratic Alliance in shape and essence and other ways.

What does it mean for Democratic Alliance to be presided by Mamphela Ramphela. This is iconoclast at the psychological level – the shattering of the myths of racial politics and the expectant emergence of a new country – another new South Africa away from racial politics, as America did by electing and re-electing Barack Obama as their president?

The Democratic Alliance and Agang story comes during the same time of exploding change – with personal lives being torn apart, and where the existing political order we had since 1994 seems crumbling, and opening up a new way of life that is emerging in the blue horizon.

In various spheres of life after these 20 years of democracy – South Africa is facing new change. And the Democratic Alliance and Agang story is part of that new change and represents a quantum leap forward – and like all quantum leaps forward there is shock and awe as we are currently witnessing.

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