Zille-Ramphele: A Marriage of true minds?

2014-01-29 13:22

As Helen Zille and Mamphela Ramphele and their political parties have ostensibly entered into a civil union I recall a sonnet of William Shakespeare which reads like this

"Let me not to the marriage of true minds

Admit impediments. Love is not love

Which alters when it alteration finds,

Or bends with the remover to remove."

Let me not be amongst those who habitually admit impediments............not yet.

Most certainly the dynamics and rules of engagement have changed and we are witnessing an era when the maturity of our constitutional democracy will be put on trial.

How do those who saw the birth of Agang and who effusively pinned their hopes on a party led by someone with struggle credentials see this marriage? Imagine witnesses to a marriage ceremony between people of disparate backgrounds. Just before they take their vows, the marriage officer addresses the audience asks if there are any who object to this union to speak up or forever hold their peace before he pronounces the couple as man and wife.

This is what many an editorial and a blog piece that I chanced to read as well as comments I have listened to these past few days sounds like. Mainstream media have been hard at work trying to posit the Zille-Ramphele union as a workable marriage of convenience between a couple, call them the beauty and the beast respectively. The contrived consensus sought is that this is good for our democracy and is going to produce a relationship based on mutual needs with each party having a mind of its own.

It's a gamble that both Ramphele and Zille are taking and I have no doubt that their detractors will act mercilessly against them when the union eventually flounders on the rocks. Remember Cope was born , in a blaze of media inspired celebration out of forlorn hope for an alternative to the ANC riddled with corruption and ineptitude.

As for those who are witnessing this marriage of convenience, those who favoured or preferred one over the other, and who regard the other with contempt and derision as a product of a discredited era representing those with vested privileged interests, rest assured that the poll will certainly not be what it was. The results of a survey conducted by a media forum group interestingly reported that Mamphele's presence will not enhance the DA's status or credibility.

If this is not a marriage of true minds,this is my take.

Those who pinned their hopes on Dr Ramphele's struggle credentials as a viable alternative see this marriage of convenience as a Judas kiss on her part and just as they are unforgiving and unrelenting in their struggle, they have shown their resolve by laying down their lives as recent shootings by the police have made clear. They will see her unilateralist action as an act of supreme betrayal and, being fickle human beings, they will migrate back to the arms of the ANC.

Not even the DA will be left unscathed. It will pay a price notwithstanding all Helen Zille's bluster and blather and I get the sense that this is like a game of high stakes poker where you stake everything on a single hand of cards.

"If this be error", as Shakespeare's sonnet goes on,

"and upon me proved,

I never writ, nor no man ever loved."

Is this a marriage of true minds? If so , lets not admit impediments..............................................

Saber Ahmed Jazbhay

29.1.2014

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