Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

5 January 2014

South Africa's Great 2014 Divide

analysis

If the Christmas period was about looking back at 2013, 'tis now the season for making the predictions for 2014. Much of this is going to focus on the elections.

We all know they're coming. We don't know when. But anyone who bets against the symbolism of April the 27th either isn't thinking straight, or really does know Gwede Mantashe rather well.

However, the real question is what the election will tell us about the various dividing lines that make up our country. More than anything, it's probably fairly safe to say that despite our class, race and ethnic divisions, there is now one line that divides the country in two more clearly than anything else. Are you for President Jacob Zuma? Or against him?

It is often claimed that we are a divided country. That we judge each other by how we look and speak. That doesn't make us that much different to the shires of southern England, but we like to obsess about our differences a little bit more. It's understandable, considering our brutal history is closer to our current time co-ordinates than most other nations.

So, it really talks to the power of the...

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