12 February 2014

Southern Africa: Sticks and Stones - the DA's March to Remember


In the end, the DA hordes didn't get anywhere near Luthuli House.

Their much-hyped march on the ANC headquarters was stopped in its tracks by a sea of yellow shirts and bricks, but not before the DA had proved its point: that the ANC, for all its electoral dominance, is running scared.

Oh, and that the old 'white party' label might just be starting to fade.

Wednesday was a good morning for a march. The sun was out, the sky was blue, and everyone was in good spirits.

At the Westgate transport hub in Johannesburg's CBD, a few thousand blue-shirted DA supporters did a bit of dancing and singing, exhorted by the speakers using the DA truck as a makeshift stage.

They'd been bussed in from all over Gauteng, and they were all very clear about why they were here: to register their displeasure at the ANC's failure to create jobs.

The DA, of course, would do it better: "If we get the economy working, the economy will create jobs," said Tsietsi Tsotetsi, a young DA member from Johannesburg, making it sound like the easiest thing in the world.

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