Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

12 February 2014

South Africa: Hannibal Elector - DA March - Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing

analysis

The DA insisted on marching through Johannesburg to deliver a jobs proposal to the ANC at their Luthuli House headquarters. What did you think was going to happen?

"In modern Athens," the philosopher Michel de Certeu once noted, "the vehicles of mass transportation are called metaphorai. To go to work or to come home, one takes a 'metaphor'".

Wednesday morning in Johannesburg was, as usual, was jammed with metaphors - in this case, the busses that brought in Democratic Alliance supporters and ANC supporters, who gathered on either side of the central business district.

Viva Helen Zille viva, yelled one half of the city. Viva President Zuma viva, yelled the other.

The meaning of the humming metaphors that lined Miriam Makeba was easy to decipher: in a divided city, which was built to maintain divisions, the buses were intended to make those divisions plain.

The DA, led by Helen Zille, were here to deliver a jobs proposal to the ANC, who were encamped to protect the integrity of the revolutionary house by those who hoped to defile it.

Before the first Molotov cocktail had been thrown, before the first rubber bullet had been fired, I stood outside Luthuli House ...

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