28 February 2014

South Africa: Hannibal Elector - Zulus v Indians - How the Next Malema Wants to Change KZN


The Mazibuye African Forum, considered a radical anti-Indian lobby group, claims that they're anything but. Their leader, a young firebrand named Phumlani Mfeka, may find himself as the next Julius Malema. Except he's smarter, more dangerous, and has a platform that gains support by the day. RICHARD POPLAK took the time to meet him.

The abiding truth about election campaigns? They tend to bring out the worst in a country. You'd think that the spirit of the Athenian agora would buoy us all, and we'd skip hand in hand to the voting booth to express our Will as the People. Instead, elections always reveal the national essence--a landscape scarred by trenches dug eons ago, where the same wars are fought over and over again in the mud and bile of ancient grievances.

"After all, an entire nation consists only of certain isolated incidents, does it not?" asked Dostoyevsky.

It does. Here, then, is one such isolated incident, connected in turn to a thousand similarly isolated incidents. Gateway Mall, Umhlanga, 2014. Phumlani Mfeka, the 25-year-old chief executive of Mazibuye African Forum--a man who may become the next Julius Malema. His current organisation offers "well over 30,000" KwaZulu-Natalians an outlet for their...

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