Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

10 March 2014

South Africa: Hannibal Elector - Braai-Ing With Bee-Why Can't the ANC Buy Love From Those It Has Enriched?

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In an upscale braai house in Bryanston, Hannibal Elector learns that among a cohort that has benefited mightily from ANC policy, the love is by no means automatic, or shared.

The Mash Braai House, in Sloane Square, Bryanston, is deep in the heart of BEE country. On a Sunday afternoon, after the rain has swept through and left the parking lot resembling the banks of a muddy river, the Range Rovers and BMWs arrive, followed by fat middle-aged men on motorcycle cruisers they can't ride. Mash inhabits an abandoned Nando's outlet in a busy strip mall, and the owners haven't bothered to gussy up the exterior. They let the brands outside sell the beef inside: Dolce, Givenchy, Louis, Heineken, Romeo y Julieta. And today, one more brand, this one scoured of its former luster: the ANC Youth League, Rivonia Heroes Branch, Ward 106.

Last Sunday, City Press reported that the ANC's internal polls put the party at 45 percent "at best" in Gauteng. Were the elections to be held tomorrow, the ANC would need a coalition partner to continue misgoverning, and that's causing some displeasure among the faithful. A mobilization drive, dubbed Operation Mayihlome (gird for battle),...

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