Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: A Million Reasons for the DA's Newfound Love for Thabo Mbeki

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As we've been inching closer to a certain date with a certain Ms Destiny on 7 May, our politicians have been doing their usual odd and unpredictable dances.

Some have twirled with Agang, others have rumba-ed with the EFF, while still others are doing a slightly indecent samba with the ANC. But perhaps the most interesting - and difficult to understand - waltz has been that of the DA and one reluctant dance partner.

Thabo Mbeki is suddenly being used almost as a campaigner for the DA, and surely without his permission. Why?

Over the last few weeks the DA has appeared to be using Mbeki's name, almost in vain. It's been done quietly at first, but in a post-Nkandla situation, it's becoming slightly more strident.

Just last week the DA's spokesperson, premier candidate for Gauteng, and possible heir apparent to Helen Zille, Mmusi Maimane, put it all rather bluntly: "I put it to you today that the good story the ANC had to tell ended when Zuma's ANC recalled Mbeki from office for daring to fire Zuma for corruption.

It ended when Zuma's ANC bullied the National Prosecuting Authority to drop corruption charges against President Zuma....

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