Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

2 April 2014

South Africa: Hannibal Elector - the E-Tolls Are Bigger Than Your Election. Much Bigger.

analysis

E-tolling was supposed to be the issue that brought the ANC to its knees in Gauteng, thereby ushering in a new era of coalition governance that would change the balance of power in this country forever. Has the hated road supertax changed the election, or has it merely changed the country forever? RICHARD POPLAK speaks to Wayne Duvenage and John Clarke of Outa, to gauge their thoughts on how all of this is unfolding - and finds out that it's about much, much more than all that.

The history of madness is the history of power.

Roy Porter--A Social History of Madness

First, a fairytale:

A group of children in Pondoland, South Africa, are desperate to go to school, but their elders insist that they must guard the mealie fields from a troop of monkeys. These creatures are most effectively kept away by the barking of a pack of dogs--dogs that are, it must be said, unhappy with the rigidity of this arrangement, and regularly run off into the fields. If the children can only figure out how to keep the dogs focused on the task at hand, then they (the kids, that is) will be able to go to...

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