Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

1 May 2014

South Africa: Khayelitsha May Day Rally - Silence On Zuma, Nkandla and Marikana - Not So On Enemies of the Revolution

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A crowd of around thousand workers gathered to celebrate International Workers' Day at a Cosatu rally held in Khayelitsha, Cape Town. And in what was meant to be a last push for a local ANC victory as well as a display of unity in the tripartite alliance, President Jacob Zuma was referred to only twice while Marikana and Nkandla got no mention at all.

While the middle-class residents of Cape Town were up early on May Day cycling in tandem through the dappled autumnal sunlight that bathed leafy suburbs, about 1,000 of their working-class counterparts (at least those not serving coffee at the local Vida e Café or wedged behind the tills at the local Woolworths) gathered at the Khayelitsha Stadium to celebrate International Workers' Day.

The route from the suburbs to Cape Town's largest township highlights the divides and inequalities of the city and the province. Smooth tarred roads, with few, if any, ANC posters and brilliant for cycling, lead onto the N2 highway.

Around 30km on is the Mew Way turnoff to Khayelitsha, where taxis dodge nasty potholes and loose gravel. Corrugated iron shacks and small businesses selling second-hand building material and mattresses are packed ...

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