Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: 2014 - a Universe Altered

analysis

It says much about the South African way of life that big political events happen so often on weekends. It speaks to the mass participation of our politics, and the way ordinary people are supposed to be a part of it all. Of course, that really becomes ordinary people sitting and watching political leaders, but that's a more complicated piece for another day. At the end of a shortish, slightly boring election campaign, the final rallies of the two big parties - the ANC and the DA - are quite revealing about the make-up of these bodies, and their strategies.

If you were to strip away all the guff spoken about the Economic Freedom Fighters and Julius Malema, the real story of this election is actually the growth of the DA. (That said, one can still happily speculate whether the EFF will break 10% and hold the balance of power in a province: no, and no, in my opinion, although I increasingly seem to stand alone in this.) I say the DA is the major story knowing that Blade Nzimande is going to accuse me of all sorts of white minority crap at some point. (Nzimande's insults...

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