11 May 2014

South Africa: 2014 Elections - a Case for Feeling Warm and Fuzzy


Suffused in the warm (after)glow of an election centre, it is easy to be warm and fuzzy, with various political leaders professing undying respect and admiration for each other. Sure, it's not undying love, but you work with what you have. Yet when I look at the IEC app with all the numbers once again (which I can now recite in my sleep) the fuzzy feeling of being a South African - especially a South African parent - comes rushing back. There is plenty in these figures to an old cynic like me very happy indeed.

For those who hate the ANC and everything it stands for (and if you don't believe they exist, take a look at my Twitter timeline or the comments section of any piece on News 24) these results would be cause for despair. They would rage against the Luthuli House machine; the way that despite Nkandla, the Zuma Spy Tapes, the Waterkloof, the corruption, the use of the SABC, the public funds used to advertise for the party by stealth, and the presence of Number One, the party only lost a few percentage points. There was no going under the once-magical figure...

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