Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

8 July 2014

South Africa: Analysis - the Establishment Strikes Back and Misses - Badly

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The big story of our politics is not necessarily playing out within the formal structures of our politics. It is playing out, it seems, in other arenas. We see this on a daily basis at the moment, through the problems the union movement is facing, with the rise of AMCU, and even NUMSA.

At the same time, we know that there are millions of South Africans, in fact a majority of them, who did not vote in our recent elections. What appears to be happening is that those who feel failed by our politics are organising themselves, and the Establishment is beginning to feel the heat.

How it deals with this heat, could well determine the success or failure of SA, Inc. as a going concern. And so far, the Establishment is not dealing with it well.

The 2014 elections are likely to go down as the last of the elections dominated by what you could call the "post 1994 consensus". In other words, it may turn out to be the first, and possibly the last time our politics was really about the contest between two main parties.

We know now, with the rise of the Economic...

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