26 August 2014

South Africa: Rule By Nyala - How the Security Cluster Hopes to Control South Africa


Last week, Julius Malema's EFF wanted President Zuma to #PayBackTheMoney for his Nkandla renovations, and all was chaos. This week, the ANC have responded by ensuring that the security cluster has an "overall kind of contingency plan" to deal with outbursts in the National Assembly.

Will opposition members of Parliament be waterboarded every time they mention the president's homestead? Will Mmusi Maimane be dumped from an Apache chopper into the Indian Ocean? What is certain is that the ANC has decided to answer questions in Parliament with heavy weaponry. Welcome to the beginning of the beginning of a police state.

Let me tell you what occurs to me when I watch the army roll into a civilian community that has risen up against government: I feel like I'm dreaming. I'm transported back to my first reading of Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment, and the scene describing horrible nightmare that Raskolnikov experiences in the depths of his mania. Days before he commits an act of great violence, literature's reigning anti-hero dreams an act of great violence: his unconscious coughs up a tableau that lays bare the depravities of the society in which he lives. In the dream (or is...

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