South Africa: Alan Winde Hell-Bent On an Autonomous Western Cape

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The ANC in the Western Cape legislature knows what DA premier Alan Winde has in mind for the province after he delivered his first state of the province address on Thursday 18 July 2019. He wants to overthrow the national government's influence in this last outpost of a colonial province.

So far, the only lasting impression the ANC has of the successor to Helen Zille is that Alan Winde is a very weak imitation of Zille and the weakest political leader the DA fielded in its core area the Western Cape -- the only province where the DA is in control and where it wants to preserve as much as possible the past privilege of its support base.

The ANC has seen how Winde modelled himself as a separatist, yearning for the Western Cape to cut itself off from the rest of the country for a confederal or another secessionist reason. This coup has been thought through by Winde and his cabinet team, he makes us believe.

Winde wants to break up the SAPS and establish his own provincial police force within this "Republic of Good Hope" to also expand neighbourhood watches from rogue vigilante groups into statutory policing units....

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