AFRICANGLOBE – This time last year, on the eve of South Africa’s 20th anniversary of the first multiracial democratic elections, Nelson Mandela lay sick in the hospital as the country mourned—not only the imminent passing of the nation’s father but also for the sad state of the nation itself.
It was about that time when Mamphela Ramphele launched Agang—a much-needed political alternative to the incumbent African National Congress. Ms. Ramphele—anti-apartheid stalwart, medical doctor, successful business executive and former managing director of the World Bank—seemed to the White elite like the perfect person to challenge the corrupt and complacent ANC. In fact, her platform was so promising that the White controlled media and their international counterparts enthusiastically backed her candidacy, while the country’s main White opposition group offered to merge with her nascent party.
On Tuesday, however, the hype surrounding Ms. Ramphele and Agang came to an end when she announced she would be quitting politics for good. For many South Africans the declaration only made official what the May election results had clearly demonstrated—her party won only two seats in the 400-person legislature.
“I will therefore be leaving party politics, having accomplished my aim of creating a political vehicle to enable those who remain outside the political mainstream to have a voice,” she declared.
Fortunately, the only non-mainstream voice that is sure to get louder thanks to Ms. Ramphele’s departure from politics is Julius Malema’s. Mr. Malema is president of the Economic Freedom Fighters, a new and vibrant party that recently finished third in the national elections with 6.4% of the vote, giving it 25 seats in legislature.
Last week, members of the EFF were forcefully removed from the provincial legislature after they refused to remove their trademark red overalls and domestic workers’ uniforms, symbols of their grass roots agenda. In response to the speaker’s dismissal of his party’s representatives, Malema said. “To you proper is White, to you proper is European. We are not White. We are defying colonialist decorum. We are not English-made. We are workers, and we are going to wear those clothes and we are unapologetic about it.”
White settlers in South Africa are becoming more fearful that the democratic process might force them to give up the land and economic benefits that they stole.
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