How DA arrogance undermines and subverts
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Drewan Baird. Oudtshoorn. 30 January 2014. 04h30. Much will be continued to be said about this DA-Agang “merger”.
O!O defers to the opinions of the professional journalists and political commentators – daai manne en vroue met die dik brille, die gerusstellende stemme en die redelike lyftaal.
But in the Eden and Oudtshoorn context I am reminded of the words of Patricia de Lille, in the days leading up to the Oudtshoorn by-elections of October 2010 when now executive mayor Gordon April and turned again councillor Jurie Harmse won the council for the ANC after abandoning the then Independent Democrats…
During an interview with De Lille at the time I suggested that the best fit strategy might have been to fight at least the Dysselsdorp ward under the orange ID banner because the ID supporters might not have been ready to vote DA.
Replied De Lille, “The people will do as I say.”
This is high Apartheid rhetoric. It is insulting. It vitiates. It is archaic. It is unbelievably stupid. It works not. It is ineffective and inefficient. It is counter productive. It is incredibly dumb. It is vintage DA.
The “new look” DA lost both wards and the rest is history.
The DA-ID merger birthed nothing for the DA but perhaps a few Western and Northern Cape votes. It landed the DA with baggage, in Eden, such as Wessie van der Westhuizen and Charles Standers.
Patricia was in dire financial straits and the DA bought at bargain basement rates and still got a dud for its buck.
Mamphela Ramphele was (is?) also in a financial fix. The DA swooped.
In the aftermath of the public display of affection, complete with kisses and hugs and smiles that failed to communicate the victory claimed by all, it appears as if Ramphele sold something she did not own.
But the pundits can earn appearance fees on this meal ticket for the weeks to come. I simply state that De Lille’s October 2010 “the people will do as I say” reverberates in the latest deflowering.
In my opinion; in my considered opinion, this DA and Agang “merger” is a political blunder of the first water. DA blunders surprise me not. I happen to think that the DA has suspect strategic ability. The Oudtshoorn political management fiasco confirms this conviction.
What will the Ramphele visage on the blue posters deliver?
I spoke to a successful local businessman yesterday who made the quite logical observation that he would be inclined to vote DA because Ramphele makes for better presidential material than Jacob Zuma.
Ye gods and faeries, most anybody does!
The DA will certainly muster many thousands like votes – like my friend’s vote.
But these votes will not be Agang votes; they’ll be (yet again) anti Zuma votes. And this had been mostly discounted already.
Agang supporters are probably – probably! – now even further from the DA than they already were before their leader abandoned their false hope she instilled over the last few months.
People who would have voted against the ANC and not for the DA would probably have voted Agang. The sum of the DA and Agang parts after the elections would have been considerably higher than the “Dagang” votes expected now.
Dumb move Helen. Dumb move, babe. Business 101. Refer the Chrysler – Daimler merger.
Yeah. It refers to my statement on the “Biko Babes”: Coming to a polling booth near you soon: Biko’s Babes… he covered one; one covered him. He didn’t make it. Will we!?
Babes in the woods.
Me calling the DA leadership babes in the woods is arrogant even by my high standard. But consider the facts.
A significant core of the current DA leadership bears a legacy of being outfoxed by the Nats for years and years and years: The PP; the PFP; the DP; The labour party; the Tri-cameral puppets could not rattle the Nats.
Another contingent bears the legacy of those selfsame Nats who were outsmarted by the ANC.
These are huge and dark shadows, I’ll have you know.
They are easily bested are the DA leaders. I give you Oudtshoorn.
Until there is an alternative to the ANC, the ANC will govern. It will govern well, less well, and badly. But it will govern. That is the reality that face us. Let’s work it.
Click here for a xyresic opinion piece by Haji Mohamed Dawjee – Zille and Ramphele: A marriage of inconvenience… “Let us not to the marriage of true minds admit impediments”, wrote Shakespeare. But when it comes to the marriage between Agang SA and the Democratic Alliance (DA) … let’s.
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