Here we can see the imperialists in the guise of the 'financial times' bemoaning that their and in general imperialism's choice candidates for ruling South Africa in their interests - the 'democratic alliance' (a openly pro-imperialist white supremacist party) has screwed up its chances of trying to peacefully regime change the ANC government in South Africa. The screw up was that the DA was supposed to 'blacken up' and get a black face to their nonsense in the form of Mamphela Ramphele, a Black woman who hustles on her past affair with the anti-imperialist and anti-apartheid revolutionary Steve Biko, insults Biko by serving white imperialism in the form of being a former leader of the world bank, a former mining company exec, and getting funding from the colonial tory brits.
This article here is an example of the utter revolting nonsense the west were trying to enact in their brain washing attempts in playing up an utter enemy of the South African masses as a white washed saviour. Well, its collapsed before it even started!
Anti-imperialists the world over can chuckle to themselves that this sorry marriage of devilish convenience has collapsed before its has started, and left the reactionaries smarting. Also sad to see that one time ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema berak-away Economic Freedom Fighters is being given a lot of air time by the imperialists, including in the article below (although its wishful thinking that the EFF will bring any real dent in the ANC vote) , as the latter will do anything to achieve their central aim which is the removal at any costs in the long turn of the ANC government.
Despite all the challenges, contradictions of the struggle, the ANC and the allied communist party, COSATU trade union alliance and other revolutionary and anti-imperialist masses and forces still represent the broad demands of the South African masses and the Pan-African agenda as well as GlobalSouth agenda. - Sukant Chandan, Sons of Malcolm
Zille predicts ANC will still dominate
Helen Zille, the leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, briefly exudes an appearance of fragility – a rare sight for the combative politician dubbed by some as the country’s Iron Lady.
But with about three months to go before national polls, Ms Zille, who has led the Democratic Alliance since 2007, has had sleepless nights over a political crisis surrounding the selection of the DA’s presidential candidate, which has rattled the party at a time when it had big hopes for the elections.
Despite the sleaze and corruption allegations that have damaged the credibility of President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress, Ms Zille is downplaying the possibility of a significant realignment of political forces.
The DA’s own polling, which she says is highly accurate, suggests the ANC is on course to garner around 60 per cent of the national vote, down from 66 per cent in the 2009 elections.
If her figures are correct, they contradict the predictions of many South African commentators that the ANC’s share of the vote could drop below 60 per cent for the first time since the former liberation movement took power in 1994.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Ms Zille insists that, even if the ANC vote dips to 60 per cent, it would still represent a “huge breakthrough”.
South Africa is one of the most important and liquid emerging markets and investors worldwide are keeping tabs on the electoral process at a time of slowing economic growth.
Ms Zille does not reveal what her polling offers for the DA but she dismisses talk of a 30 per cent share of the vote – a target touted as possible just a year ago by some DA leaders – and explains that it is “really, really, really hard in politics to grow and to turn a vote, especially in a country which is so divided”.
Divisions in South Africa often run along racial lines and the DA is still battling to shed the perception that it represents whites.
Ms Zille thought she had found a solution when Mamphela Ramphele, her long-time friend and a prominent black activist-turned-politician, agreed last week to be the DA’s presidential candidate. But the deal, which Ms Zille described as a “game changing” moment, imploded only five days later, triggering a political crisis, bitter recriminations, embarrassment for the DA and a broken friendship.
“It’s a big crisis internally, no question,” she says at her office in Cape Town, where she has been the provincial premier since 2009. “I think I will survive it. There’s no certainty in politics.”
Much of the criticism has been aimed at Dr Ramphele, whom the DA says reneged on a deal to join the party, and whom detractors see as politically naive. But Ms Zille has also been battered by accusations that the deal was an attempt at window dressing.
How much damage it has done to the DA’s chances of significantly increasing its share of the vote from 16.7 per cent in 2009 is difficult to gauge. Ms Zille says the DA’s internal polling showed it got a bump in support after the collapse of the deal less than a week ago, while it merely flatlined when the agreement was announced.
The party that may make a splash at the ballot box is the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by Julius Malema, the radical former leader of the ANC Youth League, who advocates nationalising banks and mines. The EFF was formed less than a year ago, but with anger growing over poverty, unemployment and yawning inequalities, the DA’s polls show it could garner 6-8 per cent of the vote.
For the DA, the challenge is convincing the majority of black South Africans that it is a party that will look after their interests. Its polling shows that almost one in two blacks believe the DA would bring back apartheid if it gained power. It is a perception the ANC happily plays up on the campaign trail, with officials often warning that a vote for the opposition will return the “boers” – Afrikaners who for years oppressed the blacks – to power.
The DA has been gradually transforming itself and attracting more blacks to its ranks. But the change has not been deep enough for many. “It is so easy after centuries of oppression and racism to press the race button and for it to resonate,” Ms Zille says.
That brings her back to her desire to have Dr Ramphele – who is a former partner of Steve Biko, the anti-apartheid hero and has her own activist credentials – as the face of the DA’s campaign.
“I thought if we get Mamphela as our presidential candidate, from her background no one will ever dare say with any credibility, ever again, that we were going to bring back apartheid,” Ms Zille says.
Now, however, the DA has to decide on another presidential candidate.