Open letter to South Africa’s students‚ universities and government‚ represented by Minister in the .
Like most of South Africa I have been watching the recent election-related activities in Zimbabwe. What is happening there serves as a useful lesson for South Africa.
As long as Zanu-PF was comfortably in the majority in Zimbabwe things appeared to be okay.
As soon as the majority party saw its support declining dangerously things started to happen - things that have become synonymous with Zimbabwe: human rights abuses, forcible land invasions and a decline in citizens' and opposition parties' rights.
In South Africa the cracks are already starting to show. In areas where the DA is in power, most notably Cape Town, we find the ANC doing everything to derail that DA majority.
The ANC simply can't accept that they are not in power in each and every municipality in the country.
Just like Robert Mugabe, ANC president Jacob Zuma claimed at a recent ANC rally in Khayalitsha that his party ruled by divine right.
This is reminiscent of a statement Zuma made during the 2004 election and a few months ago that: "The ANC will be in power forever, until the Son of Man comes back."
Didn't the Nats believe that God would also always protect them?
Just like Mugabe, Zuma clearly doesn't believe in true democracy, because true democracy takes place by way of the ballot box - not by "divine right".
Manny de Freitas, Joburg