LAST week the South African Student Congress, which is an affiliate of the ruling alliance, called for one-day action at universities to demand free education. The call was made from Luthuli House.
Poor black students are suffering at universities. So Sasco's call seems legitimate. But when some students took action they were met with state violence from Comrade Fikile Mbalula's police.
I can't stop imagining the Sasco leadership running into Mbalula in the corridors of Luthuli House and their giving each other high fives! The issue of police brutality against students would remain in their minds.
We must wonder if Sasco is actually serious about its free education campaign or whether it called the action to deflect media attention from ANCYL president Julius Malema.
Strangely, the ruling alliance is also its own opposition. This is done to control people so that they do not go too far with their demands.
It does not help that the opposition parties are a pathetic bunch lacking imagination, courage and a commitment to the people. The opposition does not deserve the people's support.
Cosatu and the SACP, the self-declared Left, have been disturbingly quiet about the ongoing protest action for service delivery.
The local politicians are increasingly relying on the police to suppress the people. The fundamental rights of people are arbitrarily undermined, such as when the community was effectively prevented from meeting as happened last Sunday in Sharpeville.
You should have seen the massive and intimidating presence of the police, who resolutely enforced the banning order. We are fast moving towards a democratic police state. It's not too hard to predict a massacre by the police.
While the explanations for community protests are many, there is no doubt that the lack of service is a fundamental cause.
It's unfair and hypocritical to heap blame on Malema as if he invented "tenderpreneurism". Actually, tenderpreneurism is the key activity unleashed by the ANC government so that comrades can eat.
Malema is a new arrival. Many of the leading black business personalities, from Patrice Motsepe and Sakie Macozoma to Tokyo Sexwale and Cyril Ramaphosa, are beneficiaries of the tenderpreneurism. And they made some serious cash.
When former president Thabo Mbeki said blacks should not be shy to get rich he was encouraging the emergence of petty black capitalism. Vultures who prey on the poor just like the white capitalism they are mimicking.
Without transforming the apartheid economy, blacks have to rely on political connectivity to rob the people to make a profit. The whole money-making system is based on illegal and legal corruption.
In the process the people suffer and the Left is silent or simply playing games with the desperate situation of people.
But the people seem to be getting angrier by the day. The 50th commemoration of the Sharpeville massacre is unlikely to go ahead, the people want real change not jamborees! Will Mbalula send the police to force the people to celebrate?