Dec 9, 2021

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Afrikaners scare easily, plus five talking points from ‘Vrye Weekblad’

Shane Warne is arguably the best leg spinner the last century or so has produced. He used a metaphor to be sure to intimidate his opponents. As soon as he called a batsman his “bunny”, the middle order would be hell for anyone less talented than AB de Villiers.

White Africans are the bunnies of EFF- Leader Julius Malema. The more they fixate on its populism, the more they withdraw into the Laager that confirms every stereotype that black South Africans have of racism and systemic privileges.

Malema brings the worst in Afrikaans. It’s just not possible to talk to white South Africans on a subject from apartheid to the fertility of a mustard seed without Malema’s name coming up.

Malema represents the stereotype of white people’s pessimism about Africa. I must have given over a thousand speeches to chambers of commerce and farmers, and if you want to lose your audience completely, you should mention Malema in your first few paragraphs.

I think the board members the Transvaal Agricultural Union or the FF Plus could be elected for a fourth term by merely cursing Malema before they even confirmed a quorum.

There is no doubt that Malema thought he could buy the organized labor loyalty on the back of Marikana. When that turned out to be a pipe dream, he tested his party’s appeal in informal settlements and townships, but those two bases remained relatively loyal to the ANC.

Next, the EFF attempted populism as a Means of political mobilization. According to the latest election results, we know that black South Africans can be whipped into political sulking and even criminal behavior (during the July riot), but they do not vote to land grabs on the basis of racial mobilization or emotional incitement. p>

Even the ANC now recognizes that the EFF is not a threat and insults the Red Barets. In the recent coalition negotiations, Luthuli House sent some lightweights to meet Malema – a clear sign that Ramaphosa’s people are not really interested in difficult talks with the EFF.

On the wisdom of Herman Mashaba’s recommendation, then Malema forced the prosecutor to uncodified agreements.

The EFF is a 10% party that is largely dependent on a black middle class, the deal with complacency from white corporations in the private sector or a lower middle class excluded from the patronage networks of the former liberation movement.

There is an intellectual subdiscipline of academic activists at universities that includes thousands of Students are EFF members, but they are not registered and their participation in the EFF is therefore at most theoretical.

It’s not that the EFF doesn’t know. Malema and Floyd Shivambu are struggling to get the money to make the registration days count and cannot bring voters to the polling stations with food and transport.

The problem is that in the past, white parties used the Malema phenomenon to mobilize their own bases. In a healthy democracy, the party leaders would try to steal each other’s support base with excellent political proposals. But DA and FF Plus threaten white South Africans not only with EFF and ANC leaders, but also with the individual identities of the parties’ supporters.

ANC members and voters are cadres, corrupt and dependent on grants. The prototype EFF member is a bank robber, communist and violent person who wants to use politics to steal your property.

Africans are easily scared and in this case it is a fear of its own shadow.

Read the full column and other news, analysis, and interviews in Friday’s edition of Vrye Weekblad.

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