Nov 28, 2021

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Politics is about power, plus five talking points from ‘Vrye Weekblad’

According to legend, Jan van Hunks was a retired Dutch pirate who chilled with his pipe and a few cases of Red Heart Rum on the slopes of Table Mountain for no good reason when a stranger was blown in by the raging southeast. The stranger first asked for a filling of tobacco.

After pondering together about the ups and downs of life in the Cape and the delays of the stagecoach, Van Hunks and the stranger, the latter too Headgear pulled tightly over ears, returned to more important things. The shy character couldn’t stop talking about Jan’s exquisite tobacco. Jan felt outrageously flattered and was strangely drawn to the unpolished metaphors of the stranger.

Maybe it was the moment that overwhelmed the stranger – or maybe it was the rum and the stranger Zol – and he collapsed. Van Hunks brought him another sip or two of the VOC’s finest imported rum. The stranger turned out to be the devil. A bolt of lightning from the depths of Hell turned both villains into a cloud of smoke that covers Table Mountain to this day.

I was reminded of the legend when I read that Gayton McKenzie, Activist leader and father figure of the Patriotic Alliance (PA) said nothing prevents him from forming an alliance with the African Resistance Movement (AWB) himself, writes Piet Croucamp in this week’s issue of Vrye Weekblad .

In his honesty, he affirms that politics is about power, and without power he cannot change the lives of the people who voted for him. I think he’s right. I’ll give McKenzie the benefit of the doubt and cast him in the role of the stranger in the Van Hunks legend. Eugene Terre’blanche enters the theater as Jan.

However, there are very few differences between McKenzie and Terre’blanche – two convicted criminals who make political capital out of identity politics. McKenzie’s only condition is that the AWB treat him equally. Ironically, Terre’blanche would never have negotiated with McKenzie without a laden Sanna.

Democracy gave McKenzie a strong mandate to negotiate with “a Terre’blanche”. The PA is one of the 10 largest political parties in South Africa, and the party has seemingly unlimited growth potential. He describes his party as “colorful” rather than “colorful”. Regarding the senselessness of the symbolism of the rainbow nation, Terre’blanche apparently said that the color black is not represented in a rainbow.

The last word, about Jana Marx from Netwerk24, belongs to McKenzie: “If you go to the toilet at a gas station and the entrance fee is R1; your stomach is working and you just have to get in, and if you have 99c and I have 1c, then I am important to you. “

The ANC finds the PA a very useful coalition partner, and Every penny of McKenzie’s soul is worth gold.

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

The articles in this week’s Vrye Weekblad

>> Browse through the full November 19th issue

< p> LET GO OF THE STEM | It’s time to drop the lines of Die Stem from the national anthem, writes Max du Preez. The stem is a symbol of apartheid, and apartheid was not a culture. We need an anthem that everyone in this country can sing with pride.

VAX AID | Traditionally, rock stars have not been seen as role models for spreading the word, but there are are some who are really trying to make the world a better place.

WHIP IT | Whip making is as old as the Bible itself, but that fine art is dying out and only a handful of South Africans still know how to do it. We spoke to one of them.

BOOKS, BOOKS, BOOKS | We are reading a complex feminist novel, two very special autobiographies and a self-help guide.

READ FOR FREE – SUNDAY BLUES | < / strong> About a happy break, the Aussies and Kiwis and the T20 final, Panados and Pizza and the correct spelling of F *** off.