In a few days we will be casting our votes for the parties of our choice a privilege and right we all share in democracy.
However, has anyone noticed the official opposition the DA aka Deceptive Alliance as some in social media circles have dubbed it ran a hollow campaign, a campaign with no manifesto, message or commitment. The DA engineered a campaign absent in core pillar-definition.
A campaign known for making the ANC president famous, because everything that the DA leader Maimane had said from before the start of this 2016 municipal elections campaign has been Zuma, Zuma, Zuma. Everything he says today in every meeting of white-less in attendance rally he hold is Zuma.
How does Maimane get it right to be the Donald Trump of our local politics, high on noise empty on content?
How does the DA get it right to be this hollow and deceive itself to think we can’t see through it, we can’t hear through this hollowness and we can’t feel this emptiness?
The DA ran a campaign clutching at straws and premised on a notion to rewrite SA political history in telling us Nelson Mandela was a DA member!
This hollow sophism and retort stands in the same tradition of Zille’s claim of Biko.
Yes Mandela serves a president of SA for one term but the DA in hollowness attempts airbrushing our history and claiming Madiba as politically androgynous in choice of party. They want us to believe they speak for Mandela, when Mandela from beyond the grave told us all what party he would join in the hereafter and committed if he finds none he will establish an ANC Branch in heaven.
Now the DA in hollowness of content, attempts telling us Mandela is ignorant maybe even stupid like all the millions who have until now trusted the ANC to lead.
I must admit if you compare Madame Zille’s campaigns to that of the Hollow Maimane you too will see this was a more hollow campaign, this is to a greater degree a hollow campaign.
I have yet to hear what the DA will do beyond claiming “change”. I have tried to understand its campaign but it tells us about an ANC guy who wears black, green and gold for his party colors who does the dab at 74 with ease.
Indeed an expensive hollow campaign. This hollowness resonates from Cape to Limpopo.
It’s much made of attempt to capture the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, which started with their choice for their abrupt last elections as directed by foreign funders, produced Mr. Hollow!
This campaign has petered out into a loose shot at nothing with a further hollow Athol Trollip, who has become increasingly silent in hollowness.
It’s Western Cape incumbent mayor Patricia de Lille, the earliest black face case today visits the areas of squalor like Crossroads wearing a mask among the Western Cape black poor, because their poverty and diseases as a government neglect them is contagious yet she wears no mask among the white rich.
When you ask any DA leader or candidate in this 2016 municipal elections what they will do as I tried with one of its newest hollow recruit a Georgen Miggels rom somewhere in the Eastern Cape, you quickly find out two things.
The Deceptive Alliance is loud on ANC and Zuma but cannot tell you what they going to do if elected to office. A pervasive sense of complete hollowness echoes and re-echoes through its ranks.
Secondly more disturbing is the hollow notion that South African voters who vote for the ANC are uninformed and stupid. This hollow myth parades in volumes from the top leadership in the DA and reverberates through every nook and cranny of this Alliance.
It’s Gauteng mayoral candidate Herman Mashaba is vocal in hollowness of disagreeing with the party policies. This again attests a party obsessed with a black face to evidence them not as a white conservative, interest and hegemony sensitive alliance. It simply didn’t learn from cutting deals with black faces as the Zille and Ramphele kiss of betrayal in 2014 left more than a smudge.
This hollowness is endemic, and is heard in its Ekurhuleni choice for candidacy, Ghaleb Cachalia. Cachalia who earlier boldly claimed he didn’t leave the ANC the ANC left him, and was proven a liar. Since Cachalia never was an ANC member clearly has no political track record as he claimed and is publicly berated by his own blood as trying to score on the his family name. Hollowness resonates throughout the DA. In fact it has become the central life mark of the DA in this season.
Somewhere the SA voters have seen through this hollow attempt of a highly suspicious Barak Obama impersonation. A factory fault in production that produced a hollow item.
Across the length and breadth of this complex society voters are not as ignorant this hollow campaign assumes.
I dare categorically assert Mmusi Maimane will evidence the decline of the DA in numbers in every area it claimed success before.
You simply cannot get away with this type of claimed change rhetoric in which the content remains begging.
Clyde N.S. Ramalaine
An ANC Voter