South Africa: Ace in a (Deep, Uncomfortable, Dark and Lonely) Hole


Disruptions and threats of book burnings appear to reveal more about the levels of support Ace Magashule enjoys than he would have liked. That they are thugs is obvious, but more revealing is that the ANC Secretary-General’s support might not be as extensive as he would have us believe.

While it can sometimes seem that anything goes in South African politics, from time to time an incident will occur that shows there are red lines in our society that you (still) cannot cross.

In the case of the Pieter-Louis Myburgh’s tome on Ace Magashule’s capture of Free State, a promise by the ANC Youth League in the Free State to burn the book, and the disruption of the book’s launch, has shown that one of those immovable lines is a sacred circle protecting our freedom of speech.

On Wednesday, significant portions of the ANC spent much of the day queuing up to condemn the disruption. The fact that the disruption occurred, and that there was such widespread and unequivocal condemnation of it, demonstrates that something happened in the balance of power within the ANC and, at least publicly, Magashule was suddenly on his own. This shift, even if temporary, could…


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Publish date : 2019-04-11 06:54:23

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