An article on Wonkie late last year suggested an alliance between ANC breakaway faction Shitoka… oops, Shikota and Helen Zille of the DA as a good way forward in terms of political strategy if either of these 2 parties want to dislodge the ANC from the driving seat. The response on the DA-Shikota (Cope) alliance post was heated and left many debating whether Lekota and Shilowa could even manage to pick a name for their party successfully, let alone string together an alliance with anybody.
While the ANC being the ruling party certainly gets the lion’s share of coverage on Wonkie, it is only fair to have a look at what the other contenders are offering South Africa. Helen Zille is certainly trying hard to position herself as the Obama of South Africa… the change we all need. Seriously though, Wonkie thinks the probability of getting an elected non-black president in South Africa in the next century is about as high as the probability of Zapiro making pro-Zuma cartoons or Manto discovering AIDS is actually a disease.
So, lets assume the DA are smart enough to acknowledge they need a black front-person to stand any chance with the majority of the South African population. Even then, their policies do not adequately address some major issues for the South African man in the street. Two important issues that fall in this category are effective land reform and employment equity programmes. Don’t get us wrong – both of these have been rather inadequately handled by the ANC during their tenure but the ANC do have some semblance of a plan in these areas. It’s quite unclear to Wonkie how the DA intends to address these in a satisfactory manner so as to fix the mess created by apartheid years. If these issues are a priority for Zille and the DA, it’s certainly not coming across as though they are.