In breaking news, it has come to Wonkie’s attention that there is more behind the tension between Helen Zille and South Africa’s infamous news limelight hogger, Julius Malema. Unconfirmed sources have it on good authority that Mrs Zille and Mr Malema actually regularly exchange campaign strategies during secret meetings in the romantic South African city of Rustenberg.
Some time back, Wonkie published an article about why the Democratic Alliance (DA) and Helen Zille would fail in the elections in 2009. Thanks to Mrs Zille’s lack of political savvy (a la the white male cabinet saga), the DA is still largely considered a white party by the majority of the black electorate. She will need to do many more traditional Zulu dances and perhaps don a sari on her next visit to Lenasia in order to start shaking that perception.
Helen Zille is very action-oriented and somewhat still naively believes that delivering results will actually win her elections. South Africa, however, is no different from any other country when it comes to voting and elections. People vote for who they can relate to, and their decisions are rarely based on hard facts and figures – consider the re-election of the moronic George Bush in the USA as a case in point.
What has changed for the DA, however, is that their campaign in 2011 is significantly more positive. They appear to be talking about the issues and what the DA can and intend to do for the people, rather than the rather idiotic campaign in 2009 of “Vote for the DA so ZUMA does not get into power“. Wonkie believes this is a huge step in the right direction if the DA ever want to take the role of credible opposition in South Africa.
Instead, this time, it is the ANC strategy that is on the back foot with respect to campaigning. There is little talk of promised delivery and posters plastered across billboards with president Zuma stupidly grinning are hardly inspiring for the public that wants to see results. Malema is also clearly desperate, pathetically using the Mandela card at a recent campaign in Port Elizabeth. Wonkie wonders if the residents of the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality will be dumb enough to vote for the ANC because of the apparent strain it might cause on Madiba if the DA wins there. The election results will tell.
What are your thoughts on the South African local election campaigns? Have you registered to vote? Leave your comments below and let Wonkie know.
Browse the best offers on every Canadian online casino or if you’d like to play in South African rands, then see the best South African online casino page or the Silver Sands casino review page. Indians living overseas may want to browse offers on Indian online casinos on this excellent website. If gambling is not your thang, be sure to check out our other exciting recommended links and the related Wonkie hit Zille vs Malema celebrity deathmatch cartoon post.