There’s more desperation and opportunism than love in the air this election. Not even Zuma’s many marriages could prepare us for the hypocritical hooking up of Malema and Buthelezi. The ladies, Zille and Ramphele, not wanting the men to get all the attention, gave each other a kiss. For a moment, South African politics was as sexually correct as it could be… but there was cyanide of disdain for their supporters on those lips.
Helen Zille and Mamphela Ramphele got divorced yesterday, Sunday, February the 2nd. South Africa will never get to share Valentine’s Day with them.
These ladies, the BEE convert and the billionaire, without democratically informing their parties about their love affair, decided to elope. But reality set in when they realised that their families, the DA and AGANG, were not going to come around to the idea of their lovechild, DAgang. Accepting that love is momentary addiction, they blamed each other for their madness.
I called Helen Zille a liar to her face, directly after she lied about me, this past Friday (and got the predicable booing from DA supporters who were mostly white and over 65). I was going to write about that today, validate my position and call, again, for open minds and new ideas that stop our lives from slipping on the oily tightrope of old ideas from old political parties who are for themselves and never (enough) for us. BUT Zille and Ramphele’s “let them eat cake” attitude deserves the 5pm slot on our ‘reality’ TV.
Like the soapie that South Africa often is, some scolded them for their deceit whilst others expressed jealousy that Zille would dare push Ramphele ahead of the hardworking, black faithful on the dance floor. Some simply felt betrayed at their exclusion from the decision but the majority pointed fingers, laughing at their hurt ’cause it’s easier to make fun than admit that something is seriously wrong at home.
I’d mocked the announcement of their union by putting a picture up of a dog embracing a stuffed dolphin with the words, “It’s not a phase, we’re in love.” I followed that up with ‘AGANG Denied DA Kiss the Day Before it Happened’ that included Ramphele’s quote: “What would I have accomplished if I had joined the DA or even a newly-established DA. Nothing.”
Considering the magnitude of this broken relationship, and the circus the media will become today, it’s almost impossible to believe that Zille was previously Ramphele’s press secretary when they worked together at UCT. I said ‘almost’ because politics is not what appears to be. The only problem is that the political faithful, in their fear and ignorance, refuse to see it… but maybe this time they will be forced to.
I highly suggest that you read RW Johnson’s article ‘The DA Decides to Blow Itself Up’ which addresses “Helen Zille’s monumental foolishness in trying to anoint the Agang SA leader as her successor”. It’s highly informative and will have you questioning the leadership of Helen Zille. It’s a “what the hell?” kind of read.
This, another political fiasco, makes me laugh… but it’s a laugh that hurts.