Friday, 11 January 2008
Most South African get exasperated when our brothers from the north call us little American, lets face the truth we all do as the Americans do. Look at our politics for example last year the Democratic Alliance had a race for leadership and that leader ship race was between Helen Zille (a white woman) and ……(a black man). As political analysts put it the DA was neither ready for a black leader nor ready for a woman leader. Helen Zille was a better option as she represents the nucleus of the party (which is largely white). The problem is that South Africans at the moment have shown especially during the ANC Conference that it is not ready for a woman leadership. Therefore we might as well conclude that DA won’t win the next elections. Not only that South Africa is not ready for a woman leader the electorate has shown that they don’t trust whites with political power. Who can blame them? In the US the race in the Democrats is between Hillary Clinton (a white Woman) and Obama (a black man) again the interests of the country are different from the interests of the party just like in the SA. Democrats want to transform as much as the DA in SA wanted to, the problem is that the US in not ready for neither the Black President nor the woman President according to political commentators. The likelihood is that Clinton will win despite the positive response given to Obama. Republicans were dead and buried under Iraqi War, but now there is a window of opportunity for them. In the next election the Democrats are going to lose and Republicans win because republican are more conservative. Their leader is definitely going be a man just like the ANC did in South Africa. Next time when Yobo (my Nigerian Friend who bugs me about us being little Americans) reminds me that we are li’l Americans I guess I will just have to look around me to give him my response.
Posted by Muzi at Friday, January 11, 2008