The arrival of Agang on the South African scene at last lets us explain South African politics to Brits in terms they can understand.
- The ANC is like the British Labour Party, having the support of Cosatu, one of the biggest trade union groupings.
- The DA is like the British Conservative Party, and attracts the votes of conservative-minded voters in South Africa.
- Agang is like the British Liberal Party, and appeals to liberals, though, unlike the British Liberal Party, it hasn’t sold out to the Tories yet.
- Inkatha is like the Scottish National Party, and Bantu Holomisa’s lot (I forget their name) are like the Weslsh equivalent.
- The Freedom Front is like the UK Independence Party.
- That leaves the ACDP and the PAC which are rather difficult to explain in UK terms. Perhaps you could say that the PAC is also like the UKIP, except that it would like to be in Africa just as much as the UKIP doesn’t want to be in Europe.
I hope that makes everything clear.
Whenever I see Agang written I do a double take, because I tend to read it as “aging”.
But that’s OK, as it serves to remind aging liberals like me that we have something to vote for in the 2014 election, if we live that long.
Last year I was rooting for Mamphela Ramphele for president, and though she’s unlikely to be president in 2014, I think her voice needs to be heard in parliament.
Oh, I forgot Julius Malema.
Well, Julius Malema reminds me of Tielman Roos in a lot of ways. Appealing to the workers and playing the race card, for example.
You haven’t heard of Tielman Roos? Well, don’t worry — in 80 years’ time probably no one will have heard of Julius Malema either.