Donald Trump and the South African revolution
One of the things Donald Trump has going for him in the race for the Republican Party's American presidential nomination is that the party establishment failed to take him seriously. Although Mr Trump has not yet secured the nomination, the party hierarchy may live to rue the fact that their complacency led them to laugh him off.
Also working to Mr Trump's advantage is the fact that he has been subjected to so much derision by so many sections of the media. They have been so busy heaping scorn upon him that they have failed to appreciate that he might be more in tune with Republican voters than they are, with the result that he now seems to be a more serious contender for the nomination than they ever imagined.
In South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) benefits from a similar refusal by nearly everyone outside its own ranks to take seriously its commitment to bring about a National Democratic Revolution (NDR). Few newspaper commentators pay much attention to the ANC's revolutionary agenda. The same is true of nearly all opposition politicians, and of institutions in civil society that are otherwise sometimes critical of the ANC.
Many are so focused on whether or not the ANC is implementing the National Development Plan (NDP) adopted in 2012, that they ignore whether or not the revolutionary NDR plan is being implemented. They do not even ask the question. Nor does business, which likewise focuses on the supposedly pragmatic and reformist NDP while ignoring the revolutionary NDR. As for the international credit ratings agencies, if the NDR is on their radar screens, they seem too polite to mention it.
Yet cadre deployment has been steadily imposed right across the public sector. In the private sector many companies have put ANC cadres on their boards. The use of cadre deployment to capture all centres of power is a key component of the revolutionary NDR. Another key component is to bring about demographic proportionality/representivity in the personnel running all institutions, public and private. Racial targets and quotas imposed by employment equity legislation are the means by which this component of the revolutionary NDR agenda is enforced.