Your extraordinary learning, your superb writing and your many excellent published books over the decades including “Will South Africa Survive”, makes me reluctant to take issue with your “July Days” piece. It was wide-ranging, but I felt you were overlooking what is really happening in South Africa at the moment. Jason McCormick and Rob Hersov (published in BizNews) have not missed the huge and imminent danger that South Africa is facing after 25 years of ANC misrule.
Mashaba’s unflinching animosity to the ANC is clearly communicated. The IFP knows how much blood the ANC spilt in trying to obliterate it. You then meander into what is for the vast majority of South Africans, the interesting but entirely parochial politics of the Western Cape and Cape Town.
Your magisterial knowledge of Marxism-Leninism and the history of the “July Days“ has, interestingly, been echoed by that well taught Communist in our KZN Premier, Sihle Zikalala. Around the Phoenix community’s self-defence, like you, he referred to the October Revolution, which the SACP is triumphantly (maybe because they know that they have captured the ANC) celebrating this month.
Zikalala also went on to disparagingly compare the Phoenix events with the attempted coup against the Communist Government in Venezuela. It is the Revolution that matters to the ANC and their July Days insurrection was an attempt by the Zuma faction to resuscitate it.
I personally saw the destruction that was sown in Pietermaritzburg, Durban and in our KZN country towns including Howick where I live. I was deeply proud of how ordinary citizens protected their communities. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (NDZ)’s own small country home town of Bulwer/Pholela was thoroughly burnt and looted, as were so many in the Province. Pongola was a notable exception where the whole community united to resist the ANC’s Zuma faction.