AfriForum and the Solidarity Movement have discovered the secret to life under and after the ANC
26 July 2022
For almost 30 years South Africa has only known one political paradigm: the ANC as ruling party. The ANC has had such a long, tight grip on the national government that the line between government and ruling party has blurred significantly for ANC politicians and the public alike.
Therefore, at a time where the ANC appears at its weakest since it gained power in 1994, many still fear the unknown after the ANC. “What alternative do we really have?” has practically become a South African proverb, mostly in the context of party politics. AfriForum and the broader Solidarity Movement have been hard at work for years, developing a viable alternative to a deteriorating state which already has a proven track record of practical success. All it requires is a shift of a one-track historical mindset.
For over 100 years the reigning political paradigm in South Africa has been the centralisation of power in the hands of the government. Centralisation is simply the continued entrusting of government with more and more responsibilities, functions and powers.
Domestically, the philosophy behind this top-down approach has been that an increasingly powerful and all-encompassing government is best suited to manage and administrate the affairs of, and determine the destinies of the vast collection of communities at the southern tip of Africa. It is understandable that some still cling to this philosophy, since the hammer of centralisation is the only tool you know, you will see every problem as a nail. Party politics is in essence the scramble for control of the government leviathan.