Forget truisms about fighting elephants, this is how the ANC will kill SA
Humans worry about everything except the one thing that will actually end them - and so it is in this country
When elephants fight, the saying goes, it is the grass that suffers. As a literal observation, made by some frustrated person trying to grow a lawn in Kenya next door to a gang of particularly pugilistic pachyderms, it is probably true. As a metaphor for political upheaval, however, it is rather silly.
I understand why the fighting elephants story is catnip for orators and pundits. Its message – an observation about power doubling as a statement of solidarity with the downtrodden – is nicely accessible but its poetic imagery wreaths it in profundity, making it seem like the sort of thing you might get told by a sage on a mountaintop rather than, as I mentioned earlier, a desperately unhappy gardener.
The trouble is that it all falls apart at the first prod, crumbling away like so much elephant dung after a dry spell...