Does SA have a taste for the Mashaba Method of mixing populist poison?
Perhaps there is a sinister reason for the silence around this bigot’s targeting of the ‘Dangerous Foreigner’
Say what you like about outgoing Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba, but the man owned his bigotry like few other South Africans.
Not for him were the slippery code words and cowardly dog whistles preferred by our more unscrupulous politicians. Not for him were claims that he had been misquoted or taken out of context or that it wasn’t ruled to be hate speech and therefore didn’t count as rabble-rousing incitement.
No. Mashaba truly had the courage of his nasty little convictions. Time after time he stood tall, gazed out at the torch-lit Olympic stadium of Twitter where his audience of plaited, dirndl-clad xenophobes trembled in pre-orgasmic anticipation, and then shrieked his prejudice into the spittle-flecked microphone of populist idiocy...