The DA’s gone Looney Tunes over De Klerk, but that’s not all, ...

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The DA’s gone Looney Tunes over De Klerk, but that’s not all, folks

The apartheid denial saga has made for an enthralling cartoon, but there’s a malicious truth behind it all

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There’s political theatre. There’s farce. And then there is the episode of Looney Tunes currently being broadcast to an astonished nation.

Critics of the EFF decried its performance at last week’s State of the Nation address as either cynical theatre or offensive farce. I call it a roaring success. Trapping the ANC into siding with FW de Klerk, just days after he had denied that apartheid was a crime against humanity, was a masterstroke, not only confirming the deepest beliefs of its base but also guaranteeing the sort of media coverage that makes everyone forget the EFF is supported by 5% of voting-age South Africans.

No, the Looney Tune I’m watching is being performed solely by the Democratic Alliance and features a decidedly un-wily coyote that, while slouching hungrily along a desert track, has just arrived at a table on which two items have been carefully placed...

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