- Raymond Suttner
The Gauteng ANC drew a huge crowd to their manifesto rally last Saturday. But it could not evoke enthusiasm. Usually when one is in a large crowd there is a buzz of excitement. Ten or 20 years ago, if a freedom song was sung, it would emerge from the crowd or, if from the stage, be taken up by supporters all over the stadium. That did not happen. The ANC of today exists, but it is dying. The ANC of today exists, but it is dying, not in the sense that it will be no more in the near future, but in that it no longer exists as an organisation that evokes the powerful imagery of freedom and self-empowerment. It now symbolises graft and violence. By RAYMOND SUTTNER.