As the ANC's hold on power in South Africa continues, it is using a series of tactics to deal with the assaults upon it. In some cases, such as in Gauteng, it simply tries to govern better. In other provinces, it seeks to crack down on opposition. In Parliament it tries to change the rules, or interpret them, in the way that suits it best. And cracks down on opposition. But one particular tactic, which has been successful for several years, is now beginning to rebound on the party. It is the tactic of trying to get behind whichever dynamic is driving society, to give the appearance of having led it all along. That tactic, the hijacking of the other organisations' political protests, may eventually hurt it, and badly. By STEPHEN GROOTES.