[Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro] possesses, however, few of his predecessor’s resources, lacking not just oil revenue but Chávez’s surplus of charisma, humour and political skill. Maduro, unable to end the crisis, has increasingly sided with the privileged classes against the masses; his security forces are regularly dispatched into barrios to repress militants under the guise of fighting crime. Having lost its majority in Congress, the government, fearing it can’t win at the polls the way Chávez did, cancelled gubernatorial elections that had been set for December last year (though they now appear to be on again). Maduro has convened an assembly to write a new constitution, supposedly with the objective of institutionalising the power of social movements, though it is unlikely to lessen the country’s polarisation.
Granted, she is white; but a woman leader would be another desirable factor in the stale doldrums of local male-dominated politics, and it would be a telling blow for gender equality. I love the woman to bits; she might be the reason I could vote for her party, instead of boycotting the elections. I believe that under La Zille, the DA would transform itself into a party for all South Africans.
John Qwelane loves Helen Zille! What next – Jacob Zuma declaring his love for Bulelani Ngcuka? Zackie Achmat professing a deep and abiding love for Manto?BACK TO TOP