Over the last 150 days we have learned much about the power of the habitual in post-millennial, post-apartheid South Africa. We have heard it in the grumbling, cavilling, quarrelling and grousing about the logic (or lack of) of government decrees. We have also seen it in the defiance of logic among the many bourgeois folks who mistook their entitlement for rights, whether to go running, do yoga on the beach, surf, get takeaway coffees, or to purchase items subjected to restricted trade… We saw it in the contradictory messages relayed by official government channels, in the conflict between some experts advising government, between government officials and such experts, and in the ways in which opposition parties contradicted themselves as they opposed government proclamations.
[Princess Diana] was in Angola on her landmine campaign, and there was a hushed, reverent BBC commentator. And he said, ‘The thing about mine fields is that they’re very easy to lay, but they’re very difficult and dangerous, and even expensive to get rid of’ – the perfect description of Prince Charles’s first wife. – the late Christopher Hitchens, on CBS.BACK TO TOP