Late last month, just as the dry winter weather started to bite, the political climate turned yellow, green and black, the colors of the African National Congress. Africa’s oldest liberation party was girding itself for the fifth general elections since the end of apartheid and the most anticipated race since Nelson Mandela walked out of prison.
In the intervening years the A.N.C. has grown into something of a religion; it is the only thing that several generations, old and young, associate with the liberation of blacks from descendants of white settlers. Never mind that its current prophet-in-chief is President Jacob Zuma — middle name Gedleyihlekisa, which means “the one who kills you with a smile” in Zulu.… Seguir leyendo »