Brian Sokutu
Senior Print Journalist
3 minute read
9 Jan 2021
4:50 am

Rise of far-right populism

Brian Sokutu

Like Trump, Bolsonaro declared that he would not accept election results if he lost.

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 03: People hold a pro-Trump rally on October 3, 2020 in the borough of Staten Island in New York City. The event, which was organised weeks ago by the the Staten Island Republican Party, encouraged people to vote Republican and to pray for the health of President Donald Trump who fell ill with COVID-19. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP

This week’s brazen storming of Capitol Hill – the United States’ seat of power – by throngs of right-wing Donald Trump supporters, had all the hallmarks of South Africa on the eve of democracy. In scenes similar to what we have seen in the US, about 3 000 members of the Afrikaner Volksfront (AV), Afrikaner Weerstandsbeweging (AWB) and other right-wing Afrikaner paramilitary groups, stormed the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, almost 28 years ago. At the time of the attack, the World Trade Centre was the venue for multiparty negotiations to end apartheid through the country’s first all-inclusive elections....