Martin Williams
3 minute read
27 Oct 2021
5:45 am

Elections 2021: Beware the politics of hate

Martin Williams

If the electoral beneficiaries include hatemongers, dark days of a different sort loom.

Herman Mashaba speaks near Bree Taxi Rank in Johannesburg as Action SA launches their first government election campaign, 9 September 2021. Picture: Neil McCartney

In a WhatsApp video, a man wearing an ActionSA T-shirt shouts obscenities at undocumented foreign nationals, telling them to f**k off. It is the politics of hate, where some are treated as less than human. Unchecked it could lead to trouble. Rwanda’s 1994 genocide began with the dehumanising of “others”. The get-out message is in line with ActionSA tweets: if foreigners are “illegal” or “undocumented” they are fair game. Last week, the Constitutional Court found otherwise. Reporting on a ruling against operations instigated by former mayor Herman Mashaba in Johannesburg, The Citizen quoted the court as saying: “While the raids...