Extract The good thing is that nothing catastrophic happened. There were no major surprises or upsets in the elections. Of course it is troubling that there was an uptick in support for the Freedom Front Plus, meaning that more white people are opting to swing right and are rejecting the multiracialism of our society. This, however, is by no means the rise of the alt-right, as has been evident in other parts of the world. To put it in perspective, of the 26,779,025 people registered to vote, about 415,000 people opted to vote for the FF Plus. So it is not like we have to contend with SA’s answer to Donald Trump or Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro. Also comforting is that there was a resounding rejection of parties masquerading as proponents of “radical economic transformation” when they were actually fronts for scoundrels in the ANC and the fugitive Gupta family.The Black First Land First bigots will luckily never come close to mainstreaming their revolting politics from the parliamentary ...

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