South Africa And Its Ruling African National Congress Involved In A Big War

The plan to hijack the African National Congress by 2019 seems well advanced.

A massive propaganda campaign created the deception that it is ANC- and country president Jacob Zuma, who are corrupt and in that, allowed the state to be captured.

However, it is not Zuma, who is the actual target of the “counter revolutionaries”, their backers and their corporate mainstream media. There are forces both, on the inside and the outside of the ANC, hell-bent to reduce the movement to a mere second to the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its recently joined Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in the forthcoming presidential- and national elections in 2019.

Will current ANC president Jacob Zuma and the ruling party whither the storm? Will the corporate media “stalwarts” in the movement muster a large enough constituency to counter the ANC branches nationally? Who will be the next ANC- and possibly the next country president in 2019?

It is evident that those, who launched the attack on President Zuma and the ANC, have no constituency outside the corporate media cartels, the academic political analysts, and the owners of the economy. This is the reason for them having requested to meet the ANC.

They already met with the ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe. He too has no constituency and knows it. But, the “stalwarts”, also known as “counter-revolutionaries”, would not admit to it. They also have realised that “Jacob Zuma’s constituency is too strong to be challenged”.

Senior ANC NEC insiders raised the questions, “Is the ANC SG, Mantashe, not also in the stable of Anglo American Corporation’s Anglo Gold Ashanti? Which hat does he actually wear? Cde. SG Mantashe (as he is also known within the ANC), will not deliver and will be out of the ANC top structure by the end of next year 2017. He is not a serious factor.”

The “counter-revolutionaries” assured their backers and the media that they will organise a strong constituency. But, they fail to explain, how they would build such constituency, despite their access to huge funds.

A senior and highly respected ANC NEC member explained to this writer under the condition of anonymity, “Two of those “stalwarts” are trying to organise constituencies for their group. Both attempt to get particular constituencies together, as they have realised that they would not be able to get to the ANC branches. One is Cde. Siphiwe Nyanda. He tries to mobilise the armed wing of the ANC’s Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) against Cde. President Zuma and the ANC. This will be a serious struggle though. It is not a constituency they will be able to rely on.”

According to the reliably well-informed senior ANC NEC member, “It is not Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who could be the next ANC- and country president. It seems that he was guided not to talk, because it could jeopardise his position. The main candidate for ANC presidency from those “stalwarts”, or “counter revolutionaries”, is the Reverend Frank Chikane. At one stage he was a senior officer in recalled former President and recently installed UNISA Chancellor Thabo Mbeki’s office. But, the poor priest has no constituency at all, despite mobilising the masses against the ANC from the pulpit. Chikane is also part of the “counter revolutionaries’” Rivonia Branch in Johannesburg. If the ANC has not relented by May 2017, Frank Chikane will be out of the movement.”

“The “stalwarts’” third option to build their constituency is to resuscitate the long dead and buried “United Democratic Front” (UDF). Such destructive activities would be futile though. Recalled former President Thabo Mbeki’s men, Sipho Pityana, Sydney Mufamadi and Frank Chikane work closely together.”

“By alerting all ANC branches countrywide strengthened Jacob Zuma. It will be a big fight lasting well into 2017, involving all branches. Corporates too will play a vicious role, as they muscled in since the late 1970s and manipulate from the shadows to assist with hijacking the ruling ANC. But, the ruling party and its branches understand the efforts to destroy it. It is also described as “chequebooks power politics”.”

“Meanwhile, the ANC “renegades”, as the “stalwarts” are also known, would like Zuma to draw his hat and hand over his position and that of the rest of the ANC and government to them”, senior ANC cadres explained.

A seasoned ANC NEC member made his assumed prognosis:

“First, the inevitability is expected that heads will roll before the no-confidence vote in Parliament in February next year in 2017. President Zuma is expected to agree to that move. Those include all cabinet members, who turned against the head-of-state and commander-in-chief.”

“Second, the ANC will honour its decision to hold a policy conference in May 2017 to discuss the organisational issues during the first two days.”

“Third, the ANC will whither the storm against Parliament’s no-confidence motion, pushed for by the DA-EFF.”

“Fourth, it is critical that the ANC will succeed. The chances to come out unscathed are good, as the movement currently builds confidence throughout all branches.”

“Fifth, this time the ANC will have to get strong leadership to dismantle the colonial-apartheid institutes and infrastructure totally. The revered late ANC president Oliver Tambo insisted that the ANC would need “independent popular objectives”. Without those, it would be impossible to even think of economic changes in South Africa.”

“Sixth, it has become more important than ever before that state power and institutions have to be used to dictate terms to corporates. Agriculture and the land issue must be in their doing. Here is a perfect example, of how the EFF has hijacked the ANC’s policy debate.”

Finally, if the above-mentioned prognostic assumptions would come true, the ANC would win all the way; possibly receive over 66% of the national vote by 2019.

But, where would the ANC find those leaders to do just that?

“The neighbouring Southern African Development Community (SADC) would not be able to do anything, neither the rest of Africa and nor its African Union, unless the citadel of the “counter revolutionary forces” has been totally destroyed. So far, South Africa has let this region down. It is fact, if the ANC and South Africa are destroyed, particularly Britain and Germany would face serious economic trouble”, a senior ANC NEC member pointed out.

He added, “If South Africa and the ANC are strong, Africa’s and the world economies would be strengthened.”

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South Africa’s Treasury Dumped The Economy In Bad Sovereign Debt

Currently, South Africa sits on 50-percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in sovereign debt. This is also called “debt financing”. It is in fact, a direct result from the era of the British theoretician John Maynard-Keynes’ theory of “debt financing”. It is however, a discredited theory, as there is simply no logic in his thinking.

EU members today have a deficit financing standing at over 80-percent debt to the GDP ratio.

The United States of America sit with over 110-percent of debt to GDP financing. America’s sovereign debt stands at US$17trillion. The US sovereign debt has therefore, created the largest nation of debtors in the history of the world. That exorbitant debt was built within sixteen years from the time Bill Clinton was US president onwards. At a standing GDP of US$15trillion, the debt of US$17trillion, would never be paid off.

The above translates into serious inequalities for the American citizenry and more strife for the world at large in the form of more wars, more economic restraining measures against the rest of the world.

Back to South Africa, where the controversial regulatory banking law, FICA, was tabled to be signed by president Zuma. However, the ANC Youth League appealed to the president, not to sign it.

An independent economist comments under the condition of anonymity, “FICA is constitutional mischief. South Africa is a sovereign state, which has to apply the constitution and live with it. The Treasury’s mischievous attempt to change this around by compiling the damaging FICA bill, claiming, it is necessary to monitor and control money laundering and financing of terrorism, is simply unacceptable. FICA is certainly not necessary in South Africa.”

This country has a constitutional democracy and sovereign state. The state certainly has no mandate to suspend the constitutional rights of its citizens on the basis that the country is a member of the United Nations (UN).

“As far as FICA is concerned, the national Treasury launched an assault on the constitutional rights of South Africa’s citizens through the dishonest application of FICA, claiming to frighten off corruption and even worse, transferring the criminal justice system, vesting it into the hands of the private banking cartel.” “This move can aptly be described as a major step closer to a rough banana republic status”, the above-mentioned senior economist added.

He further asked, “Why would South Africa’s national Treasury invite, furnish all required information and pay foreign UK-US ratings agencies – Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch – to be reliably downgraded? That service does not come for free. South Africa’s Treasury pays for being downgraded. Who is responsible for such illogical and self-destructive buffoonery?”

Meanwhile, president Zuma has to send FICA back to parliament. At the same time, it is national Treasury’s job to re-finance sovereign debt. This is however, not done. Why would Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan renege on following it through?

“Not addressing sovereign debt, South Africa can forget to solve the challenges of the three evils, inequality, unemployment and poverty. It is an unbelievable mess. Like Trevor Manuel and Nhlanhla Nene, Pravin Gordhan seems clueless and incapable to solve that situation,” a former director of the country’s Central Bank complained.

Gordhan’s first point on the agenda should be that of re-financing sovereign debt. He admitted in parliament, “We have to put national interests first.” Please follow your statement. You should know what to do. If not, you are definitely heading the wrong portfolio.

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South Africa Today, The Script Unfolds …

South Africa’s recent election outcome with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) having lost hundreds of thousands of votes came and went as no surprise.

One of the major reasons seems to be, as repeatedly documented; the ANC has become insensitive to the poor majority and has to urgently redefine itself.

moneyIt will have to act on, for example, the e-tolls system and do away with rightwing policies forthwith. In fact, the ANC and its government will not get away without a high-quality, effective and efficient intelligence force, a force similar to that of Zimbabwe. ESKOM, Rand Water and the Traffic Departments are all in serious need of honest, hands-on management. Outsourcing has become a swear word and should be treated as such, because it is one of the roots of corruption.

About thirty years ago a group of well-qualified senior ANC intelligence officers read the strategy of the racist-apartheid Nationalist Party (NP) regime then, which was fully backed by the international West.

A small group of senior ANC NEC members explained under the condition of anonymity, “The White NP regime together with the owners of the economy collaborated as ‘architects-of-apartheid’. Their strategy was to unban the ANC, SACP, PAC, Cosatu and all its affiliates, to put together a multi-party democracy, as they had done in the late 1970s in occupied Namibia. Their “democratic model” would be a two-tier system, similar to the old Roman structures.”

“Their two-tier system would include a host of strategic structures such as the NP’s “regional governments”; the Progressive Federal Party (PFP)-Democratic Alliance (DA) “federal system”, which mischievous armchair academics describe as a “Swiss Canton model”; the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) called it the “con-federal system” with the IFP ruling KwaZulu-Natal on its own and the apartheid-Homeland leaders like general Bantu Holomisa and Lucas Mangope, who would call that system ”Bantustans.”

“The above would leave the ANC, SACP, SACTU, COSATU on the outskirts of the corridors of government.”

Like SWAPO Party in Namibia, who was strongly against South Africa’s NP regime’s dictate with its huge host of 149 political parties then, competing against incoming SWAPO, the ANC intelligence officers and strategists were directly opposed against a similar strategy for South Africa.”

“Whittling down support of both liberation movements would create inflated and hugely expensive provincial governments with nine ministers and their staff complement for as many portfolios. This strategy would lead to ‘consumption expenditure’ instead of ‘infrastructural development expenditure’, this writer was told.

As it is today, the treasury pays 55% of the annual national budget towards the nine provincial administrations. If only a two-third majority in parliament would allow the number of provinces to be reduced to four, maximum five provinces, then central government and its treasury would simply have to cut its budget for the provinces.

The ANC team of strategists and intelligence officers also warned that the Western Cape would be won by an apartheid-colonial NP-alliance. That structure would establish a corridor through to the Free State Province and its capitol, Bloemfontein. The Gauteng Province would fall to the same DA conglomerate by 2019. Will the Gauteng Province ever return to the ANC mold again?

In above context, it is small wonder that ANC strategists and intelligence officers were not at all surprised at the Local Government elections outcome. In fact, the late Chris Hani did not support the regional government system in any way.

As revealed to this writer, “During the Codesa negotiations in 1994 the international West had forced the ANC team to adopt the secret “Sunset Clauses”, as developed by FW de Klerk and Joe Slovo. The alternative was that the racist-apartheid regime threatened, it would kill millions of native African South Africans in their townships by dropping nuclear devices on them.”

The same ANC intelligence officers further warned against “Chris Hani being murdered, as he stood in the way of the covert plotters. The enemy’s covert operations were to kill Hani, as he was intelligent and not corruptible. He understood the enemy tactics too well, including those of certain suspicious ANC leaders and insiders”, this commentator was told.

“The above-mentioned report included that covert operations would follow Hani’s murder up by character assassinating Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Both were described as easy targets, as one had a drinking problem and the other a problem with women and money. Such character assassinations could lead to self-destruction. The ANC intelligence had warned the movement about such nefarious activities some thirty years ago.”

Recalled Thabo Mbeki met the EFF leaders on the eve of the elections. He also did not attend any of the ‘star rallies’ of his ruling party and avoided to go onto the campaign trail. When interviewed whom he would vote for, if, he expressed his abhorrence over corruption. Mbeki hinted about his vote and said, “The electorate would have to follow its conscience.” Did it not actually send a message to the ANC members not to vote?

The revered, late ANC President in exile, Oliver Reginald Tambo, maintained that no living being would be stronger than the ANC.

The late ANC and country president, Nelson Mandela, is on record having said in 1993 before he was elected as president of a new South Africa, “If people relax their vigilance, they will find their sacrifices have been in vain. If the ANC does not deliver the goods, the people must do to it what they have done to the apartheid regime … “

What is it that both above-mentioned leaders knew then already, that the rest of the leadership and its voters have not been exposed to?

Internationally renowned researcher, author and journalist, professor John Pilger commented, “The economic ‘growth’, which Nelson Mandela applauds, was once described by Joseph Schumpeter, the doyen of Harvard economists, as ‘creative destruction’.”

South African businessman, Mzi Khumalo, comments, “Three ways the White minority has outsmarted the native black majority in the democracy numbers game are:

  • They concentrated their numbers into the Western Cape and secured themselves a dominion. (This is similar to Namibia’s secessionists of the Caprivi Strip, which was argued and punished as “high treason”, this writer.)
  • They follow the divide and conquer strategy by promoting the EFF through the corporate mainstream media cartels and fund it to dilute the impact of Black unity.
  • They then convinced ANC voters that (president) Zuma is unacceptable to vote for, while convincing their most racist voters to vote for the DA, even if their leader is Black.”

“It’s not the ANC, who must smell the coffee, because they will loose power. It’s the Black voter who must smell the coffee, or loose political expression”, Mzi Khumalo explains.

Have power; patronage, resources and subsequent arrogance destroyed the ANC elite?

Have the academic and corporate mainstream media cartels’ propaganda war waged against the ANC, eventually contributed to the ANC’s demise?

Would the ANC be reduced to a rural political party by 2019, whereas the DA and its coalitions would ascend to become a multi-party, urban conglomeration, ruling South Africa?

In fact, the DA did not make any progress in these last elections. The ANC regressed, as voters simply did not vote. The DA rides on a tribal ticket to split the ANC. Have certain ANC factions, lobbied with outside interest groups to accept a “thirty-year-plan” to divide the amaZulu from within the ANC?

Senior ANC NEC sources under the condition of strict anonymity expect, “The funds for the EFF would be re-directed away from a dwindling Congress Of The People (COPE) to the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to capture the youth and assist the DA in its move to enter the native Black living areas. But, once the EFF tastes power, it will self-destruct. It will be then that the former racist-apartheid NP and owners-of-the-economy’s offspring, the DA, will have used the EFF to its hilt and spit it out.”

South Africa’s judiciary would play a major role, as it slipped through the backdoor into the corridors of political power. The liberal abuse of the constitution has already become the order of the day. The electorate seems confused, who actually wields power in South Africa. However, the electorate understands the problems of the ANC leadership.

The election outcome unfolded exactly as analysed above.

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Corporates Play Dirty Politics of Regime Change In Southern Africa (Part 3)

It seems major efforts are underway to bring deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa in as the next president of South Africa and the ruling ANC as soon as possible.

In order to achieve above-mentioned, a so-called “colour revolution” seems an ongoing project. Secret political party funding and attacks on ANC funding institutions have come up.

The judiciary poses a challenge with its “blind trusts”, which keep covert funding a secret. Most judges and politicians have “blind trusts”. Who manages them?

At the beginning of the ‘Marikana’ incident, it was hoped that it would ignite a local “Arab Spring” to finalise a regime change.

Sophisticated strategies are in place to accomplish a so-called “colour revolution”.

It is a not-so-new form of ‘regime change’. “Colour revolution (sometimes called the coloured revolution) or color revolution, is a term that was used by worldwide media to describe various related movements that developed in several societies in the former Soviet Union and the Balkans during the early 2000s. This is defined by Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia.

Researcher, writer Eva Golinger documented for the ‘Global Research’ under the title, “Coloured Revolutions: A New Form Of Regime Change, Made In The USA”, on October 11, 2011, her explanation of the “colour revolution.”

It is important for the reader to know and understand the so-called “colour revolution.”

Eva Golinger wrote, “In 1983, the strategy of overthrowing inconvenient governments and calling it “democracy promotion” was born.”

Through the creation of a series of quasi-private “foundations”, such as the “Albert Einstein Institute (AEI)”, the “National Endowment for Democracy (NED), “International Republican Institute (IRI)”, the “National Democratic Institute (NDI)”, “Freedom House” and later the “International Center For Non-Violent Conflict (ICNC)”, Washington began to filter funding and strategic aid to political parties and groups abroad that promoted agendas in nations with “insubordinate governments.”

This writer would add US-billionaire George Soros and his “Open Society Foundation” and the “Ford Foundation” to that same house of horrors. Both have come to South Africa, where they founded and fund the “Southern African Litigation Center”.

Eva Golinger writes on, “Behind all these “foundations”, “institutes” and “NGOs” is Washington’s agency for “International Development (USAID), the financial branch of the Department of State. Today, USAID has become a critical part of the security, intelligence and defense axis in the Washington. Now, USAID is the principle identity that promotes the economic and strategic interests of the US across the globe as part of counter-insurgency operations.”

“USAID departments are dedicated to transition initiatives, reconstruction, governance and democracy. Those are the main venues through which millions of US Dollars are filtered from Washington to political parties, NGOs, student organisations and movements that promote the US-agenda worldwide.”

“Wherever a coup d’état, a colour revolution, or a regime change favourable to US interests occurs, USAID and its never-ending flow of Dollars are there.”

How does a so-called “colour revolution” work?

Golinger explains, “The recipe is always the same. Student and youth movements lead the way with a fresh face, attracting others to join in as though it were the fashion, the cool thing to do.”

“There is always a logo, a colour, a marketing strategy. In Serbia, the group OTPOR, which led the overthrow of Slobodan Milosevic, hit the streets with t-shirts, posters and flags boasting a fist in black and white, their symbol of resistance. In Ukraine, the logo remained the same, but the colour changed to orange. In Georgia, it was a rose-coloured fist and in Venezuela, in stead of a closed fist, the hands are open, in black and white, to add a little variety.”

And, just across the border, the destroyed political opposition in Zimbabwe with its open hand salute of the MDC-T under Morgan Tsvangirai is another case in point.

This writer observes, that here in South Africa slogans such as “#zupta must fall”, “#fees must fall”, accompanying violent student- and service delivery protests nationwide have almost become the order of the day. The media and their academic analysts predict the civil unrests. Subsequent media reports, usually in support of the violent demonstrations, follow promptly. At the same time they relentlessly hammer the ruling ANC on corruption.

“Coloured revolutions always occur in a nation with strategic, natural resources: gas, oil, military bases and geo-political interests. And, they also always take place in countries with socialist leaning, anti-imperialist governments,” reports Eva Golinger from ‘Global Research’.

Those “colour revolutions” turned local protests into foreign international rebellions. Cases in point are Syria, where 80% of the fighters are not Syrians, but hired foreign mercenaries under an unknown flag of ISIS/ISIL. The same foreign forces intervened in Libya with NATO executing “humanitarian bombing” and murdering president Muammar Al Khattafi.

Author, columnist, political commentator and activist, Katherine Frisk, wrote in her column published on 22 February 2016 in the online newsletter, ‘Veterans Today’, under the title, “US Embassy Intrigue South African Style, the US embassy is involved in “irregular activities” in order to advance regime change in South Africa.”

“The ANC says it is using diplomatic channels to address its concerns that the US embassy is involved in “irregular activities” and is trying to advance regime change in South Africa.”

Frisk reports, “ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told an anti-racism rally in Pretoria that he believed the US embassy was meeting regularly to mobilise for a change in leadership in the country, similar to the Arab spring.”

“He (Mantashe) also said the government was aware of a programme that took young people to the US for 6 weeks and then “plants them everywhere, when they return.”

“I have been expecting it for a number of years as I have watched the tensions build in South Africa and the games being played in other parts of the world, all in the interests of “Freedom and Democracy” and let’s not forget, “American interests, of course.”

“A “colour revolution” has been designed with a propaganda machine behind is in major mockingbird Western media outlets that blows away any truthful, honest and accurate reporting.”

Frisk comments further, “Through infiltration and subversive tactics, demonstrations, violence, acts of aggression, riots, the duly elected government of any country is overthrown and in its place are politicians, who have been educated, trained and are on the payroll of the major American corporations.”

“The sample list includes: Bain Capital; the Carlyle Group; Blackrock; Vanguard; Goldman Sachs; JP Morgan; Chevron; Barclays; Deutsche Bank; AIG; Beyer; Monsanto. Those are part of “The 50 Corporations That Rule The World.”

The hypocrisy needs to be exposed. South Africa is not a lawless society and should not be allowed to develop into one now.

Corporates Play Dirty Political Games Of Regime Change In Southern Africa (Part 2)

A media- and private sector rave of epic proportions exploded in South Africa, as the so-called “Gupta-Gate” became the talk of the town.

Let us unpack some of the corporate dirty tricks and current affairs developments in pre-election South Africa in 2016, where the anti-BRICS owners of the oligopolistic economy seem to collude to bring down the ruling ANC.

Is there a build-up to a so-called “colour revolution”?

Former senior ANC- and government members, including recalled president Thabo Mbeki and brothers Essop and Aziz Pahad, brought in the foreign Gupta family, who stood accused of brazenly meddling in national politics, although foreigners with no political background whatsoever.

The initially poverty stricken Guptas were given special status and received many a big government tender. They became affluent and influential. The Guptas seemed to grow close to South Africa’s first family. Exactly that seemed to be the task of the Guptas. As the media enthusiastically published the wheeling and dealing of the Guptas in South Africa, it opened a can of worms. All affected parties showed their interest. Big business took the lead investigating those Guptas.

It seemed a serious trap for South Africa’s president and his family had been set up. Will the Guptas be charged for attempting to corrupt with the aim to topple the state? If they would be found guilty, they could receive a 25-year jail term. They least the Guptas would get is that their South African citizenship and passports would be revoked and they would be evicted. This could happen over-night.

With the private sector’s new dynasties including the Guptas, the Motsepes, the first phase of Black Economic Empowerment component had been put in place. What they have in common is to be well connected with senior leaders of the ANC and in cabinet. It means, the hostile private sector put itself into the position of controlling government. An unsympathetic academia and media have a field day attempting to compromise and collapse the ANC.

Was it not former apartheid foreign minister Pik Botha and his Bantustan president Lucas Mangope who introduced the unknown Motsepe family to the ANC as their business conduits?

Business leaders chose to be selective. Neither the political opposition, nor the media, academia, civil society re-opened the investigation and debate on the ownership of the economy.

Does Johann Rupert want to prescribe to the head-of-state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, who should be in his cabinet and who not and how they should manage South Africa? Or, does Rupert harbour presidential ambitions?

The silence of the Oppenheimers, Ruperts, Gordons, Kirschs, Searles, Ackermans, Venters, Wessels, Kerzner, Kossef and many other captains-of-industry is thunderous. The old saying, “people in glass houses should not throw stones”, would seem to apply here.

When president Jacob Zuma pointed out, that indigenous black-Africans only own 3% of the shares of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), the media attacked him from their front pages, condoning that serious imbalance.

It is well known that the majority of the owners of the economy do not even reside in South Africa. It seems that those plunder-barons however, feel entitled to the resources, the cheap labor and the collapse of the sovereign currency in order to be able to pay even lower US-Dollar wages, while the Rand hovers around R16 per 1US$. Foreign ratings agencies Standard & Poor and Moody’s are hard at work to destroy the Rand.

The Rand Commission in its investigation of the collapse of the Rand in 2001 published the names of those who assisted the outflow of capital from South Africa, which caused the fall of the sovereign currency without many consequences for the culprits though.

Indeed, the collapse of a currency is not always determined by normal trade developments. Powerful, influential and globally networked corporates and their economic hit men take conscious decisions. A racist approach to the economy drives their motives. It is Afropessimism at its worst.

Author John Perkins defines “economic hit men” in his book, “The New Confessions of an Economic Hit Man – the shocking inside story of how America really took over the world.”

“Economic Hit Men are highly paid professionals who cheat countries around the globe out of trillions of Dollars. Their tools include fraudulent financial reports, rigged elections, payoffs, extortion, sex and murder.” By his own admission, Perkins was an Economic Hit Man and bases his researched book also on personal experience.

So far, neither media, nor the judiciary, nor academia, nor civil society has demanded to publish the Rand Commission’s findings on the assault of the Rand. Why are there no consequences from the revelations of the Rand Commission applied for all to see to those, who committed that treasonous crime?

 

Two South Africas and the Media – A Recipe for Reconciliation, or Disaster?

Firstly, two people live in one country:- one is the black African South African, including a diverse people from the AmaZulu, to AmaPondo, AmaXhosa, BaPedi, North-Sotho, South- Sotho, BaTswana, Xoi-San and many newcomers from the African continent are at their original home in South Africa.

Secondly and on the other hand, the “former” colonial settler-Caucasians consisting of a mix of Europeans, including the Boers, or Afrikaaners, live in the same land.

Thirdly, in addition to the above, there are Indians and the people of mixed races, the Coloureds. Both (minority) groups remain to act as a buffer between the aforementioned two peoples, living in the south of the African continent.

South Africa has not defined the ‘national interest’. Its alien economic structures reflect just that.

To date, particularly under the centralization of the economies under the umbrella of ‘globalisation’, South Africa’s economy is hostile, exclusively oligopolistic (the historical neo-colonial deadly mix of oligopoly and monopoly), cartelized (to protect the oligopoly and everything outside these structures against possible newcomers) and warehoused (minerals and gem stones mined in Africa, including South Africa, to be manufactured by the G-8 manufacturing industries only and then bought back at huge cost through the said cartels).

The term “free market economy” is misleading and thus bears false witness. In fact, the ‘Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)’ would reflect a more realistic picture of South Africa’s economy. About forty three million Black African South Africans out of a total population of up to 53 million hardly own one percent of the listed shares.

The economically empowered former colonial-apartheid Caucasian side of South Africa feels secure by aligning itself with its original home, the international West. In fact, this group sees itself first and foremost as an ally, as a part of the international West.

Meanwhile, the Caucasian Boers, or Afrikaaners, failed to transform themselves. At the same time, there is no actual link between them and other “global homes”. Some NGO/movement with the name of ‘Afriforum’ now tries to create such a home together with its agricultural partner, ‘AgriForum’, their trade union called “Solidariteit” (Solidarity), its political home, the ‘Freedom Front Plus (FF+)’ and possibly their own secret society, the ‘Afrikaaner Bond’ (AB), formerly known as the ‘Afrikaaner Broederbond’, (‘Boer Brotherhood’).

This secret organisation seems to be an arm of sorts of the ‘Free Masonry’. In addition, the Caucasian Boer has his own church, the ‘Dutch Reformed Church (NGK)’, during colonial-apartheid rule it was internationally described as the ‘Boer Apartheid Church’, or the then ruling “colonial-apartheid Nationalist Party at prayer”.

Meanwhile, it is reported that the aforementioned group has approached the Dutch government to be allowed to receive Dutch passports in order to possibly return to the Netherlands.

It is also observed that the representatives of the white owned economy seem to have no qualms and no scruples to mess up new investments and economic development in other African countries.

This is strange indeed, as the Caucasian economy based in South Africa with its larger investments being in London, would like to be viewed as driving foreign investment particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Such attitude is also out of tune with its own government in Pretoria.

It however seems, the international West has not much in common with its kith-and-kin in southern Africa.  It would rather seem that the former colonial-apartheid Caucasian ownership of the economic, religious and judicial status quo is viewed as being in competition with the international Western interests in this region. Canada; the US/UK/EU; Israel; Australia and New Zealand (international West) would like their economic and industrial interests strengthened.

The biggest challenge for all South Africans since 1994 – from government, to business and labour – is the dismal failure to work out common national interests and develop them.

The alien Caucasian economic owners’ attitude is, “Talk to me. I have the capital.” In other words, capital is the ultimate to an extent that the ‘new investors’ from South Africa go as far as badmouthing their own country to achieve great admiration in the rest of sub-Saharan Africa.

In fact, the Caucasian owned cartel-cluster of economy, banks and industry and its media do not align themselves with the national South African interest. Hence, it suits the “captains and owners of industry” to further the continuous exclusive interests of “their” economy.

In addition, the foreign owned and controlled media retains its narrow, conformist neo-liberalist petty cash mentality, based on a negative mindset.

In fact, South Africa’s business environment is suffocating, with no space for new and fresh news, analysis and interpretation. For example, whether one picks up the ‘Cape Times’ and/or the ‘Cape Argus’ in Cape Town; the national ‘Sunday Times’ and the other Sunday paper, ‘City Press’; the ‘Star’ and/or the ‘Business Day’ in Johannesburg; or listens to the electronic media of PrimeMedia, or the public-statal broadcaster, SABC – comment and reportage are almost identical.

There is simply no pluralism. A large number of new and fresh ideas, news and views are just shut out of the local public eye. Those, who try to bring new and fresh ideas to the media market, seem to be blacklisted.

Media moguls and captains of industry serve on the various media and editorial boards, as well as on the advertising industry’s boards.

This actually means, democratic South Africa has no space for any form of media freedom, nor freedom of expression. Media and economic ownership are one and the same and could therefore be accused of being an undemocratic syndicate, something the local members of this industry and their network of NGOs and media monitoring structures would not like to hear at all.

Black-African South African leadership on the other hand, promotes the Caucasian owned capital and economy in Africa as South African and as “new investors”. In addition, the new leadership demonstrates its goodwill, hoping to stimulate foreign investment to the benefit of local growth too. An attitude often found is, “Let’s show the international West, we can govern professionally.”

The above development has actually established an unacceptable face of South Africa in the rest of Africa – an ugly face of international Western exploitative capitalism. The country finds itself therefore in a credibility crisis and out of sync with itself.

It is small wonder that dark Third Force elements; xenophobia; taxi strives; organised crime syndicates and their evil acts; violent national “service non-delivery” protests; the unionization of the national security cluster, as well as a host of social wrongs always found in poverty-stricken societies, find a fertile ground in this country, at the same time holding the ANC led government hostage in their own land.

In the meantime, the greater majority of local youth is educated into unemployment. If not urgently addressed, it will become a powderkeg and have a serious influence on South Africa’s future economic and political stablity.

But, an exclusive, oligopolistic, cartelized, warehouse economy and its leaders have an established, historically characteristic of being masters in the game of dangerous sleaze – exclusive boardroom deals, researching and lobbying in order to corrupt and entrap leading politicians. This makes it almost impossible to address aforementioned mass-unemployment.

Their structured poverty for the majority of the people, by keeping them out of the ‘mainstream economy’, is the worst form of human rights abuse in the history of man.

Would it not be fair to ask now, where are all those churches, their religions, the law, the judiciary and the International Crime Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands, Europe, in times of these man-inflicted trials and tribulations for the majority of the population of the SADC region? Would it therefore not be fair to observe that the aforementioned structures operate in a value vacuum?

It certainly also affects the Southern African Development Community (SADC) members and beyond.

In the above context one could rightfully ask, is there actually room to live in such an environment and, who is really benefiting?

End.

“South Africa – a deal gone wrong?”

Afrika: The Other Side of the Coin.

“South Africa – a deal gone wrong?”

By Udo W. Froese in Johannesburg – South Africa; Windhoek – Namibia; Harare – Zimbabwe and Maseru – Lesotho.

Over twenty years ago, on February 11, 1990, South Africa’s retired president and Nobel Peace co-laureate, Nelson R. Mandela, left the colonial-apartheid prison of ‘Victor Verster’ outside Cape Town. South Africans and the international West considered Mandela as the African messiah.

The rest of Africa awaited the outcome from a distance, particularly as time went on and the country’s newfound “freedom” hadn’t accommodated the black majority on its land and in its economy.

In stead, it conveniently passed the buck, insisting that it would take a very long time to correct the wrongs. This means in real terms, it would take forever to accept African-South Africans on their own land, to assist them in their growth from historical victims of colonial-apartheid ‘Bantu education’ to modern day participants in South Africa’s economic growth.

Meanwhile, the 91-year-old international icon, heads the arch-imperial-colonial ‘Rhodes Foundation’, now named the ‘Mandela-Rhodes Foundation’. His statues grace South Africa’s most affluent suburbs in the north of Johannesburg, Sandton, the posh Western Cape Province’s wine hub, Franschhoek, and London’s Hyde Park.

A brief overview since.

Since then, much has not happened in South Africa. It is a country with an internationally negotiated democracy, all the foreign dictated trimmings and a liberal, un-African constitution, hailed as the “best in the world”, versus a centrally ‘colonial-apartheid Caucasian’ owned and controlled economy and its structured poverty for the people.

The international West and its powerful ‘Breton Woods Institutes’ hail South Africa’s economy as ‘on course, strong, stable and well done’. They define the discriminating structures as a “Free Market Economy”.

Whatever that really means … South Africa’s economy could at best be described as an exclusive, oligopolistic, cartelized, warehouse economy. Organised criminal business cartels are allowed to operate without any shame, to the disadvantage of the poor majority as well as to the country’s economy. And, the owners of this economy are well known to manipulate the politics of the day.

The country’s parastatals have also been exposed to, what insider analysts observed as economic sabotage, in order to force privatization.

Profits have always been firmly placed before humans. This means, the well-heeled are on the right side of the law. So much for the ‘rule of law’ and an ‘independent judiciary’ as preached by its owners.

Historically endemic mass unemployment, abject poverty, chronic starvation, rampant HIV Aids and way above-average illiteracy for the majority of South Africans as well as reported crime levels exploited by an equally historic media-propaganda campaign and thin infrastructure – shown off, as the best in Africa – is a popular picture.

This created the perception that all that glitters south of the Limpopo River is well and worth it. Africans from all over the continent flock to this south.

Former president Thabo Mbeki once defined the South African economy as “a country with two economies – one well-functional and owned by the well-to-do white minority and their minions and one poor one, suffered by the black majority”.

The ANC has remained as ‘junior partner’ of the local and global centralized economic structures.

This has led to the vulnerability of the majority of the population and those, who rush down south to escape the unrests and economic hardships in their countries. It so happens that most of them are black Africans. Naturally, this plays into the hands of those with hidden agendas. The people have become restless.

South Africa seems to be held hostage through low-key internal civil strive in the forms of “xenophobia”, “taxi strikes and wars”, country-wide violent “delivery protests” and hundreds of learners gurgling for the blood of some young local Hip-Hop star, who killed four school children and wounded two in a bad drag-racing accident in Soweto.

To add insult to injury, the colonial-apartheid Caucasian Boers (white minorities and their paid up minions) thoroughly exploit a perceived loophole in the constitution, that of “minority rights”. Their attacks on the ANC, its government and its structures as “reverse racists”, “corrupt black Africans, unfit for their positions they now hold, incapable of self-government, let alone governing the country” are strategic, race-based and vicious.

And, they win their days in the courts against popular historic war-songs of the ANC. This flies in the face of “national reconciliation”. They also self-righteously interfere in the basic human rights such as land in souvereign, independent neighbouring African countries, using South Africa’s judiciary.

Those unashamedly proud heirs of colonial-apartheid formed a host of active institutions throughout the country. They have openly declared their war against everything African, claiming their “democratic rights to defend minority rights”.

The role of the media

A hostile, foreign owned and controlled media – some having sold some of their shares to national trade union funds, thus masquerading as South African – has always been historically used to wage a propaganda war-of-attrition in unison with the imperial-colonial-apartheid political opposition against all democratic African liberation movements.

The media and its “civil society”, particularly the “privately” owned right-wing free-to-air television channel, e.tv, and PrimeMedia, regularly show their irresponsible and tendentious hand by fanning the flames of racism.

An over-exaggerated media-hype around the murder of a formerly jailed right-wing fascist-racist in political obscurity, Eugene Terre’Blanche, is a clear case-in-point. A theatrical Terre’Blanche once led an incredulous and miniscule ultra-right white minority, that seemed to have disappeared into the political wilderness.

However, the media seems to now use Terre’Blanche’s murder against the ruling African National Congress and its history.

That same media propaganda campaign went all out to ridicule President Jacob Zuma and reduce him to a buffoon like Idi Amin of South Africa.

Coordinated and structured campaigns of character assassinations of Winnie Mandela, Chris Hani, Namibia’s Sam Nujoma, Swaziland’s King Mswati 111 and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe are cases in point.

The timing of the aforementioned is obvious. All of the above-mentioned is rolled out just before the global FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa in June/July 2010. Global media focus is on South Africa.

Why would media go out of its way to appeal to the lowest possible common denominator, fanning flames of neo-fascist racism?

The role of Borad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).

To date, nothing has changed in sunny South Africa, but for some Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Africans (BBBEEA), sitting in boardrooms, being used as shareholders to upkeep the old status quo.

Africans have also been recruited into the newsrooms, thinking and writing exactly what their white predecessors wrote before them. They were created by foreign white capital and made to form the buffer between Black and White.

Without a doubt, it is colonial and race-based and it is deliberately and intentionally undermining not only the ruling ANC, but the ruling SWAPO Party of Namibia, Mozambique’s Frelimo, the governing MPLA of Angola, ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, as well as Swaziland’s King Mswati III and his government.

There seems an all-out effort to achieve a “new” South Africa under “new” white rule by 2014, this time possibly accepted by South Africa’s angry, hungry and tired black majority, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the African Union (AU), as well as the international West.

Imagine, Germans would attempt to further Nazi doctrines and policies after the Nuremberg Trials in post WW2 Germany and the European Union (EU), enjoying foreign funded and directed “civil society’s” propagandistic support?

A legacy deal.

Senior researchers of South African history explain that a transformation in the ANC leadership took place from 1980. Many in the leadership had become over-compromised during talks with a host of imperial colonial-apartheid representatives across the board, South Africa’s powerful foreign owned and controlled industry as well as the international West during the ‘Cold War Era’. It was transformed to a capitalist elite.

The established senior advocate and anti-apartheid veteran, George Bizos, also known as Mandela’s attorney, said on national television in Johannesburg, the “SABC TV 2 Morning Life” programme in the morning of Thursday, February 11, 2010, “Nelson Mandela was the master of his own destiny, of his own life since 1985”.

While Mandela served his time in “Victor Verster” prison outside Cape Town, he had a chef, who cooked for him; free access to his family and the outside world; house attendants; to newspapers, television and radio; flights to Pretoria to meet with then State President P. W. Botha, his Minister of Justice, Kobie Coetzee and the head of National Intelligence Services (NIS), Dr. Niel Barnard, in order to discuss and negotiate.

In other words, Mandela had from 1985 to 1990 – five years before his release – to prepare for the historic leaving of his prison.

Revered late ANC President, Oliver Reginald Tambo, referring to Nelson Mandela’s meetings with the colonial-apartheid regime in the crucial 1980s, observed, “Prisoners can’t negotiate their freedom”. He added saying, “Whilst still in prison, terms and conditions would be laid down to accept and agree on a take-it, or leave-it basis during talks with the regime”.

Tambo remarked during his visit to the ANC camps in exile, “We are singing the same national anthem, raise the same flag and talk about our ANC”.

According to aged ANC veterans, Tambo seemed disturbed about senior members of the leadership, who could have compromised the organisation. He seemed to question whom to trust. This, according to those veterans, eventually led to Tambo’s first stroke.

The final analysis.

The terms “national reconciliation”, “free market economy”, “equality before the law”,  “equal participation” and even “democracy” including the hailed neo-liberal “freedoms” remain an absolute cynical farce for as long as the imperial-colonial-apartheid beneficiaries, their economy, the banking cartel and organised crime structures dictate the terms and conditions for the aforementioned without any compromise, without any access to land and the economy.

To quote Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild global banking dynasty: “Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.”

For as long as Caucasian economic plunder-barons, the  “former” colonial occupiers with all their minority groups, including Indians, insist on being African and in return, Africans remain kept as ‘hewers of wood’ and ‘carriers of water’ with a dysfunctional democracy, no access to their land and the economy, South Africa’s and Africa’s blacks have simply been betrayed. National reconciliation and nation building remain a mirage.

Endemic moral, ethical and intellectual bankruptcy on the one hand and restless anger and frustration on the other seem to be the obvious result. This is reflected in the dealings of every day life.

End.