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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The Pattern Behind The Destabilisation Of South And Southern Africa

Do White Hall and the White House allow sovereign nations, more particularly, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa as (BRICS) members to govern themselves?

It has become crucially important for BRICS member countries to understand their new alliance and its global impact also on the value of the US-Dollar. They will pay the highest price for their new working initiative.

Cases in point are Iraq, Libya, Syria, Iran, Brazil, Ukraine and Russia where the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) and US-UK-Western military forces invaded and committed “humanitarian bombing”, found no “weapons of mass destruction”, killing tens-of-thousands of civilians, noted as “collateral damage”.

A globalised system of a “new economic world order” shows no mercy in its global conquests. It rules with fear as it creates chaos, enforcing new balance of powers.

The same forces have come out in full force to destroy BRICS for it never to rebuild itself. The enemy behind the coup against South Africa’s African National Congress-led (ANC) government is a small group of foreign and local architects operating from the shadows.

If you sup with the devil, use a very long spoon, is an old adage.

A long standing contributor to this column, a well-known and senior ANC National Executive (NEC) and National Working Committee (NWC) member, who reliably speaks to this writer under the condition of anonymity, asks, “Do foreign NGOs, foundations, the ratings agencies Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch, their economic hitmen, certain members of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE), corporate lobbies, the corporate media, local academia, as well as the major security companies target both, Brazil and South Africa to force a regime change? They claim to be philanthropists, yet are dangerous wolves in sheepskins.”

The above-mentioned ANC member assured this writer that most of the movement’s leadership, its branches and the security cluster are well aware of a planned coup unfolding.

President Zuma understood this development. He realised that he had to rebuild and strengthen the ANC branches countrywide to protect him and the ANC against outside machinations. The branches have a major influence on leadership and government. In fact, that structure works against foreign interests to change leadership in South Africa. Zuma understands the power of the ANC branches. The ANC structures protected him against the recent, similar coup in Brazil.

Are South- and Southern Africans currently conditioned to accept terror, a high inflation rate and a collapsing infrastructure to become part of their lives?

Local corporate mainstream media seems to be doing its propaganda job, more often than not misrepresenting the daily realities, creating fear and insecurity.

The US and UK embassies announced that they have “information of imminent terror attacks during the month of Ramadan on up-market shopping malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town. The US Embassy spokesperson announced to have shared the information with the South African security structures”. Both diplomatic missions declared that they have already informed their countries and tourism industries of such “terror attacks”, therefore, cautioned them not to visit South Africa.

The Minister for State Security of South Africa, David Mahlobo, however assured South Africans that there is no immediate threat.

“Are those noises made to frighten foreign tourism off and collapse a booming tourism industry”, the ANC NEC NWC member asks, “or is this done to bring in US-AfriCom forces to protect their citizens, visiting South Africa?”

Where is this “terror” coming from? Who really would sponsor a Kenya-style “Al Shabaab-“ terrorism in South Africa? Who recruits those mercenaries, masquerading as “ideological warriors, fighting for their Islam” to execute a “colour revolution” and force a “regime change”? On whose behalf?

The years 2001, 2002 and 2003 had already set a similar pattern, when the Rand currency collapsed to R13.84 per USD1. South Africa was hit by a financial crisis. The CEO of the South African Chamber of Business (SACOB), Kevin Wakeford, blew the whistle.

Author, established investigative journalist, Barry Sergeant, documented in his book, “The Assault On The Rand – Kevin Wakeford And The Battle To Save A Currency”, on the attack of the Rand in 2002/3, “It was a crisis of confidence in the system for the consumer and for the investor. Now, if you consider Argentina at that very time, people were literally storming the banks. The Argentine currency was collapsing. In South Africa a group of right-wingers were arrested during that time, but post facto. I’m talking post-December, they were amassing weapons. What gave them the confidence to amass weapons? Were their plans linked to the inevitable socio-economic fallout?”

Sergeant writes further, “Wakeford had received information that pointed to a pattern and required a comprehensive commission of inquiry to uncover what had already taken place in the currency markets.”

Now in pre-election time in 2016, South Africa undergoes a similar pattern of destabilisation – mass lobbying through NGOs, foreign foundations, academia, big business and the corporate media to bring President Jacob Zuma down, at the same time destroying the ANC – hashtags made the rounds: #zumamustfall; #feesmustfall; #servicedelivery; #zuptasmustfall and others. The social media made its mark too.

In addition, the foreign private ratings agencies, Standard & Poor, Moody’s and Fitch downgrade the Rand currency to eventually reduce it to “junk status”. The currency hovers around ZAR15 per USD1. Naturally, it will have a negative impact on food- and fuel prices that would affect the poor and middle classes the hardest. Empty stomachs and fear will escalate destabilisation.

Earlier, Marikana seemed to have failed to ignite unrests and a so-called “Arab Spring” to enforce “regime change”. Was Marikana sheer incidental, or covertly planned chaos?

The above results in nations distrusting themselves, turning against themselves, becoming victims of xenophobia, terrorism and polarisation.

Former non-executive director of South Africa’s Reserve Bank, Stephen Goodson reflects in his book, “Inside the South African Reserve Bank – Its Origins and Secrets Exposed”, “Prime Minister of Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie-King (1874 – 1950), warned that unless the issuance of currency was under the direct control of government, “all talk of sovereignty, of parliament and of democracy”, is idle talk”.

Black and White co-existed since the advent of democracy in 1994. Concerted efforts to build a rainbow nation have been made. To achieve that, Mandela became the leading architect to establish national reconciliation and nation building.

Meanwhile, it has become quite clear, that dark forces focus to polarise both, Black and White, as well as Black and Black. The old dirty trick of divide-and-rule is being implemented. Those same forces make sure that national reconciliation will fall apart. Working hard at polarisation has disrupted that.

Who drives those multiple strategies to eventually achieve the total dustbowl? Whoever planned to collapse South- and Southern Africa, planned to re-conquer this region on their own terms. This is extremely dangerous. It is evil.

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Zimbabwe’s Impatient Struggle For President Is Without Virtue

Things are not all, as they seem in Zimbabwe today. As everywhere else in the world, five minutes in politics is long, so too it seems in Zimbabwe.

 

An ambitious and impatient rush to take over State House seems to have been ignited after President Robert Mugabe’s visit to Beijing. Informed sources reported that China’s President Xi Jinping tried to establish from his Zimbabwean counterpart, who his successor would be.

 

According to reliable sources in Harare, it seemed that the Chinese head-of-state could not accept a West-leaning successor in Zimbabwe. That means that a pro-West First Vice President to the incumbent could alienate Zimbabwe from China at a critical time, when Zimbabwe needs serious foreign capital injections. It seemed then that the longevity of the pro-Western First Vice President had come to an end.

 

But, the music was not over until the fat lady had sung. A senior ZANU-PF member pointed out to this writer under the condition of anonymity, “A new obstacle was set up. It is the “Generation 40”, or “G40”. Senior ZANU-PF stalwart Prof. Jonathan Moyo coined that term. Moyo argued, neither government, nor the ruling party, ZANU-PF, can continue with the principle that only those, who went to war for Zimbabwe’s independence from colonial occupation will rule.”

 

To expect that only those, who went to war for the freedom of Zimbabwe, are the ones to be considered for the presidency is undemocratic.

 

Today, the numbers of Zimbabwe’s majority are eighteen and above and thus, could not have gone to war. They are too young. The war ended in 1979/80, some 35 years ago. Point is, for someone to say that only war veterans should be able to participate to rule Zimbabwe, will set Zimbabwe back by thirty years and would therefore, be anti-Zimbabwe.

 

In other words, the current noisemakers in Zimbabwe should contest in the forthcoming elections. It is simple, if people are disgruntled, they can correct it at the ballot box.

 

“It was when First Vice President Emerson Mnangagwa and his faction in ZANU-PF believed that the road to State House had finally been cleared, Professor Jonathan Moyo, Minister of Higher Education; Saviour Kasukuwere, Minister of Local Government and President Mugabe’s nephew, Patrick Zhuwawo, Minister of Empowerment, teamed up against this new group.”

 

One local observer in Harare explained, “There is a certain reasoning among senior ZANU-PF leaders and politburo members that Jonathan Moyo cannot be trusted, as he could destroy ZANU-PF from within. It could be viewed as a response to the Gukurahundi bush war of the early 1980s.”

 

An additional point was raised, “Professor Moyo was fired from cabinet and the ruling party in 2004, because he led a faction then, propping up Emerson Mnangagwa for the presidency. Moyo was not happy that Mnangagwa did not defend him, when he was booted out of the ruling party.”

 

Professor Moyo’s anti-Mugabe move at Tsholotso is public knowledge and is of the past. Not everyone in ZANU-PF is an angel. But, it is in the past and the past is no secret.

 

Meanwhile, a notion that the First Vice President and acting Minister of Justice, Emerson Mnangagwa, fronts for foreign British interests seems new. Why would Mnangagwa announce, he has protected white farmers against land-indigenization?

 

Would there be any influence from outside? It was mentioned, it would indeed be difficult to run with Joyce Mujuru, as she needs a lot of weight in her newly formed political party to be able to make an impact. There is no love lost between Mujuru and Mnangagwa. In her own words to ‘The Standard’, “I have no advice that I would give him.”

 

Interesting analytical scenarios have come out since last Saturday, February 13, 2016, after First Lady Grace Mugabe’s exposure of Emerson Mnangagwa. According to those scenarios, the President has chosen his successor – Emerson Mnangagwa. Those working against Mnangagwa allegedly are however, not aware of it. On the other hand, it is believed that the G40 have now gained the upper hand with the support of the First Lady, Grace Mugabe and ultimately, with that of the president.

 

It is confidently expressed, “Once the aforementioned has been solved and settled, there will be no room for further factionalism.”

 

Observing the unfolding of the public spats, it seems that all the aforementioned are shadow boxing, as one of the respected elder politicians observed, “Those we see are not the protagonists. They are fighting for someone else.”

 

To talk about a so-called regime change, is absurd. If one can confidently state that the First Lady is attacking President Mugabe, than that would be a “regime change”. However, she lives in the same residence and travels in the same car with the president. Grace Mugabe talks to her husband, hears and sees what he needs and wants. They are not quarrelling. How could anyone claim this public fight between Mnangagwa and the G40 is a “regime change”?”

 

In other words, it could be someone else, but the president’s wife. If there is a conspiracy for a coup, it too is not a “regime change”. This is nonsensical. If there is a serious fight between the G40 and Mnangagwa’s group, a “regime change” could make sense. But to say, a “regime change” means that there is only one group fighting for it is nonsensical. The G40 is in power and therefore, no part of any “regime change”.

 

As the old guard has done its bid on literally all levels – including in education, indigenization, gender politics, equal rights – the most important question is now, who is the best person to lead Zimbabwe into the future to enhance the requirements of their country? The answer should include the person who would lead Zimbabwe into the future. The argument of who leads whichever faction is indeed immaterial.

 

 

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South Africa’s Private Business Sector Unpatriotically Undermines State Sovereignty

If South Africa’s hostile private business sector indeed supports the political opposition for its own benefits, it clearly undermines democracy. If it lobbies and compromises influential politicians and senior government officials in return “assisting to draft policies that work against people and country, to the advantage of the multinational corporates, such destructive strategy actually structures poverty for particularly the indigenous African majority and destroys the middle class.”

The fuel industry is a case in point of how lobbyists function to the disadvantage of the electorate. An economist from within the fuel industry points out, “South Africa’s oil refineries are in dire need to be refurbished to produce cleaner fuels. But the oil companies do not plan to pay for it. Their exemption from the Competition Commission comes to an end in December 2015. The owners of the oil companies however, would want to extend their exemption for another ten years.”

Meanwhile, the liquid fuel industry closed its doors on the BBBEE structure and will not adhere to indigenous African South African programmes of integration. This means, that radical economic transformation will not be able to take place. Economic growth under an ANC-led government would be destroyed and the ANC would be blamed again.

“Lobbyists focus their destructive manipulations on the ministry of trade and industry (dti), as well as the respective parliamentary committee to place their draft in parliament during the quiet season at the end of 2015. This is how the oil companies will receive their extension for another ten years”, the fuel expert explained.

The department of trade and industry would then grant the aforementioned exemption.

Hostile international corporates do not produce wealth, but structured poverty. In that context, the corporate sector demonstrates its blatant disrespect for South Africa’s sovereignty. This they do with impunity to protect their wealth.

The above-mentioned evil is a crime against humanity, just as the UNO declared apartheid a crime against humanity. It is a strategy derived from colonial-apartheid oppression. The same ‘architects-of-apartheid’ structured poverty for the masses. It leaves them voiceless and creates more poverty and death. In fact, wealth concentration among the rich accelerated since the great depression. This is also known as “finance capitalism”, not “industrial capitalism”. Financial pressures from all angles on the system are huge.

In pre-election South Africa and with the able assistance of the ratings agencies, Standard & Poor (S&P), Moody’s and Fricke and the manipulation of world currencies such as the US Dollar, the Rand currency is still falling. At the end of 2015 as currency prices fluctuate on a daily basis, the Rand stands already at ZAR14.13 per US$1.

It is important for all to know and understand – to engineer the collapse of South Africa’s currency and economy is an act of high treason. This writer has been told, “A highly specialised group of concerned citizens will assist South Africa’s authorities and certain financial institutions to investigate those corporate structures, which seem to connive bringing down the economy. It needs to be seen to be corrected.”

A respected senior ANC NEC and NWC member explained under the condition of anonymity, “The target is to undermine and force the ANC to recall president Jacob Zuma, embarrass and close the ANC’s business arm, Chancellor House, to ensure that funding for future elections will be ceased.”

According to the enemies’ covert strategies, “Starving the ANC of sponsorship would inevitably lead to the ANC losing the Gauteng Province in the next elections in 2016.”

If the allegation were indeed correct that an amount of ZAR1billion has been made available to the political opposition, mainly the DA, it would mean that the business community directly meddles with South Africa’s political power balances.

The above-mentioned source asked, “Has the DA committed itself to the big corporates to win the Gauteng Province at the next elections in 2016? If this is correct and if the ANC wins the Gauteng Province in the next elections, how would the ZAR1billion affect the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)?”

“What is the role of the “Mayfair Group” in London and its links with certain senior members of South Africa’s political landscape”, has been queried too. “A certain Nathan Kirsch is alleged to be a member of the aforementioned group. Are Zimbabwe’s John Bredenkamp, the DA’s Helen Zille and recalled Thabo Mbeki also members of that “Mayfair Group” in London,” suspicious senior ANC members demand to know.

South Africa’s private business sector has proven throughout that it plays crude power politics to its own advantage only and to the disadvantage of the electorate. Only a strong and determined hand will be able to rescue the country from marginalization of the masses, further mass-plunder of its resources and serious national destabilisation efforts.

Beware Of Arrogance – It Plays Into The Hands Of The Counter-Revolutionaries And Agent Provocateurs

Under the cloak of democracy “majority rule and minority protection” were part of the bruising CODESA negotiations of 1992 to 1994.

As repeatedly cautioned, the secret “Sunset Clauses”, the “Demarcation Board” and the resulting “proportional representation” have denied the voting public their real democracy in the form of “one person, one vote elections in a constituent assembly”. But, this system will not be changed until those in power will have lost their power.

As a number of senior ANC NEC and NWC members explained bluntly, the above-mentioned, more “particularly ‘proportional representation’ and that ‘Demarcation Board’, could at best be described as a most serious ‘electoral fraud’. It has led to corruption, factionalism, polarization, anarchy and destabilisation, whittling the ANC’s voter-base down.”

An elite stands accused of arrogance. And, arrogance always comes before the fall.

Against the above background, South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) rules at the behest of the minorities. The minorities have entered into an alliance with the majority to form a South African-style “democracy”.

Should the minorities believe that they are disrespected, they could intensify tension between the majority and the minorities.

In South Africa’s case the minorities are made up of a host of miniscule political parties, civil society, capital and judiciary, all of them hostile to black majority rule, even when they use black South Africans for their credibility. These minorities would translate disrespect as arrogant. If this would be the case, “They would translate it as the majority misleading the nation”.

It would therefore, be important to build a strong middle ground, made up of the ruling ANC, the opposition DA, business and civil society. To ignore this development in the case of South Africa, further engaging in looting of private citizens’- and public funds, of taking land and other assets through over-taxation, land-grabs of any nature, would lead the country onto dangerous ground.

2015 is a far cry from the times of the so-called “Cold War” and the struggle against colonial-apartheid oppression. A well-funded opposition, civil society and capital, that cuts across the entire political-, academic- and judicial spectrum, would take up the challenge.

Agent provocateurs would be deployed to destabilise the country. The ‘counter-revolutionary forces’ today are not what they were forty years ago. Today, they are organised and occupy strategic key positions across the private and public sectors.

The ‘counter-revolutionary forces’ would, most likely, not shy away from shutting South Africa and possibly the entire SADC region down for some ninety days and longer by destroying the country’s fiber optics.

The electronic and other supportive structures such as for example, wifi, mobile phone networks, telecoms, bank cards, ATMs, supermarket- and other tills, petrol pumps, banking- and retail industries, traffic- and air traffic control would grind to a halt. Water, electricity and cash would run out, as people would not be prepared for such all-affecting destructive collusion. It would be a tool to intimidate and eventually rule with fear.

As it stands, the ANC-led government is facing an undermining front with hostilities from within and outside which include media, academia, established capital and judiciary. It showed its united, hostile hand at the time of the African Union (AU) summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, when Sudan’s head-of-state, Omar Al-Bashir, showed up.

The Southern African Litigation Center (SALC) with the support of South Africa’s judiciary opportunistically litigated against Al-Bashir, to have him handed over to the racist “International Crimes Court (ICC)” in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe.

Together, the corporate media cartel, the mafia-apartheid judiciary and the political opposition misled the public in its attempt to embarrass South Africa’s majority-led government. Their cunning approach however, did not bear fruit, despite trying to hide behind the rule-of-law and the constitution.

Government refused to declare war on Sudan by disrespecting international law, deliberately ignoring Sudan’s sovereignty and delivering Al-Bashir to the ICC. At the same time, they tried to weaken government’s credibility nationally and globally.

The “Southern African Litigation Center (SALC)” is heavily sponsored by one of the architects of Ukraine’s war-of-destabilisation against Moscow to force a Western favored “regime change”. He is George Soros and his “Open Society Foundation”. Another player is the US-Ford Foundation. There are others. The SALC has access to huge funds.

The media reported that a certain wealthy Israeli, Nathan Kirsch in London, sponsors political opposition in South Africa through among others, the “De Klerk Foundation” and his London-based “Mayfair Group”. The beneficiaries include the Democratic Alliance (DA), the EFF, possibly also AMCU and AGANG SA.

In addition to the above, the national electricity supplier, ESKOM’s taunting electricity cuts usually at peak times, have not been seriously investigated and dealt with appropriately. To make things worse, the traffic departments do not seem willing, or able to coordinate with the electricity supplier. Electricity cuts and traffic gridlocks have become the order of the day.

The national water suppliers have to deal with run-down and broken equipment. Subsequent poisonous water and water cuts seem to raise their ugly heads.

In fact, all parastatals seem to have been rendered dysfunctional. South Africa seems faced with economic terrorism in a drive to privatize all parastatals for a song. Economic growth seems to dwindle fast.

It also remains unclear who really benefits from the imposition of e-tolls in the Gauteng Province. Interestingly, the company rolling out e-tolls is not South African. The profits leave South Africa for Austria. Who really benefits?

With fifteen million South Africans living below the poverty line and over 26% of the country’s youth being unemployed, racial inequalities persist. So does the slave wage. This is worrisome.

Who would benefit from such ‘dustbowl tactics’ and subsequent trials and tribulations affecting all living in South Africa?

A respected senior source in the ANC’s NEC told this writer on condition of anonymity, “The ANC has raised matters of e-tolls, race-based economic inequalities, the remaining slave wages and the high youth unemployment within the branches and took them up to its national levels. Many cadres are concerned about the impact those developments will have on the ANC voters’ base.”

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The Onslaught On South Africa’s Ruling African National Congress Intensified

“The ANC of 1990 does not exist anymore. It’s a political party just like any other,” say many of its old cadres from both, inside and outside South Africa.

Today’s leadership of the African National Congress stands accused by its Secretary General Gwede Mantashe as taking “dirty money, killing the ANC”. According to the national daily newspaper, ‘The Sowetan’, Mantashe compiled a secret document saying, he was concerned that “incompetent business owners buy their way to state tenders”.

Since 1994 the elected ANC has accepted the current “proportional representation”. A well-known, senior member of the ANC NEC and NWC, who spoke to this writer under condition of anonymity, said: “Had the ANC followed the ‘Freedom Charter’ and the expectations of its electorate, it would have accepted nothing less than a ‘one-person-one-vote electoral process in a constituent assembly’.

“But, the secret “Sunset Clauses”, negotiated between apartheid-De Klerk and the SACP’s Joe Slovo saw to it that ‘one-person-one-vote in a constituent assembly’ would not happen. Apartheid was legalized.”

The secret “Sunset Clauses” further weakened the ANC when the former Bantustans were transformed into Provinces. To date, the provincial administrative structures absorb about 55% of the annual national budget.

“Comrade president Nelson Mandela and his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, never considered the structural problems inside the ANC. This had made it easy for recalled Mbeki to collapse the ANC branches and centralise power in the presidency of the ANC.”

He further explains, “All the above-mentioned have paved the way for corporates, mining companies, banks, financial institutions, retailers and many more with interests in South Africa to sneak their lobby groups and hidden agendas in. Their influence on the ANC’s leadership is powerful. Many leaders were compromised. Corporates took power.”

In the above-mentioned context, the senior ANC NEC and NWC member expressed his concern; “South Africa is in clear and present danger today.”

Today, Glencor-Exxaro controls 40% of all coal supplies to ESCOM and 50% of coal exports from South Africa. The other major coal miners are ‘BHP Billiton Coal’ and ‘Anglo Coal’.

If the lights are switched off, the power utility will be killed and the economy destroyed. The one who controls power and water, controls the country. Who benefits from such “economic terrorism”? According to “power economics”, why would anyone pay ZAR40billion for a mere 1 900 megawatt? Yet, it does not show how much energy actually is in it for so many megawatt hours. What is really going on at Eskom? Who builds a war chest with those huge profits from diesel for Eskom? Who is behind all the cover-ups making serious profits?

In the recent worldwide development of corporates taking over governments, seriously funded corporate lobbies wield extraordinary influence. They cozy up to leadership in their hidden efforts to isolate them from their powerbase, which is the majority of the electorate.

In addition to above, the emotional land issue would have to be addressed soon too to avoid further political and socio-economic ruptures and opportunistic destabilisation.

Eskom’s taunting of the nation of South Africa, the upcoming land issue and the continuous price hikes, have put the majority of the population under siege.

Meanwhile, the political opposition and more so its funders; the academia; the mafia-apartheid judiciary and the corporate media cartel ganged up against ANC- and country president Jacob Zuma. Those forces will also agitate from within the movement hoping to force the forthcoming ANC’s NGC in October this year 2015 to be turned into an elective conference.

Their not so hidden drive is to have president Zuma recalled, similar to the fall from grace of his predecessor, Thabo Mbeki. It is their choice to bring in deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa as head-of-state and secretary general Gwede Mantashe as his hopeful deputy. Their hopeful success however, will not materialize yet. “The ANC’s branches would not stand for such.”

South Africa is a member of BRICS. But, the owners of its economy, the “former” architects-of-apartheid reject BRICS. The broad electorate, the poor majority however, is in favour of BRICS.

Will those corporates get their way by putting their ambitious “business mogul and billionaire”, Patrice Motsepe, into the ANC’s top six by 2017 as Treasurer General (TS)?

It seems known among the ANC’s leadership that the outsider, Motsepe, desperately wants to be South Africa’s president in 2022. This seems unacceptable to the majority, as his history and background are unknown. Motsepe only became an ANC member in the 1990s.

The well-established owners of ‘Teal Mining Company’, an offspring of the old ‘Anglo Vaal’ group, met with young rural attorney and socialite Patrice Motsepe and created for him ‘African Rainbow Minerals’ (ARM) as a BBBEE partner. Motsepe was made a “celebrity share billionaire”; at the same time a buffer between white capital and black African majority.

Motsepe receives much media exposure and acts as benevolent sponsor, co-owns a football team, always appearing at any and every ANC event, seated among leadership. Almost all senior members of the ANC NEC openly reject that. Who continuous to attempt giving him that weight?

At the same time, the media reports that the ANC and government leadership are corrupt. The corporate media cartel affords Motsepe the platform he revels in. The consuming public is conscientised that “the country needs a wealthy head-of-state who is not corrupt”.

Foreign interest groups argue that South Africa’s president could only be an African with direct assistance from outside. Africans who do it by themselves are destroyed. In fact, their principled and historic positions are being undermined. That includes their ideology; anti-apartheid struggle credentials therefore, a solid position in the country’s history.

Without any of above-given background, is Patrice Motsepe the good face of imperialist neo-liberal, capitalist-democracy? Motsepe too would have to dance to the piper’s tune.

The long-term plan for the ANC’s future includes rendering the movement dysfunctional and democratic. The above-mentioned senior ANC NEC and NWC stalwart fears that “Branch members at future conferences would be paid to be controlled.”

It is a destructive strategy, which would particularly affect the indigenous black South African majority. They would be the losers, be made voiceless and redundant. Structured poverty is as much a crime against humanity as colonial-apartheid was.

The real problem is that when government is in the grip of corporates, it is not a welfare state, which keeps the economy in debt. It is a centrally planned economy that needs land reform, financial and real estate sectors reducing the rest of the economy to rent payers and debtors. We live in the age of “neo-feudalism”.

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Mature SWAPO’s War For Freedom

SWAPO Party’s war against the illegal and illegitimate occupiers of Namibia and their hated colonial-apartheid laws and structures, was a war for freedom. It is history that SWAPO and its formidable armed wing, the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia (PLAN) won the war and finally the democratic elections back in 1989. Independence followed on 21 March 1990.

Indigenous African Namibians were finally set free. They could go wherever they wanted to and set up business wherever they needed to and were given access to their land, which they could till. However, a part of commercial farmland remained in the hands of those, who benefitted from the former occupiers, Germany and South Africa.

As the late struggle stalwart, Ruth First, documented in her book, “South West Africa”, “The crowding of Africans into small Reserves has undermined their subsistence economy, while taxes have only increased their impoverishment. Labour regulations decree that a tribesman may enter a labour area and earn a cash wage, to pay his tax and tide his family over a short period in their rural slum, but that he must return home at the end of his labour contract.”

During those cruel and disrespectful times, the force of law backed such actions.

In other words, indigenous African Namibians, or original Namibians, were guests in their own land providing cheap and restricted labour. At the same time they remained imprisoned in structured poverty.

“Thus, each Reserve, town, or farming area (including mines) is an island surrounded by a sea of restrictions. Once a man is ordained to live and work in one area, there is little or nothing that he can do to change his situation. If he steps beyond the limits recorded in his passes, he risks arrest by the police, the detectives in plain clothes, the labour inspectors, who search everyone for transgressors.”

Ruth First recorded the above in her historic book, “South West Africa”, published in 1963.

The revolutionary movement of the masses of Namibia, SWAPO, led by its president Sam Nujoma, was formed on 19 April 1960. The liberation movement stood its ground undisputedly in the van of the Namibian people’s struggle. The war for freedom lasted until March 1989.

“All the Africans of South West Africa, whether Ovambo, or Herero, Nama or Damara, were subject to the same exploitation. The workers in the migrant labour camps – unfit for human occupation – saw that unity across all tribal barriers was their only weapon against their oppressors. Since that time Sam Nujoma has felt a deep commitment to this solidarity.”

Researchers, historians and authors Alfred Babing and Hans-Dieter Braeuer reported the above in their book, “Namibia”.

Why does this writer refer to the above now in 2014? Well, history seems forgotten as soon as the struggle was over and freedom had been achieved. New developments cast their shadows. It seems that whatever the SWAPO-led government does, it is severely criticised that it is “corrupt and not doing enough for the people of Namibia”. Younger generations with the assistance of the media seem to expect a social welfare state, where government does everything for the people. Instant gratification trends the world over.

Observing global destabilisation and a debt holocaust, massive unemployment and poverty setting in everywhere, Namibia seems quite well off. So-called “Arab Springs” and anarchy, regime changes and economic disintegration make headline news daily. The Afghanistan/Iraq/Egypt/Libya/Syria/Sudan/Ukraine and Yemeni wars speak for themselves.

To date, Namibians live in a peaceful environment with an existing and managed infrastructure. Namibia is well known for its peace and cleanliness, its accommodating hospitality and tourist influx from Europe and South Africa.

Black and white Namibians live peacefully next to one another. City, towns and rural areas boast good living standards. Hotels, restaurants, roads, shopping malls and telecommunication systems are readily available. The country’s middle class has grown, still benefiting from Namibia’s welcoming society.

The port of Walvis Bay is currently undergoing an infrastructural development boom. The export industry has taken off. Namibia’s economy grows despite a global economic meltdown.

The country is a member of the regional Southern African Development Community (SADC), the African Union (AU), and the UNO and keeps its close financial and economic ties with South Africa and Germany and the international community.

Of course, the poor classes cannot be wished away and need urgent attention. They were victims of colonial-apartheid’s structures of poverty. It would take time, commitment, guidance, education and social welfare to support them out of their poverty.

However, SWAPO Party has succeeded to turn an enslaved indigenous African Namibian community into a growing and solid nation with hope for a better future. Namibia’s young with their access to a better education and therefore, with greater possibilities to participate in the economy, has never had such opportunities before.

SWAPO Youth League has its role to play by informing the youth of the sacrifices their parents and grandparents made. History should be made obligatory so that the slaughter of their forefathers in Namibia, in neighbouring countries and at Kassinga for example, will never be forgotten. This is the history of SWAPO’s brothers and sisters of this region in their joint struggle against imperialist, racial occupation and exploitation. They include South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC), Angola’s MPLA, Mozambique’s Frelimo, Zambia’s weakened UNIP and Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF.

Today SWAPO Party demonstrates mature African politics based on Christian principles. It commands the respect of all, who live on the land. Such respect includes good and critical advice and guidance, hard work and the support those deserve who were prepared to give their lives for the freedom of the future generations.

SWAPO Party decided in its last Congress to have Right Honorable Dr. Hage Geingob as party president. This decision is respected as it shows mature political leadership. How often was SWAPO Party described as “the new colonisers of Namibia”, as its leadership consisted of strong Ovambo representation and the Ovambo are the biggest people of the country?

SWAPO Party demonstrates that it is not an ethnic party, but a unifier for all people living in Namibia. Party president, Dr. Hage Geingob, a member of the indigenous Damara people, proves that the ruling party has no ethnic factionalism.

Another term under SWAPO Party leadership would ensure continuity and stability.