South Africa’s Current Situation Is A Power Game

South Africa’s current situation in 2016 had been planned some fifty-two years ago by a think-tank, the “Bogenhagen Report” of 1964. The Bantustans/Homelands would become provinces in a country, governed by the African majority through a rural political party in the form of the African National Congress (ANC).

An urban political party by design could govern South Africa as from 2019. This too is reflected in that “Bogenhagen Report”.

Today in 2016 it seems that the struggle inside the ANC is among those, who want the old status quo of grand apartheid’s “National Party” back and those, who capitulate into a rural political party.

Considering the outcome of the last Local Government elections, the above-mentioned strategies could make sense. In other words, the Democratic Alliance (DA)-Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) would govern the Western Cape Province; Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape Province; Bloemfontein in the Free State Province; the capital Pretoria and the economic and financial hub, Johannesburg both, in the Gauteng Province.

Would the new urban political party be the DA-EFF and the rural political party the ANC?

In this process, the owners of the economy, also known as captains-of-industry and architects-of-apartheid with their hitmen and chequebooks in the shadows, seem to test the waters on how to overthrow the president. Foreign interests, who reduced the Ukraine to civil war and regime change, would not work in BRICS member, South Africa. This country has an elected head-of-state and commander-in-chief.

Brazil, also a BRICS member, had to deal with its coup d’état. Ousted president Dilma Rousseff faced a legally acceptable coup plot. The highly unpopular vice president, Michel Temer, replaced her. Temer has hardly any following and is viewed as corrupt.

Meanwhile, the same power mongers and their minions in their think tanks hawkishly observe the situation in South Africa developing. It would certainly not work to impeach president Jacob Zuma, as he and his ruling party, the ANC, retain the backing of the country’s majority. But, a collusion of many forces seems to work, similar to that used to topple president Dilma Rousseff and reduce the Ukraine to outright “civil war”. The forces seem to be the same.

The DA’s take-over of the Western Cape should be thoroughly studied. The former apartheid National Party, merely wearing a different coat this time around, consolidated the Western Cape, having done an analysis of the vulnerabilities of that province and then focused on them. The DA was indeed successful.

Not putting up an efficient and effective intelligence, the ANC has contributed to its major losses of Port Elizabeth, Pretoria (Tshwane) and Johannesburg in the last Local Government’s elections.

South Africa’s corporate mainstream media cartels bombard public opinion daily with Afropessimistic, anti-ANC horror stories. It is latently racist. In fact, their efforts could be described as “brainwashing of public opinion”. The old apartheid Strategic Communications (StratCom) media reports to deceive public opinion, seems alive and at work. The strategy of 70% fact and 30% fiction blended and emotively presented makes for effective media-propaganda. Eventually, the victims of the lie become its biggest protector.

In the up-coming preparations for the next party- and country president, the corporates and multi-nationals, their hitmen and their chequebooks collude to break the ANC up into polarized and tribal camps. They are working hard at securing their dispensation. Deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is their man. Much money is thrown at their power-game. That could be the reason for Ramaphosa defending Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

Certain senior and experienced members of the ANC and its National Executive Committee (NEC) spoke to this writer under the condition of anonymity, expressed their concern and frustration, when they explained, “The ANC has bought into this new strategy. It’s not the movement we know anymore.”

The above-mentioned also pointed out, “In this power game senior members of the ruling party quietly worked with the opposition. They are all well known to the ANC. Their day will come when they’ll be named and shamed. They cannot be part of the ANC’s history.”

Daily media reports reflect countrywide student revolts and previously, also service delivery protests. President Jacob Zuma declared those unrests as democratic, as long as they are registered, legal and do not do damage to any property and, or persons. If however, property and, or persons are attacked and arson is committed, the culprits would be arrested.

If South Africa’s Police Services (SAPS) would allow student revolts and service delivery rebellions to get out of hand, the police would be viewed as staging a putsch against the state. If police services would be allowed to oversee revolts and rebellions, for that matter any form of anarchy, it would be self-destructive.

For the ANC to consolidate and protect itself against its enemies and to move forward, the movement would benefit from the following strategies.

  • The ANC needs to roll out a massive national debate to address all problems and obstacles. Branches, gatherings, meetings, conferences, newly re-established street committees, Afro-friendly media and other such platforms could be made available to address shortcomings and weaknesses.
  • A think tank could be established to work along the lines of a research institute or, a foundation. It would be tasked to do all research, work in a focused way with the movement throughout the country. That way, history could be put into perspective.
  • The ANC could further bring its newspapers such as SECHABA back to the national market, linking it to above network, progressive institutes, the BRICS structures, if and where possible.

In addition to above, it is important that the “blind trusts”, that are held by judges and politicians, will be outlawed and abolished as soon as possible. The electorate needs to know those “blind trusts”, as they seem a cesspool of corruption and power mongering through corporate influence. It is the cancer that could destroy the ANC. Parliament needs to pass laws to protect against such invasions; otherwise the chequebooks rule and the voters have no say. That is unfair and unsettling.

The rightwing, or neo-con economic strategies, such as the arms deal, the “Reconstruction and Development Programme”, also known as RDP under the late former president Nelson Mandela. The “Growth, Employment and Redistribution” (GEAR) programme followed. It was a macro-economic strategy under recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki.

None of them worked, least of all in favour for South Africans. Finally, they were done away with. The current programme, “National Development Plan” (NDP 2030) under the incumbent, Jacob Zuma, replaced the previous attempts. Will it work, given the history of the previous programmes? It does not seem like it. There are too many corporate interests with hidden agendas at play to control the ANC and its government.

South Africa’s flawed judiciary needs serious attention too. The biggest evil that grew from the CODESA negotiations in 1994 was the secret “Sunset Clauses”, protecting covert local and foreign structures. Those have greatly influenced the judiciary through a host of corporate cabalists, their lobbies, think tanks and societies and their joint secret trusts. If no changes will be undertaken, the unelected judiciary will keep pushing to take over power from government. It would be anti-democratic, undermining the nation.

Finally, the progressive forces need take charge for all to see and follow. How to take charge needs to be debated nationally as soon as possible. The ANC leadership needs to take the nation along, constantly informing and preparing it for any further efforts of destabilisation and sabotage.

How South Africa’s Economy Was Lost And Sold To The Highest Bidder

By Udo W. Froese: non-institutionalised, independent political- and socio-economic analyst and published columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

One of the center points at the Codesa negotiations focused on the new South Africa’s Ministry of Finance and the Reserve Bank. The incoming ANC-led government was conned out of the country’s finances from the onset.

The international West’s covert backers of apartheid South Africa and their lobbyists advised the ANC leadership during the Codesa negotiations, that South Africa is not ready for the cabinet position of the Minister of Finance. Nor is it ready to deliver the Governor of the Reserve Bank.

Why would those interests con the ANC team? Was it not to retain their own people in those positions? It also meant that the new, democratically elected ANC government would not be in charge of the government’s finances. The incoming ANC would certainly be disempowered.

Retired non-executive director of the South African Reserve Bank, Stephen Goodson, sums up the misleading advice the ANC received from so-called bank-experts, “Although the Freedom Charter of 26 June 1955 states that the banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole, this was obviously little more than rhetoric. The African National Congress was obliged to accept the existing financial paradigm, as they were unaware of any other alternative.”

Regarding the foreign Western and local apartheid interests in South and Southern Africa, Stephen Goodson had this to say, “Big business, led by Rothschild point men, Harry Oppenheimer and Anthony Rupert, provided the main impetus for installing a Black puppet government, as it would greatly enhance their markets both, locally and overseas and particularly, in Africa. One of the first acts of the ANC-led government was to reduce company taxation by a third and to permit large corporations to relocate their head offices and assets overseas.”

A case in point is the transfer of the diamond stockpile of DeBeers. During recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki’s reign and with the full assistance of the Mbeki government, DeBeers transferred its stockpile from South Africa to London. South Africa was left the poorer.

“The ANC was set up at Codesa. They thought the country was being handed over to them on a platter. But, they were in fact just being used by big corporate interests,” Goodson further explains.

All efforts were made to bully the ANC into submission. “There was a media perception that tribal violence was putting the ANC under pressure. But, the script had been planned years before by the ‘Council on Foreign Relations’ (CFR) and other similar organisations,” Goodson alleges, based on his research. The CFR is a Washington based think-tank and publisher.

In the years during the negotiations at Codesa, the violence in South Africa’s black living areas was viciously increased. The weekly newspaper, “Mail & Guardian (M&G)” described that urban warfare as “black-on-black violence”, quickly taken over as such by the entire media. Years later, apartheid super-spy Craig Williamson admitted at the “Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)”, that the apartheid Military Intelligence (MI) and its covert operations, Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB), had orchestrated the urban warfare between the ANC and Inkatha.

Was the deal negotiated at Codesa then a non-deal in bad faith? Goodson sums it up, “The non-deal has created a situation of economic enslavement, which will persist way beyond 2022.”

“The banks continue to exploit the masses through usury and excessive taxation. The local cartel is an important cog of the international banking cartel.”

South Africa’s finance ministry seems to refuse to protect the nation against foreign meddling in the country’s finances and economy. The ratings agencies and their hit men are ever present, although they have yet to make their main strike (led by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan) with the West’s International Monetary Fund (IMF) and its “restructuring plan”. The ratings agencies continue to wield undue influence with their often recklessly irresponsible assessments.”

Just like his predecessor, Trevor Manuel and the former Reserve Bank Governor Tito Mboweni, the unqualified Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan seems to have feet of smoldering ashes, not even clay. Is the incumbent resting his feet in criminal activities? Why did South Africa’s media and Gordhan’s network of backers attack the investigators, the NPA, when it investigated his activities?

Why is it conveniently overlooked that under Gordhan the West’s IMF will enter South Africa to dictate its “restructuring plan”? How would that affect South Africa’s BRICS membership?

Political analyst, Tshepo Kgadima, refers below to the following analysis of the ‘Financial Intelligence Centre Bill’, which was first published in ‘The New Age’ on 6 July 2016.

“A draconian bank bill might soon be signed into law, which would be equal to financial tyranny. The lack of awareness and publicity, the absence of public debate around the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment Bill (FICAB) allows Gordhan to execute what he does with impunity.”

The FICAB provision terms “Risk Management and Compliance Programme”, transfers power and authority to pass punitive sanction such as closing of a bank account and/or termination of services, from a transparent independent judicial process into the hands of what is defined as accountable institutions, i.e. banks, insurers, auditors, lawyers.

Once, FICAB has been signed into law, there will be no fair reasoning between the banks and the account holders. In other words, people will be judged without any fair hearing. The majority of the population will have hardly any further access to capital, loans and other bank services.

If South Africans would be informed and able to participate in the debate about the banking cartel’s plans, structures and strategies, they would realise the frightening speed, “banking and financial institutions have gone ahead to profile and take punitive sanction of terminating services and closing bank accounts of clients using the new FICAB provisions.”

This draconian legislation will transfer absolute power and authority to the banking institutions, closing accounts of clients without transparent legal due process and recourse.

The above-mentioned is a form of financial anti-democratic destabilisation. In fact, FICAB would further lead to capital flight, attacks on the value of the Rand and massive bankruptcies.

Analysts and economists such as Tshepo Kgadima condemn the new FICA law as “financial tyranny and assault on the civil liberties, as enshrined in Chapter two of the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.”

It is hoped that President Zuma has been informed about the new FICAB bill and the suffering that FICAB would cause the majority of the population. It would be equal to rule of fear and terrorising the nation. Hopefully, President Zuma will not sign that draconian Amendment Bill into Law.

As a democratically elected head-of-state and commander-in-chief of the armed forces, it is President Zuma’s implicit duty to protect the nation. Local and foreign interests with their hidden agendas should not be able to dictate financial and economic policies.

In all fairness, it is important that the NPA investigates Gordhan and charges him. If the late, former President Nelson Mandela and the incumbent, President Jacob Zuma had their days in court, why should Gordhan not be tried? Is he above the law? The contrary is the case. He should be given the same space to defend, or hang himself. Is Gordhan immune to any investigations?

There are tens of thousands of highly qualified indigenous Black South Africans, who would be fit for Gordhan’s job. They are advocates, engineers, chartered accountants and scientists. What is Gordhan’s financial background? Who makes up his lobby group, guiding and protecting him? On whose authority is appointed Gordhan acting with impunity?

Why does it seem impossible for the ANC-led government to appoint a qualified finance minister outside the corporate banking cartel and its lobby groups, who understands the world of finance?

A solution could be to appoint a focused and respected financial guru, who would stay away from the West’s Bretton Woods Institutions. South Africa is a member of BRICS. The new minister of finance has to work with BRICS. A new finance minister would have to assist to decolonize South Africa and the SADC.

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Soweto Youth: From Hewers Of Wood And Carriers Of Water To Engineers, Scientists And Businessmen- And Women

“For anyone to claim that apartheid South Africa’s Bantu education was better than today’s education under the government of the elected African National Congress (ANC) demonstrates a disregard and denial of history. Bantu education never produced engineers, scientists, and agriculturalists. It delivered a handful of doctors, nurses and teachers. The big majority had to make do with becoming hewers of wood and carriers of water, petrol attendants, gardeners and kitchen maids. Apartheid designed education on job reservation”, one of the former leaders of the Soweto Students Representative Council (SSRC) of 1976 explained.

 

He pointed out, “For Democratic Alliance leader, Mmusi Maimane, to say that apartheid’s Bantu education was better than that of today under the ruling ANC, is the lowest form of politicking. The students involved in the Soweto riots of 1976 know better. We were there. We organised against apartheid’s dictate to be taught in Afrikaans, the language of the oppressor.”

 

“We accept that the tuitional results are shocking and that our youth is not being prepared to make its mark in South Africa’s exclusive and hostile economy, where the majority holds only 3% of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and 97% remains in the hands of the owners of the economy. Our youth is uninvolved with little access to a national education system. The youth has however no choice, but to get involved in the formation of a movement towards economic participation.”

 

At this point in time the country produces an oversupply of a semi- and uneducated youth with no access to the economy.

 

“The ANC-led government’s biggest mistake was to abolish colleges, technicons, nursing- and teachers’ colleges. A former minister of education, Kader Asmal, joined learning institutes with already overcrowded universities. What did the former minister of education, Kader Asmal, and his cohorts smoke, when they destroyed the countries educational system? They should have been developed as foundations to build on. Why was the local Black youth marginalized?” A senior ANC National Executive Council (NEC) member commented.

 

“Prior to 1994, civil society had made education part of the national debate. But, as soon as South Africa had achieved its democratic independence, that debate was no longer encouraged. From then onward, education became a matter of technocrats, producing green and white papers with a few participants recruited from nowhere”; he explained the phenomena of the country’s educational decline.

 

As a British educated intellectual, how was it possible under the watch of Sussex scholar, recalled president Thabo Mbeki, that South Africa’s education was not transformed into a solid educational system, equaling that of Zimbabwe and Germany? How is South Africa to benefit from its “democracy”?

 

South Africa needs not look further than across the border to Zimbabwe. The United Nations (UN) accepted Zimbabwe as a leading educational model. Why not apply their system to South Africa?

 

Prime Minister Robert Mugabe reformed Zimbabwe’s educational system in 1981.

 

“By New Year’s day in 1981, Zimbabwe boasted free primary school education for all students as well as guaranteed admission to secondary school for all who qualified.”

 

“Mugabe had city boundaries reshaped to ensure multiracial political representation and replaced Whites with educated Blacks in key positions relating to educational institutions.”

 

Meanwhile however, South Africa seems to look to fellow Commonwealth member, Australia, for its failed educational system.

 

In the online publication, “The Conversation – Africa Pilot” under the title, “Australian Education System failing kids”, a host of failures are highlighted as: (a)“Australian Teens falling behind, as others race ahead”; (b) “Declining participation in science and mathematics”; (c) “Australian Education is monolingual”; (d) “International and migrant student actually raise standards, not lower them”; (e) “You can’t have quality education without quality teachers” and (f) “Early learning participation is among the lowest in the developed world.”

 

“There is also growing evidence to suggest that a segregated schooling system – for example, socio-economically, or academically selective schools – is counterproductive and restricts social mobility. High performing countries have school systems on a far more level playing field than Australia.”

 

“Australia needs a long-term plan across education sectors: from early childhood, to schools, universities and the TAFE, which includes plans for supporting and strengthening teacher education in all those sectors.”

 

The publication also comments, “Australia needs a louder public conversation about its education and lobbying to shift how they value and invest in education.”

 

“When Germany was shocked by its first performance on the 2000 PISA assessment, it started a national conversation that saw education on the front pages of newspapers, radio- and television current affairs programmes for the next two years. Germany’s education has been improving ever since.”

 

If Australia, like South Africa, wants to build a strong and competitive economy, it needs fewer front-page articles on budget cuts ad more on reform and investment in education. However, if South Africa would adopt Australia’s educational model, it would marginalize local Black youth again.

 

What motivated South Africa to take Australia and the Commonwealth’s educational model up, whilst there are countries that excel in education? Was this part of the secret Sunset Clauses too, to ensure the failure of national education in South Africa? Was South Africa set up to fail again?

 

Obviously, the children suffer the consequences. Compared to the elitist private schools, underfunding and bad administration in public schools retain economic and class discrimination. Disadvantaged children will again fall by the wayside in the country’s restructuring of the economy. The old status quo is cunningly maintained.

 

South Africa’s Democratic Teachers’ Union (SADTU) and related organisations stopped debating education to focus on collective bargaining. Understandably so. But, education remains top priority. Meanwhile, what happened to the Civics?

 

South Africa remains the only country in the world where the majority of the population does not take a lead in its educational system.

 

Like Germany, South Africa needs a committed broad civil society to debate the standard of the content in the black child’s education, as the majority remains excluded.

Highly respected stalwarts Curtis Nkondo and Fanyana Mazibuko had set an example. Where are South Africa’s teachers today? Why are the teachers not addressing the system and oversee that the system is working? The public debate on education in South Africa in 2016 is postponed. It will come back to bite, more particularly the economic sector.

 

 

 

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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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Namibia And South Africa, Beware Of False Prophets In The Academia

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it” – George Orwell

It is trendy to worship the academia and its academic qualifications, academic “analysis” and “PhD essays”, presented in an academic jargon that has become all too flowery and removed from the truth. And of course, therefore, it is misleading. Serious problems of whatever size simply get intellectualized away, more particularly, when of political nature.

In fact, mischievous armchair academics have two things in common, their egos and their hidden agendas, always ready to advertise their “opinion” under the guise of “analysis” of “news and current affairs”, to lend “credibility and weight”. Yet, it is usually nothing new.

It has become the academics’ clarion call to all those seeking employment to have academic qualifications. Because, if they not, they will simply not get a job and the much needed income. They and their families would be part of the unemployed and would finally starve, whilst admiring the “academics and intellectuals”.

It creates an unnecessary and inhumane class-system. Such is not part of SWAPO Party, or ANC, or Frelimo, or MPLA or ZANU-PF, who fought for the freedom of all oppressed and disenfranchised, against racism and unfair educational- and economic systems, making life hell for the disadvantaged indigenous black African majority in their own land on their own continent. This is in fact, a declaration of war to plunder and kill with impunity and in exclusivity.

To undermine the struggle for freedom for all living in the land is counter-revolutionary. To attack SWAPO’s and the ANC’s constitution as well as its senior founders would be an attempt to reduce Namibia and even more so, South Africa to puppet states. Independence is hard earned and is not for sale. Hot academic air should not confuse students and the public out there.

Ghana’s late former president Kwame Nkrumah documented in his publication, “Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare”, “Local reactionaries would assist foreign infiltration in an attempt to suppress progressive and revolutionary forces throughout the continent.”

Education is one of the most important pillars of society. But, it should benefit all and should be balanced.

After World Wars 1 and 2, Germany created its new middle class mainly through a technical education programme. Education does not mean it has to be exclusively academic. Technical education contributes not only to a broad tax system. It also helps to build an independent, self-sufficient country. Today, Germany is the most powerful country within the EU. Its economy rates among the top four of the world. The powerful middle class forms the tax-base of government.

An arrogant global corporate approach to acquire useless academic qualifications to land a job, will lead to a class system, based on exclusivity and elitism, marginalizing the majority in mainly Third World and African countries into mass unemployment, abject poverty and starvation.

An elitist class system has never been part of any freedom struggle, unless one would succumb to the collective amoral reflection of the US box-office film, “Wolf of Wall Street” and its sordid bling-bling levels of deadly greed.

An exclusively elitist, well-connected and academically highly qualified small middle class would assist the ‘grand apartheid’s’ equally evil ‘structured poverty’, sowing starvation and destablisation, compromising struggle leadership.

We do not need to look far for a working education system. Zimbabwe is right here on Namibia’s and South Africa’s borders – the British publication, the “Guinness Book of World Records” hailed Zimbabwe’s educational system among the top three in the world for years. It shows in the Diaspora. Zimbabweans hold top positions in banking-, mining-, retailing and many other industries.

It would be a grave blunder to expose the University of Namibia (UNAM) for example, to academics, who do not have Namibia’s interests at heart. Their history and their actions speak for themselves. With their hidden agendas to promote corporatization of state and economy, those hooligan armchair academics contribute to misinformation and subsequent tension all around. They have become agents’ provocateurs, promoting a foreign democracy that would lead to anarchy and regime change. Meanwhile, they enjoy the public platforms, masquerading as “intellectual giants, influential and well-connected opinion makers and democratic thinkers”. However, they are the exact opposite.

They actually play politics. Those academics would do anything, to get into positions of influence to manage public minds and opinion. Their scheming mindsets are equal to those of mercenaries.

Why do those over-ambitious academics not form their own political parties? Or, are they part of an agenda to destabilize their respective countries in order to bring about a ‘regime change’ like the ‘Bolsheviks’ did in Russia, leading up to the Red Revolution in 1917? You might recall, Lord Milner and Lord Rothschild, heading the British Exchequer in London, financed the ‘Bolsheviks’. Together, they brought the reigning Tsar to a fall, killed his entire family, because he refused to underwrite a Central Bank for Russia. In whose interest do certain academics remain persistent to get into leadership positions in academia?

Had it not been for the leaders’ drive and the understanding of history, of colonial-apartheid-structured-poverty and of discrimination, those same academics would not have been in their aspired and worshiped positions today. Unless of course, they would receive compromising payments from the powerful men in the shadows. The only explanation would be that those academics are in actual fact soulless intellectual prostitutes, far removed from teaching the truth, preparing the youth for economic participation.

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Namibia And South Africa, Beware Of False Prophets In The Academia

“The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it” – George Orwell

It is trendy to worship the academia and its academic qualifications, academic “analysis” and “PhD essays”, presented in an academic jargon that has become all too flowery and removed from the truth. And of course, therefore, it is misleading. Serious problems of whatever size simply get intellectualized away, more particularly, when of political nature.

In fact, mischievous armchair academics have two things in common, their egos and their hidden agendas, always ready to advertise their “opinion” under the guise of “analysis” of “news and current affairs”, to lend “credibility and weight”. Yet, it is usually nothing new.

It has become the academics’ clarion call to all those seeking employment to have academic qualifications. Because, if they not, they will simply not get a job and the much needed income. They and their families would be part of the unemployed and would finally starve, whilst admiring the “academics and intellectuals”.

It creates an unnecessary and inhumane class-system. Such is not part of SWAPO Party, or ANC, or Frelimo, or MPLA or ZANU-PF, who fought for the freedom of all oppressed and disenfranchised, against racism and unfair educational- and economic systems, making life hell for the disadvantaged indigenous black African majority in their own land on their own continent. This is in fact, a declaration of war to plunder and kill with impunity and in exclusivity.

To undermine the struggle for freedom for all living in the land is counter-revolutionary. To attack SWAPO’s and the ANC’s constitution as well as its senior founders would be an attempt to reduce Namibia and even more so, South Africa to puppet states. Independence is hard earned and is not for sale. Hot academic air should not confuse students and the public out there.

Ghana’s late former president Kwame Nkrumah documented in his publication, “Handbook of Revolutionary Warfare”, “Local reactionaries would assist foreign infiltration in an attempt to suppress progressive and revolutionary forces throughout the continent.”

Education is one of the most important pillars of society. But, it should benefit all and should be balanced.

After World Wars 1 and 2, Germany created its new middle class mainly through a technical education programme. Education does not mean it has to be exclusively academic. Technical education contributes not only to a broad tax system. It also helps to build an independent, self-sufficient country. Today, Germany is the most powerful country within the EU. Its economy rates among the top four of the world. The powerful middle class forms the tax-base of government.

An arrogant global corporate approach to acquire useless academic qualifications to land a job, will lead to a class system, based on exclusivity and elitism, marginalizing the majority in mainly Third World and African countries into mass unemployment, abject poverty and starvation.

An elitist class system has never been part of any freedom struggle, unless one would succumb to the collective amoral reflection of the US box-office film, “Wolf of Wall Street” and its sordid bling-bling levels of deadly greed.

An exclusively elitist, well-connected and academically highly qualified small middle class would assist the ‘grand apartheid’s’ equally evil ‘structured poverty’, sowing starvation and destablisation, compromising struggle leadership.

We do not need to look far for a working education system. Zimbabwe is right here on Namibia’s and South Africa’s borders – the British publication, the “Guinness Book of World Records” hailed Zimbabwe’s educational system among the top three in the world for years. It shows in the Diaspora. Zimbabweans hold top positions in banking-, mining-, retailing and many other industries.

It would be a grave blunder to expose the University of Namibia (UNAM) for example, to academics who do not have Namibia’s interests at heart. Their history and their actions speak for themselves. With their hidden agendas to promote corporatization of state and economy, those hooligan armchair academics contribute to misinformation and subsequent tension all around. They become agents’ provocateurs, promoting a foreign democracy that would lead to anarchy and regime change. Meanwhile, they enjoy the public platforms, masquerading as “intellectual giants, influential and well-connected opinion makers and democratic thinkers”. However, they are the exact opposite.

Those academics would do anything, to get into positions of influence to manage public minds and opinion. Their scheming mindsets are equal to those of mercenaries. Why do those over-ambitious academics not form their own political parties? Or, are they part of an agenda to destabilize their respective countries in order to bring about a ‘regime change’? In whose interest do they remain persistent to get into leadership positions in academia?

Had it not been for the leaders’ drive and the understanding of history, of colonial-apartheid-structured-poverty and of discrimination, those same academics would not have been in their aspired and worshiped positions today. Unless of course, they would receive compromising payments from powerful men in the shadows. The only explanation would be that those academics are in actual fact soulless intellectual prostitutes, far removed from teaching the truth, preparing the youth for economic participation.