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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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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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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Is Eskom Used To Build A War Chest For Political Change In South Africa?

“A catalogue of disasters seems to be built up for the ANC’s NGC in October this year in 2015, attempting to turn the NGC into an elective conference”, senior members of the ANC NEC and NWC caution. “It would enable the enemies of President Jacob Zuma to recall him and put their man, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, in his place. If president Zuma would serve his full second term, chances of deputy president Ramaphosa to become president would be slim.”

Above senior politicians explain, “This ‘catalogue of disasters’ includes so-called xenophobia; rolled out electricity cuts; the assault on the value of the ZAR; so-called service delivery protests; corruption charges, including the call to “pay back the money” for Zuma’s private estate, Nkandla, in the province of KwaZulu; a lawless and treasonous anarchy, propagated as “democracy”; grand apartheid’s structured poverty; resulting in massive youth unemployment. All of this affects the black African majority directly.”

It would seem that that set-up serves to force the collapse of the ANC, bringing about a so-called “regime change” during the ANC’s elective General Conference in December 2017.

The above-mentioned senior leader and member of the ANC NEC and NWC pointed out in his conversation with this writer, “The very thought of, and the strategic reality that the head-of-state and commander-in-chief of South Africa could be poisoned, as reported in the media, shows that absolutely nobody is safe in South Africa.”

To add agony to the above report, Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba said, “We keep quiet about our colleagues’ shortcomings, because we don’t want to be attacked.” This means, when under siege, you are alone without any form of protection, or support. Thus, this begs the question: does fear influence leadership?

What exactly are the Intelligence Services, including State Security, the former National Intelligence Agency (NIA); the South African Police Services’ Crime Intelligence and the South African National Defense Force’s Defense Intelligence doing? What could the explanation be for retaining staff in their positions against a reality of so-called “xenophobia”, a mafia-style judiciary, where the perpetrators of violence and murder cannot be found, or are immediately released from jail, if and when caught? They escape the discipline of the rule-of-law. How deep have outside agents infiltrated the intelligence community to render them ineffectual?

South Africa will host the next African Union (AU) summit in the Sandton Convention Center in June this year. With its history of xenophobia, South Africa’s heads of the Intelligence Services Cluster have to assure African heads-of-state that they are safe.

It is interesting that the corporate media does not ask the most obvious questions, why neither the Chinese, nor the Indians have been exposed to the so-called “xenophobia”.

A while ago, Chinese traders just outside Johannesburg’s Central Business District (CBD) had to flee for their lives. But, now they have nothing to fear. The Indian communities in KwaZulu and Gauteng are also safe. Who protects them in return for what?

The Somalis, Ethiopians, Zimbabweans, Tanzanians, Bengalis and Pakistanis paid with the loss of their lives and businesses in South Africa.

Who are the warlords-come-Mafioso, directing a ‘Third Force’ behind this “xenophobia”? Is there any form of “protection money” being paid? What is the role of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in this effort to destabilise the country? Have Africans been exposed to racketeering when pressed for protection? Could EFF leaders, Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Dali Mpofu as well as Joseph Mathunjwa from the union AMCU shed some light on these questions?

Would the Intelligence Agencies be able to share, what has been done to monitor the movements on the ground in the urban areas prior to the last elections up to today?

The current so-called “xenophobia” in South Africa is similar to the covert urban war, waged by apartheid Military Intelligence’s Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) from 1990 to 1994, when over 8000 indigenous black African South Africans were murdered. This is on record of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). Certain media described it as “black-on-black violence” then.

Independent observers explained that the attack on foreigners from Africa is at the heart of the geo-political engineering attempting to destroy South Africa’s leadership position in Africa. Who stands to benefit from it?

Senior ANC NEC members remarked under the condition of confidentiality, “This “xenophobia” could have been avoided. Is the ANC running away from its responsibilities of power? Had the security cluster not been stable, these attacks could have led to a civil war.”

However, it cost South Africa dearly. African countries retaliated by having stopped importing goods from South Africa, closed South African businesses down and stopped local artists from performing in neighboring countries.

In a similar context, it is observed that a cruel war of exterminating the majority of the populations of the Ukraine, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Palestine and Yemen has been on the cards for a while. So is the destruction of the Developing World.

Over a hundred historic monuments and statues mainly in the cities of the Ukraine were brought down. It happened shortly before a foreign-engineered uprising and the subsequent toppling of its government. An inhumane war against unarmed civilians of all ages and backgrounds followed. Who engineers and benefits from that lethal global holocaust?

Boko Haram is attacking Nigeria. To this day, the international community has not fervently declared Boko Haram a terrorist organisation.

Al Shabaab in East Africa attacks Kenya at will to destroy its economy, ensuring that Kenya will not call for another currency.

What is the role of large companies such as Exxaro Mining Company, Pembani Holdings, Shanduka, Glencor and Afric-Oil in South Africa’s current political climate?

Interestingly, Afric-Oil supplies Eskom, the national electricity provider, with Diesel to the tune of 50 to 60 million liters per month. It costs something to the amounts of four to five Rand per Kilowatt-Hour to produce electricity from Diesel. The same Kilowatt-Hour is sold for R0.84. What is the logic in this? It seems the state is being plundered. Would it not be in the interest of Afric-Oil that Eskom buys its Diesel from them until 2017 to make as much profit as possible for as long as possible? Who really makes these profits?

It would seem that a war chest of sorts would benefit from the above-mentioned profits. Who initiated this war chest? What is the aim for stockpiling such huge profits? Would that “war chest” be used to finance the build-up to and the final outcome of a “regime change” in South Africa?

As some leaders in southern Africa stress, “Africa needs to know its enemies and fight back united, or else, be destroyed.”

Will the engineers of the destruction of the Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Iraq and the attempted destabilisation of South Africa be brought to book?

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Through Infantile Opportunism, South Africa’s Political Opposition, Academia And Media Mislead The Public, Strangulating Democratic Debate

Despite democracy, transparency, a Bill of Rights, a liberal Constitution, as well as freedom of association, of choice, of movement and of speech, South Africa’s political opposition, academia and media shy away from addressing the secret Sunset Clauses, which apartheid-president FW de Klerk and Joe Slovo, brought to the CODESA negotiations pre-1994. The Sunset Clauses remain secret to date.

Yet, at the same time, there is an obsession with democracy, transparency, the constitution, the judiciary and the rule-of-law, not to mention Nkandla, corruption, service delivery, rugby and cricket. A clear line of political opportunism looks the other way when in actual fact and particularly, ‘real politick’ needs to be addressed. However, the opposition to the ANC is vocal on president Zuma’s private residence and the EFF dress code in Parliament.

The ill-gotten properties of the apartheid regime elite in the former Bantustans, in Portugal, Argentina, Chile, Mauritius, Namibia, Paraguay, Uruguay and the Seychelles would be listed with South Africa’s department of public works and others. Again, neither the opposition, nor the academia, nor the media spent as much as a paragraph on those properties and their owners.

Political opportunism ignores the real issues. It focuses on soft targets such as Nkandla and service delivery. It refuses to debate the Sunset Clauses and the gerrymandering of the notorious Demarcation Board.

In that context the democratic debate remains on the periphery. In other words, they agree to debate democracy, but disagree to address the cornerstone that formed South Africa’s democracy – the Sunset Clauses and the Demarcation Board, that make democracy almost unworkable.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance went to court to demand the spy tapes. To date it seems that there was nothing much in those spy tapes. But actually, the court actions are mere side issues. True democrats should have addressed the Sunset Clauses, the gerrymandering of the Demarcation Board, a one-person, one-vote electoral system in a constituent assembly.

Is the above-mentioned not deception on the highest level then? There seems to be a consensus that unites all opposition parties, academia and media to sing the same hymn from the same hymnbook to the same tune, avoiding the country’s realities that actually need to be brought out into the open.

As long as the Sunset Clauses remain secret and unpublished, corruption will never end and people will continue to be compromised. As long as the Demarcation Board exists, electoral fraud will be committed through gerrymandering, while the ANC’s voter base is whittled away.

Another issue that needs a free national democratic debate is the ‘proportional representation’, which was implemented through electoral laws. The ruling ANC agreed on proportional representation. The voting public was however, not informed.

One of the respected senior members of the ANC NEC and NWC reminded this writer, “Twenty-one years since the first democratic elections it would be advisable for the ANC to free itself from the traps of the pre-1994 negotiations and return to a one-person, one-vote system and a constituent assembly.”

“The majority of South Africans in the struggle led by OR Tambo, Albert Luthuli, Robert Sobukwe, Chris Hani, Govan Mbeki, Anthony Lembede, Duma Nokwe, Dan Tlhome, Moses Kotane, Mark Shope, Moses Mabide, Dr. Limbada, Dr. Neville Alexander and dr. Sammie Marx, as well as the numerous freedom fighters, who perished in the war against apartheid. They fought for freedom against an evil, exclusive and elitist colonial-apartheid system. Their ideal was a one-person, one-vote system in a constituent assembly to set all South Africans free. They fought for the implementation of the Freedom Charter,” the old ANC NEC member explained. The UN defined apartheid as ‘crime against humanity’.

He continued, “It is disappointing to observe that the Freedom Charter is no longer discussed. No platforms have been created to debate the Freedom Charter. Hence, opportunistic political parties such as the “Economic Freedom Fighters” (EFF) and the “Congress of the People” (COPE) make efforts in their deception to claim that they will address the Freedom Charter. The real freedom fighters would turn in their graves.”

Meanwhile, there are no serious policy debates. In stead, institutionalised armchair academics and the media encourage the EFF and the DA to commit anarchy in order to bring about a failed state. The mindset – “I told you so. Blacks (ANC) can’t manage a state!” – prevails.

The senior ANC NEC member further explains, “The honourable action to take now would be to lead the debate on the Freedom Charter, publish all Sunset Clauses and dismantle the Demarcation Board. The fundamental key to a good future for all would be the economic policies. Industrialisation needs to be fostered and a technological hub needs to be created. But, this cannot be part of the industrial and economic elite. It should never land in those hands, as it would certainly be destroyed.”

“You can see how the IMF-World Bank keep their stranglehold on Third Wold countries, continuously destroying emerging markets through misleading, bad policies. The Breton Woods Institutions have never come in good faith. Why would they now?”

The ANC would need to develop a strategy within the ambit of BRICS. The BRICS Development Bank currently based in Shanghai, China, should be nurtured. Patriotic capitalism would best be promoted, as that would not withhold cash, but reinvest it in the local economies. The majority of the foreign owned companies do not reinvest anywhere in South Africa and the SADC region. They rather hoard their capital, hindering local economic development. Those owners play politics. Hence, there is an upward spiral of unemployment of 25%, as recorded by Stats-SA. The majority of the unemployed are the youth and the women. If the IMF-World Bank directives and policies would be followed, it would lead to total destruction of South Africa’s economy.

The country’s parastatals are a case in point, more particularly Eskom, the electricity supplier and the national water supplier. Cabinet was made aware back in 1998 that Eskom and the water supplier would run into serious problems. So far, no strategic initiative was taken to ensure that Eskom would receive a well-structured investment programme with experienced and strong management.

Both, senior ANC NEC members as well as owners of the small and medium sized economy suggest that an inter-ministerial commission should be set up to deal with Eskom and the national water provider. They ask, “Are South Africans gradually set up for privatisation, so that the private sector can buy the parastatals for a song? Would this not impoverish the majority of the population? Could that be the reason, why no particular guidance is given? Why no action, but in return just silence?”

Africa’s Ruling Freedom Movements Should Beware Of The Traps Of Imported And Dictated Democracy

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) was trapped into “service delivery”. This however, was no part of the struggle against oppression.

Neither South Africa’s ANC, nor Namibia’s SWAPO Party, nor Zimbabwe’s ZANU-PF, nor Mozambique’s Frelimo, nor Angola’s MPLA, nor any other Southern and East African liberation movement fought for “service delivery”. It was a struggle against racist colonial-apartheid and its race-based exploitation.

“Democracy” was imported as a US product of the Cold War to protect foreign interests in Africa, just like colonialism, apartheid and UDI did. The plunder of Africa’s wealth through structures like the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the banking structures carries on with impunity. Imported US “democracy” has legitimised this evil.

Now, democracy proofs to be key to global anarchy and regime change. Democracy needs to be corrected.

The East African slogan, “UHURU NAGAZI” – Freedom and Hard Work – means freedom of movement, of association, of communication and all other freedoms enshrined in the constitution. They are part of the struggle for freedom.

UHURU NAGAZI was hijacked. The public is misled by cunningly wrong analysis and interpretations. People demand houses, jobs and land. To get it, they have exchanged hard work for lengthy, violent strikes. Hence, president Zuma accuses South Africans of being lazy. The Freedom Charter stated clearly, land would be given to those who work it. Service delivery was no part of the ANC, its struggle for freedom, its policies, or its goals.

In fact, massive service-delivery-protests harm social stability, as certain unelected and unknown political activists seem to be close to foreign interests of the imperialist West.

Meanwhile, the media oversimplifies mentioned political and socio-economic activities and thereby misleads its clientele. This is hypocritical criticism, which does not serve anyone, but the media barons and their interests. It disrupts and skewers current affairs in South Africa and therefore, it is dishonest.

The continuous media attacks, character assassinations and disinformation campaigns against the head-of-state, cabinet, government, parliament, the ruling ANC and the souvereignity of the country, are disconcerting. It seems that the media barons, their boards and senior management are the power behind the efforts of discrediting and undermining the current authorities. There is a determined, concerted media attempt to unseat president Jacob Zuma and destroy the ANC while showing their allegiance with the opposition.

By now, it should have long been understood, that such vicious un-African efforts would eventually proof futile. The black African majority will not be fooled. In indigenous black African football circles, in the chesa nyamas and shebeens, in taxis and buses, at private parties and on the streets of the townships people ask, “Why is president Jacob Zuma made out to be so bad?” They question the role of the media as it continues to target president Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC.

From ‘Nkandla’ to the ‘arms deal’, recalled former president Thabo Mbeki is forgotten. The media, its mischievous armchair academic analysts with egos to boot, use every platform to character assassinate Zuma and to discredit the ANC.

The media also created the impression that Zuma had set up the Seriti Commission of Inquiry into the “arms deal” in order to clear his name. It eventually came out that Terry Crawford-Brown was behind it, as he tried to force the president’s hand to set up the Seriti Commission of Inquiry through court action. The court decided to set up the commission. Zuma followed the rule of law. As it turned out, Crawford-Brown based his expose on hearsay, subsequently losing his credibility.

The public protector, a chapter-9 institution, is another case in point. The state set up the institution to assist ordinary people not to be short-changed in their endeavours to get what is owed to them. Under advocate Thuli Madonsela the public protector has become a political lobby for the elite. The public protector has missed its mission. The parliamentary ad hoc committee on “Nkandla” found that Madonsela did not understand the constitution. This made her to misinterpret the role of chapter-9 institutions. Madonsela is out of her depth.

Another chapter-9 institution is the Human Rights Commission (HRC). This institution was supposed to transform society. Farm workers, factory workers, mine workers, household workers and many other sectors of the economy’s employees are exposed to abuse and racism. They remain underpaid slaves and are forced to work long hours without being rewarded accordingly. The HRC is however, not dealing with these issues, despite it being state funded.

The chapter-9 institutions are supposed to be the pillars of the constitution of South Africa. But, they fail dismally. Most of them follow the wrong course, misleading the people, working for the elite. For example, farm workers, who have been evicted from the land, have no access to land, protection or income. What has the HRC done to improve their lives?

The above-mentioned institutions and the below developments are part of a cesspool of confusion, cunningly concocted to make South Africa ungovernable. President Zuma and the black African leaders of the ANC are then accused of being responsible for said failures. The leaders of all these institutions, of civil society, media and academia are unknown and unelected media creations.

In all emerging democracies, corrections must take place. The chapter-9 institutions and political and socio-economic developments mentioned in this column are examples of that.

The chapter-9 institutions are not doing what they are meant to do therefore, they are treasonous.

President Jacob Zuma had no part in creating Gautrain, Rea Vaya, e-tolls, or the arms deal. Whose ideas were those then?

This writer was told under condition of anonymity, “Recalled former president Thabo Mbeki and his inner circle included Tokyo Sexwale, Paul Mashathile, Kgalema Motlanthe and Jabu Molekethi. Together they concocted these structures and benefited handsomely. But, they remain quiet when the media attacks Zuma and his cabinet.”

Attacking Zuma from public platforms and from within the ANC focuses on the destruction of the ANC. The media sees Zuma as the ANC. Meanwhile, president Zuma knows much. He was the first one coming from exile to South Africa. Zuma was intimately involved in the preparations for a negotiated settlement.

The newly found global alliance of BRICS is another hindrance for the local media and its supportive international Western interests. According to the rightwing imperialists, Jacob Zuma has sided with their enemy – China and Russia and the others. To date, the ANC has not joined the rightwing elements.

Throughout, president Zuma is targeted by rightwing forces, which make him look like a cheap criminal.

Unfortunately, a mischievous Caucasian Western mindset refuses to grasp that the majority of South Africa’s population elected Zuma as their president. The local population does not believe that Zuma is a common thief as the media makes him out to be. They identify with him and will protect him. Many believe that the undermining strategies of cunning Western imperialists and their Uncle Toms’ will disappear from Africa, as they eventually will win nothing at all.

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