The Assault On The Nation Of South Africa

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A broad front of foreign ratings agencies, South Africa’s bank cartel, the corporate mainstream media cartels, the owners of the economy, think tanks, lobbyists and economic hitmen pulled out all stops to intimidate and manipulate the government and its ruling party. Their aim is to sow as much confusion among the nation of South Africa as possible. If this is not a war…

A concoction of local and foreign political power mongers attempts to destabilise the country and its ruling party as best they can by 2019. It is their aim to bring in their “Democratic Alliance-Economic Freedom Fighters” (DA-EFF) and eventually muscle a factionalized and weakened African National Congress (ANC) out of the national political lead.

 

Meanwhile, ratings agency Moody’s has been slammed with a massive US$864million penalty and has agreed to pay it, Bloomberg News reported. “Moody’s Corp. agreed to pay the US$864million to resolve a multiyear US investigation into credit ratings on subprime mortgage securities, helping to clear the way for the firm to move beyond its crisis-era litigation.”

In other words, “credit ratings firm Moody’s failed to abide by its own rating securities according to the government.”

The above-mentioned article from Bloomberg News on Moody’s ratings agency should justify government to insist on an apology from Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan to apologise to Commissioner Tom Monyane and Mr. Luther Lebelo at South African Revenue Services for the unwarranted vilification of both senior civil servants over foreign credit rating agencies, which continue to be fined US$billions for fraudulent conduct. In fact, to restore the credibility of the Treasury, Gordhan should draw his hat and step down. As harsh as it might seem, there is indeed little other option.

Will the above-mentioned broad front reap what it sows? Is this not a declaration of a never-ended war, this time on a more sophisticated level, by creating structured abject poverty for the majority of the population; university campus’ chaos; parliamentary anarchy; a colour revolution, a deep state and national unrests to bring about a regime change, similar to fellow BRICS member Brazil?

“This has nothing at all to do with democracy. There is an anti-democratic and Afropessimistic enemy out there. That enemy has availed massive cash reserves to destabilise BRICS member, South Africa”, reliable senior ANC NEC cadres explained to this writer under the condition of anonymity.

When the ANC leadership negotiated a new, democratic South Africa at CODESA in Kempton Park to the northeast of Johannesburg, little did the movement realise then that the fronting apartheid oppressors and their minions had changed it to a more sophisticated and invisible war on all fronts and levels.

The “Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) Bill is a true definition of real “state capture”. It means, the leaders and senior officials in the state structures of the three branches of the state – the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary – will henceforth, execute their duties and functions under direct authorization and approval of the banking and financial institutions. The FICA Bill effectively ousts South Africa’s justice system.

A pre-determined list of criminal suspects under the definition of domestic and foreign prominent and influential persons was already drawn up. It exists. Most of those persons are leaders and senior officials of all three branches of the state, as mentioned-above. The Damocles sword hangs over their heads, as they have to ask themselves, whether or not banks and financial institutions’ interests would be adversely affected.

If the answer is yes, then the judiciary will have to rule in favour of the banks and financial institutions, regardless of the legal merits. This also means, banks and financial institutions would be given powers to convict and sentence without trial before a competent judiciary.

In addition, they can close the bank accounts of the legal and judicial structures without giving any notice.

The same would apply to the President, the Deputy President, the Cabinet, the Speakers, and the senior national-, provincial- and municipal structures. The leaders and senior officials of all three state branches seem to be in serious danger now, as their names are all on the criminal suspects’ list.

The above structure is a situation of state capture. The FICA Bill is about state capture. It confirms what Thomas Jefferson said, “The banking and financial institutions are more dangerous than standing armies.”

Banks and financial institutions are members of the public. Those opposing the FICA Bill will submit their concern to Parliament on 25 January 2017.

One of the opponents to the FICA Bill, economist Tshepo Kgadima explained, “The true intention of the drafters of the FICA Bill commit absolute and total state capture. It is constitutional mischief. To motivate that there is a need to fight money laundering and financing terrorist activities, is a mere red herring. South Africa has an operative security cluster, including a professional police service. The FICA Bill is an instrument to capture the entire state of South Africa. This is total control, worse than the horror movie, “Friday 13”. Is this war?”

Sir Alexander James Cockburn, Lord Chief Justice of England in 1875, commented, “The issue which has swept down the centuries and which will have to be fought sooner or later, is the people versus the banks.”

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

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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?”