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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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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If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride

If South Africa’s academic analysts, the corporate media-barons and their friends wish that the ruling African National Congress is on a loosing ticket, not receiving more than 50% of the national vote, it does not mean that the ANC would not get over 50% during the forthcoming elections.

Just three weeks ago the corporate mainstream media and its academic analysts put on their record that the ANC would be the biggest looser, as its voter base is disappointed and angry, particularly at the spending of ZAR246million government incurred for president Jacob Zuma’s private residence, Nkandla.

Much noise was made when the Congress of the People (COPE) broke away from the ANC. The media hailed it as an alternative to the ruling party. Sandton-based Primedia particularly, led by giving COPE huge media coverage.

Meanwhile, leadership differences led COPE to split into many factions. Out of 36 seats in parliament, 23 left COPE to rejoin the ANC.

A countrywide media campaign was rolled out to undermine the ANC. The endless maligning of ANC and country president Jacob Zuma seemed the ticket for all opposition parties, the corporate mainstream media and its academia to win their concocted lottery of horrors. According to them, the ANC remains “leaderless, corrupt and incompetent”, whilst COPE could not do anything wrong, quite similar to Helen Zille and her Democratic Alliance (DA), Mamphela Ramphele and her AGANG SA and many other opposition parties. In fact, the neoliberal media hailed Ramphele as an alternative to Zuma even before the launch of her political party.

Enter Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). They are looked upon as an alternative to the ANCYL.

The voting public would ask, why does the corporate mainstream media fail to query opposition parties on the content of their policies? It is one thing to be a celebrity public speaker. It is quite another to lead an organisation where policies are not clear. Except undermining the persons of president Jacob Zuma, and other ANC leaders, relentlessly attacking the ANC and its government, the local media failed its customers by not informing it on policies.

One had to hold one’s breath when the DA claimed, the ANC has good policies, but suffers from lack of management. No one interrogates those statements. The public out there remains uninformed. It reveals bankruptcy of opposition politics, media and its academic analysts.

What alternatives do the political opposition, academia and corporate mainstream media offer? They failed their customers by not presenting a factual and contextualised diagnostic report and analysis. Critical questioning of the policies of the opposition parties seems to be avoided. South Africa’s mainstream corporate media is the typical US-style of soundbites littered with twisted facts and propaganda.

The media’s general approach to the broad majority of the indigenous population and its leadership has never changed. It remains narrow and shackled. As much as media freedom is proclaimed, the reportage reflects a unanimously wishful opinion of the self-anointed ‘captains of industry’.

The above explains clearly how hapless the media’s customers have become, whilst seeking the truth on the political and economic landscapes. Observing the media, it seems that narratives, script and style are all the same across the media board, as if only one author/editor/publisher writes for and distributes to all of them.

As a result, only the ANC and the government are held to account. This is the correct thing to do. However, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. The political opposition and the corporations should be equally scrutinised and held to account. But, the contrary seems the case. Opposition leaders have become the darlings of the corporate media.  

The average journalist is unqualified and thinly educated, backed by out-of-touch academics, whose daily focus is to badger the ANC relentlessly since 2009, when Zuma took over from recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki.

The media’s shallow understanding of South Africa’s body politic thus accommodates the likes of former intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils, his former colleague, ex-deputy minister Matlala-Routledge and the unretired bishop Desmond Tutu.

As a senior ANC NEC and NWC member put it under the condition of remaining anonymous, “Kasrils and Matlala-Routledge played their role in the liberation movement, but have no vision for the future. Kasrils was known to be a spoilt brat, living in the shadow of Joe Slovo. He frustrated the ANC in exile on all levels.”

Like Tutu’s uninformed and reckless comments on president Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe, he again enters the public stage to join Kasrils and Matlala-Routledge asking voters not to vote, or not to vote for the ANC in the forthcoming elections. The background check on Tutu has revealed that he was never an ANC member. His, as all other votes, are secret.

Recalled former president Thabo Mbeki had challenged bishop Tutu not to masquerade as an ANC member. Can Tutu confirm that he was ever a member of the ANC? Did he not spearhead the disinvestment campaign in the 1980s, which went straight against the ANC’s economic policy for South Africa? Who really benefitted from Tutu’s call to disinvest with a subsequent economic scorched earth?

Yet, the corporate mainstream media presents Tutu as their demi-god, actually misrepresenting him as a member of the ANC with huge following.

By not exercising its own journalistic principles, the media is doing its customers a disservice, working as self-righteous hit men and hit women of the media cartel’s owners.

The above researched pattern-analysis finally points to the secret “Sunset Clauses”, which protect many individuals who had infiltrated the movement, as well as structures put in place by the owners of ‘grand apartheid’. According to the CODESA negotiations, the “Sunset Clauses” should now be withdrawn in their entirety in May this year 2014. These secret clauses were jointly put in place by former apartheid president F.W. de Klerk and Joe Slovo. To date, the “Sunset Clauses” have proven to be unfair to the uninformed indigenous voting majority and remain a disservice to South Africa’s democracy. It would explain the concerted efforts to stop the ANC from receiving a two-thirds majority.

Despite all recorded attempts to unsettle the ANC, it would seem that the ruling party could receive a higher than expected voter turnout on May 7 with a countrywide victory between 68% and 72% of the national vote. Countrywide travels from province to province and broad consultations on the ground have led this writer to believe that this is the reality.  

 

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If Wishes Were Horses, Beggars Would Ride

If South Africa’s academic analysts, the corporate media-barons and their friends wish that the ruling African National Congress is on a loosing ticket, not receiving more than 50% of the national vote, it does not mean that the ANC would not get over 50% during the forthcoming elections.

Just three weeks ago the corporate mainstream media and its academic analysts put on their record that the ANC would be the biggest looser, as its voter base is disappointed and angry, particularly at the spending of ZAR246million government incurred for president Jacob Zuma’s private residence, Nkandla.

Much noise was made when the Congress of the People (COPE) broke away from the ANC. The media hailed it as an alternative to the ruling party. Sandton-based Primedia particularly, led by giving COPE huge media coverage.

Meanwhile, leadership differences led COPE to split into many factions. Out of 36 seats in parliament, 23 left COPE to rejoin the ANC.

A countrywide media campaign was rolled out to undermine the ANC. The endless maligning of ANC and country president Jacob Zuma seemed the ticket for all opposition parties, the corporate mainstream media and its academia to win their concocted lottery of horrors. According to them, the ANC remains “leaderless, corrupt and incompetent”, whilst COPE could not do anything wrong, quite similar to Helen Zille and her Democratic Alliance (DA), Mamphela Ramphele and her AGANG SA and many other opposition parties. In fact, the neoliberal media hailed Ramphele as an alternative to Zuma even before the launch of her political party.

Enter Julius Malema and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). They are looked upon as an alternative to the ANCYL.

The voting public would ask, why does the corporate mainstream media fail to query opposition parties on the content of their policies? It is one thing to be a celebrity public speaker. It is quite another to lead an organisation where policies are not clear. Except undermining the persons of president Jacob Zuma, and other ANC leaders, relentlessly attacking the ANC and its government, the local media failed its customers by not informing it on policies.

One had to hold one’s breath when the DA claimed, the ANC has good policies, but suffers from lack of management. No one interrogates those statements. The public out there remains uninformed. It reveals bankruptcy of opposition politics, media and its academic analysts.

What alternatives do the political opposition, academia and corporate mainstream media offer? They failed their customers by not presenting a factual and contextualised diagnostic report and analysis. Critical questioning of the policies of the opposition parties seems to be avoided. South Africa’s mainstream corporate media is the typical US-style of soundbites littered with twisted facts and propaganda.

The media’s general approach to the broad majority of the indigenous population and its leadership has never changed. It remains narrow and shackled. As much as media freedom is proclaimed, the reportage reflects a unanimously wishful opinion of the self-anointed ‘captains of industry’.

The above explains clearly how hapless the media’s customers have become, whilst seeking the truth on the political and economic landscapes. Observing the media, it seems that narratives, script and style are all the same across the media board, as if only one author/editor/publisher writes for and distributes to all of them.

As a result, only the ANC and the government are held to account. This is the correct thing to do. However, what is good for the goose should be good for the gander. The political opposition and the corporations should be equally scrutinised and held to account. But, the contrary seems the case. Opposition leaders have become the darlings of the corporate media.  

The average journalist is unqualified and thinly educated, backed by out-of-touch academics, whose daily focus is to badger the ANC relentlessly since 2009, when Zuma took over from recalled, former president Thabo Mbeki.

The media’s shallow understanding of South Africa’s body politic thus accommodates the likes of former intelligence minister, Ronnie Kasrils, his former colleague, ex-deputy minister Matlala-Routledge and the unretired bishop Desmond Tutu.

As a senior ANC NEC and NWC member put it under the condition of remaining anonymous, “Kasrils and Matlala-Routledge played their role in the liberation movement, but have no vision for the future. Kasrils was known to be a spoilt brat, living in the shadow of Joe Slovo. He frustrated the ANC in exile on all levels.”

Like Tutu’s uninformed and reckless comments on president Robert Mugabe and Zimbabwe, he again enters the public stage to join Kasrils and Matlala-Routledge asking voters not to vote, or not to vote for the ANC in the forthcoming elections. The background check on Tutu has revealed that he was never an ANC member. His, as all other votes, are secret.

Recalled former president Thabo Mbeki had challenged bishop Tutu not to masquerade as an ANC member. Can Tutu confirm that he was ever a member of the ANC? Did he not spearhead the disinvestment campaign in the 1980s, which went straight against the ANC’s economic policy for South Africa? Who really benefitted from Tutu’s call to disinvest with a subsequent economic scorched earth?

Yet, the corporate mainstream media presents Tutu as their demi-god, actually misrepresenting him as a member of the ANC with huge following.

By not exercising its own journalistic principles, the media is doing its customers a disservice, working as self-righteous hit men and hit women of the media cartel’s owners.

The above researched pattern-analysis finally points to the secret “Sunset Clauses”, which protect many individuals who had infiltrated the movement, as well as structures put in place by the owners of ‘grand apartheid’. According to the CODESA negotiations, the “Sunset Clauses” should now be withdrawn in their entirety in May this year 2014. These secret clauses were jointly put in place by former apartheid president F.W. de Klerk and Joe Slovo. To date, the “Sunset Clauses” have proven to be unfair to the uninformed indigenous voting majority and remain a disservice to South Africa’s democracy. It would explain the concerted efforts to stop the ANC from receiving a two-thirds majority.

Despite all recorded attempts to unsettle the ANC, it would seem that the ruling party could receive a higher than expected voter turnout on May 7 with a countrywide victory between 68% and 72% of the national vote. Countrywide travels from province to province and broad consultations on the ground have led this writer to believe that this is the reality.  

 

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Who really grabbed Africa’s land and still does so, regardless?

By Udo W. Froese, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, commenting from Windhoek, Namibia and Harare, Zimbabwe.

The global north is unable to feed itself. This explains the “land acquisition” (sounds better than land grab) for food crops in Africa. The UN body, the ‘Food and Agricultural Organisation’ (FAO) published a report on this trend in December 2009.

The writer/researcher, Thembi Mutch from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, documented in the London based newsmagazine, NewAfrican, “Rural land grabs in sub-Saharan Africa force peasant farmers into ghettos in cities where jobs are scarce – which will only contribute to further food shortages and crisis in the future.”

Such ruthless foreign land grabs cause imminent abject poverty and starvation of continental proportions.

Mutch observes further, “In many African countries there are no mechanisms to monitor land appropriation. Although there are public protectors, an auditor general, anti-corruption units and other controlling mechanisms in place, it is easy to bypass them: they monitor only government and donor money, not private investment.”

It means, the purchase of land in sub-Saharan Africa will not end. This will lead to further disenfranchisement of already disadvantaged indigenous Africans in their own land on their own continent. They remain hopeless, starving third-class citizens.

In her article on ‘land grabbing’ in Africa in the newsmagazine, NewAfrican, Thembi Mutch writes, “A whole new industry has sprung up, including commodities and futures trading on African land and water rights, and with it, there has been a concomitant rise in investment firms, many based in the UK, who actively promote partnerships between private companies and brokers based in sub-Saharan Africa.”

“The British firm, Silverstreet Capital, boasts about its ability to buy up African farms and “boost productivity” by, among other things, abandoning “till” farming – i.e., farming by hand. Smallholding African farmers are at the bottom of the pile. Land acquisition is attracting new players. For example, the Rockefeller/Gates Foundation/USAID partnership is working with Monsanto – USD$150 million will be invested by them into an “Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa” (AGRA) project,” Thembi Mutch explains.

Global land grabbers of huge tracts of African soil include the likes of US, British and European billionaires, the Saudi Arabian government and the Sultan of Brunei for their private use only and without access for the local population. They do not carry Africa’s interests. Those well-heeled foreigners arrange themselves through their elites on the ground. They receive tax breaks and exemptions, repatriations of profits, additional free land and water concessions.

As Mutch documents in her research, published in the NewAfrican, “The issue is not necessarily the purchasing. It is the levels of secrecy, the lack of templates or agencies monitoring how the (indigenous) people who already live on the land, will be dealt with.”

It gets worse. “Numerous “pioneering” Dutch and Swedish farmers are keen to use areas in Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Uganda for biofuels experimentation. The needs of smallholders are sidelined. They are viewed only as potential cultivators for an industry that is still trying out seeds, growing methods and approaches,” as observed by Thembi Mutch.

The above documented research should be one of the priorities of the African Union (AU), Ecowas and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in order to stem the resultant high unemployment, abject poverty, starvation and the destabilisation of a whole continent.

Farayi Nziramasanga in Harare, Zimbabwe, summed up the actions of the new breed of African leadership in the newsmagazine, NewAfrican, writing, “Over the past couple of decades, nationalist leadership with a pan-African perspective has been replaced by “new democrats” supported by the (international) West. These donor-funded client-leaders have a local focus and dare not annoy their funders. They owe their elevation and sustenance to foreign interests, who in turn dictate policy.”

Addressing the role of the AU, Nziramasanga, writes, “Our power as a continent lies in us being able to speak with one voice and act in unison on issues of (African) continental interest. And, Nigeria and South Africa have to shed the illusion of continental giants – they are not and never will be.”

It is important for Africa to understand its position and the foreign interests, the real role, for example, of the US’s continental ‘Africa Command’, ‘Africom’ and its proxies. This should also mean, the role of South Africa’s former cabinet minister, dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma occupying the chair of the African Union, is to understand and accept it as her primary task “to pull the Africa-wide power into a continental force for the advancement of Africa-wide interests.”

Leaders, who secretly sell the birthright of their supporters for a bowl of soup, commit the serious crime of High Treason and should be held accountable by the structures of their countries, their regions and finally, the AU. Africa should view the outsourcing of its land as a criminal offense.

“Western capitalism arose through strong government for the economy and for accessing the resources in the global South (which continuous to this day),” are the final words of Thembi Mutch, the author of the feature in the magazine, NewAfrican, “Land grabbing, a growing menace”.

Forget the European ICC in the Netherlands. Cut ties with it. Africa has no option, but to re-establish itself, its land, its wealth and its own souvereign courts.

End.

 

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is moving on.

By Udo W. Froese, independent political- and socio-economic analyst and columnist.

The world followed live television footage how a group of young supporters of the ANC Youth League leader, Julius Malema, violently clashed with the police, breaking down barbed wire barricades that surrounded the head quarters of the ruling ANC in Johannesburg’s inner city.

Meanwhile, it is learnt that the crowd on Tuesday morning in a part of Johannesburg’s CBD was not more than 600, of which just over a hundred were actual ANCYL members. The rest were recruited at some of the schools. The majority of the unruly crowd was no part of the ANC and its Youth League.

The ANC, the ANC’s provincial branches of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu/Natal and Free State, the ANC War Veterans, the COSATU president as well as the youth wing of the new political party that split from the ANC, COPE, condemned Tuesday’s unruly action. Others would have followed by Monday, September 5, 2011.

And, local political analysts described these young vandals as “the unemployed, restless, helpless and hopeless”.

The ANCYL president and his executive appeared in front of the National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) of South Africa’s ruling party at the ANC Head Quarters, Luthuli House in Johannesburg.

The accusations are that Malema and his executive are charged with “sowing divisions within the ANC, disrupting an ANC meeting of the top six officials and having called for a regime change in neighbouring Botswana led by Lt. Gen. President Ian Khama, bringing the ANC into disrepute”. The charges were not withdrawn, as pushed for by Malema’s legal team. Additional charges could follow those after Tuesday’s (August 30, 2011) violent behaviour in the streets of the city of Johannesburg.

In the dark days of South Africa’s racist colonial-apartheid, the late father of the incumbent president of Botswana, Sir Seretse Khama, then president, lent his protection to the ANC.

Prior to the above, reports have been leaked to the media about a leadership struggle within the ANC. There seems to be a plan in place to oust president Jacob Zuma at next year’s summit in Bloemfontein, as mentioned in previous columns.

The local and international media inflated the importance of such rebellious divisions and internal power struggles within the ANC, as well as the image of the ANCYL.

Minister of Human Settlement and ANC NEC member, Tokyo Sexwale, was the most vocal in denying the contents of those leaked reports. In time however, those reports proved to have substance.

Sexwale is particularly popular with the white community. He was the first Premier of the Gauteng Province, the country’s wealthiest and most industrialised province. However, then president Nelson Mandela cut his term of office short. That was in the latter half of the 1990s. Sexwale left office as a poor man. Today, he is a billionaire businessman, profiting from the country’s ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ (BEE) policies.

Certain senior party members, who allegedly seem to be working against ANC president Zuma include Tokyo Sexwale, Minister in the Cabinet for Human Settlement; Mathews Phosa, ANC Treasurer; Paul Mashathile, Minister of Arts and Culture; Fikile Mbalula, Minister of Sport; former Deputy Minister for Finance, Jabu Molekethi; even former president Thabo Mbeki; the Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel and ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema and their teams and followers.

Meanwhile, it is picked up in the local media, quoting reliable senior sources, that Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency and former Minister of Finance under re-called former president Thabo Mbeki, has had an offer from the political opposition, Democratic Alliance (DA), to lead that party. So, Trevor Manuel could be going the same route as former PAC executive member, Patricia de Lille, current mayor of Cape Town as senior DA member.

Whilst President Jacob Zuma was on official visit in Norway and his Deputy, Kgalema Mothlanthe, in Guinea Bissau, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe acted as head-of-state. At that time, the disciplinary hearing of Malema and his co-accused from the Youth League took place.

The ANC seems factionalised. One of the questions is, is former and re-called president Thabo Mbeki on a come-back-trail? He could very well be. His chances however, are far too remote.

His brother, Moeletsi Mbeki, praised the young ANCYL president as being a good orator and charismatic, claiming that no one else has Malema’s talents. Others differ from his view though, insisting that Moeletsi Mbeki’s capacities as political commentator were always overrated.

Young Julius Malema hired the legal services of Dali Mpofu, former, fired SABC Group CEO, and Patrick Mtshaulana, who had defended Malema before. Malema and his legal team would want to drag the process of such disciplinary action out, despite the assurance that they would want a speedy verdict, taking the history of Mpofu and Mtshaulana into consideration.

Meanwhile, the charges were not dismissed. In fact, it now seems that additional charges of unruly, undisciplined and destructive behaviour by the followers in Johannesburg’s CBD would be added.

The local media further reported on Julius Malema’s amassed wealth, referring to a house of ZAR16 million he is building in the posh Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, a house he is constructing for his grandmother in the northern South African province of Limpopo and his farm, also in the Limpopo province, his expensive taste for wristwatches and clothes and elaborate parties. Malema confidently announced at a media conference that whatever he earned and still does is done legally and legitimately. He invited the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to investigate his assets. In that case the law would be taking its course, if there were a case.

The charges against the ANCYL president and his executive seem fair, although his legal team insists on the opposite. This might delay the ANC disciplinary committee’s findings until next week Wednesday, September 7, 2011. If there would however be any delays, they could buy time to mobilise support and strategise a counter-offensive against the ANC mother body, its disciplinary committee and president Jacob Zuma.

Julius Malema and his executive would be suspended without a doubt, if not expelled. This would get him out of the public domain and at the same time, would not make him a victim, or martyr. His critics say he might even loose his credibility and sympathy. It had been quiet around Malema until the AfriForum trial against his and his followers’ singing of “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer”. During that court hearing Malema re-emerged.

Like president Jacob Zuma, Julius Malema is a populist, although his support seems to have dwindled, observing the turnout of supporters on Friday, September 2, 2011, when the ANC’s National Disciplinary Committee (NDC) announced its rejection of the dismissal of the charges. If he is found guilty and if he becomes the fall guy, he would have to return to his home base in the northern province of Limpopo, re-strengthening his position as a member of the youth league, re-establishing the support of his constituency. This would cost time.

For ANCYL president Julius Malema it is a ‘make-or-break’ situation, if he has not already lost his position in a struggle to oust president Zuma. For South Africa and the ruling ANC’s president Jacob Zuma this is enforcing his control and power.

If Malema succeeds, the entire leadership will have no further secure positions within the organisation. If Zuma succeeds, he will have secured not only his position, but entrenched his power further. His second term in office should now be more secure than before.

It has become clearer by Friday, September 2, 2011, that ANC- and South African president Jacob Zuma will succeed. At the same time, it could be very cold in the political wilderness for Julius Malema, if decides to leave the ANC and possibly start an own political movement and/or party without an infrastructure and serious funding. He made it clear that he would never leave the ANC though.

It should be taken into mature and informed consideration that South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) in 2011 is not the ANC of pre-1990.

The ANC today is the ruling party of a democratic South Africa with governing responsibilities, part of a South Africa as member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the Rand Monetary Area (RMA), the African Union (AU), the United Nations Organisation (UNO) with additional responsibilities and tasks. Its president is South Africa’s Head-of-State and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

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Propaganda, Media, Regime Change, South Africa and the Myth of a South African Powerhouse – a reality check.

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

Adolf Hitler’s propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels declared, if you have to use a lie to propagate your course, you would have to repeat it more often than possible and use the established mainstream media to turn it into a publicly acceptable truth.

A key CIA informer, Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, admitted he lied about his allegations that Iraq had “weapons-of-mass-destruction”. He proudly announced that he would lie again to “bring democracy to the people of Iraq”.

When the international West unleashed its war against the people of Iraq, this deliberately unscrupulous and intentional lie for “democracy” cost over a million innocent human lives. “Weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD)” was the popular media propaganda to motivate that Holocaust. The international West’s “war correspondents” became “embedded to be able to report from the front” meaning, openly travelling in and reporting from US/UK tanks, armoured vehicles and military bases.

In Shakespeare’s English it is said, “all is fair in love and war”. You could add, the first victim in every war is the truth. Today’s global media often refers to “sweet, sweet lies and the ugly truth”.

Life’s experience taught this columnist that the victim of the propagated lie, cunningly packaged as truth, becomes its most ferocious defender and would die defending it.

A Savage War For” Peace and Democracy” assisted by a Global Propaganda War.

The destabilisation of North African countries and the Mid East, including Libya, was clearly explained in the international Western media networks. CNN, BBCW, SKY NEWS, EUROPE NEWS, AL JAZEERA, South Africa’s electronic media with the support of the print media, sang in unison from ‘the same hymnbook and from the same page’, as guided by former US president George W. Bush Jr. and France’s head-of-state, Nicolas Sarkozy, at a Breton Woods summit in 2008.

The global mainstream media describe the uprisings in North Africa and the Mid East as the “Arab Spring”, lauding the “people’s peaceful drive for democracy”, throwing their weight behind rebels that were described as “pro-democracy change agents” and condemning the heads-of-state and their governments as “corrupt dictators” at the same time.

Today, these countries and their people suffer the consequences. They find themselves in a daily struggle for survival to feed themselves, not being able to eat their freshly fought for “democracy”.

Yet, the same media refuses to report on the nationwide unrests in Israel, where over 350 000 Israelis protest against Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government. Israel rebels against huge prize hikes and an exorbitantly high cost of living.

The courageous former South African journalist, Paula Slier, reports on those uprisings daily for over three weeks. Slier is now based in Israel.

The international West’s media analysts and geo-political commentators openly admitted that their intelligence forces had prepared those “regime changes”, in some cases for over a period of twenty years, immediately after the “Cold War”. The foreign intelligence services issued the “peace-loving, pro-democracy protestors” with arms and ammunition, uniforms, ration packs and military hardware and guidance. In the case of Libya, they created a new, national bank overnight. Libya’s oil is a major motivator.

The organisation of the “pro-democracy change agents” was made possible through the media and modern-day high technology telecoms, which include social networking sites such as “Twitter”, “FaceBook” and “MySpace”. The “Blackberry’s” sophisticated technology BBM is of assistance too. So is money, lots of it.

Above-mentioned are the same technological mechanisms and tactics used to enforce US/UK/EU/Israel/Canadian/Australian/New Zealand led “globalisation”. A seriously funded “civil society” uses the above-mentioned for their agenda of “regime change” and creating parallel government structures to governments in Third World- and African countries.

The UN Security Council, which includes South Africa, gave NATO the green light to invade Libya’s airspace. They bombed Libya to pieces. It seems, South Africa’s decision to go with the international West’s decision against Libya – a fellow African country and member of the AU – will haunt president Zuma and the ANC-led government for time to come.

Is it not the case that an irrevocably bankrupt international West without any vision has declared a covert war against China, Russia and Iran?  It is this reason for hitting on those small countries to clear North Africa and the Mid East in order to keep the feared forces out of the Mediterranean area. At the same time, countries that have economic and business relations with China, Russia and Iran are destabilised whilst their political leadership would be taken to the neo-colonial International Crimes Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europe.

Syria, for example, is said to suffer at the hands of foreign interests, because of its relationship with Iran. Powerful international Western countries mentioned to undermine Syria are the USA, Israel, Saudi Arabia and possibly also latecomer, Turkey.

US Secretary-of-State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton, called for economic and financial sanctions against Syria. She urged China, Russia and India at the same time to immediately stop trading with Syrian oil, as they are major investors in Syria’s oil industry. Clinton is perceived to command the real power in Washington DC.

South Africa’s media shows its undemocratic, neo-liberal one-sidedness too.

Two seasoned columnists expressed their opinions in one of South Africa’s newspapers. They were published and fired. One humorously described the behaviour of the people of mixed race (called Coloureds in SA). The other writer criticised an editor of a Sunday newspaper, at the same time defending the leader of the African National Congress’s Youth League (ANCYL), Julius Malema. Both writers are black-African South Africans.

On the one hand, the ruling ANC’s tripartite partner, COSATU, and South Africa’s “civil society” viciously attack the governments of neighbouring Swaziland and Zimbabwe, more particularly King Mswati III and President Robert G. Mugabe. Zealously committed opposition political parties-, the international Western- and their media support are tirelessly at work reporting negatively on Swaziland and Zimbabwe, pushing for “regime change” in both countries.

On the other hand, when the ANCYL and Malema vocalise their support of a “regime change” in neighbouring Botswana, the same ANC, “civil society” and certain minority groups expect the ANC leadership to fire the youth league leader. One would expect, what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.

Following could be contributing reasons for ANCYL call for a “regime change” in Botswana.

Some nine years ago media- and political analysts described Botswana as the ‘Trojan Horse’ in the SADC region, because of its US American airbase, US satellite command and monitoring station and regular joint military manoeuvres with the US army in Botswana. Even Israeli forces were mentioned to be present in Botswana, a country ruled by President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama, Commanding Officer of the Botswana Armed Forces and former Minister of Defence.

In those years Botswana’s presidential spokesman was also identified as a US citizen, who advised Botswana’s head-of-state then to withdraw from the unanimous SADC decision to bring Zimbabwe back into the ranks of the British Commonwealth at its summit in Abuja, Nigeria, in December 2003.

Khama hosted Zimbabwe’s MDC-T president, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai and his colleague, Tendai Biti, today Minister of Finance in Harare. They claimed that they had to fear for their lives. Then Khama publicly criticised neighbouring Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe and the ruling ZANU-PF.

The above-mentioned developments and the setting up of the US’s AFRICA COMMAND (AFRICOM) in Botswana and Namibia do not seem to have created a sense of security among SADC members.

Bankrupt propaganda mechanism protecting same old status quo.

In South Africa too the media ‘sings from the same hymnbook and from the same page’ – a happy collusion between the owners and shareholders of the publishing companies, the advertising industry and the “captains of industry”. This small elite has often been described as an “incestuous family of inhumane and greedy oligarchs”, “enemies of democracy” and interested in profits only by furthering structured poverty among the majority of the country’s and the regions’ population. From the onset, those few oligarchs paid for and benefited from colonial-apartheid. It worked for their interest. They never had to answer to anyone for their unscrupulous vice-grip on people’s lives and their future. On the contrary, they benefited hugely from an ANC-led government in a “new” South Africa. This is described as “free market economy”, based on international Western neo-liberal capitalism. A better description would be “centralised corporatisation” and “neo-fascism”, the same side of the same coin.

Two media houses have embarked on a national campaign of “Lead SA”. That campaign focuses on fixing of potholes, driving with lights-on during the day, anti-crime and pro-police support, a positive input into the daily lives of South Africans etc. for now, to establish itself in the public domain. It is to popularise their nation-wide drive for “Lead SA”.

The same media company’s talk-radios employ hosts and research teams that openly promote “regime change” through “peaceful, pro-democracy, protests” in Zimbabwe and Swaziland, calling on their listeners to “assist” their neighbours with efforts for a “regime change”.

This columnist called in to inform the host, her team and the station that such propaganda-for-destabilisation in souvereign, neighbouring countries is illegitimate, possibly illegal and unconstitutional. The producer demanded, what statement would have to be made on air. However, when told this would not be the case, the producer insisted that the caller should promote same pro-democratic call for interference in souvereign neighbours and members of the SADC. This writer stood his ground. The producer hung up.

The media’s “Lead SA” campaign seems quite similar to the “pro-democracy” forces in northern Africa and the Mid East, being used to ferment civil unrest in souvereign neighbouring countries to assist with “regime change”. Besides the modern technology of mobile phones and computers, could such media not also be used for a similar “regime change” in South Africa under president Jacob Zuma and the ruling ANC?

Both media companies are foreign owned and controlled. One knighted British subject and media baron, former rugby player, Sir Tony O’Reilly, and the other, the Kirsch family together with a local trade union fund, to give it local credibility. It is seriously alleged that the latter deploys a former member of SA’s colonial-apartheid tri-cameral parliament under the late P. W. Botha for the minority Indian population group, Yussuf Ambramjee to head “Lead SA”.

Democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of association seem seriously limited in South Africa. In fact, those democratic developments are now under threat.

South Africa’s media ombudsman, Joe Thloloe, seems just too happy with the state of affairs of such bigotry and repeated contradictions. So seems the South African National Editors’ Forum (SANEF). So seem the media barons and their minions. So seems the general public, who have access to that media, which happens to make out hardly five percent of the total population of South Africa. It is that small minority only that can afford the media and the high costs of modern technology.

The established right-wing South African daily newspaper, ‘The Citizen”, remains in national circulation, despite it having been set up with stolen tax funds from the public during the colonial-apartheid regime. This newspaper was funded and launched in the 1970s by colonial-apartheid’s dr. rugby, dr. Louis Luyt and the notorious Department of Information under Minister dr. Connie Mulder and his director, dr. Eschel Rhoodie.

The editor of South Africa’s Sunday publication, “City Press”, is of Indian background. She edited the elitist investigative weekly journal, “Mail & Guardian” before. “City Press” is geared for an elite black-African market.

During one of the local radio talk shows, a caller from Soweto complained on air, that to make a person from a different, un-indigenous minority group editor of a publication, that markets itself as a “black-African newspaper” for a miniscule middle-class black-African readership is historically, culturally and traditionally off the mark, as such editor would simply not be able to understand its clientele at all.

The reputation of the Sunday publication “City Press” seems to be that of a provocateur and chief whip to streamline national thinking behind the same old status quo and agenda, discussed only behind closed doors. Meanwhile, the same powerful individuals, who own Nasionale Pers, Media 24, MNET-MultiChoice, seem to collude with and be behind the AVUSA Publishing Group and E-tv.

On the other hand, PrimeMedia and Independent Newspaper Group add their weight to the same cause, having created their “pro-democracy Lead SA” programme. That leaves the public broadcaster, the SABC, and the new daily newspaper, New Age, as the only two media organs not yet part of the national media strategies.

This writer’s column was published in the weekly “City Press” where he also wrote in defence of souvereignity, independence, democracy, tolerance and respect, understanding real African leaders such as Robert Mugabe, Sam Nujoma, Winnie Mandela, Chris Hani, Steve Biko, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Ahmed Ben Bella and many unsung heroes of the Pan-African, anti-colonial-apartheid-settler struggle and their cause.

The former editor then had the decency to call the writer, informing him that the Group CEO of Nasionale Pers/Media 24, who owns and publishes “City Press”, Koos Bekker, had told him telephonically to drop this columnist immediately, because of his analysis. But, no official reasons were given. That was in 2003, well into the “new, democratic” South Africa and Bishop Tutu’s “rainbow nation”.

Shortly thereafter this writer was published in the “Sowetan Sunday World”. This too was short lived. The analytical exposure of the geo-strategic position and the role of Botswana in the SADC and the former senior member of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), Patricia de Lille, today Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor of Cape Town and other such exposures were just too much for the editor and his publisher.

Saving Democracy in South- and Southern Africa.

The owners of the Fourth Estate should be identified for the public and held responsible to lead by example, respecting democracy, souvereignity, media freedom, freedom of speech and freedom of association. At the same time they should be stopped through a media-watchdog to collude as transpired for example, when the enemies of president Jacob Zuma together with certain editors built a case against the incumbent president. Particularly the media should be transparent, working with government and the public.

The media’s meddling in power politics, continuous attempts in character assassination, misrepresentation of facts, contradictions, using the law and “human rights” in its favour to achieve its goals and its overall bigotry are all equal to the evil ‘blood libel’ of well paid agents-of-confusion.

As in neighbouring SADC member countries, South Africa’s ruling ANC would be well advised to set up its own national daily newspaper and become part of the regional initiative of establishing a regional weekend newspaper and add a weekly ANC party newspaper to compete with the private media. Such effort would be able to balance the media industry of South Africa and the SADC region. This form of responsible leadership would not tolerate fear or favour.

“Continental Powerhouse” – Fact or Propaganda?

In conclusion, former South African president Thabo Mbeki defined the country realistically. He described it as two societies located in the south of the African continent: (i) one majority black-African, represented by the ruling ANC, but with no access to the economy, to banks and land, to proper education – thus, historically exposed to structured poverty and (ii) the other well-to-do minority Caucasian, Eurocentric owners of the economy, most of who already had shifted their head offices and capital to the City of London under the banner of “globalisation”.

As soon as black-African South Africans show a serious interest at becoming part of the mining-, banking-, agricultural- and land sectors, its current owners and shareholders threaten a full-scale economic war, claiming as always foreign investment would stop immediately and jobs would be lost, as if black-African South Africans ever had any benefits from foreign capital. They would have to be content with a neo-liberal democracy.

For all the above-mentioned reasons, it would not make sense to perceive South Africa as a “power house of Africa”. It is however good propaganda, which suits the real owners of the status quo.

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