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.

End.

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.  

 

Twitter handle: @theotherafrika

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.  

 

Twitter handle: @theotherafrika

Special Exposé: South Africa, disingenuous attempts to hide morals and truth.

AFRIKA: THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN.

Special Exposé: South Africa, disingenuous attempts to hide morals and truth.

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

 

Out with the old, in with the old. Well, the war has never ended. The onslaught to break up and destroy the African National Congress has been moved from the old military war during the times of the “cold war” to the levels of immorality and propaganda. The factual history is deliberately not only ignored. It is re-written. This time it is based on disinformation, gossip, hearsay, urban legends and dubious leaks.

The country’s corporate mainstream media hails archbishop Desmond Tutu, dr. Mamphela Rampele, Mosiuoa Lekota, the Pityana brothers, Zwelinzima Vavi, institutionalised and mischievous academic analysts and some miniscule political opposition leaders as moral apostles, condemning the ruling ANC as having “lost the moral compass” and being “leaderless”.

It would be interesting to know why former close friends and comrades, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma fell out. Why would Thabo Mbeki want to send his former friend and comrade to prison? Which line did Zuma cross to be haunted since 2003? Why that extraordinary focus on one man and his leadership team?

The answer why Jacob Zuma remains in the focus of propagandist attacks.

Re-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma reaffirmed the power of the ANC branches countrywide at the ruling party’s historic Conference in Mangaung in December 2012. In other words, the power of the branches that had been manipulated and whittled away by Thabo Mbeki was rebuilt under the rule of Jacob Zuma.

The recalled, former president of the ANC and of South Africa had exposed the ruling party and its history to the damaging sabotage of the “former” enemy. If Mbeki had succeeded to receive a third term in office, the branches would have ceased to exist.

In addition to having had to allow the collapse of notorious forces such as the Special Branch (SB) of the former South African Police Force; others such as the disbanded police unit, Koevoet (Crowbar) in Namibia; the covert arm of the former apartheid defence force’s military intelligence (MI), the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) as well as members of the former ruling party of colonial-apartheid South Africa, by then the New National Party (NNP), a huge army of informers was deployed into the ANC. This was terrifying as it was undermining. It was a different warfare that was rolled out in the 1980s. The ANC’s moral high ground has since been under attack. It is a destructive plan with no respect for life and one goal only – the total destruction of the ANC.

Non-heroes traded as “struggle icons”.

Let us line up the moral high priests of the corporate media, the architects of apartheid, or captains of industry, the churches and civil society.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond P. Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1995. Tutu had the power to investigate all areas and levels of the former apartheid regime, which the United Nations had declared as ‘a crime against humanity’.

Tutu’s commissioners should have asked from the onset, why apartheid was defined as ‘a crime against humanity’? In other words, what exactly it did to earn that international outrage? What damages were meted out against human beings in and from South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe? The apartheid regime under the cloak of that so-called “cold war” had killed about 15 million indigenous Africans.

The disrespect for human life based on race and colour of the skin was evident in the farm killings, at the work place, in the jails and in the mines. So were and still are the daily humiliations. When indigenous Africans failed to produce their ID, they were detained and sold on to farmers for cheap labour. They were killed mercilessly.

For example, under colonial-apartheid black men had to get to the notorious pass office in number 80 Albert Street in Johannesburg’s inner city in order to receive their passes. There they had to strip naked in front of a handful of white staff, including young white women, to be “medically inspected”.

Does this not remind one of that so-called piece of art, exposing the genitals of re-elected President Jacob Zuma, exhibited in the Goodman gallery in Johannesburg’s suburb of Rosebank in May 2012? Are those the hailed “freedom of expression”, “freedom of the media”, “freedom of association” and whatever else those “freedoms” might be called? It seems rather like character assassination. It is an abuse of democracy.

The victims of that godless and heartless crime of apartheid received a mere thirty thousand Rand for what they had to endure.

Archbishop Tutu never dealt with any of those crimes against humanity neither did his TRC. In fact, Tutu never queried, nor exposed the heart of apartheid, the ‘Afrikaaner Broederbond (ABB)’, which had brought apartheid into the church. The archbishop never addressed the mentality of the agents of apartheid, their laws and their judiciary. It is on record that the judiciary supported the Afrikaaner Broederbond (ABB) and the apartheid laws, implementing laws without questioning them.

Some of the same judges sit in the Constitutional Court, High Courts, Supreme Courts and the Appeal Court, pretending to be the white knights in shining armour to the general public.

Today it is clear that the TRC was merely used to cover up the crimes of apartheid instead of exposing them. To this day, South Africans are still paying dearly for it when they are being confused to accept abuse in the form of so-called democratic “freedoms” of the media, arts, cartoonists and satirists. To this day indigenous Africans are being humiliated and undermined. The attempts to undermine the leadership of the ANC and government as part of the build-up to the ANC Conference in Mangaung by the corporate media, banks, industry, churches and civil society is a case in point. Their paymasters in the shadows have not yet come out. It is crucial to follow the money trail.

It is known fact that archbishop Desmond Tutu was never a member of the ANC. When he travelled to Oslo, Norway, in December 1984, his entourage did not include any ANC members. Most of them belonged to the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM).

The archbishop did nothing to expose and thus, to curb such abuse. He was unable and not prepared to unify South Africa. Tutu’s legacy is based on massive media propaganda. Many indigenous African leaders in South Africa and in the rest of this continent describe the archbishop as a “confidence trickster and limelight addict”. Tutu’s public announcement that he would pray for the downfall of the ANC and its government is on record. His hateful criticism of the ruling party is known.

Some of the most senior ANC NEC and ANC NWC members told this writer; “History will never absolve archbishop Desmond Tutu for what he has done, when he legitimised apartheid’s crimes against humanity.”

The media’s other moral apostle is dr. Mamphela Ramphele. She serves as chairperson on the board of Goldfields Mining, advocating the mechanisation of the mining industry in South Africa. In other words, with her guidance mineworkers will loose their jobs. As a “struggle icon”, Ramphele never spoke out against the amoral hostels, mining companies had set up for their labour force.

Of course, it would be in the public interest why dr. Ramphele earned her status as a “struggle icon” in South Africa’s media, because she is known to have committed adultery with the murdered BCM leader, Steve Bantu Biko. The BCM leader was a married man with children when Ramphele had an affair with him. They have a son, Hlumelo Biko, who was born out of wedlock after Biko’s death.

Liberals, political opposition, civil society and the media packaged dr. Mamphela Ramphele as moralist, telling South Africa to aspire to her moral regeneration. The delegates at the ANC Conference in December 2012 in Mangaung openly criticised dr. Ramphele, “She is no benchmark of moral standards. Dr. Ramphele is not a member of the ANC, has no credibility and no following.”

The Pityana brothers, Barney and Sipho, were described as “definitely not true-blue ANC cadres, who joined the movement later. “They originate from the Black Consciousness,” this writer was informed.

Barney Pityana was in the leadership of the BCM. The Pityana brothers, the “Anyone But Zuma (ABZ)” group inside the ANC, as well as those who left with the Congress of the People (COPE) after Polokwane in December 2007, are all part of recalled, former “president Thabo Mbeki’s inner circle”. “They have no credibility and carry no weight within the ANC”, senior members of the ruling party explained. Mbeki seems to continue to be politically very active through his minions.

The leader of the Congress of the People (COPE), Mosiuoa (Terror) Lekota’s character and political understanding could be summed up through his associations.

A respected senior ANC NEC member explained, “We had to warn Lekota about some of the company he kept then.” He also said, ”Lekota tried to infiltrate the ANC and failed. He now tries to break up the ANC and will fail again, no matter how noisy and confrontational he is in Parliament and the media.”

From the above research and analysis, Thabo Mbeki’s associations are indeed clear too.

 

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An example of South Africa’s Media Spin. An Open Letter.

The Editor,

The article written by Stephen Grootes on your page 3 of Business Day, Monday, 7 January 2013, cannot go unchallenged.

Grootes wrote under the headline, “Disaffection in the inner circles of the ANC”, that “more stinging criticism over time” from “several high-profile individuals such as Jay Naidoo, Mamphela Rampele, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, former ANC member and now Congress of the People leader Mosiuoa Lekota, Barney and Sipho Pityana” would come forward. Those names according to Grootes are part of the “inner circles of the ANC”. Also, “they have in common that none of them was closely associated with President Jacob Zuma …”.

Does it mean that President Zuma is not part of those “inner circles of the ANC”? Grootes writes on that “in the public eye, their history gives them legitimacy” when criticizing Zuma. “They cannot be written off as aggrieved because they were all opponents of the apartheid regime.” Lauding those ‘legitimate voices of criticism’ of Zuma, Grootes speculates that “their criticism appears to stem from a genuine concern for country and people.” And then, “This means they cannot be accused of having a political agenda.”

He further shows his misled logic by stating at the end of his speculative article, “This is likely to lead to more such individuals emerging with sharper and more stinging criticism.” Neither Tutu, who was never an ANC member, nor Ramphele, nor Naidoo, nor Lekota, nor the Pityana brothers were ever part of the “inner circles of the ANC”.

In fact, it would have been responsible had the writer of that article done his research. He would have been able to establish that the names he used, jumping to claim their impeccable history, hardly have any support among the branches, nor the rank and file of literally the majority of delegates present at Mangaung to write of. They did not have the majority support, nor do they have it, nor will they. Their “stinging criticism” therefore will be heard on a corporate media platform and among its customers only. 

Such speculative, misleading and possibly even mischievous media analysis has led to many South Africans not to have been able to sense the mood leading up to Manguang among the ANC at large. And, the media attended the ANC conference. Despite its wrongful and flawed reporting over a lengthy period, the corporate media still sticks to its leaks and gossip. 

Why would you get it so wrong all the time?

The Dark Side of the Media is its steering of News and Current Affairs in 2013/2014 and beyond

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

 6 January 2013

The dark side of the media is that it is the public platform for the age-old attempt to influence the general public, its client base. Its hidden agenda is to propagandise corporatisation, the only acceptable way forward as part of global capitalism.

Terms such as “embedded journalists”, “academic analysts”, committed to some cause of democracy or another, re-defining popular concepts like ‘democracy’, ‘freedom’, ‘choice’, ‘reform’, ‘regime and regime change’, ‘impartiality’, ‘objectivity’ and ‘balance’ is standard practice, reinforced by the access to the facility of technology and the illusion of a “free flow of information”. This means in reality, more media owned by ever fewer conglomerates. This has led to the severe limitation of open public debate and its general participation.

Professor John Pilger, author of the book, “Hidden Agendas” documents, “There is strong evidence that the public has intuitive concerns about the secret laws of media power and its influence over and intrusions in their lives.”

Well-known British journalist, Robert Fisk, commented in one of his columns in The Independent, writing about the so-called “Arab Spring” in North Africa and the Mid East, referring to Syria and quoting Western media, “Syria’s rebels were always “closing in” on Homs, the Damascus, the Aleppo, then Damascus again. The West supported the rebels. Money and guns aplenty came from Qatar and Saudi Arabia (also from Turkey, Israel, Afghanistan and Iraq, this writer), moral support from Obama, Clinton, the pathetic Hague (in the Netherlands), (France’s new president) Hollande, the whole factory of goodness – until, inevitably, it turned out that the rebels contained rather a lot of Salafists, executioners, sectarian killers (also mercenaries, this author) and in one case (possible more than one, this writer), a teenage head-chopper who behaved rather like the ruthless regime they were fighting.”

In 2001 already, John Pilger wrote in an article referring to the war in Afghanistan that caused a stir in the self-proclaimed international West, under the title, “This war is a farce”, “The war against terrorism is a fraud. After three weeks’ bombing not a single terrorist implicated in the attacks on the US has been caught or killed in Afghanistan.”

“Instead, one of the poorest, most stricken nations has been terrorised by the most powerful – to the point where US pilots have run out of dubious “military targets” and are now destroying mud huts, a hospital and Red Cross warehouses and lorries, carrying refuges.”

Pilger asked in that article, “Why are cluster bombs being used? They spray hundreds of bomblets that have only one purpose: to kill and maim people. Those that do not explode lie on the ground like landmines, waiting for people to step on them.”

In South and southern Africa the corporate media and its fallacy of “academic analysts” continue to propagate a so-called “North African style Arab Spring”. In fact, 2013 will see a continuation of attacks on the person of the re-elected ANC president, Jacob Zuma, and his leadership. The dubious motive seems to attempt to discredit and destroy South Africa’s ruling party and its government.

A word of advice from senior British journalist, Robert Fisk, for “Middle East potentates, dictators, Western poseurs, television presenters and journos (including ‘academic analysts’, this writer), do not use the following words, or expressions in 2013: moderate, democracy, step down, step aside, tipping point, falling into the wrong hands, closing in, spilling over, options on the table or – terror, terror, terror, terror, terror.”

Fisk then asks, “Too much to hope for? You bet. We’ll even get another load of clichés from the goodness factory to replace those that have already served their purpose.”

And finally, for South Africa and the rest of the region – remember there is indeed a working law in the law book against any destabiliser, local and foreign, committing High Treason through promoting a so-called “North African style Arab Spring”. The corporate media barons should not assist with unsavoury destabilisation attempts, using the electronic and print media.

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“South Africa – a deal gone wrong?”

Afrika: The Other Side of the Coin.

“South Africa – a deal gone wrong?”

By Udo W. Froese in Johannesburg – South Africa; Windhoek – Namibia; Harare – Zimbabwe and Maseru – Lesotho.

Over twenty years ago, on February 11, 1990, South Africa’s retired president and Nobel Peace co-laureate, Nelson R. Mandela, left the colonial-apartheid prison of ‘Victor Verster’ outside Cape Town. South Africans and the international West considered Mandela as the African messiah.

The rest of Africa awaited the outcome from a distance, particularly as time went on and the country’s newfound “freedom” hadn’t accommodated the black majority on its land and in its economy.

In stead, it conveniently passed the buck, insisting that it would take a very long time to correct the wrongs. This means in real terms, it would take forever to accept African-South Africans on their own land, to assist them in their growth from historical victims of colonial-apartheid ‘Bantu education’ to modern day participants in South Africa’s economic growth.

Meanwhile, the 91-year-old international icon, heads the arch-imperial-colonial ‘Rhodes Foundation’, now named the ‘Mandela-Rhodes Foundation’. His statues grace South Africa’s most affluent suburbs in the north of Johannesburg, Sandton, the posh Western Cape Province’s wine hub, Franschhoek, and London’s Hyde Park.

A brief overview since.

Since then, much has not happened in South Africa. It is a country with an internationally negotiated democracy, all the foreign dictated trimmings and a liberal, un-African constitution, hailed as the “best in the world”, versus a centrally ‘colonial-apartheid Caucasian’ owned and controlled economy and its structured poverty for the people.

The international West and its powerful ‘Breton Woods Institutes’ hail South Africa’s economy as ‘on course, strong, stable and well done’. They define the discriminating structures as a “Free Market Economy”.

Whatever that really means … South Africa’s economy could at best be described as an exclusive, oligopolistic, cartelized, warehouse economy. Organised criminal business cartels are allowed to operate without any shame, to the disadvantage of the poor majority as well as to the country’s economy. And, the owners of this economy are well known to manipulate the politics of the day.

The country’s parastatals have also been exposed to, what insider analysts observed as economic sabotage, in order to force privatization.

Profits have always been firmly placed before humans. This means, the well-heeled are on the right side of the law. So much for the ‘rule of law’ and an ‘independent judiciary’ as preached by its owners.

Historically endemic mass unemployment, abject poverty, chronic starvation, rampant HIV Aids and way above-average illiteracy for the majority of South Africans as well as reported crime levels exploited by an equally historic media-propaganda campaign and thin infrastructure – shown off, as the best in Africa – is a popular picture.

This created the perception that all that glitters south of the Limpopo River is well and worth it. Africans from all over the continent flock to this south.

Former president Thabo Mbeki once defined the South African economy as “a country with two economies – one well-functional and owned by the well-to-do white minority and their minions and one poor one, suffered by the black majority”.

The ANC has remained as ‘junior partner’ of the local and global centralized economic structures.

This has led to the vulnerability of the majority of the population and those, who rush down south to escape the unrests and economic hardships in their countries. It so happens that most of them are black Africans. Naturally, this plays into the hands of those with hidden agendas. The people have become restless.

South Africa seems to be held hostage through low-key internal civil strive in the forms of “xenophobia”, “taxi strikes and wars”, country-wide violent “delivery protests” and hundreds of learners gurgling for the blood of some young local Hip-Hop star, who killed four school children and wounded two in a bad drag-racing accident in Soweto.

To add insult to injury, the colonial-apartheid Caucasian Boers (white minorities and their paid up minions) thoroughly exploit a perceived loophole in the constitution, that of “minority rights”. Their attacks on the ANC, its government and its structures as “reverse racists”, “corrupt black Africans, unfit for their positions they now hold, incapable of self-government, let alone governing the country” are strategic, race-based and vicious.

And, they win their days in the courts against popular historic war-songs of the ANC. This flies in the face of “national reconciliation”. They also self-righteously interfere in the basic human rights such as land in souvereign, independent neighbouring African countries, using South Africa’s judiciary.

Those unashamedly proud heirs of colonial-apartheid formed a host of active institutions throughout the country. They have openly declared their war against everything African, claiming their “democratic rights to defend minority rights”.

The role of the media

A hostile, foreign owned and controlled media – some having sold some of their shares to national trade union funds, thus masquerading as South African – has always been historically used to wage a propaganda war-of-attrition in unison with the imperial-colonial-apartheid political opposition against all democratic African liberation movements.

The media and its “civil society”, particularly the “privately” owned right-wing free-to-air television channel, e.tv, and PrimeMedia, regularly show their irresponsible and tendentious hand by fanning the flames of racism.

An over-exaggerated media-hype around the murder of a formerly jailed right-wing fascist-racist in political obscurity, Eugene Terre’Blanche, is a clear case-in-point. A theatrical Terre’Blanche once led an incredulous and miniscule ultra-right white minority, that seemed to have disappeared into the political wilderness.

However, the media seems to now use Terre’Blanche’s murder against the ruling African National Congress and its history.

That same media propaganda campaign went all out to ridicule President Jacob Zuma and reduce him to a buffoon like Idi Amin of South Africa.

Coordinated and structured campaigns of character assassinations of Winnie Mandela, Chris Hani, Namibia’s Sam Nujoma, Swaziland’s King Mswati 111 and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe are cases in point.

The timing of the aforementioned is obvious. All of the above-mentioned is rolled out just before the global FIFA World Cup hosted by South Africa in June/July 2010. Global media focus is on South Africa.

Why would media go out of its way to appeal to the lowest possible common denominator, fanning flames of neo-fascist racism?

The role of Borad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE).

To date, nothing has changed in sunny South Africa, but for some Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Africans (BBBEEA), sitting in boardrooms, being used as shareholders to upkeep the old status quo.

Africans have also been recruited into the newsrooms, thinking and writing exactly what their white predecessors wrote before them. They were created by foreign white capital and made to form the buffer between Black and White.

Without a doubt, it is colonial and race-based and it is deliberately and intentionally undermining not only the ruling ANC, but the ruling SWAPO Party of Namibia, Mozambique’s Frelimo, the governing MPLA of Angola, ZANU-PF in Zimbabwe, as well as Swaziland’s King Mswati III and his government.

There seems an all-out effort to achieve a “new” South Africa under “new” white rule by 2014, this time possibly accepted by South Africa’s angry, hungry and tired black majority, the Southern African Development Community (Sadc), the African Union (AU), as well as the international West.

Imagine, Germans would attempt to further Nazi doctrines and policies after the Nuremberg Trials in post WW2 Germany and the European Union (EU), enjoying foreign funded and directed “civil society’s” propagandistic support?

A legacy deal.

Senior researchers of South African history explain that a transformation in the ANC leadership took place from 1980. Many in the leadership had become over-compromised during talks with a host of imperial colonial-apartheid representatives across the board, South Africa’s powerful foreign owned and controlled industry as well as the international West during the ‘Cold War Era’. It was transformed to a capitalist elite.

The established senior advocate and anti-apartheid veteran, George Bizos, also known as Mandela’s attorney, said on national television in Johannesburg, the “SABC TV 2 Morning Life” programme in the morning of Thursday, February 11, 2010, “Nelson Mandela was the master of his own destiny, of his own life since 1985”.

While Mandela served his time in “Victor Verster” prison outside Cape Town, he had a chef, who cooked for him; free access to his family and the outside world; house attendants; to newspapers, television and radio; flights to Pretoria to meet with then State President P. W. Botha, his Minister of Justice, Kobie Coetzee and the head of National Intelligence Services (NIS), Dr. Niel Barnard, in order to discuss and negotiate.

In other words, Mandela had from 1985 to 1990 – five years before his release – to prepare for the historic leaving of his prison.

Revered late ANC President, Oliver Reginald Tambo, referring to Nelson Mandela’s meetings with the colonial-apartheid regime in the crucial 1980s, observed, “Prisoners can’t negotiate their freedom”. He added saying, “Whilst still in prison, terms and conditions would be laid down to accept and agree on a take-it, or leave-it basis during talks with the regime”.

Tambo remarked during his visit to the ANC camps in exile, “We are singing the same national anthem, raise the same flag and talk about our ANC”.

According to aged ANC veterans, Tambo seemed disturbed about senior members of the leadership, who could have compromised the organisation. He seemed to question whom to trust. This, according to those veterans, eventually led to Tambo’s first stroke.

The final analysis.

The terms “national reconciliation”, “free market economy”, “equality before the law”,  “equal participation” and even “democracy” including the hailed neo-liberal “freedoms” remain an absolute cynical farce for as long as the imperial-colonial-apartheid beneficiaries, their economy, the banking cartel and organised crime structures dictate the terms and conditions for the aforementioned without any compromise, without any access to land and the economy.

To quote Mayer Amschel Rothschild, founder of the Rothschild global banking dynasty: “Give me control of a nation’s money supply, and I care not who makes its laws.”

For as long as Caucasian economic plunder-barons, the  “former” colonial occupiers with all their minority groups, including Indians, insist on being African and in return, Africans remain kept as ‘hewers of wood’ and ‘carriers of water’ with a dysfunctional democracy, no access to their land and the economy, South Africa’s and Africa’s blacks have simply been betrayed. National reconciliation and nation building remain a mirage.

Endemic moral, ethical and intellectual bankruptcy on the one hand and restless anger and frustration on the other seem to be the obvious result. This is reflected in the dealings of every day life.

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