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.

It 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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FNB Joburg Art Fair: Selling the African Birthright

This is an open letter to the Board of First National Bank Limited as sponsors of the Joburg Art Fair; the organisers of the FNB Joburg Art Fair; to the editors of South Africa’s print and electronic media and its Ombudsmen and the City of Johannesburg. The ruling party, the ANC in Luthuli House, the South African government’s line ministries, the headquarters of COSATU and the SACP, as well as the head office of the SADC in Gaborone, Botswana, and all African Embassies, High Commissions, Consulate-Generals and Consulates, have been addressed and copied. 

RE: “ZUMA PAINTING” IS A PROVOCATIVE ACT OF NEO-FASCIST-RACIST CRIME.

Ayanda Mabulu, you have done the unspeakable, like so many of those counter-revolutionaries, mercenaries, drug dealers, gunrunners and warmongers – you have sold your African birthright … and yes, it is worse. You have no shame at all, selling your criminal act, a so-called “painting”, to the owners of houses, only they dare describe as “art galleries”. Together, you then go on to display cowardice, hiding behind over-managed “human rights”, “freedom of speech”, “freedom of expression” and a host of “freedoms”, including South Africa’s judiciary, which you then collectively exploit and hijack.

Mr. Mabulu, you ride on the back of a tired Marikana debacle, which you most likely do not even fully understand, depicting it as “Yakhali ‘inkomo” (Black Man’s Cry), displaying the Head of State and the Commander-in-Chief of the Republic of South Africa and the ruling ANC, Jacob Zuma, at his age of 71 years, a father and grandfather, crushing the head of a striking mineworker under his foot, while Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and her son, Prince Charles, look on from a gallery with blood dripping from the ANC emblem, mounted on top of that painted ‘gallery’.  

Shame on you, for you have sold your birthright for your five minutes of controversial infamy in the media limelight and a few pieces of cheap, blended mock silver. In this context, you have denied yourself the inheritance of being an African, while posing as indigenous “African artist”. This country and this continent are no part of your mindset. You cannot call it your home.

It is clear that the history of the ruling African National Congress and its sacrifices to rid South Africa and the southern African region of – what the United Nations Organisation (UNO) defined as ‘crime against humanity’ – are neither understood, nor respected.

President Jacob Zuma, as a cadre, a soldier and eventual head of the ANC Intelligence, stood his ground and fought colonial-apartheid at great cost. When urban warfare took over the townships in KwaZulu/Natal between 1992 and 1994 and beyond, it was Jacob Zuma who effectively brought that bloodletting to an end.

It also demonstrates that South African so-called “art galleries” and their sponsors including the banking industry do not have any interest in, thus no respect for the culture, history and traditions of the indigenous African majority. Their motto is profits, profits, and profits before anything else and at any cost. By sponsoring and hosting such “art” exhibitions, those criminal distortions make it clear that racism is far from over. National reconciliation has been reduced to an insulting and arrogant lie.

It is interesting how thunderously quiet opposition political parties and the likes of Bishop Desmond Tutu and the Chief Rabbi, Warren Goldstein, have been in both cases, where president Jacob Zuma and the ANC have been ridiculed in public “art galleries” with the assistance of a hostile corporate mainstream media. First, the Goodman Gallery in Johannesburg’s northern suburb of Rosebank and now, at the FNB Joburg Art Fair, South Africa’s president has been insulted and ridiculed.

Do these “church leaders” and the opposition political parties actually support racism and polarisation of South Africa? Is this freedom? Whose freedom is it really? Why hide behind all these misleading “freedoms”, an over-liberal constitution and a yet to be revised judiciary, when those “freedoms” were delivered at great cost by the same people you so cunningly discriminate against in the same way, colonial-apartheid did? This has turned democracy into the farce it is today.

It would be the responsible duty of all concerned citizens and the Tripartite Alliance to collectively take serious action now to ensure that such criminal and vulgar racism will never be repeated again. That disrespectful “art” exhibition at the ‘FNB Joburg Art Fair’ and its organisers as well as all “art” galleries need to know and need to be made to understand that colonial-apartheid has its roots in the shameful murderous and discriminating history of this country.

The photographer, David Goldblatt, should certainly know better. When he removed his photographic exhibition from that fair in protest at the organisers so-called “censorship” of Mabulu’s “artwork”, Goldblatt showed his true colours. It could put his lifelong work under a huge question mark. He would have been much better off, had he kept his photographs at his home instead.

Germany has rightfully outlawed any and every form of discrimination against the Jews.

It is indeed unnerving to note that with reliable continuity an aggressive right-wing neo-colonial-apartheid racist minority lobby living comfortably in South Africa, promotes the colonial-apartheid crime of fascist racism through some of the “art galleries”, whilst marketing it through the media under the guise of “democratic civil rights”.

Indeed, they know how much they benefitted from the colonial-apartheid past, how they assisted in the plunder of South and southern Africa’s natural resources at huge cost of lives of the indigenous African majority to only enrich themselves and their structures abroad. They know exactly, who they are.

Mind you, those same plunder-barons have not appeared in front of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and have thus, not been granted amnesty and have therefore, no indemnity. Yet, they have no shame to add insult to injury, displaying their collective primitive and arrogant disrespect for everything African. Their massive financial-, property-, mining- and other business interests, including the mass-sale of skin-lightening creams for “those stupid” Africans based on reckless greed, remain hugely profitable and very much protected. Their African plunder-safari on the “dark continent” would have to come to its rightful end, the sooner the better. What gives them that confidence?

Therefore, I believe that the sponsors of the FNB Joburg Art Fair should be listed in this letter:

–       FNB

–       Gauteng Provincial Government

–       Goethe Institute

–       Business Day Wanted Magazine

–       Pirelli SA

–       National Arts Council of South Africa

–       Areva

–       Total

–       Pommery Champagne

–       Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa

Until that chapter in this country’s shameful history has been firmly closed, this confusing and unnatural co-existence will always stand in the way of national reconciliation and stability.

As a concerned and embarrassed citizen of this country, I would like to appeal to fellow non-racists and all structures in place, to deal with such heinously criminal disorders.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

Udo W. Froese

Undermining National Pride And The Moral Social Fibre, Destroys Society And Government

The next best thing to so-called ‘rebel’-, ‘civil’- and ‘tribal wars’ in Africa, a ‘North African-style Arab Spring’, engineered ‘xenophobia’ and the outcome of an evilly structured poverty is to undermine national pride and the moral social fibre through an intentional and deliberate neglect of the upkeep of the national infrastructure. It also eventually destroys the ruling party and disintegrates its voter base, leaving entire nations, countries and regions rudderless and hapless.  

The aforementioned focuses on three goals: (a) to undermine and destroy African society, showing the rest of the world that indigenous Africans are simply incompetent to rule, therefore (b) need to be re-colonised and (c) to achieve the proven racist, right-wing strategy of a fake, defined as ‘neo-liberalism’ and a so-called ‘free market economy’ to finally conquer Africa’s resources and cheap labour for next to nothing.

This goes back to the old, predictable ways of the race-based, neo-colonial efforts to corrupt and thereby over-compromise leadership, always manipulating particularly those in strategic key positions in governments and the ruling parties merely to collapse them. Corrupt ‘fronting’ is particularly popular among the neo-fascist rightwing owners of land and economy to fight off any possibilities of sharing in the economy.

After such corrupt influence taking, “former” colonial occupiers and Western powers, backing foreign interests in Africa, negotiated struggle movements throughout the continent out of their economic reform policies. This strategy applies particularly to eastern, southern and Francophone Africa.

All former struggle movements firmly believed that there would be no freedom without redistribution. On-the-ground research has proven that the majority of the electorate believes such to this day too. Towards the end of that so-called “Cold War” and immediately thereafter, many ‘former’ African colonies found themselves “in transition”.

In the case of South Africa, the Chicago School economists would have found it difficult to dismiss proposals in South Africa and other countries in similar positions, as relics of the past, insisting that only a so-called “free market” and “free trade” had the abilities to redress the criminal and deep inequalities.

In the case of the new South Africa, social researcher and author, Naomi Klein, writes in her book, “The Shock Doctrine”, “Today, South Africa stands as a living testament to what happens when economic reform is severed from political transformation. Politically, its people have the right to vote, civil liberties and majority rule. Yet, economically South Africa has surpassed Brazil as the most unequal society in the world.”

“To its enormous credit, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) negotiated a relatively peaceful handover. However, it did not manage to prevent South Africa’s colonial-apartheid-era rulers from wreaking havoc on their way out of the door. Unlike their counterparts in Mozambique, the Nationalist Party did not pour concrete down elevator shafts. Their sabotage, equally crippling, was far subtler, and was all in the fine print of those historic negotiations.”

Naomi Klein made this realistic analysis of South Africa’s recent history in her book, “The Shock Doctrine”.

True colours were shown during the Codesa negotiations in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, between 1990 and 1994 when senior ANC and SACP stalwart, Joe Slovo, collaborated with colonial-apartheid President FW de Klerk to put into place a string of cripplingly restrictive  “sunset clauses”. All of them should however, be dropped by Cape Town’s Parliament in the course of next year, as their time has finally expired. Many senior ANC cadres accuse Slovo to this day of double-dealing and having sold out.

As was the case for decades, occupied Namibia served as colonial-apartheid National Party’s guinea pig. Namibia was released into independence just over four years before South Africa, on 21 March 1990, with an insurmountable debt to the former occupational apartheid regime of billions of Rands. This debt was however, written off under the rulership of retired President Nelson Mandela in Upington, South Africa, in December 1994. Mandela refused to hold Namibia hostage.

Today, South Africa’s still powerful corporate interests in Namibia remain strong. When Johannesburg sneezes, the entire SADC suffers from double pneumonia. This should however, not demoralise Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the DRC.

It is an important democratic duty to accept responsibility as a ruling power. It is therefore the imperative duty not to allow uncaring corporate power in their attempts to take influence over ruling parties and governments with the aim to discredit and destabilise. Good administration and the maintenance of all infrastructures will create a healthy society. To avoid such responsibility would be treasonous.

 

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South Africa’s Cope Project – what is the reality? This is the other analysis.

From Udo W. Froese in Johannesburg, South Africa.

South Africa’s recalled former president Thabo Mbeki was at one stage openly accused to be the mastermind behind the split of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), which led to the formation of the troubled Congress of the People (COPE).

The Pre-amble.

All Mbeki’s men and women, who had failed dismally to garner enough support at the ANC Congress in South Africa’s Limpopo Province’s capital, Polokwane, to retain their positions, including former president Mbeki, founded COPE, shortly after the stormy December 2007 Congress.

Mbeki’s deputy president, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, and one of his senior ministers, Alec Erwin, endorsed the breakaway. Deputy president Mlambo-Ngcuka has no struggle credentials and no history in the ANC.

The naming of this splinter project “Congress of the People” was contested in a court of law, as the ruling party maintained that the historic name belonged to the ANC. COPE was accused of committing plagiarism. But, an un-understanding and uninformed judge ruled in favour of COPE, who is thus legally able to keep that name.

Most senior ANC insiders confirmed in private conversation, former ANC Youth League leader and South Africa’s current deputy minister of police, Fikile Mbalula’s accusation, that COPE is recalled Thabo Mbeki’s brainchild. They go as far as confirming that Mbeki was the kingpin in the formation of COPE as a split- away from the ANC.

Fikile Mbalula wrote in an open letter published in the South African based media, “Thabo Mbeki failed the nation so badly such that the chain of events over the last nine years (pre-Polokwane Congress in December 2007) landed us in the position we find ourselves in today.”

Julius Malema, current ANCYL president, had publicly urged his party to recall Mbeki and also accused him of being the mastermind behind the formation of COPE.

When COPE then put a clergyman – Bishop Dandala – forward as its president, the ANCYL publicly announced, “COPE’s [Bishop] Dandala is only a hired leader.” This seems clearer now. Dandala stepped out of the political party arena and is not heard of any longer.

In the following national elections in April 2009, the majority of South Africa’s population overwhelmingly voted for the ANC led by president Jacob Zuma and his supporters at the Limpopo Congress.

Mbeki and his inner circle found themselves in the political wilderness, ridiculed and rejected by all and sundry.

The COPE Debacle.

Today, the Congress of the People (COPE) seems to be going for broke. It would not be surprising if COPE, like the miniscule opposition party in the Western Cape Province, the Independent Democrats (ID) under a certain Patricia de Lille (former PAC senior member, also associated with the Helen Suzman Foundation), would be a foreign project to be added to the country’s political landscape, creating “checks and balances” in order to chip away from the mighty ANC.

COPE’s senior members side with the embattled president of the party, Mosioua ‘Terror’ Lekota. Those include Mluleki George, Philip Dexter, Thosamile Botha and others. All of them have an ANC, COSATU and SACP background. This however, seems to count against them. They would most likely, find themselves cast out of COPE. And, while fighting back, Lekota seems to be on his hind legs now.

COPE focuses rather on a new generation of “qualified and educated” younger people with no struggle credentials whatsoever in its leadership structures. This elitist approach would exclude the broader population and therefore, be undemocratic.

Lekota, similar to his Kenyan colleague, Raila Odinga from the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM), is robust and unafraid to attack from a public platform.

But, Lekota does not seem to be part of the inner circle. This means, it would be easy to sacrifice him.

Like Odinga, Lekota was the midwife, who delivered the new political party. Unlike Odinga, Lekota does not seem to survive the attack from co-leader Mbazima Shilowa, former Gauteng Provincial Premier, hailing from a trade union background.

Shilowa is married to an influential and well-heeled businesswoman, Wendy Lohabe. She too has no struggle credentials and was not even a member of the ANC.

Shilowa is also a business partner of the ANC head for the Gauteng Province, Paul Mashatile, who currently serves as deputy minister of tourism. Mashatile recently won the ANC provincial elections, which confirmed his provincial power. Shilowa is the deputy leader of COPE and opposes Lekota.

Well-informed sources point out that as soon as Lekota and his support base mentioned above have been dealt with and have left COPE, the party would be revived and become seriously cash-flush.

COPE, like Namibia’s RDP-CoD-RP-DTA, like Kenya’s ODM, like Zimbabwe’s MDCs, like Mozambique’s RENAMO and Angola’s UNITA represent certain interests in the SADC region. Those interests are neither necessarily southern African, nor African but foreign.

Media voyeurism and national as well as regional speculations will have no influence. It wouldn’t make much of a difference, despite the media’s obvious all- out backing of Mbazima Shilowa, Paul Mashatile, and Tokyo Sexwale, at the same time ridiculing president Jacob Zuma.

Meanwhile, a fight-back campaign against president Jacob Zuma and his support base within the ANC seems to be raising its head. Those, who remained in the ANC after the ‘Polokwane Congress’ and have not crossed over to COPE, have re-grouped and strengthened their positions within the ruling party.

Those allegedly include some senior members of the ANC’s National Executive Committee (NEC) and possibly some members of the cabinet. It was important for them that Paul Mashatile would not only retain his position as Gauteng Provincial Head of the ANC, but also to gather large support.

It is well known that at least five senior politicians have presidential ambitions. Their party colleagues, insiders, media editors and their analysts mentioned the likes of the Minister for Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale; COSATU Secretary General, Zwelinzima Vavi; ANC Treasurer, Mathews Phosa; SACP Secretary General, Blade Nzimande and businessman Cyril Ramaphosa as hopeful future presidents of South Africa, preparing for elections in 2014.

Putting above mentioned into context, this would mean that the onslaught to destroy South Africa’s ruling party is coordinated and structured from both, outside (efforts such as COPE and the media) and from within (the re-grouped losers from the ANC Congress in Polokwane in December 2007 and the media).

The bigger picture however is an all too well known one, often viewed as Africa’s curse. It is all about the strategic resources in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa and the control thereof. Everything else is just noise, even the very public political power wrangling of its high-profile politicians.

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