By Udo W Froese
Like Libya, Cote d’Ivoire, the DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Somalia and Sudan, Angola, South Africa and Zimbabwe are targeted for a “North African-style Arab Spring” and a subsequent “regime change.”
Global neo-imperialism and neo-liberalism are identified as the most corrupt, inhumane and uncivil tools in the history of humankind.
Their only role is to achieve the goals set for a global imperialist hidden agenda.
The propagandistic aim is to therefore, create the illusion of democracy and equal human rights for all.
The only difference between those two definitions is the wording. The owners are, in fact, the same.
Foreign-introduced civil unrests and nationwide uprisings through covert and overt campaigns using the media platform, including the sophisticated social networks; covert arms and ammunition running; mercenaries and snipers disguised as “pro-democracy agents”, executing “humanitarian interventions” under the protection of secretly paid-up politicians, are misleading the public out there in total breach of ‘international agreements’.
Those besieged countries become fragmented. Local conflicts get internationalised.
The media create new terms for “mercenaries” and the “Fifth Column” – “rebel forces” and “pro-democracy agents” – in order to legitimise and legalise their masters’ breach of every international legal agreement.
Part of the propagandistic rhetoric is, “Thousands of innocent lives are at stake.” As if they really care a damn. Who put those lives at risk in the first place?
This, however, qualifies NATO ? with the full support of the US Army and intelligence services ? to execute “humanitarian interventions” and “humanitarian bombings”.
Nazi Germany’s Adolf Hitler and his Propaganda Minister, Joseph Goebbels, could learn a lesson or two from them.
South Africa’s Situation Today
South Africa is no exception. South Africans are exposed to historic lies.
The three following examples shed some light on those lies.
The first lie: the last president of colonial-apartheid South Africa and senior member of the brotherhood Afrikaaner Broederbond, Frederik Willem de Klerk, smugly masturbates his own ego by claiming that he had made a historic contribution to the “peaceful transition from apartheid to a non-racial democracy”.
He even shared that Western political award, Norway’s Nobel Peace Prize, with Nelson Mandela.
But, nothing is further from his truth.
Urban warfare in the black African living areas, the so-called “black-on-black violence”, was meted out by his former Military Intelligence covert operations known as Civil Co-operation Bureau from 1992 to 1994, literally until a week before the democratic elections.
That eventually came out at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission under Desmond Tutu in Johannesburg in 1995.
But, De Klerk denied to the end that his forces had orchestrated the violence. In fact, neither De Klerk, nor those covert forces applied for amnesty and therefore, did not receive amnesty to this day.
Instead, he has been celebrated as a man of peace and integrity. The media mention De Klerk in the same breath as Mandela and Tutu.
In the meantime, some 48 000 black African South Africans died during those dark years of that urban warfare. Their families reject De Klerk’s “truth”.
The second lie could not be hidden when the leader of the Democratic Alliance, Helen Zille, tried to close the debate on race; observing the historic colonial-apartheid’s discriminations and the endemic race-based disadvantages as a result.
Zille announced on an SABC TV morning programme that she wouldn’t be taking the debate forward if it would be based on race.
Yet, the DA benefits directly from racial segregation.
In the “new” South Africa, elitist colonial-apartheid De Klerk has his political home in the DA now.
Third, the ANC as the ruling party is held responsible for every misgiving and lack of delivery in the country.
One of the more serious mistakes was to ignore that the ANC had to accept the already well-established former colonial-apartheid Bantustan and most of their legal and administrative structures.
To this day, paid-up “former” colonial-apartheid agents hold many of the strategic key positions.
It seems in their interest that South Africa becomes ungovernable through a continued programme of corruption and sabotage.
It could reduce South Africa to yet another “typical African basket case”.
The black African majority in the ANC is thus being “proven” in the eyes of the neo-liberal West of being incapable of managing their country.
Meanwhile, part of the new ANC elite seems to be fighting over funding and corruption seems high.
Those elites find themselves in an illusion of consumerism, copying the American accent, music, art and lifestyle.
This is evident everywhere.
At the same time, the old generals from former colonial-apartheid South Africa are still around, enjoying their freedom in luxurious retirement; used to giving orders to those who still accept them. The new black African South African middle class wants to be accepted by their “former” enemy as competent equals, who can deliver.
At the same time whites want it to be known at any cost that racism was actually “not that bad”.
Eighteen years into the “new” South Africa, the aforementioned smacks of deep-rooted racism prevailing in post-colonial-apartheid South Africa.
In the above context, “continental powerhouse” South Africa, particularly its multinational corporates, finds itself isolated from the rest of Africa, overtaken by China.
Their competitor in Beijing is hungry, invests big and works hard in Third World countries, without being proxies for other interests and without over-committing African and Third World states and their leaders.
China further protects them from manipulative UN Security Council interventions and sanctions.
On the other hand, Africa perceives South Africa as the springboard for Western interests into Africa.
The slogan, “proudly South African,” does not hold water anymore on the rest of the continent. South Africa is often described, as “exporting colonial-apartheid under the flag of democracy”.
Acceptance of Domination
The ANC leadership’s acceptance of alien neo-liberalism has deviated from its hard-earned democracy.
The generously open embrace of literally everyone in the “broad church” of the African National Congress has opened the movement to every scoundrel with a range of hidden agendas, claiming the ANC for themselves.
Such vulnerabilities would naturally, eventually allow for a “Fifth Column” to establish itself and undermine South Africa’s first democratically elected ruling party from within.
In real terms this means the ANC, its government and the country were set up to fail.
Imagine, the constitutional fathers of football, or rugby, write the rules that only one team could play and that that one team only could win.
How good for sport would that be?
South Africa’s constitution was framed in such a way that makes the development of the country almost impossible.
The reality is that the constitution works for the haves, not for the have-nots, as demonstrated by the many cases taken to the courts. Minority groups sing from the same hymnbook and the same page, maintaining the status quo.
A case in point is the white minority, “former” colonial-apartheid group’s NGO, AfriForum, which takes every opportunity to make sure the “former” racists get their fair share of constitutional protection.
One should take into account that South Africa is a developing country, not a modern society.
But, South African citizens have more rights than the average citizen of the European Union.
This country’s judiciary is more sovereign and thus, more powerful than the executive of the government.
Highly surreptitious elements are in control of Chapter 39 institutions. Those include the media, particularly its ownership, who are an integral part of the oligopolistic crony-capitalists and their paid-up agents.
It makes it almost impossible to govern South Africa.
The economy is closed to the average citizen. The youth get educated into unemployment: This is by design.
When the colonial borders of colonised Africa were demarcated at the Berlin Conference of 1884/85 under the German Reichs Chancellor, Otto von Bismarck, the imperial masters adopted the plan for Africa from the buccaneer of the British crown and arch-conqueror, Cecil John Rhodes, to own the continent from Cape Town to Cairo.
This has never changed.
It has made it impossible for the indigenous black Africans to constructively establish co-ownership, not to mention full ownership of the economy on their own continent.
Therefore, unemployment and poverty prevail.
There is not much more a government can do for its citizens in a hostile economic climate such as this one.
Historically, crony-capitalism is fascist-racist and exclusive. It is the other side of the same coin of neo-liberalism.
This is the real basis for the global elite’s corporatisation too. It is all built on insatiable greed.
Ever since Nelson Mandela was sworn in as the first democratically elected President of a “new” South Africa, heartless and greedy crony-capitalism and structured poverty for the majority of the citizens, the pillar for elitist fascist-racism, has grown stronger.
In fact, that form of racial and class discrimination has spilled over to the rest of the SADC region, making life hell for the greater majority of the indigenous black Africans.
The aforementioned slave-strategies and structures, backed by a tendentious media with defensive and uninformed talk-show hosts and paid-up hooligan armchair academic analysts with nothing to add, but “credibility” to propaganda, are set up to stifle and discredit every debate.
It is indeed the rollout of a crude, dishonest and misleading, neo-liberal-fascist manipulation of public opinion.
Daily, the ruling party faces a media that is united in its efforts of fear-mongering and power peddling. The media is culpable of misleading the general public.
The Caucasian civilised genetic memory has focussed its mindset on its Afro-pessimism, that Africa is a continent of easy and cheap access to developing markets.
It is a reductionist approach, similar to throwing everything into one pot and boiling it until only a salty pulp remains.
Africa’s strategic minerals are the main attraction, as those sustain the modern economy of the G-8 countries.
“Human rights” and “democracy” are mere smoke and mirrors to exploit the strategic minerals of this continent cheaply, particularly when their covert operations repeatedly instigate so-called “genocides, tribal and civil wars, black-on-black violence and xenophobia” throughout this continent.
“Popular democracy” identified a “representative and legitimate elite”, which was made ready for purchase.
As a result, the new leadership was transformed into “cronies” selling out, advocating neo-liberalism and assisting with the creation of the most expensive neo-liberal constitution in the world.
Simply put, “democracy” created and bought its cronies. It is evident that those cronies are over-compromised and held to ransom.
The EU is a “classic democracy”. In contrast, South Africa is a “developing democracy”.
The owners of neo-liberalism have compromised and manipulated South Africa’s government to set up one of the most expensive of institutional structures.
One of the outcomes is a strong judiciary versus a weak Parliament.
The creation of nine provinces is more like the distribution of fragmented state-power into provincial structures.
After debt redemption, the nine provinces consume 50 percent of the national fiscus. In return, those provinces have become expensive post office boxes.
In addition, powerful watchdogs were created in the form of, for example, the Attorney-General’s Office, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts, Chapter 39 institutions such as the Human Rights Commission, and the National Prosecutor’s Agency.
Civil society projects such as the Institute for Security Studies, the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa, the SA Institute of International Affairs and a media industry with its extensive network play their roles respectively.
Their aim is, among others, to mess up those perceived as dissidents, as they refuse to buy into these strategies.
A strong and growing civil society has been established. Trade unions and other NGOs are mushrooming.
Together, they insist on punching above their weight to irritate and discredit.
This form of crony-capitalism is based on co-option, creating a small black African, Indian and Coloured (people of mixed race) elite, as a buffer between the owners of the status quo and the poor majority.
The architects of destabilisation work tirelessly at weakening the ruling party, to discredit and hijack the moral high ground away from the ANC.
In that way, they strategise splitting the ANC into factions, causing a destructive war within the movement.
The signs are there for everyone to see.
On the one hand, COSATU’s Zwelinzima Vavi and the disgruntled political left and trade unions seem to have their own agenda for the future. This is backed by civil society.
On the other hand, there is a small “Fifth Column” within the ANC, working hard at disintegrating the ANC from within. This too is backed by civil society.
According to senior ANC insiders, a group of powerful men and women have their own agenda, which is not part of the ANC’s plan and discipline.
If successful, the group will create a totally different ANC to what it once was.
The intended date to defeat the ruling ANC at the general elections is in 2019, when a new, centrist party alliance is planned.
It is supposed to lead to the collapse of the ANC into the Democratic Alliance then.
This would explain persistent serious allegations that a certain Dr Mamphela Ramphele could take over the head of the DA.
Former President Thabo Mbeki’s brother, political analyst, Moeletsi Mbeki, has spoken of a “North African-style Arab Spring” for South Africa by 2019.
So has the ANC Treasurer-General, Mathews Phosa, in his public support of the expelled former ANCYL president, Julius Malema.
The scenario is seriously dangerous for South Africa and the SADC region, as it would rob the indigenous black African majority of its political and historical home.
It would result in major, nationwide uprisings, fanned on by the powerful players in the shadows.
Foreigners and perceived foreigners, including whites and Indians could bear the brunt of the wrath of an angry majority.
This would spill over to the neighbouring countries. A totally destabilised Southern Africa would find it hard to recover.
Imperialist crony-capitalists and corporatists would have won the day, as they would be able to buy the jewels of the economic crown for nothing at all.
May God forgive us for our sorry deeds disguised as “glorious intentions.”
Udo W Froese is an independent political and socio-economic analyst based in Johannesburg, South Africa.