365 Years OF SA Economic Slavery

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By Adil Nchabeleng

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A SAVE-SA supporter on the eve of the SHUTDOWN march

Friday 7th April 2017 SHUTDOWN march which started at the Church Square (Head Quarters of Treasury) and proceeded to the Union building, marked the turning point in SA history post 1994 elections. What appeared to be a march was in fact a ritual to commemorate the end of the 365 years of Colonial rule cycle and the beginning of a new Colonial Era for South Africa. South Africa was colonized through occupation and settlers taking land in 1652 upon their arrival. Friday 7th April 2017 marks the end of 365 years of Colonial occupation and the beginning of a new colonial order since the arrival of Colonial powers in South Africa.

In fact, Friday was a day to usher in the New World Order in South African politics using the ZUMAMUSTGO campaign as a cover. The real purpose was to mark the 1st day after the 365 years of control of South Africa and the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new wave of Colonial rule. What seemed to be an innocent march was actually the official launching of a regime change Covert Operation campaign. The campaign preparations started off last year and have now reached a critical stage, the objective is to push for leadership change in unity with all political parties involved. Although it must be said that on the ground the masses and majority supporting this campaign are ignorant about the real facts and objectives behind ZUMAMUSTGO campaign. So Friday the 7th marked the successful launch of a series of Covert Action and campaign plans which will be initiated to overthrow the ANC and unseat President Zuma and to take over control of South Africa using Capital market, political parties and weak politicians within the ruling party.

The masses have forgotten that the Colonial Project is still active and alive. South Africa is still a Colony which is controlled by a Deep State and foreign powers. Most leading politicians across the political spectrum are already compromised and have already been co-opted into the agenda to serve foreign interests and powers. The SAVE-SA project is a moderate Neo-liberal Colonial sympathising project which will ensure that SA is economically and politically controlled by its rightful owners which is the British Empire. Britain is heavily invested in SA as a majority investor in the size of its DFI (Direct Foreign investment) in South Africa. Major companies and South African’s Infrastructure, the Capital markets, stocks, bonds and Assets are British and foreign owned (the land, roads, rail, water and Electricity) belong to the British and its Allies. Do not be fooled by the popular slogans of a free and democratic state. South Africa is a Corporatocracy. The fact is that neither the blacks nor the ruling party have any control – they are not in charge, they are still controlled by foreign interest. SA is not a free country nor a democratic state, it is just another state that is run and controlled by western imperial powers.

Former Finance Minister Pravin Gordan, just like Trevor Manuel and all others who support him are mere Agents of the western powers and Empire, they all get rewarded handsomely for carrying out orders and instructions as representatives of the Empire. It is certain that Zuma will pay a heavy price for successfully removing Pravin from Treasury. Ask yourself the question, why is it that the RSA Treasury Department is the only Department in Government that is fully protected and controlled by the Constitution? No other department enjoys such a privilege. By removing Gordhan from Treasury, Zuma directly tempered with White Monopoly Capital and western Imperial powers and the shadow powers whose interests it represents. The inconvenient fact is that Colonialization did not end in 1994; all that happened was that there was a political power shift arrangement with an agreement which ensured that white monopoly capital retains economic control and in exchange the ANC will lead, and the black masses and population were compensated with the choice to vote for the party and a president of their choice for the first time in the history of South Africa. Real economic power and control remained fully intact with Colonial Britain and its allies.

Many people make the mistake to assume that Nelson Mandela was unaware of these political reality of power and control. Mandela was well aware of the complex matrix of political power and economic control. There’s  no doubt that in the 27 years he spent in prison he had the opportunity to learn in great detail about the powers that control empires through regimes across the world. And he recognised the great challenge that lies ahead to fully liberate South Africa. And for that reason he lobbied the ANC and other parties to take on the moderate reconciliatory route as a means to achieving transitionary freedom, doing so without threatening those who hold the real power. His goal was to attain social liberation. Mandela did not sell-out South Africans he just could not stand to see more killings and suffering of his people. And also bear in mind that this was a movement which had lasted almost a 100 years in the struggle for liberation. Mandela was wise to negotiate for a just transition and a settlement for a democratic state, at that time it was the right decision. The armed struggle and civil war route was no longer a viable option. The civil war route have left South Africa in a worse devastated state today. Mandela arrived at this decision as a result of years of imprisonment and him witnessing violent civil unrests in communities across South Africa. So there was very little room for negotiations.

Years after Mandela exited from politics, and several years after Mbeki left power, Zuma as the leader of the ANC is now embarking on his last legacy project in an attempt to end the Colonial rule and dominance and cut-off the hands of western imperial power in South Africa. It will be the most difficult and testing project of his life which may end in his untimely death or disaster for South Africa if unsuccessful. ZUMA’s radical economic transformation project is a great agenda aimed at freeing the masses and black people who are trapped in poverty, unemployment and inequality. If radical transformation is successfully implemented is will take South Africa into a never seen and new Golden age of progress and prosperity in Africa. But opposition and its forces such as the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its alliances are fighting hard against this agenda for transformation.

Some of the supporters of the DA include its surrogate partner the EFF. The EFF was a once promising party but has since lost support from black communities and the black middle class when the party decided to auction off its vote in support of the DA to take over Metros in last year’s local general election that took place. Since then the EFF has been struggling to establish credibility amongst black communities. And to make matters worse EFF has slowly turned the party into a gossip monger party which seeks to settle personal scores and vendettas on behalf of its founding leaders. For a short moment there was hope that the EFF was the long awaited hope for SA’s radical economic transformation project. But that hope was suddenly dashed when EFF went into coalition with the DA, a neo-liberal party which enjoys over 4 million voter base and support from the minority whites in South Africa. And the EFF has never been successful in capturing that white voter constituency.

The big issue facing Zuma’s administration is the suffering of the poor masses. For the ANC to succeed Zuma will have to please many constituencies among them the tribal community authorities and the poor black masses. The main objectives if Zuma must succeed will be to address the issue of land and free education (meaning returning land to its rightful owners). The majority black masses are fully united behind Zuma and the call for land expropriation without compensation, they want their land returned and returned peacefully without any bloodshed. Taking back the land without facing an economic backlash and sanctions from the western imperial powers will be Zuma’s biggest test.

He currently enjoys support from BlackLandFirst (BLF), an emerging popular black consciousness party which has successfully aligned itself to the ANC primarily on the issue of land and the radical economic transformation policy, and the transfer of economic power into the hands of the black majority. BLF has uncompromisingly stood firm in support of Zuma even at times when factions within the ANC were waging a fierce opposition to Zuma and the party fell into disunity. Taking back the land and vesting the economy into the hands of black people is going to be the major challenge for Zuma’s leadership. If he succeeds in advancing transformation he will be hailed as an all-time national hero and if he fails he will be branded the biggest disaster since 1994’s elections and democracy. The ANC will quickly lose majority grassroots support and further risk losing the coming 2019 and 2024 elections and the party will lose its majority control and will be forced into coalitions to stay in power.

Zuma’s earlier success on Land Expropriation Act was a short lived victory. The Act was dealt a hard blow when it was reversed and declared un-Constitutional by the Constitutional Court because the Act contravened Section 25 of the Constitution. So the Act was sent back to Parliament to remedy the issues within the Act. And thus the Act was effectively rendered invalid. This was a national dream deferred by the Constitution Court. The Constitution of South Africa does not refer to Land as a Sovereign right, it only refers to Land as part of property and is contained within the property section within the Constitution.

The Constitution on Property says:

Property

  1. (1) No one may be deprived of property except in terms of law of general application, and no law may permit arbitrary deprivation of property.

(2) Property may be expropriated only in terms of law of general application—

(a) for a public purpose or in the public interest; and

(b) subject to compensation, the amount of which and the time and manner of payment of which have either been agreed to by those affected or decided or approved by a court.

One of the main ongoing and biggest challenges in South Africa is race and inequality. Black South Africans across the class spectrum are becoming restless and agitated by the apparent wealth and privilege that whites enjoy, racism and the high levels of poverty experienced within the black communities. The black masses are slowly waking up to realising the gross inequalities within South African society. The whites live a better life and are economically empowered now more than during Apartheid. Whites are well off and can afford the best lifestyle and earn higher incomes. All this privilege while majority blacks are unskilled, unemployed and poor and continue to live in Apartheid-era style townships and endure humiliating poverty on a daily basis. Whites on the other side of the fence in suburbia SA still enjoy the best and finer life than the majority black population: whites have jobs, businesses and their companies and institutions have profited immensely from government’s major policies on economic redistribution and empowerment. These are economic policies which were aimed at assisting blacks to climb out of poverty and live a better life. Blacks endure economic hardship and severe poverty, and majority black people over 17 million youth and adults still survive on social welfare and live on grants, all of which is unsustainable in the long run.

This is what constitutes the current socio-economic challenges, coupled with the day-to-day growing racial tensions. The causes of recurring civil unrests in South Africa experienced daily is as a result of some of these issues.

So in conclusion, the renewed Colonial western imperial powers’ interests are fast threatening the political and economic stability of South Africa. South Africa has vast amounts of mineral wealth and resources deposits. The Minerals and Resources economy’s slowdown and the mining sector boom-to-bust have caused most companies to shut down operations which in turn has affected profits previously enjoyed by foreign investors. Companies are relocating their capital to much more favourable economic destinations. It is certain that South Africa will not be left unexploited by foreign interests, the history of colonialization and the imperial powers’ handle on the economy and politics is deeply rooted in this country. Foreign companies and countries have been making a fortune out of the exploitation of South African mineral resources and Zuma’s policies have directly tempered with those interests, his outlook and shift in policy has caused a great sense of concern for investors in SA’s economy.

Zuma indeed committed a cardinal sin when he forged strong links and ties with the BRICS  (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries. Even though strategically it was a necessary move, the adverse financial implications of that move has sent panic across imperial western powers. The currency and markets are tumbling and ratings agencies are speeding off into the “great depression” panic, sending South Africa’s credit ratings in a near junk and junk status, which in the long run will make borrowing even more difficult. Even though there are solutions and remedies to address financial and investor’s concerns in the long term, in the short term the economy will be pushed into a spiral panic. The ANC needs to be decisive and resolute if they are to succeed in the long term. Through Zuma, the ANC can succeed on implementing these policies and economic plans that is if the ANC manages to remain resolute and united behind the transformation agenda that is driven by Zuma and his supporters within the party. So Zuma has a great task ahead if he is to succeed.

 

3 Comments on "365 Years OF SA Economic Slavery"

  1. Brilliant article..

  2. T. Sipho Mbhele | April 20, 2017 at 11:49 am | Reply

    I always appreciate articles that teach me something; just a question on the constitution’s S25.2(a) – what could qualify as public interest? if the poor were to take up arms demanding property or else people start dying, is that sufficient?
    Why are we always told about the ‘willing buyer, willing seller’ model, when it clearly states courts can decide what amount may be paid?

    • Pinky Khoabane | April 21, 2017 at 6:06 am | Reply

      Dear Sipho

      I’ve sent your comment to the author and hopefully he can shed some light or one of the other readers can do same.

      Kindest

      PK

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