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Writing in his 1952 book Black Skin White Masks, Psychiatrist Frantz Fanon described South Africa as a racist country. Has it changed? Is it no longer a racist country? Is there any person who honestly believes that the white apartheid government handed over power to the ANC purportedly agreed upon at Codesa?
What is racism (white supremacy)? White supremacy has been described as an historically based, institutionally perpetuated system of exploitation and oppression of continents, nations and peoples of colour by white peoples and nations of the European continent; for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power and privilege.
I would like to draw the reader’s attention to the sentence, a “system of exploitation and oppression for the purpose of maintaining and defending a system of wealth, power and privilege”.
If it is true that white supremacy (racism) is a system that is about the maintenance and defence of a system of wealth, power and privilege then Robert Sobukwe was right in his 1949 seminal Fort Hare graduation speech when he said, “History has taught us that a group in power has never voluntarily relinquished its position. It has always been forced to do so. And we do not expect miracles to happen in Africa. It is necessary for human progress that African be fully developed and only the African can do so.”
South Africa is a white supremacist state and the ANC is ruling on behalf of the white supremacists. That is why they killed 34 miners without blinking in defence of white mine owners of Lonmin but will never kill even one white person and not a single white person has been killed since 1994 even those who belong to terrorist groups who deserve to be killed. White people marched and blocked roads, a march called “Black Monday”, the South African government didn’t even raise a finger. But a few weeks earlier, Africans who marched peacefully were charged with all sorts of anti-riot equipment and were fired at with rubber bullets. An unarmed Andries Tatane was killed a few years back. There is not a single white person who has been shot and killed since the ANC came into office.
ROBERT MANGALISO SOBUKWE’S FORESIGHTEDNESS
This quote by Sobukwe shows his foresightedness, “History has taught us that a group in power has never voluntarily relinquished its position. It has always been forced to do so. And we do not expect miracles to happen in Africa. It is necessary for human progress that Africa be fully developed and only the African can do so,”
One wonders what the people of South Africa want since Sobukwe gave them all the answers to this country’s problems. Steve Biko tried to give them direction when he regarded Sobukwe as a God.
There must have been a time when the white elite realised that apartheid was untenable and no longer sustainable; they could allow their African puppets to run South Africa without changing the status quo. As Sobukwe said in his 1949 speech, “People do not like to see the even tenor of their lives disturbed”. The white elite didn’t want the even tenor of the lives of the white population disturbed. Consequently, they devised a way of ruling by remote control and putting their stooges as mannequins at the Union Building while they are pulling the strings behind the scenes.
The white elite realised that the jackboot approach was overt and that they needed a covert and subtle approach, a situation aptly described as handing over a crown without the jewels. This is the situation that obtains now in South Africa. Africans have a crown without the pearls.
The flawed logic behind secret talks and the exclusion of the PAC and Black Consciousness Movement was for the apartheid government to sail smoothly without resistance as they were well aware the PAC and BCM were going to see through their charade as they have always done. They knew quite well that the ANC was easy meat. The exclusion of the PAC and BCM was therefore calculated and deliberate. Anybody who doesn’t view this as a sell-out or betrayal must be naive.
As I have argued in my previous articles, agreements clinched at the secret meetings the ANC held with apartheid government officials and captains of industry were a fait accompli. Codesa just rubber stamped those secret deals. In the initial negotiations between the PAC and apartheid government officials in Botswana, the PAC was represented by Willie Seriti and Dikgang Moseneke. Azapo refused to buy a pig in a poke.
Power relations in South Africa have not changed. If they had African people would not be living in shacks and RDP houses. Where have you seen white people in shacks and RDP houses? African people would not be killed the way miners were killed in Marikana. In Europe, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand when two white people can be killed they declare it a national disaster.
BEING A SPY OR AN AGENT MUST BE LIKE HELL ON EARTH: SOUTH AFRICA’S UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Former spies and agents of the apartheid government and other western powers are used or were used to run the “new” South African government without any possibility of subversion because they are compromised. It is a similar situation that Marimba Ani describes in her book Yurugu: An African Centred Critique of European Cultural Thought and Behaviour in which she writes, “to say that Europe’s political imperialistic success can be accredited not so much to superior military might, as to the weapon of culture. The former ensures more immediate control but requires continual physical force for the maintenance of power, while the latter succeeds in long-lasting dominance that enlists the cooperation of its victims (i.e. pacification of the will). The compromised position of these spies and agents enlist their cooperation in ruling on behalf of white supremacists.
F W De Klerk says he gave Nelson Mandela a list of ANC leaders and members who spied for the apartheid government. But Mandela refused to make it public. Mandela was obviously compromised that is why he capitulated and made so many unacceptable concessions.
Quite a few in the ANC are compromised. Some of them like Thabo Mbeki, Aziz Pahad, Mac Maharaj, Frene Ginwala and Barney Pityana, as Jonathan Ancer revealed in his book Spy: Uncovering Craig Williamson protected Craig Williamson before his cover was blown. Ancer further reveals in the same book that Robert McBride told him Craig Williamson gave him a list of ANC members who were informers for the apartheid government but gave their descriptions by ethnic group. He forwarded it to the ANC government. McBride says he can figure out who they are even when their names have been concealed.
There must be some in the PAC and BCM who also spied for the apartheid government. There is a document that gives away one such top Azanla member.
The problem with having been a spy or agent is that such a person is compromised because they fear exposure. As a result they are subjected to blackmail should they not cooperate and continue to do their handlers’ dirty job.
Neil Barnard’s book inadvertently reveals that whites are still in charge in South Africa. About five years ago a former exile left the Secret Service because he said whites are in control there.
Last week Thursday at 1 Mil Hospital I overheard a Ukraine trained pilot telling a gentleman who was recruiting him to the private sector that whites are still in control in the military. He said he had twelve years’ experience and 2300 hours of flying experience but young white boys with 200 hours of flying experience overtake them and are given priority over experienced African pilots. He said Msimang was useless because there is nothing he can do about the control whites have in the military. Maybe Msimang is the token head of the Air Force at the SANDF.
So why should anybody delude themselves that power has changed hands? Let us face reality and stop living in cloud cuckoo land.
The fight for the establishment of an Africanist Socialist Democratic Azania must continue.
Keynote address by the Judge President Mr. John Hlophe at the inaugural Marikana Massacre Commemoration Memorial Lecture at the Sandton Convention Centre, 15 August 2018.
I thank the programme director for the kind introduction. I am honoured to be invited as a guest speaker to give a keynote address regarding the Marikana Massacre that occurred six years ago.
Marikana Massacre 16 August 2012, why? In an attempt to navigate my way through my speech, I will refer to two similarly ugly massacres in South African history. The first being the Sharpeville massacre of 21 March 1960. The second being the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976 and the third being the Marikana masasacre of 16 August 2012.
The Sharpeville Massacre
It took place as a result of protest action, against pass laws, and was masterminded by the PAC. The pass laws in question were the Natives (Abolition of Passes and Coordination of Documents) Act of 1952. This forced black South African to carry a range of documents, including a photograph, place of birth, employment records, tax payments and criminal records if any. This enabled the government to further restrict the movement of Africans. So, it was therefore illegal to be without a Pass, the penalty for which was arrest and jail. The Natives (Prohibition of Interdicts) Act of 1956 removed all legal recourse of objecting to the removal of black people from certain residential areas. The Urban Areas Act limited black people to 72 hours in an urban area without permission from a specific municipal order. As result, black people in urban areas had to be checked by authorities and this caused constant humiliation and monitoring and intense anger in black communities.
The PAC proposed an anti-Pass campaign which was to commence on the 21 March 1960. Sobukwe even wrote a letter to then commissioner of South African Police, Major General C.I Rademeyer and said:
Sir: My organisation, the Pan Africanist Congress, will be starting a sustained, disciplined, non-violent campaign against pass laws on Monday, 21 March 1960. I have also given strict instructions, not only to the members of my organisation but also to the African people in general, that they should not allow themselves to be provoked into violent action by anyone. In a press statement I am releasing soon, I repeat that appeal and make one to the police.
I am now writing to you to ask you to instruct the police to refrain from actions that may lead to violence. It is unfortunately true that many white policemen, brought up in the hothouse of South Africa, regard themselves as champions of white supremacy and not as law officers. In the African they see an enemy, a threat, not to ‘law and order’ but to their privileges as whites.
I, therefore, appeal to you to instruct your men not to give impossible demands to my people. The usual mumbling by a police officer of an order requiring the people to disperse within three minutes, and almost immediately ordering a baton charge, deceives nobody and shows the police up as sadistic bullies. i sincerely hope that such actions will not occur this time. If the police are interested in maintaining ‘law and order’ they will have no difficulty at all. We will surrender ourselves to the police for arrest. If told to disperse, we will. But we cannot be expected to run helter-skelter because a trigger-happy, African-hating young white police officer has given thousands or even hundreds three minutes within which to remove their bodies from his immediate environment.
Hoping you will co-operate to try and make this a most peaceful and disciplined campaign.
See Benjamin Pogrund’s “Robert Sobukwe, how can man die better”. Page 123-124.
Protestors were urged to leave their passes at home and surrender themselves for arrest at the nearest police station. They would ask for no bail, no defence and no fine. After serving the expected jail sentences, PAC members would again offer themselves for arrest. The whole plan behind this move was to ensure that people would get arrested and that would have a ripple effect on their employers. Employers would then put pressure on the government to abolish the pass alas amongst other things.
It was around 13h30 when thousand of protestors gathered outside the Sharpeville police station. The people were told to disperse. No order was given to fire. One or two policemen opened fire and then a full volley from revolvers, rifles, and stun-guns followed. The shooting went on for at least 40 seconds. Several policemen reloaded and fired again. It was an unprovoked attack. It was carnage. There was blood everywhere.
Fleeing men, women and children were mercilessly mowed down. Some people thought police were firing blanks, but they thought wrong as bodies were falling behind and among them. The toll was 69 dead and 186 injured. Medical evidence revealed that more than 70% of the victims were clearly shot from the back. The Sharpeville Day is officially called Human Rights Day. It is known as a public holiday in South Africa.
Soweto Riots in 1976
It took about 16 years before yet another horrible tragedy of a similar nature occurred. The events that triggered the uprising can be traced back to policies of the Apartheid government that resulted in the introduction of the Bantu Education Act in 1953. The Bantu Education system was designed to train and fit Africans for their role in the Apartheid society. The role was one of labourer, worker and servant only. As H.F Verwoerd, the architect of he Bantu Education Act (1953) conceived it:
“There is no place for [the African] in the European community above the level of certain forms of labour. It is to no avail for him to receive a training which has ist aim, absorption in the European community”. http://See https://www.sahistory.org.za/article/pass-laws-south-africa-1800-1994
He went further and said:
“Natives (blacks) must be taught from an early age that equality with Europeans (whites) is not for them”.
Deputy Minister Andries Treunitcht sent instructions to the schools’ boards, inspectors, and principals to the effect that Afrikaans should be put on an equal basis with English as medium of instruction in all schools. These instructions immediately drew negative reaction from various quarters of the community. Teachers raised objections to the government announcement. Some teachers, who were members of the African Teachers Association of South Africa complained that they were not fluent in Afrikaans. Students were conscientized and influenced by national organisations such as the Black People’s Convention, South African Students Organisation and by the black consciousness philosophy. Students rejected the idea of being taught in the language of the oppressor. On the 16 June 1976, not all students who were participating in the march knew about it in that morning. It was an ordinary school day for many. But by this time students were feeling very frustrated and dissatisfied with the Bantu Education System in general and the introduction of Afrikaans as the medium of instruction. It was exam time for the senior students and many were scared that they would fail the exams if they had to write in Afrikaans.
Nonetheless the march that was planned by the action committee of the Soweto Students Representative Council was well organised and was to be a conducted in a peaceful way. The leaders of the march came from two high schools, Naledi High in Naledi and Morris Isaacson in Mofolo. The students were to meet at a central point and proceed peacefully together to the Orlando Stadium. The first students to gather were at Naledi High School and the Chairperson of the action committee, Tepello Motoponyane addressed them and informed them that discipline and a peaceful march will be the order of the day. Meanwhile at Morris Isaacson students also gathered. They were addressed by one of the leaders of the action committee, Tsietsi Mashinini and set out. Between 3000 and 10 000 students mobilized by the South African Students Movement’s Action committee supported by the Black Consciousness Movement marched peacefully to demonstrate and protest against the government’s directive. As the march was proceeding and sensing that the situation was getting tense, Tsietsi Mashinini climbed on a tractor and said:
“Brothers and sisters, I appeal to you-keep calm and cool. We have just received a report that the police are coming. Don’t taunt them, don’t do anything. Be cool and calm. We are not fighting”.
Despite the tense atmosphere the students remained calm. On their pathway they were met by heavily armed police who fired teargas. People ran out of there smoke-dazed and coughing. The crowd retreated slightly but remained facing the police, waving placards and singing. A white policeman drew a revolver. A single shot rang out. There was a split silence and pandemonium broke out. Children screamed. More shots were fired. Official figures were that 23 people had been killed but some reports estimated that it was at least 200. It is hard to know how many people had been killed because of police efforts to cover up the number of people who died. But thousands of students went missing.
This triggered the Bethal treason trial which began in December 1977 also known as State vs Mothopeng and seventeen others. The defendants faced two main charges under the terrorism act and a number of alternative counts under other legislation. Zephaniah Mathopeng, who was also an internal leader of the banned PAC, was tried along with seventeen other suspects in the Bethal eighteen secret trial. They were convicted and jailed for their alleged role in fermenting the revolution and for being behind the Soweto uprising. Similarly, June 16 is now officially a public holiday known as the Youth Day.
During the course of the Bethal treason trial, four of those awaiting prosecution died in police custody. Vusumzi Johnson Nyathi, a detainee in the Bethal Trial of the State vs. Mothopeng miraculously survived after he was allegedly thrown out of the window during an interrogation session. Nyathi, who suffered spinal injuries was later charged and found guilty of trying to escape custody. He later sued the minister of police without success.
It is clear from the above that the two incidences, were organised, masterminded and executed by the apartheid regime. Put bluntly it was white on black violence intended to preserve the apartheid regime. The Marikana incident was a totally different kettle of fish. It happened on 16 August 2012 under the nose of the current dispensation. For South Africa it was a special kind of nightmare since it revived images of massacres by the state in the old apartheid with one brutal difference. This time it was predominantly black policeman, with black senior officers who were doing the shooting. There had initially been a series of violent incidents between the SAPS, Lonmin Security and members of the National Union of Mineworkers on the side and strikers themselves on the other side. It started as a Wildcat strike at a mine owned by Lonmin in the Marikana area. While they were on 4000 to 5000 rand per month, respectively, the employees demanded 12,500 rand and agreed that they would not turn up for work the next day.
Right to Dignity. Section 10 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 (the Constitution) provides:
“everyone has inherent dignity and the right to have their dignity respected and protected”
Right to life. Section 11 of the Constitution provides:
“Everyone has the right to life”
The importance of the right to life and dignity were emphasised in the case of S vs. Makwenyane 1995 (3) SA 391 (CC) at paragraph 144 where CHASKALSON P held:
“The right to life and dignity are the most important of all human rights, and the source of all other personal rights in chap 3. By committing ourselves to a society founded on the recognition of human rights we are required to value these two rights above all others”
Langa J further states at paragraph 218 stated that:
“The emphasis I place on the right to life is, in part, influenced by the recent experiences of our people in this country. The history of the past decades has been such that the value of life and human dignity have been demeaned. Political, social and other factors created a climate of violence, resulting in culture of retaliation and vengeance. In the process, respect for life and for the inherent dignity of every person became the main causalities. The State has been part of this degeneration, not only because of its role in the conflicts of the past, but also by retaining punishments which did not testify to a high regard for the dignity of the person and the value of every human life”.
Sachs J goes on and states at paragraph 348 and 351
“Decent people through the world are divided over which arouses the greatest horror: the thought of the State deliberately killing its citizens, or the idea of allowing cruel killers to co-exist with honest citizens. For some, the fact that we cold-bloodedly kill our own kind taints the whole of our society and makes us all accomplices to the premeditated and solemn extinction of human life”.
In the vivid phrase used by Mahomed J in the course of argument, the right to life is not subject to incremental invasion. Life cannot be diminished for an hour, or a day, or ‘for life’. While its enjoyment can be qualified, its existence cannot. Similarly, death is different. It is total and irreversible. Just as there are no degrees of life, so there are no degrees of death (though, as well shall see, there were once degrees of severity in relation to how the sentence of death should be carried out) a level of arbitrariness and the possibilities of mistakes that might be inescapable, and therefore tolerable in relation to other forms of punishment, burst the parameters of constitutionality when they impact on the deliberate taking of life. The life of any human being is inevitably subject to the ultimate vagaries of the due processes of nature; our Constitution does not permit it to be qualified by the unavoidable caprices of the due processes of law.
Right to decent living
Right to safe working conditions
Freedom of expression
There is no reason in my mind, why the Marikana Day should not be made a public holiday, given the scale of violence and senseless killing.
There is no freedom without a struggle (President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela)
No struggle without casualties
Never again should we allow race discrimination to dictate the pace of change in our country
Police brutality is not a solution to disputes of this nature
Wage disputes should enlist the services of mediators
Push mediation as a solution, e.g political disputes, family disputes, neighbourly disputes.
The struggle for economic emancipation is not over. As long as the fat cats continue to exploit workers there will always be a need for unions to organise the workers to fight for better wages and for better working conditions. Remember my brothers, my comrades, together we stand. Amandla ngawethu!
I have no doubt that the ANC government has given a lot of thought to the topic of Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) however I think they might not have fully comprehended the consequences of such a policy. As a farmer I thought it might be useful to enlighten them as to the course of action I would take once my farm is targeted for EWC. Before I continue I would like to emphasize that this is not a threat nor delivered with the mindset of a saboteur, it is merely a description of the sequence of events that would unfold in the event of such a policy being enforced.• I would immediately identify all the moveable assets on my farm and start selling them or placing them in a suitable storage facility. I list these below simply to demonstrate to non-farmers what makes a farm functional and profitable. The first to go would be all the livestock followed by all the machinery including tractors, pumps, silos, centre pivots, electrical transformers, irrigation equipment, water troughs, implements and piping. I would strip the dairy and sell the bulk tanks, milking machines etc. I would take down all internal fencing on the farm and recoup what I could. All sheds would be disassembled and all houses and other buildings would be stripped of anything sellable, including their roofs.• I would disconnect/cancel the 5 Eskom points on the farm and obtain refunds on the deposits I’ve paid on them.• I would re-trench all my staff and pay them off in accordance with the Labour Act. I would then strip all the staff accommodation on the farm and sell what I could.• With the sale of all my livestock and cessation of the farming operation I would immediately default on the R5.5m I owe FNB but I wouldn’t worry as the farm is the loan’s security and I don’t really own anything else.• When the day came to leave the farm I would hand the ‘keys’ over to the new ‘owners’ but I’m not quite sure what they would do as there’d be no roof on the farm house and there would be nothing to ‘farm’ on the farm. It would just be a piece of land, but that’s ok because the ANC says owning land makes you wealthy.When you take the sequence of events described above and multiply it on a national scale you see another sequence of events unfolding.• The new ‘farmers’ arrive on the farm but there is no livestock, machinery or working capital to continue the operation.• They go to the banks to borrow money (A good farming habit) but the banks are sitting on a R160 Billion defaulted debt book from the ‘old’ farmers and won’t lend a cent to agriculture. They’re fighting for their own survival now.• The Govt doesn’t have the money, which would be far more than the R160 Billion mentioned above, to re-capitalise and finance all the farms so most of the farms either fall derelict or are farmed at a subsistence level.• There is a massive but short-term surplus of Beef, Sheep and Poultry products due to the sell-off by the previous farmers. This brings prices down drastically in the short term but eventually the meat runs out and there is nothing to replace it. Meat prices skyrocket.• Dairy products cease almost immediately after the livestock cull/sell-off and within weeks there is a critical shortage of all dairy products. Importing is impossible due to the Govt’s actions which have decimated the value of the Rand.• Maize lasts quite a bit longer and with careful rationing will endure until the next season but there is no crop in the ground for next year due to the new ‘farmers’ lack of machinery, experience and access to credit.• All agricultural Co-Ops and suppliers very quickly cease operation and/or go bankrupt and re-trench all their staff. They cannot survive by selling single bags of seed and fertilizer to subsistence farmers.• All processors of agricultural products such as meat, dairy and maize cease operation due to lack of product and re-trench all their staff.• Rural Municipalities start to feel the pinch as there are no longer any farmers paying rates and the agricultural businesses in the towns have also sold up and left.• Smaller rural towns that depended on agriculture eventually collapse and rural communities are forced to travel long distances to major centres to find ever dwindling supplies.• Ironically the EWC movement creates more Urbanisation as the rural folk flee the agricultural desert that has been created.• All food dependent enterprises such as fast food chains and restaurants either disappear or are greatly reduced…along with all their staff.• With all the unemployed farmworkers, as well as those who have lost their jobs from other sectors, there is an unsustainable demand on the UIF system and it soon collapses.• The Social Grant system teeters as the ripple effect from the agricultural collapse enters all sectors and the tax-base is shredded.• Food riots become common and genuine hunger and poverty widespread.• Unlike Zimbabwe the South African population has nowhere to run.• With the White Farmer no longer an available target and the true ‘value’ of land revealed in all its fallacy the masses turn on the only target they have left. The ANC.
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Mr Mandela and the ANC feature prominently in our attached dossier. The venue you chose for a conversation on sell-outs and the betrayal of the Black oppressed is a complete example of collaboration between racists and the non-white slaves they keep. And, as you know, the Krok brothers proceeds off crimes against humanity financed that racist edifice. This dossier fully answers the question your panel refused to resolve. With Ms Lebohang Pheko as the one courageous exception, Gold Reef City Casino must be grateful for the endorsement that you and your employer lend to the outlandish political myths that tie-in with their unlawful use of my registered trademark: The Apartheid Museum™. The rule of law, in the context of a judiciary controlled by racists, could in future become a fitting conversation for Human Rights Day.
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In his input, Collected Works, Volume 22, Russian Marxist Vladimir Lenin wrote; “So one army lines up in one place and says ‘we are for socialism’ and another, somewhere else says, ‘we are for imperialism’, and that will be a social revolution! … Whoever expects a “pure” social revolution will never live to see it. Such a person pays lip-service to revolution without understanding what revolution is”.
In this narrative, Lenin attempted to show that there is nothing like a pure revolution, at least in Marxist terms. The South African oppression, in historical and current terms, consists of three major questions, namely: 1) gender; 2) race; and 3) class. Through the National Democratic Revolution (NDR), the revolutionary alliance, led by the ANC, seeks to deal with the clashes and interactions of race, gender and class.
The goal of the NDR is therefore to eliminate the gender, class and gender contradictions, and proceeds towards a “united state of people’s power”, and the total obliteration of “exploitation of man by man”.
Like Lenin warned, the revolutionary alliance is aware that there shall be no pure revolution to deal with those contradictions. In this revolution, there shall be no army of white South Africans lining against an army of black South Africans, in a quest to deal with the race question.
Regarding the gender question, there shall not be an army of women lining against another army of men, preparing to confront each other in some “pure revolution”. Equally, there shall not be an army of capitalists lining against an army of the working class, in a tough class revolution.
The only way to properly understand the nature of our revolution, is to appreciate the dialectical forces at play between these different questions of our struggle. A politically conscious activist will attempt to acknowledge the class content of the gender question, the gender content of the class question, the class content of the race question, the race content of the gender question, etcetera.
By making an enquiry of the inter-relationships and interactions between these questions of the revolution, an activist will better appreciate that this is not a simple struggle between Blacks and Whites or women and men. It is a complex struggle towards a society whose content and form is superior to this one.
When one listens to some narrations made by some leaders of the women formations, one realises that a scientific appreciation of the gender struggle, the National Democratic Revolution, and the dialectical relations between gender, class and race, has escaped some of our leaders.
On this occasion of the 62nd anniversary of the 1965 Women’s March, one feels that some leaders are convinced that the gender struggle must be reduced to a futile confrontation between women and men. It shall not form part of a narrow struggle that seeks to isolate whites because of the colour of their skins, or men because they were born differently from women.
Sixty-two years ago, women organised under the banner of the Federation of South African Women, took to the street, to fight against an unjust system, with full appreciation of the relationship between their oppression as women, oppression of Africans in particular and Blacks in general, as well as the repressive regime which enslaved their men in the mines and industries (class question).
I honour the women of 1956 for their bravery and commitment to the struggle for freedom and democracy. Rather than isolate the men, black and white, who were also faced with different forms of oppression, these women became an intrinsic part of the broader revolution.
Today, we are free because of the roles played by these women, and all those who lent a hand towards the revolution. I call on all sections of society, young women in particular, to emulate the women of 1956, and lead the revolution. As the Basotho people say; Basadi ke tau di mesana, or women are lions wearing dresses, further emphasising the important role of women in society.
Like true mothers, women must carry all of us, in their kangaroo pouches and advance towards the next phase of the revolution. Happy Women’s Day to all Women of the World. Let the revolution continue! Victory is certain!
Makhele is an African Marxist and a member of the ANC in Mangaung Region, Free State. He writes in his personal capacity
THE month of August focuses our attention on the trials and tribulations women have undergone, their successes and challenges, but more importantly gender based violence, which is now spiralling out of control in our country. While we focus on this pandemic only in August, they live this life of rape, sexual harassment and die at the hands of their partners, everyday. And events such as the one to be attended by Deputy Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams, who will be among the speakers alongside the disgraced former ANC MP Mduduzi Manana, begs the question: are women not part of the problem in promoting patriarchy and insensitivities around gender based violence?
Gender based violence is a human rights issue. It speaks to the question of whether we can have a just society when just over half of our population lives in fear of being attacked and their lives and capacity to contribute to the world is cut short by a man, who in most cases, is someone they know.
Women in particular, are always the target, since time immemorial; be it in domestic settings or in war, they have always been the victim of a tradition of impunity. A father, an uncle, a brother, Yugoslavia, Rwanda, Iraq, Peru, Pakistan, Bosnia, liberation movements in Africa – everyone feels they are entitled to a woman’s body. It is true that men are also the target of rape, something which should also come to the spotlight.
Violence against women in conflict situations assumes many forms; rape is often only one of the ways in which women are targeted. But while other abuses, such as murder and other forms of torture have long been denounced as war crimes, rape has been downplayed as an unfortunate but inevitable side effect of sending men to war. It thus is ignored as a human rights abuse. It is seen as private, as a sexual conduct when it is political in war and should be treated as a war crime.
The capacity of girls and women to change the world for the better is curtailed by the intrusion of one man or men who disrupt their lives through the trauma that follows gender based violence. For some women, they bear the pain, trauma, humiliation and stigma and painstakingly try to go on with life. For many, however their lives are completely destroyed and some struggle to continue with life and opt to end their lives.
We must as a society stop making excuses for rape and gender based violence against women. We must stop excusing the perpetrators and blaming the victims for the sins of the perpetrators. We must return to some of our African cultural teachings that are relevant today and taught young men and women the responsibilities of adulthood, contributing to a community as responsible adults.
We must stop making excuses for the men who rape our children, girls and boys, and women. We must stop making excuses for the men who beat-up our girls and boys, and women.
It is an absolute shame to see men in leadership positions, who have been convicted of abusing women still being paraded around by the ruling party on women’s marches and presenting women’s issues alongside their ANC women leaders.
Is this not where the problems against women start? When women themselves condone and support men who have in law been found to be against the law? Manana is a convicted woman abuser. Why is the ANC tagging him along women’s events. He has, through his connections managed to evade the law, but why does he have to be the face of Gender Based Violence and label him as a legend!
YESTERDAY we woke up to news that yet another young person had committed suicide. Khensani Maseko, a third year student at Rhodes University had written several posts on rape on Twitter and later posted on Instagram on the hours leading up to her death. This has led to speculation that she may have taken her life because she was raped.
On her Twitter account she wrote: “When people ask for help please help”.
Later she posted on Instagram: “No one deserves to be raped”. She then posted the two posters of her birth date and the date of her death. Her death comes at a time when South Africa celebrates Women’s month and gender based violence is under the spotlight.
This letter from a mother to her son on consent is timeless. Please let’s teach our sons about consent.
I’m writing this letter after watching the parents in the Steubenville Rape Trial crying over their son as he was found guilty of rape. I’ll be completely honest with you; I can’t say that I found much pity in my heart for their pain. Instead I found myself thinking, ‘yes, you should be crying. Your son treated that girl like a toy, a rag, a nothing. You raised a boy that lacked even the most basic compassion for that girl as a fellow human being.’ I’m imagining your face right now, thinking ‘okay mom, not quite sure why you’re telling me this…’ Yep, brace yourself; mom’s got a bee in her bonnet. Just bear with me and carry on reading.
You see, somehow this crying couple’s son and his friends were convinced they had a right to do as they pleased – either because they were brought up believing themselves to be above the rules, or because they were so lacking in common decency that they had no concept of how to treat other people. Whichever it was, the parents and coaches of Steubenville failed their sons and contributed to a culture where a girl was treated in the most heartless and disgraceful way for these boys amusement. The horrible truth is that as long as parents anywhere allow their boys to think that their wants are more important than other people’s rights this will continue to happen. I’m writing this letter to you because I don’t want to fail you in the same way. I love you too much to leave these things unsaid.
I need you to know that writing this doesn’t mean that I think you would act like these boys did. Discussing the potential for bad behaviour doesn’t mean I think it’s inevitable, or even likely. It just means I need to know (for both our sakes) that I taught you what sexual freedoms and responsibilities really mean. Educating you about proper consent doesn’t mean I see you as a potential sexual predator, any more than my educating you about the safe use of matches presumed you were a potential arsonist. This is about safety; your safety and the safety of any potential sexual partner.
I want you to consider a scenario. Imagine an average weekend when you’re staying at your mate’s house. You’ve had a good day laughing and joking with a group of people, some of whom you know and a couple of friends-of-friends. You’ve had a couple of drinks, laughed at stuff on the internet, played x-box for hours and then gradually drifted into various stages of getting comfortable, shedding some of your clothes and sleeping.
Now imagine waking up to discover a man on top of you, having obviously had some kind of sex with you. I know that’s a shocking thought. Something you’ve probably never considered, even though male victims make up 8% of reported rapes. Imagine your shock, your disgust and your anger. Now imagine everyone telling you that it’s your fault.
Would you feel that the fact that ‘you didn’t say no’ while it was happening made it okay? Or that the fact you were drunk or partly clothed or sleeping in public meant you’d put yourself at risk and were ‘asking for it? Would the fact that you’d spent some time together, been friendly, or accepted his offer of a drink, mean you were ‘sending out signals’ to him? Would the fact that you made a sexual joke earlier in the evening mean you were ‘up for it’? Would the fact that he heard you’d had sex with one of his friends, or relatives, be an acceptable reason? How about if you were walking home alone at night? Would you be actively putting yourself in danger and ‘partly responsible’ if a stranger dragged you into an alley and sexually assaulted you? If you accepted an invite to a friend’s house and he pinned you down on the sofa, would you be to blame for being alone with him?
I’m convinced your answer to each of those would be a loud and vehement ‘no’ – quite rightly.
So ask yourself this: if every single situation remained the same – except this time you’re female – does that make it acceptable? The answer, of course, is still no. No, nothing changes the lack of consent in these scenarios. Every one of those situations is sexual assault; no ifs, no buts, no maybes, and no excuses. Consent cannot be assumed, forced or taken. EVER. Consent is always, and only, something that is willingly given.
So let’s be absolutely perfectly clear: Sexual acts that take place without consent are rape, and the only thing that means yes is the word yes.
Not saying no does not mean yes.
Not fighting you off does not mean yes.
Not being awake does not mean yes.
Not being sober does not mean yes.
No type of clothing – or absence of clothing – means yes.
No amount of previous partners means yes.
Accepting a drink does not mean yes. Going out to dinner does not mean yes. Accepting a lift home in your car does not mean yes, and neither does an invitation in for coffee. Sitting next to you on the sofa does not mean yes. A gasp, sigh or returned caress does not mean yes. Erect flesh is not a yes – cold, fear, and even death can all cause the body to mimic the signs of sexual arousal. A yes to a kiss does not mean you can assume a yes to anything else. Never assume. Let me repeat that: NEVER ASSUME.
Resist the dangerous temptation to hope a kiss will just drift into something more without talking about it. Understand that ‘trying it on’ or ‘pushing your luck’ or imagining you’re correctly ‘reading the signs’ are all just polite euphemisms for being willing to risk committing a sexual assault in the hope that your feelings are reciprocated. Seriously, don’t. Every single woman I know can reel off experiences with this. Don’t be that guy.
The word yes is the only 100% unambiguous yes.
So, how do you get to yes? You ask. Really, it’s that simple. Ask the question, hear the answer, and respond accordingly. Even if it’s not the answer you were hoping for. Especially if it’s not the answer you were hoping for. That’s the difference between two people enjoying sex together, and one person sexually assaulting the other. The only reliable invitations to sex are clear, unambiguous, and verbal. If asking and affirming seem too embarrassing to contemplate, then maybe you just aren’t ready for sex with another person.
There’s only one person you should ever consider having unquestioning, silent sex with: yourself. That’s also the only person that might possibly ‘owe you’ an orgasm.
I know, all this sounds like such a list of rules and obligations for something that’s meant to be ‘natural’. Too much effort, even – well that’s tough. The world should not be treated like a sexual all-you-can-eat buffet where you can just help yourself. That’s exactly the attitude that has those boys (quite rightly) sitting in a cell. Sex that involves anyone beyond yourself is never just about your desire. If you imagine that your desires ever allow you to coerce another person into fulfilling your sexual need, then you have to ask yourself if you are willing to personally face the consequences of that view. We’re right back to that scenario where some stranger decides to use your body to fulfill their sexual desires, regardless of your feelings. Or you end up in a cell. Think about what that mindset means for the female relatives that you love. Should they be ‘fair game’ to any person attracted to them – like some commodity? That’s the rape-culture mindset, right there. It’s why I’m taking the time to put my thoughts on to paper; because the best lesson I can teach you is the ability to recognise that your choices have consequences, for you and the people you involve in your decisions.
So far, so negative… but there are real personal benefits to consent. Consensual sex is glorious. Verbal communication is hot. Listening to your partner and verbalising what you want will make you better in bed, and more responsive to each other’s needs. Talking about your desires and fantasies is far more likely to lead to them happening than hoping you’re dating a psychic. I’m sure your cringing at me now, but if you got this far there’s chocolate in the fridge, help yourself to it. Yes, this is a test.
You might not think it now, but making sure the sex you are involved in always involves complete consent will be the best gift you can give your future self. You’ll never look at yourself in the mirror and wonder if you pushed someone to doing something they weren’t ready for. You’ll never be the hypocrite that lectures their child while hiding a guilty secret. You won’t be burdened with regret at the harm you personally caused someone. You’ll never look a woman who has been abused in the face and know you’re a part of what caused her hurt. Most of all, you’ll be a leader not a follower. You’ll never be that boy in court; instead you’ll be part of a better consciousness that will make the world a safer place for everyone.
You’ll be the man I already see in you.
With love, always, Mum xxx
Rape Crisis https://rapecrisis.org.za/rape-in-south-africa/
This article was first published in https://someviewsfromabroad.blogspot.co.za/2013/03/a-letter-to-my-son-about-consent.html
“People’s actions are strongly influenced by their knowledge base. People act on their beliefs. You can manipulate a person’s actions by corrupting their knowledge base, warping historical truth, or ignoring it completely. Knowledge can make for independence if it helps people meet their world more confidently and realistically. Those who have wanted others to remain dependent have always recognized this fact and have opposed the spread of knowledge”.
Is this not what has happened and is happening in South Africa? Do you realise where Anton Lembede, Robert Sobukwe, Zeph Mothopeng, Steve Biko and Onkgopotse Tiro come in? There are others outside the borders of South Africa but I want to focus on local leaders. ANC leaders used to be hostile towards Biko but they recently appeared to have changed tack, it’s not clear why. It’s not a change of heart. We know what they have said in the past about Biko. If they had a change of heart they must publicly recant their previous utterances and admit they were wrong.
Countrymen and women, have you heard of “The Society of the Elect” and its outer circle known as “The Association of Helpers” during your history lessons or political science course, if not ask your Professors, academic Doctors, senior and junior lecturers why they don’t form part of your curriculum? The Society of the Elect and The Association of Helpers is one group. Members of these secret societies were Cecil Rhodes, William T. Stead, Reginald Baliol Brett, and Alfred Milner. Why should you learn or know about this group?
It plotted the Jameson Raid of 1895; it caused the Boer War of 1899-1902; it set up and controls the Rhodes Trust; it created the Union of South Africa in 1906-1910; it established the South African periodical The State in 1908; it founded the British Empire periodical The Round Table in 1910, and this remains the mouthpiece of the Group; it has been the most powerful single influence in All Souls, Balliol, and New Colleges at Oxford for more than a generation; it has controlled The Times for more than fifty years, with the exception of the three years 1919-1922; it publicised the idea of and the name “British Commonwealth of Nations” in the period 1908-1918; it was the chief influence in Lloyd George’s war administration in 1917-1919 and dominated the British delegation to the Peace Conference of 1919; it had a great deal to do with the formation and management of the League of Nations and of the system of mandates; it founded the Royal Institute of International Affairs in 1919 and still controls it; it was one of the chief influences on British policy toward Ireland, Palestine, and India in the period 1917-1945; it was a very important influence on the policy of appeasement of Germany during the years 1920-1940; and it controlled and still controls, to a very considerable extent, the sources and writing of the history of British Imperial and Foreign Policy since the Boer War.
Have you heard about the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), its genesis, what its role is and who is associated with it? It is a Cecil John Rhodes created organisation just like Britain’s Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA) whose equivalent in the US is the Council on Foreign Relations. These organisations were formed around the same time, RIIA in 1919 and the CFR in 1921. Moeletsi Mbeki is a member of the SAIIIA and is unashamed about it the same way Julius Malema sees nothing wrong addressing RIIA let alone under the Chatham House rule. The media never asks them about this because SAIIA controls public opinion in South Africa and has been controlling South Africa for more than a hundred years. Does it now make sense why Moeletsi Mbeki and Malema harangued former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe on repossession of land and clinging to power? Mugabe did nothing to South Africans, Moeletsi Mbeki and Julius Malema should focus on and expend their energies in fighting against British imperialism, white supremacy, neo-colonialism and capitalism which are the major problems in South Africa.
A document titled who runs South Africa and draws heavily on the works of Professor Carroll Quigley’s Tragedy and Hope and The Anglo-American Establishment reveals that:
“Conspicuously absent from the history books is mention of a small secret society of men who played a significant role in the sponsorship of the historical events. The secret society would conquer South Africa. They would use the money they plundered and techniques and methods learned to grow into a world-wide organization that continues to shape world history to this day. Between 1910-1915 the Secret Society evolved into an international group of co-conspirators called Round Table Groups set up in seven nations: Britain, South Africa, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, and the United States.
“The American and British branches of the Secret Society were formally established at a meeting held at the Hotel Majestic on 30 May 1919. The men who attended the meeting were British and American Secret Society members who were members of the British and American delegations to the Paris Peace Conference. The meeting resulted in the establishment of the Institute of International Affairs. The British Branch became the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and the American branch became the Council on Foreign Relations. Branches in other nations are usually called Institutes of International Affairs (Britain, Canadian, New Zealand, Australian South African,. Indian and Netherlands) or Institutes of Pacific Relations (Japanese, Chinese, and Russian).The branch organizations have headquarters and membership lists”.
Would it not be appropriate for the media to raise these issues and schools and universities to include them in the curriculum; how South Africa was conquered and who conquered it and if the status quo ante has been established instead of harping on the insipid narrative of miracles, icons and rainbows?
As we learn we realise that we barely scratched the surface. If any person predicts the outbreak of a war or a disease you must smell a rat. There is a person who predicted World War 1, World War 11 and World War 111 and his name is Albert Pike. He died in April 1891 but those wars broke out as he “predicted” them except the Third World War.
Albert Pike was born in the US on 29 December 1809 and was a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, a secret society. He is also the founder of the white supremacist organisation the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).
In a letter written in 1871, Pike wrote, “The First World War must be brought about in order to permit the Illuminati to overthrow the power of the Czars in Russia and making that country a fortress of atheistic Communism. The divergences caused by the “agentur” (agents of the Illuminati between the British and Germanic Empires will be used to foment this war. Communism will be built and used in order to destroy the other governments and in order to weaken the religions.
“The Second World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences between the Fascists and the political Zionists. This war must be brought about so that Nazism is destroyed and that the political Zionism be strong enough to institute a sovereign state of Israel in Palestine. During the Second World War, International Communism must become strong enough in order to balance Christendom, which would be then restrained and held in check until the time when we would need it for the final social cataclysm.
“The Third World War must be fomented by taking advantage of the differences caused by the “agentur” of the “Illuminati” between political Zionists and the leaders of Islamic World. The war must be conducted in such a way that Islam and political Zionism mutually destroy each other. Meanwhile the other nations, once more divided on this issue will be constrained to fight to the point of complete physical, moral, spiritual and economical exhaustion.
“We shall unleash the Nihilists and the atheists, and we shall provoke a formidable social cataclysm which all in its horror will show clearly to the nations the effect of absolute atheism, origin of savagery and of the most bloody turmoil.”
Four paragraphs would suffice, I can’t quote the whole letter because of space considerations. However, the gist of what Pike communicated is loud and clear. This is basically what secret societies are all about. Their members are heartless and ruthless. What Pike wrote in 1871 has happened and is happening. The events that are unfolding in Palestine right now are in sync with what Pike revealed. Members of secret societies’ loyalty is to their secret societies not their countries. If there is anybody you know who belongs to one or more of these organisation you must know their loyalty is to those organisations and not their countries and they take an oath of secrecy.
Pike has mentioned the Illuminati. Have you come across or heard of the Illuminati before and Adam Weishaupt? Adam Weishaupt was born in Ingolstadt, Bavaria on 6 February 1748 and was the founder of a secret society known as the Illuminati on 1 May 1776. Karl Marx belonged to a sect of the Illuminati, according to Gary Kah (not his real name) in his book En Route to Global Occupation. Isn’t the title of that book foreboding?
Have you realised that after each war that Pike “predicted” there was a global organisation formed ostensibly to prevent future outbreaks of war? After the 1914 – 1918 war, the League of Nations was formed by members of the secret society that met at Hotel Majestic in 1919? So was the United Nations after the 1939 – 1945 war. When the UN was formed in 1945 there were about forty five members of the CFR at the founding conference of the UN in San Francisco. Is it any wonder how the UN operates? The hands of the UN drips with the blood of Patrice Lumumba and Muammar Gaddafi. The UN is also known for being used to collect debts owed to the banks. Hence Canadian activist Glen Kealy referred to it as an organisation of banks by banks for banks.
I was not surprised when they instituted a day dedicated to a discredited politician. In fact, I expected it since it would be unlike the UN if it didn’t because they are as discredited as that politician. Those who run the UN and their associates created this politician and they are now failing to sell him because he has passed his sell by date.
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