The Evil Trinity Of The South African Political Landscape

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A SYNOPSIS OF THE RANGE OF COUNTER –REVOLUTIONERY FORCES DEPLOYED AGAINST THE           AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS

By Greg Alexander Mashaba

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  1. The struggle for radical transformation of South African society which is led by the African National Congress is facing resistance on a scale and intensity which has never been heretofore seen. Never in the history of the struggle of our people for national and social emancipation   has our organisation come under such attack . The only other such periods which could eclipse the current challenges in their intensity and magnitude are perhaps the situation following the unbanning of the ANC and other political organisations in 1961 and the difficult but defining moment when our students revolted against the policy of inferior Bantu education in 1976.

In 1961 and 1976 it was very easy to clearly identify the range of forces which were deployed against our people and the primary organisation leading the national liberation struggle, namely the ANC in alliance with the SACP and the trade union movement led by SACTU ( South African Congress of Trade Unions. The complexity of South African society in post Apartheid South Africa is such that it is not as easy as in the 1960s and 1970s to appreciate the true nature of the forces which seek to reverse the gains of our revolution. This is simply because some of them operate covertly and have mastered the politics of misinformation. This is better captured by the statement by the late   president of Mozambique, Samora Machel when he said:

“…The other enemy is the that of the indirect and secondary enemy, who presents himself under the same cover of a nationalist and even as a revolutionary thus making it difficult to identify him….The fighter must distinguish friend from foe even …..if he raises the flag with us.”

  1. The primary and overt force of counter-revolution is the Democratic Alliance ( DA ) . Prior to the first democratic elections in 1994 the fore-runner to the DA was the Progressive Federal Party . While it openly and freely participated in the Apartheid parliament and other structures of   the Apartheid political system , it sought to portray itself as a liberal party which was opposed to Apartheid . Following the 1994 elections the DA reconstituted itself as the DA and preached equality of all irrespective of race. It was however opposed to the radical economic transformation which the previously oppressed masses sought. The more conservative nature of the DA was reinforced by the influx of the verkrampte elements who left the National Party in droves when the latter merged with the ANC in 2004. Thus the DA got fundamentally opposed to the primary strategies of redressing the imbalances of the past black economic empowerment, employment and land restitution.

In recent years the DA has bolstered its ranks through recruitment of black people whose sole purpose is to serve as the black faces of a white party. Although nominally presented as genuine leaders of the DA, their true position and role was exposed by their glaring failure to confront acts of racism committed and perpetuated by their white masters. Those who sought to stand firm against racism like Lindiwe Mazibuko and Mbali Ntuli were marginalised, with Ntuli being banished to rural KwaZulu Natal and Mazibuko being thrown out of the party.

The DA which has positioned itself as a principled organisation which seeks to serve the interests of all South Africans and one which is guided the principles enshrined in our Constitution and the Bill Of Rights has in recent years sought to reverse and thwart political and economic transformation through recourse to the usurpation of the judiciary whereby it has sought to move political debate from parliament and the town halls to the courts. So numerous have been the number of political disputes which the DA has referred to the courts that senior members of our judiciary have sounded the alarm at this phenomenon. I will refer in this instance to the remarks of retired Deputy Chief Justice Moseneke when he delivered the Helen Suzman Memorial Lecture last year.

  1. The second strata of political forces ranged against the ANC are the nominally black opposition parties , namely COPE , the UDM , the IFP , the ACDP and lately the EFF. With the exception of COPE , the IFP and the ACDP , two of these parties , namely the EFF and UDM, were formed when their founding members were expelled from the ANC. Very much like Tennyson Makiwane who became an agent of the Apartheid regime following his expulsion from the ANC at the Morogoro Conference in 1969, these parties have been co-opted into the DA, if not through formal mergers , through the integration of their political programmes and strategies into those of the DA. It is quite possible that all of these parties get their primary funding from the same sources, both locally and  from abroad. Reports that the EFF had received funding from the ultra-conservative Swaziland-based business man Nathan Kirsch could serve as an indication of the primary sources of funding for this organisation which, while seeking to position itself as a party of radical economic transformation, is in practical terms a mere appendage and proxy of the DA. By the way Nathan Kirsh is the major shareholder of Magal Security Systems, which became notorious for its construction of Israel’s Apartheid Wall. The same company is a major contractor to the Israel Defence Force.

These nominally independent political parties have joined the DA in seeking to undermine the constitution by seeking also to settle political disputes in the courts. The decision by the EFF in particular to help the DA to secure three metropolitan municipalities after the August 2016 local government elections revealed its true nature as a counter-revolutionary party. Its continuous attempts to frustrate the operation of parliament further confirms this view. I was recently reliably informed that there are well-known members of the so-called “Student Command” of the EFF who receive monthly stipends in return for the disruption of the academic programme at Wits University. I am disappointed that our security services seem to be oblivious to this matter.

  1. The third strata which completes this evil trinity is the range of civil society groups, among them the Helen Suzman Foundation, The De Klerk Foundation ( which was founded by the last president of Apartheid South Africa ), The Thabo Mbeki Foundation, Save South Africa and OUTA . Though nominally civil society organisations, they share a common agenda in their hostile and stiff opposition to all programmes and policies of the democratically elected government of South Africa. These organisations are also notorious for their continued use of the courts to challenge the democratically elected government initiatives. Members of these organisations include very affluent black executives like Sipho Pityana. These are executives who were recruited into the private industry following service as ministers and senior civil servants in the initial years of democratic government .

These organisations are backed by the churches which are organised under the South Afican Council of Churches (SACC). ( For my critique of the political posture of the SACC please refer to my aricle “His Grace Dances With The Devil “ which first was first posted on unccensoredopinion.co.za on 19 May 2017. http://uncensoredopinion.co.za/grace-dances-devil/. Therein I make the argument that the bishops organised under the banner of the SACC are apologists of the growing black middle class and their sponsors in the conglomerates listed on the Johannesburg Securities Exchange ( JSE ). I further make the argument that, due to their reliance on sources of funding which flows from the coffers of those who previously benefited from Apartheid, the clergy’s views on the current political situation is severely compromised and weighted against the government rather than those seeking to arrest the move towards radical economic transformation .

The ideological and political stance of the evil trinity is supported and propagated through the dissemination of false news and unbalanced analyses by a media industry which remains untransformed , 23 years after the ushering in of a democratic dispensation.

  1. A more sinister component of this evil trinity comprises those members of the ANC and its alliance partners who seek to remain within the organisation and to use its networks and infrastructure to deepen divisions and eventually to cause the organisation to implode. The primary strategy employed is the continuous call for the ANC to recall Jacob Zuma as president of the republic, knowing fully well that this is also the clarion call of the right-wing parties who expect that such a move would result in the break-up of the ANC and thus secure a take-over of government by opposition parties without the country going through a general election.
  2. Ultimately it is up to all the members of the ANC to vigorously expose and confront these formations head on. No one who genuinely loves the ANC can dare sit on the sidelines and pray for a miracle so that the ANC prevails over its adversaries.

GREG MASHABA IS AN ADDITIONAL   BRANCH EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER OF THE ELLEN KHUZWAYO BRANCH IN EKURHULENI . HE WRITES THIS ARTICLE IN HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY. 

 

 

5 Comments on "The Evil Trinity Of The South African Political Landscape"

  1. Rachel Lakhi | May 22, 2017 at 2:32 pm | Reply

    If the ALLIANCE stuck to their word with especially workers, they would have never have overtaken us. If Cde’s did not allow materialism to take the pace of REVOLUTIONARY SPIRIT, in their lives, if Cde’s respected capable cde’s and not corrupted lists, if Cde’s respected EE, BEEE, If Cde’s were vigilant, we would have been unshakable. Cde’s allowed it as they were SWALLOWED BY WESTERN LIFESTYLES AND MONEY. The Jewish Capitalists CORRUPTED the BROEDERBOND set up to PROTECT THE AFRIKANER not only against Blacks but against the English, but WE ALLOWED the ALLIANCE TO BE INFILTRATED, because of lack of funds. SA was never meant to last, but Black SA was allowed peacefully so that they can caputure our ppl , through ,materialism and set us up against each other

  2. Rex Seemela | May 22, 2017 at 9:06 pm | Reply

    Greg has touched me with his article and subject which is well penned.
    My purpose in writing on this subject is to clarify for pastors and denominational executives, issues of the clergy killers, their methods and the remedy for clergy killers in the church.

    THE REALITY OF CLERGY KILLERS (CK)

    First, the fact of clergy killers. Nearly all experienced pastor and denominational executive has encountered these humanoids (excuse me, my anger is still showing!). We tend to deny, excuse, or pamper them in the church. But they are very real and very toxic. I have encountered them in every denomination, and in many congregations over the years. But because we believe such persons should not exist in the church, and that we should be kind and forgiving to everyone, we fail to admit or understand the tactics, and motivation, and devastating toll they take on the energy and resources of the church, besides the cruel damage they do to clergy and those dear to them.

    Clergy killers typically have intimidating power because they are willing to violate the rules of decorum and caring the rest of us try to follow. This is powerful at a subconscious level, for we sense such persons are willing to escalate the fight, and use tactics we forbid. In fact, most of us clergy do not even know how to do survival fighting (“street fights”), much less the necessary resources and networks for such showdowns.

    Clergy killers are masters of disguise. They can present themselves as pious, active church members who are “only doing this for the good of the church.” Naive and gentle (“peace at all costs”) parishioners may be deceived by such camouflage. And they typically advocate for the CKs (Clergy Killers) by urging the pastor and church board to be patient, make allowances, or not to misjudge such folks. CKs can convince many that they are raising legitimate issues. And for those who might do battle with them, CKs use bluster, threats, and even terrorism to appear as unstoppable giants. CKs even have allies of opportunity, i.e., parishioners who do not advocate the cause CKs are espousing, but who wish to punish the pastor for their own hidden reasons.

    Clergy killers are evil. There, I said it! There are clinical names, of course, but in our theological categories, they are evil. This means they are not just sinners, in the normal inadvertent or mistaken sense. They do evil intentionally, and willingly pursue its destructive means and ends. Even repentance and restraint on their part is suspect, for it is typically a tactic only. Being around and having to associate with such persons tempts healthy spiritual leaders to pronounce curses (“Woe unto you Scribes and Pharisees…”), as someone we all know did more than once while on this earth.

    IDENTIFYING CLERGY KILLERS AND THEIR EFFECTS

    From a clinical (psychological) perspective, CKs are likely to have personality disorders (paranoid, antisocial, borderline, histrionic, narcissistic, and even passive aggressive). Or they may be previous or present victims of abuse. They may have volatile or addictive personalities. They may have inadequate socialization, arrested adolescence, and violent role models in their history. And they may have developed a perverse voyeuristic and vindictive taste for the suffering of their targeted victims.

    In more ordinary terminology, CKs have learned the power of throwing tantrums to get their way. They know how to be bullies. They know how to distract, confuse, and seduce. And they have little sensitivity to the suffering of those outside their circle of cohorts.

    It took me some time to realize the dimensions and variations of CKs’ tactics. In generic terms, they can either wound or kill by direct attacks, by getting others to do their dirty work for them, or by inducing their victims to self-destruct. The first two are self- explanatory. But it is this third generic form of victimization that may go undetected.

    The tactic of inducing a victim to self-destruct is not uncommon. Some jungle creatures do this. And it is not uncommon in business, politics, and the professions to harass a person in subtle and obvious ways until their stress produces irrational and destructive behavior. They may wound or destroy themselves, they may destroy a scapegoat, or they may do something bizarre, unethical, or criminal so that legal authorities must punish them. And it is not uncommon for the victim of a CK to develop behavior and attitudes that lead to alienation of family and friends, divorce, and loss of clergy credentials.

    I could cite many examples of clergy killers in action. One that raises my ire every time I hear or remember his name is a former pastor who was once a shining star of his denomination. He seemed to have everything going for him, until he became pastor of a medium- sized thriving and progressive church. But a couple of university professors and a seminary professor resented this pastors’ charisma and success. they combined to sabotage his leadership. Then when his confidence began to falter, and his pastoral competence wained under their attacks, they began to accuse him of mental disorders. His wife divorced him in panic. He finally left ordained ministry, and has been unable to hold any but menial jobs. He now subsists in an inner city, hardly able to cope or even recognize old friends. The CKs continue in that church, like scorpions doing what scorpions have to do.

    Cardiovascular disorders, cancer, arthritis, gastrointestinal disorders, respiratory problems used to be rather rare among clergy. And clergy used to generate the best mental health and longevity statistics of any profession. Not anymore. I hear of and work with highly stressed, paranoid, cynical, and dysfunctional clergy all the time now, with numbers growing. And many of these maladies are traceable to CKs and their effects. The costs to the church are enormous, in lost clergy, health costs, divided congregations, loss of ministry resources, and in debilitated pastors unable to function at much more than a survival level. Can anyone stop these CKs?

    THE EXTENDED DAMAGE

    One of the causes of the downturn in mainline Protestant denominations is the wounded pastor syndrome. When a pastor is bleeding and desperately trying to survive, it is apparent that she or he will have little energy available for the creative pastoring church growth requires. But since the pastor is still visible and the traditional services continue, most people will not realize what is occurring. This condition resembles a pet dog with worms. It still looks like a dog, so no one thinks to question the loss of energy, and the debilitation of mission. And hardly anyone goes to the pastor with the kind of understanding, strength, and support she or he needs.

    I sat at lunch with pastors recently, at a conference I was leading on another topic. It was notable that they talked almost continually of church situations where the pastor was under attack. Their comments ranged from “there, but for the grace of God, go I”; “poor guy, I wish I could help him!”

    More than one denominational executive has told me lately that as they travel across their district or the nation, they find attacks on clergy to be endemic. And they indicate a helplessness to do much about it. For even in strong executive denominations, top leaders have little authority to disarm or fight CKs. They fear offending powerful lay leaders, no matter how evil they are. Being politic, they realize that their power is derivative. And most denominational executives do not have the inclination toward the power tactics needed to eliminate CKs from a congregation. The correct prevalence of lawsuits is certainly no encouragement for any denominational leader to risk offending hostile-aggressive persons. But legal means may be one possibility for controlling CKs.

    It would be helpful if seminaries could prepare pastors for the real jungle of the local church. Academe is not notable for realism, however. It should be obvious by now that pastors need survival training. And they certainly should be trained in conflict management. Lip service to this need is not adequate. Recently I consulted with an organization that is establishing a leadership training process outside of seminaries. This organization purports to train pastors in evangelism, church growth, and “community based pastoring.” When I asked the director what kind of training they offered pastors in building their own support base, and in survival tactics, he looked at me as if I were from another planet. He said, “If a pastor is a dynamic leader, there will be no such problems.” If he hadn’t been so sure of his institute’s success, I could have told him of a burned-out pastor I had talked to the previous week, who had graduated from his program, and of at least two other graduates whom I had heard were under attack by CKs.

    THE CONTEXT

    The etiology of the CK phenomenon is not mysterious, for we have always had a few evil people in the church. But contemporary society is especially compatible for CKs. There is a general distrust of authority figures of any kind. There is biblical and theological illiteracy in the pews. This means parishioners do not understand God’s purposes, and the dynamics of spiritual leadership. There is a general sense of entitlement growing in the church, in which church members feel entitled to comfort and privilege. And if a pastor does not please them, they are free to criticize and punish. There is a growing business mentality in the church, which says that if the CEO (pastor) does not produce, he should be fired. There is mobility among parishioners. This means they feel little loyalty to the “peace and unity of the church.” For they will soon move on, without having to deal with the consequences of their irresponsible behavior. And, as has been mentioned, we are not training pastors to handle conflict, nor support themselves in survival situations.

    All churches and pastors are not suffering, of course. And all critics of pastoral leadership are not CKs. But the killing of pastors is a serious, and in my experience, a growing phenomenon. Some pastors are incompetent, and some “shoot themselves in the foot,” but none of them deserves the torturing tactics of CKs.

    It is not only the victimized pastor who suffers, of course. We have noted the subtle, but significant damage to congregations and denominations. And we should certainly note the damage to clergy spouses, families, and intimate friends when CKs attack. Such victims may have even fewer survival resources, unless they have their own careers and support networks.

    Identifying a problem is useful. But offering possible solutions and preventions techniques is also necessary. Even though clergy killing is such a distasteful, and denied subject, some healing insights will be useful… at least to celery who know the reality of this treacherous role vulnerability.
    THE REMEDIES

    The first remedial insight is one to which this column is dedicated, namely, the existence of clergy killers. Such persons exist and continue their devastation in that shadowy dimension of institutional religion, behind the prominence of altar, pulpit, and pew. As I consult with victimized clergy, and even savvy denominational executives, it is hard for them to admit the presence and damage of clergy killers. It is much easier to blame pastors, for an unwritten expectation of our profession is that successful pastors should not have unhappy parishioners. There are incompetent pastors, of course, but there are clergy killers also.

    The second insight is that the motivations and tactics of CKs are of a different order of magnitude than ordinary critics or nagging detractors. They are evil. And this is what makes them difficult to deal with. For though religion and clergy are not strangers to evil, we have forgotten the need for exorcism. Given this lapse, we simply much teach ourselves reality. CKs do not stop with winning a single victory over a pastor. It is only a matter of time before another attack is fomented. CKs do not stop when thwarted. They may back off, but this is only to regroup and find a winning strategy. CKs camouflage their methods and goals through denial, piousness, distractions, seduction, and unlikely alliances. CKs are willing to go to any length to achieve their goals, and seem to relish the notoriety and general destruction they generate. Theirs is a lifelong goal. When they kill off (get rid of) one pastor, they will certainly wait for an opportunity to kill the next one, even if they had a part in bringing her or him to their pulpit. And, CKs typically do not leave a congregation after either a victory or defeat, as other types of clergy antagonists often do. They tend to stay and turn a parish into a clergy killing field.

    The third insight about CKs is how difficult and rare it is to find successful ways of thwarting or eliminating them on a permanent basis. As already mentioned, the denial process in the church is so strong that neither traditional theology nor polity offer effective relief. But there are several strategies that offer some possibility of success.

    Patience. If one learns survival tactics, outliving CKs may be possible. For forty years in the wilderness eliminates some of them.
    Raising consciousness. Educating laity and clergy to the CK phenomenon is valuable for both the short term and long term. This is sophisticated education, however. For denial and CK vengeance will try to sabotage it.
    Teach survival. Clergy and their intimates must be provided with self-preservation skills, since few lay leaders, colleagues, or denominational executives will come to their aid, ready to stay the course with tenacious CKs.
    Give theology and polity some teeth, in order that when CKs are identified, they may be eliminated. We have now put teeth into eliminating killer clergy (sexual malfeasors); we could do the same with clergy killers.
    Engage knowledgeable consultants to bring in outside skills needed in this struggle for which the church is poorly prepared. Such professionals can advise and devise the interventions necessary. I have been encouraging experienced Pastoral Counselors (AAPC certified) to bring their special skills to the church for such ministries.
    “Go by the book.” Follow your denomination’s polity and protocol as closely as possible. This not only lessens legal liability, it also sets precedence, and gives all involved parties an honorable method and goal.
    He was yet another victim of the church cartel.

    A church cartel is an alliance of bullies, bully-followers, carnal Christians, and even non-Christians in the church. Its ultimate goal is to get its way. It feeds off of selfish power.

    We don’t like to talk about church cartels. After all, it’s not the Christian thing to do. But they exist in too many churches. And if they are not exposed, they will continue to wreak havoc.

    Here are five of the very dangerous realities of the church cartel:

    When a cartel is allowed power, the church is already unhealthy. The cartel is, by its definition, self-centered and power-driven. A church is already very sick if members remain silent and do not confront this evil directly.
    A church cartel leaves carnages of wounded and dying people. If you have any doubts about this danger, please see my post on “Autopsy of a Deceased Pastor.” See the comments. See the pain and questions and defeat the cartel leaves behind.
    Church cartels drive away healthy leaders. Some of these leaders are driven away by the cartel. Others leave on their own accord because they want to be in a joyous and healthy church. Their departure exacerbates the problems in these churches.
    Church cartels cause church leaders to work from a posture of fear. Instead of moving forward in faith, church leaders often spend more time worrying about how their decisions will impact the cartel. These leaders know the cartel will come after them if they go contrary to the carnal group’s wishes.
    We are told in Scripture to manifest the fruit of the Spirit; the church cartel causes the church to do just the opposite. Galatians 5:22-23 is clear about the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Church cartels bring hate, discord, anxiety, impatience, evil, fear, brutality, and chaos.
    Churches that have cartels usually know they are present. They know who the bully is. They know who the bully followers are. They see them. They hear them. And they often fear them.

    Courageous leaders must confront and stop church cartels. If no one is willing, the church is already on a path toward decline and death.
    We don’t like to talk about church cartels. After all, it’s not the Christian thing to do. But they exist in too many churches. And if they are not exposed, they will continue to wreak havoc.

    • Pinky Khoabane | May 23, 2017 at 9:48 am | Reply

      Dear Comrade Reader, I have not had the time to edit Rex’s entire letter. If there are errors, please forgive us.

      Kindest

      PK

  3. This is a very important article, and one that all of us have to take to heart. There is a wide range of forces that masquerade as ‘progressive’, and supposedly concerned about ‘human rights’ and ‘corruption’, that are funded by the likes of the Open Society Foundation of George Soros, Nathan Kirsch, the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust and other White Monopoly Capital institutions such as ABSA, Investec and RMB etc.

    When stating the objectives of their organisations they all wax lyrically about freedom, constitutionalism and anti-racism, but one is hard pressed to find them anywhere showing concern with day-to-day instances where black people are subject to injustices. As I have asked before, where were these organisations together with all the whites they now marched with against President Zuma, when action was required against:

    ⁃ Race-based pay in companies?
    ⁃ The currency manipulation scandal by major banks?
    ⁃ Collusion among white monopoly companies?
    ⁃ The construction, bank, bread and other cartels?
    ⁃ The return of stolen land to black people?

    They were missing in action! Please note I am only mentioning a few major issues where they were glaringly absent in any marches and displayed no moral outrage, there are many more instances.

    Last week we were subjected to an even worse farce when these defenders of the White Monopoly Capitalist status quo made common cause with the coalition of the bitter and twisted. Former President Thabo Mbeki, and former President Kgalema Motlanthe, neither of whom have been able to recover from and rise above their respective defeats in Polokwane and Mangaung, sadly joined this unholy coalition of the defenders of white monopoly capital and black exploitation and subjugation. Not only did they join them, but they allowed former apartheid President FW de Klerk to join them too in the National Foundations Dialogue Initiative (NFDI).

    To my mind this is one of the worst possible things they could have done. They allowed De Klerk to use this national platform – that they provided him with – to again deny that he had committed any apartheid wrongdoing.

    It is truly time that all of us who really care about our revolution wake up and smell the coffee. These organisations must be exposed for who and what they truly are. Their ultimate aim is through divide and rule tactics to destroy the ANC, and to prevent the Second Phase of the National Democratic Revolution from ever being implemented. Ultimately they want to prevent Radical Economic Transformation and any change in the current economic power dynamics so that the status quo of White Monopoly Capital control and black (especially African) subjugation and exploitation csn be perpetuated

    • Pinky Khoabane | May 27, 2017 at 12:56 pm | Reply

      Comrade Carl

      I have watched how in the past month or so, our attention has been diverted from the campaign to expose white monopoly capital, so bravely waged in the past year-and-a-half, to fighting each other. Surrogates of WMC have come out and simply distracted us and we are now at each other’s throats and are spending all our meagre resources against these powerful forces, fighting each other. Talk about divide-and-rule.

      Kindest

      PK

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