South Africa’s Amnesia At Dangerous Levels

By Akuba Mokoena

SOUTH AFRICA has a serious problem of amnesia. If we are to believe whites who live in South Africa today, none of them voted for the National Party which was in power for 48 years and inflicted the most heinous crimes on a people – a crime which the United Nations declared a crime against humanity. None of the whites in this country voted for them. By some miracle, the same people who propped-up the Nats of criminals such as FW De Klerk and others, would like us to believe that with each election held and won, they had nothing to do with it.

The uproar over former President Jacob Zuma earning his pension like all the other presidents before him is a case in point. And by former I include the apartheid butchers De Klerk, PW Botha and other operatives who were involved in the slaughter of black people and the looting of state coffers ahead of the 1994 elections.

The theft by the apartheid regime which includes Nobel Peace Prize winner De Klerk, makes the alleged Gupta corruption pale in comparison to the trillions stolen on the eve of democracy. The cover-up includes the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) which has gone to court to resist disclosing some of the dodgy deals involving mafia, international arms deals and theft of gold from the South African reserves. The Ciex report from which Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane made damning findings against ABSA and the SARB for the illegal lifeboat the latter gave to Bankorp which was later bought by ABSA, is in the public domain for anyone who’s in doubt of the looting by the apartheid operatives. Other organisations fingered include Nedbank, FNB, Armscor, and many others.

Apartheid Guns and Money: A Tale of Profit documents the damning stories of the profiteering individuals and corporations that propped up apartheid and profited in return.

And yet there is no uproar that a thorough investigation into apartheid economic crimes should be undertaken and those involved in the crime should be held to account.

We now have the ANC which blames only one man for the country’s economic woes including just about everything going wrong in the country as if he alone ran the government. And of course it’s helped by the media. Zuma, we are told, is responsible for the recent recession which experts like Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene claim they didnt see coming. The most annoying issue about this stance is that most of these men and women who lead the government today were with Zuma for the past nine or so years of his tenure. Some like now Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe, have been in cabinet since the advent of democracy. And what legacy projects has he left within all the departments he’s held during  this long service? He has bungled from one ministry to the next but he has managed to get himself back into everybody’s cabinet – he’s that guy everyone can rely on for loyalty and nothing else.

President Cyril Ramaphosa was the deputy president in Zuma’s cabinet and yet he often speaks as if he has just landed within the ANC.

But this amnesia is not confined to one sector of our society.

Those to the left of the political spectrum also manipulate information to suit their own agenda. They would like us to forget that the harrowing events of the Marikana massacre for example, are to be blamed on Ramaphosa alone and yet the massacre happened with Zuma at the helm of government and that it is his police force that has been fingered for the callous murder of the miners.

There’s revisionism of events all around us and if we are not careful we will not be able to hold anybody to account within this blame shifting game currently going on.

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