Cry The Beloved Peoples: An In-Depth View of How the Apartheidizers Blame the Victims in Contemporary South Africa

Cry The Beloved Peoples - woman mourner crying at one of the funerals of the 1976 police brutality and murder victims
Cry The Beloved Peoples - woman mourner crying at one of the funerals of the 1976 police brutality and murder victims
Funerals have become a way of life in South Afirca. It was worse when the Boers were killing  students and workers in 1976; today it more people are being buried due to AIDS, Sugar diabetes, high blood pressure, TV, Alcoholism and malnutrition induce
Funerals have become a way of life in South Afirca. It was worse when the Boers were killing students and workers in 1976; today it more people are being buried due to AIDS, Sugar diabetes, high blood pressure, TV, Alcoholism and malnutrition induce
Burial of the Sharpeville shooting victims, most of whom were shot in the back when running away from the rampaging police
Burial of the Sharpeville shooting victims, most of whom were shot in the back when running away from the rampaging police
A woman crying from having lost a loved one. Africans spend most of their time, from the days of Apartheid murders and today's AIDS going to the cemetery to bury their dead, and crying most of the time.
A woman crying from having lost a loved one. Africans spend most of their time, from the days of Apartheid murders and today's AIDS going to the cemetery to bury their dead, and crying most of the time.
Another victim of Apartheid brutality in the June Revolution of 1976 in South Africa
Another victim of Apartheid brutality in the June Revolution of 1976 in South Africa
The coming of the Apartheid regime and it's pass laws and surveillance of the African population through the Pass Laws, was the beginning of the shackling of the African population.
The coming of the Apartheid regime and it's pass laws and surveillance of the African population through the Pass Laws, was the beginning of the shackling of the African population.
A young man is stopped by the police asking for his pass book, which he was expected to be carrying on his person all the time
A young man is stopped by the police asking for his pass book, which he was expected to be carrying on his person all the time
The caption reads: Piet falls asleep with Bible on his face, Africans say: When the Europeans came, they had the Bible a. Now we have the Bible, and they have our land."
The caption reads: Piet falls asleep with Bible on his face, Africans say: When the Europeans came, they had the Bible a. Now we have the Bible, and they have our land."
 Homeless children who sleep anywhere, in drainpipes, junk yards, and anywhere. In this picture, taken at dawn, they lay shivering in a park.
Homeless children who sleep anywhere, in drainpipes, junk yards, and anywhere. In this picture, taken at dawn, they lay shivering in a park.
Victims of forced removals dumped outside with their belongs scattered all over and in shambles during the Apartheid era
Victims of forced removals dumped outside with their belongs scattered all over and in shambles during the Apartheid era
New South African Map with its new 9 provinces created since the African National Congress(ANC), South Africa's New ruling Party and ruling Government.
New South African Map with its new 9 provinces created since the African National Congress(ANC), South Africa's New ruling Party and ruling Government.
Map of Southern Africa: Genocide by Poverty, war and disease. this is the epicenter of HIV infection allowed to fester and rage and it's coming to infecting 30% of the population noted above.
Map of Southern Africa: Genocide by Poverty, war and disease. this is the epicenter of HIV infection allowed to fester and rage and it's coming to infecting 30% of the population noted above.
The Colonial Powers had no money, so each colony was charged with raising the revenue necessary to pay for all expenses, including  the colonial army and police force.
The Colonial Powers had no money, so each colony was charged with raising the revenue necessary to pay for all expenses, including the colonial army and police force.
Segregation in the 1950s with signs all over the land controlling everything that separated Blacks from Whites.
Segregation in the 1950s with signs all over the land controlling everything that separated Blacks from Whites.
The signs of Apartheid which ensured and secured segregation against the "Black Peril" as implemented by the Apartheidizers.
The signs of Apartheid which ensured and secured segregation against the "Black Peril" as implemented by the Apartheidizers.
South African Broederbond Members and leadership in 1918. From left to right: D.H.C. du Plessies, J. Combrink. H. Le R. Jooste. Seated: L.J. Erasmus, H.J. Klopper, Ds W. Nicol, J.E. Reeler
South African Broederbond Members and leadership in 1918. From left to right: D.H.C. du Plessies, J. Combrink. H. Le R. Jooste. Seated: L.J. Erasmus, H.J. Klopper, Ds W. Nicol, J.E. Reeler
Dr. Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd the architect of Apartheid and the man who caused so much misery to millions of Africans in south Africa. Like Hitler, he came up with the Final onslaught against Africans- Bantustans
Dr. Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd the architect of Apartheid and the man who caused so much misery to millions of Africans in south Africa. Like Hitler, he came up with the Final onslaught against Africans- Bantustans
African Miners working in harsh conditions underground
African Miners working in harsh conditions underground
Beyers Naude who left the Broederbond and wrote a tell-all about the the Boederbond
Beyers Naude who left the Broederbond and wrote a tell-all about the the Boederbond
Solomon "Sol" Thekiso Plaatjie was the first African South African to write a novel - Literature in South Africa, and was the first secretary general of the then Native National Congress in 1912, now known as the African National Congress(ANC)
Solomon "Sol" Thekiso Plaatjie was the first African South African to write a novel - Literature in South Africa, and was the first secretary general of the then Native National Congress in 1912, now known as the African National Congress(ANC)
The Aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa where people were shot in the back by police. Verwoerd was the prime Minister then.
The Aftermath of the Sharpeville massacre in South Africa where people were shot in the back by police. Verwoerd was the prime Minister then.
Nelson Mandela casting his vote for the first African government  in south Africa of which he became its first ever African President after 27 years in Robben Island Prison.
Nelson Mandela casting his vote for the first African government in south Africa of which he became its first ever African President after 27 years in Robben Island Prison.
South Africa's leading role as a regional economical superpower as gleaned from the Financial Mail 27 September 1985.
South Africa's leading role as a regional economical superpower as gleaned from the Financial Mail 27 September 1985.
A carry-over of housing from the Apartheid era, still prevalent in today's South Africa. South African democracy was born in Chains.
A carry-over of housing from the Apartheid era, still prevalent in today's South Africa. South African democracy was born in Chains.
One of the tenets of Total Strategy was to "win the hearts and minds" of the African peoples in South Africa. The resistance to that formula took many forms, like demonstrations, guerrilla war, and economical war by Africans.
One of the tenets of Total Strategy was to "win the hearts and minds" of the African peoples in South Africa. The resistance to that formula took many forms, like demonstrations, guerrilla war, and economical war by Africans.
Intelligence Oversight Committee created by the new ANC Government
Intelligence Oversight Committee created by the new ANC Government
Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, and was targeted by the Apartheid regime and General van den Bergh, BOSS' spy-master.
Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, and was targeted by the Apartheid regime and General van den Bergh, BOSS' spy-master.
White South Africans Reaction to African Rule by the ANC
White South Africans Reaction to African Rule by the ANC
Dr. Johan Koekemoer, Basson's former research manager at Delta-G Scientific, was caught with disgner drugm Ecstasy. Investigators were looking into the Drugs manufactured in a factory, and what the South African defense Force did with them- Populatio
Dr. Johan Koekemoer, Basson's former research manager at Delta-G Scientific, was caught with disgner drugm Ecstasy. Investigators were looking into the Drugs manufactured in a factory, and what the South African defense Force did with them- Populatio
The poisoning of the beer Botha was talking about has long been an ongoing process in killing-off Africans in south africa. This battered woman is drinking the "Beer" made by the Apartheid regime and displays the slow poisoning  effects  over her.
The poisoning of the beer Botha was talking about has long been an ongoing process in killing-off Africans in south africa. This battered woman is drinking the "Beer" made by the Apartheid regime and displays the slow poisoning effects over her.
After taking several swigs of the beer, the woman is seriously inebriated and she does so with a baby on her back.
After taking several swigs of the beer, the woman is seriously inebriated and she does so with a baby on her back.
Cartons of "Bantu Beer" littered all over the grounds where men were drinking it. This was sold by the government and was called "Bantu Beer", and has been poisoned over the decades, not as Botha claims was to be done from 1985, but done from the1950
Cartons of "Bantu Beer" littered all over the grounds where men were drinking it. This was sold by the government and was called "Bantu Beer", and has been poisoned over the decades, not as Botha claims was to be done from 1985, but done from the1950
Maternity Ward in South AFrica and due to a shortage of beds, a pregnant woman about to give birth lying on the floor. Botha was right, they were not paying people to bring Black children into the world.
Maternity Ward in South AFrica and due to a shortage of beds, a pregnant woman about to give birth lying on the floor. Botha was right, they were not paying people to bring Black children into the world.
Patient care is part of what the Apartheid regime did not care much about and even today, the patient get negligible care and there is a shortage of beds, and medicine to go along with poor care.
Patient care is part of what the Apartheid regime did not care much about and even today, the patient get negligible care and there is a shortage of beds, and medicine to go along with poor care.
Lack of beds meant that patients have to sllep on chairs; not that the Apaartheid government could not afford it, but they were implementing part of their Total strategy over the decdes of the rule by covertly attacking hospitals and maternity wards.
Lack of beds meant that patients have to sllep on chairs; not that the Apaartheid government could not afford it, but they were implementing part of their Total strategy over the decdes of the rule by covertly attacking hospitals and maternity wards.
Children were living in hospitals under crowded conditions and were under constant attack by the Apartheid regime s Botha has pointed out in his "Why we hate Blacks" speech within the Hub.
Children were living in hospitals under crowded conditions and were under constant attack by the Apartheid regime s Botha has pointed out in his "Why we hate Blacks" speech within the Hub.
AIDS victim and patient in a hospital in South African hospital. This picrue has be icluded in this gallery to show the stte and seriousness of HIV/AIDS and the people it is Affecting in order the world would be made aware of the genocide happening.
AIDS victim and patient in a hospital in South African hospital. This picrue has be icluded in this gallery to show the stte and seriousness of HIV/AIDS and the people it is Affecting in order the world would be made aware of the genocide happening.
AIDS Slows South African Population  growth. Over a one-year period ending June 2009, the population rose 1.07% compared with 1.1% during the previous 12 months.
AIDS Slows South African Population growth. Over a one-year period ending June 2009, the population rose 1.07% compared with 1.1% during the previous 12 months.
Map of Africa colored according to the percentage of the Adult (Ages 15-49) population with HIV/AIDS
Map of Africa colored according to the percentage of the Adult (Ages 15-49) population with HIV/AIDS
Priest holds service for AIDS victim in soweto, South Africa, 2003. It is estimated that about one thousand people or more die each day from this pandemic.
Priest holds service for AIDS victim in soweto, South Africa, 2003. It is estimated that about one thousand people or more die each day from this pandemic.
The statistics of the Composition by Rank, race and gender still showed the disparities of rank that were retained from the Apartheid era.
The statistics of the Composition by Rank, race and gender still showed the disparities of rank that were retained from the Apartheid era.
African Leaders rarely talked about in today's history of South Africa and Africa as a whole. the  one who is still well-known, alive and talked about is Bishop Tutu. Sobukwe was the most intellectual powerful and capable African leader.Tiro and Biko
African Leaders rarely talked about in today's history of South Africa and Africa as a whole. the one who is still well-known, alive and talked about is Bishop Tutu. Sobukwe was the most intellectual powerful and capable African leader.Tiro and Biko
Children, poor, hungry and crying, although this was in the sixties, the situation has not changed for many children today in South Africa. By the year 2014, there will be 5 million children homeless and without parents because of AIDS and so on.
Children, poor, hungry and crying, although this was in the sixties, the situation has not changed for many children today in South Africa. By the year 2014, there will be 5 million children homeless and without parents because of AIDS and so on.
A child stands next to her home which was bulldozed through 'forced removals' of Africans from places the Apartheid regime dubbed "Black Spots"
A child stands next to her home which was bulldozed through 'forced removals' of Africans from places the Apartheid regime dubbed "Black Spots"
Hector Petersen, one of the first victims of June 1976, being put into a 'volksie' by Mbuyisa Makhubu after being shot; Winnie Mandela, in the earlier days in front of their house in Orlando Wet Soweto, in which she had lived with Nelson Mandela.
Hector Petersen, one of the first victims of June 1976, being put into a 'volksie' by Mbuyisa Makhubu after being shot; Winnie Mandela, in the earlier days in front of their house in Orlando Wet Soweto, in which she had lived with Nelson Mandela.

Making the Victim and Blaming The victim

An Overview on Historical Talking Points

A casual look and perusal on the History, Media and information systems in South Africa reveal a very well orchestrated effort to blemish the image of African South Africans who are Victims of

Apartheid in the eyes of the world, to that of a Tyrannical Majority as has been promulgated through the Web. It was well and good that Mandela was freed from prison and became the first African President of South Africa. But what has happened since then is what has been billed as Rainbow-type of social relations that have manifest themselves as a "new" reality to South Africa. In plain and simple language, the strategy is to criticize African rule as being incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical have become the buzz-words of South Africa today.

Some of it is true, the other is propaganda. The democratically majority-elected ANC has been assailed by the minority former assets of the white intelligentsia who are also hurling all types of accusations their way; and, it is that type of dialogue that is presently found and is dominant on the Web and internal newspapers and radios/TV in South Africa today. What has happened in South Africa to Africans under Apartheid has not really been told in its full Historical narrative from the point of view of the victims, yet.

The Apartheid regime saw to it that during their rule, they erased "most" of the horrid and degrading practices, history and memory on the Africans and what and how they did it by fully utilizing their Censorship Board, Security Apparatuses, Draconian Laws, Shredding of Evidence, and looting and seizing information from the African Press

Some books in the libraries had pages excised or plastered-over with hard glue and carefully cut newspaper pieces, blackened out pages and the like, from through some Health for African South Africans, segregated Sports, separate Social living, dilapidated Poor Housing, sparse Social services, unequal land Inferior Education, One sided Economy, separate Religion and divided religious practices; unequal allocation of the country's wealth, and unfair land allocation and distribution, permeation and entrenchment of racist attitudes, Inferior foods, Intensive and torture, intimidation, frontline wars murder and plunder and human degradation and dehumanization, in a word or so.

The erasure of African history in the past 50-plus years of Apartheidized rule and victimization and genocide of Africans, is now being worked on and restored as the new communication of Internet Medium makes possible access to the world easier and practical.

Genocide in Random House Dictionary is defined as: "The deliberate and systemic extermination of a national, racial, political or cultural group." The continued deaths among the people of African descent in South Africa from AIDS, TB, Cholera, Dysentery, Poverty and joblessness,Drugs, Crack, Mandrax Pills crime and lack of medicines and poorly staffed hospitals and so on, has been recorded in some books, and now it needs to be talked about more in the Web.

One of the main problems of the many is that the past of Apartheid has not still been properly confronted, justly and fully addressed. Corruption and racism are deeply embedded deep within the present society. Both these social evils are working in tandem to conceal, effectively, the many tears that had been shed from the murderous and insane abuses of Apartheid onto the souls and society of Africans. Many of the core apartheid machinery's most senior functionaries still remain within the army, the police, the secret services and the civil services.

The present ANC leadership is beholden to its former masters and are compromised because they too still harbor secrets and abuses which leave them open to blackmail and manipulation. They are fully in cahoots with the past regime in a myriad ways. The collusion between the former Apartheid Masters and their present oppressed ANC government need to be put into a much more clearer perspectives in the future. Apartheid has and is alive and still decimating the African population through one of the most horrific racist social engineering techniques of modern times in South Africa.

In the middle, between the Masters(Apartheid Regime) and the Slave drivers(ANC) , are the poor and repressed, depressed and oppressed African Masses crying and in a schizophrenic way, give loyalty and support to their detractors — more specifically, the ANC government: which, and leaves the people are now wondering about as to what type of government they have put in power, which during its 20+ year rule, the ANC has been foreshadowed by time constraints, managerial shortcomings, bungled social engineering efforts, corruption, inefficiencies.

Also, lacking-in-experience in governance and a myriad of other failures, cronyism, nepotism and with this has drawn towards itself attack form their former masters as they, too, cover their atrocities which they have dealt the African society, and now the African society has been left to its own means — meanwhile sustained criticism is consistently laid on the Door of the ANC administration and all those that voted them into power.

South Africa's Hidden War Within

In the paragraph above, the definition for genocide has been cited from the — Random House Dictionary to be able to unveil the curtain of what is called the political miracle that is the "New South Africa" is like, and this will be helpful in putting into perspective the hidden history of the Apartheid's past and unstable and horrible concrete reality faced by the African masses.

The release of Mandela from prison in Robben Island did not end Apartheid, nor was he becoming the First African President of the country since the coming of the European Settlers meant that the African people were free; his release merely sub-ducted the Afrikaner past and atrocities into the underbelly of turbulent contemporary South African society. A lot is known about the previous Apartheid regime when it was in 'plain sight,' as a regional power and a government, but as to how it got there, what did it do in the waning days of its last gasp and where it is lodged now, is a very hard thing to do, and simply less known. It is important to begin by looking first overall Apartheid's Total, as a desperate measure applied by the regime in various stages and areas of social endeavors, throughout the South African Social life and within the African milieu.

The collapse of the Portuguese colonial empire in Mozambique(now Maputo) and Angola in 1974, and then, six years later, the minority regime in Rhodesia(now Zimbabwe), made way for independent African governments. The leaders of these countries were committed to opposing Apartheid and to giving all possible support to the Majority Africans within and outside South Africa. Inside South Africa, police repression had been so harsh that it successfully eliminated all African opposition to apartheid.

In the mid-sixties, ANC had launched a series of moves trying to infiltrate some guerrillas into the country but they were crushed in what got to be known as the Wankie wars; in this case, Ian Smith played a very crucial role in intercepting the fighters as they tried to pass through the then Rhodesia(Zimbabwe). But the police shootings of the youth protesters in Soweto, in June 1976 helped to swell the ANC ranks and the onset of guerrilla attacks within the country.

The challenge to white domination emerged at many levels - African protest and guerrilla activity at home, the new African governments opposed to Apartheid on its borders, and intensified international pressures through sanctions and boycotts, made it necessary to conceive of a strategy.

The total strategy doctrine conceived and applied by the Botha government was an attempt to counter each of these multi-pronged attacks on it , that they relied heavily on their military machinery and also on the intelligence and police apparatus. Botha's government decided to implement a strategy by which modifications in the structure of Apartheid were to be carried out behind a shield of aggressive military and various other covert and overt means which set the stage for systematic oppression that has lasted to this day. This was orchestrated and managed by the Broederbond and other state apparatuses

The Broederbond, Military, Police and the Security Forces

The National Party that came to power in 1948 was a vehicle of Afrikaner Nationalism, the political expression of the interests and attitudes of a large majority of Afrikaner workers, farmers, businessmen, lower-level civil servants, and Professionals. After the defeat of the Afrikaner Republics in the Anglo-Boer War, at the turn of the century, and their incorporation into the united South Africa, Afrikaners found themselves in the bottom ranks of White society. English-speaking whites, who were generally better educated and trained, and with their ties to British capital, dominated the social and economic structures.

The leaders of the National Party embarked on a campaign to weld the Afrikaner Volk together and thereby regain political power. Under the guidance of the Broederbond, a secret society of select Afrikaner leaders, ideological cohesiveness to promote the Volk through the National Party was provided by linking Afrikaner churches, cultural organizations, and trade unions. A populist tone was adopted, reflecting the subordinate economic and political position of Afrikaner among Whites.

Local English-speaking capitalists and their allies, foreign investors, were castigated both for exploiting the country for their private gains and for promoting the "Black Peril" — the threat of whites being swamped by Africans. After World War II, the issue of the "black peril" took on greater urgency. The United Party, then in power with General Jan Smuts as prime minister, was seeking a means whereby the African urban population could be incorporated permanently into areas of the country which had been reserved for whites and become a settled labor force. This did not sit well with the Afrikaner public, and they rallied the base for the 1948 vote.

The Broederbond - The Hidden Boer Warlords

After winning power in the "Whites Only" vote for a "whites Only" parliament in 1948, the Nationalists imposed their own solution to the "Black Peril": the Apartheid system. Africans were allowed into white urban areas only as "temporary sojourners" and could stay only as long as they were useful to the white economy. Whites were assured of African labor would stay in white areas through a rigid system if Influx Control. The Pass Books which were given to Africans and were required to carry them at all times and this was a way of monitoring them and controlling them .

The 1950s saw a rising confrontation between two major political forces: African Nationalism an Afrikaner Nationalism. The Nationalist Part with its leaders, some of whom were Nazi sympathizers branded the African opposition from virtually any quarter as communist-inspired reason. On March 21, 1960, a turning point was reached when the police opened fire on unarmed Africans protesting the hated pass laws and system, and they killed sixty-seven and wounded one hundred and eighty-six Africans in the Township of Sharpeville. The African National Congress(ANC) led by Mandela, and the Pan African Congress(PAC) Led by Robert Sobukwe, were outlawed when the Apartheid Regime declared the State of Emergency.

The hastily organized underground movements and resistance of the ANC and the PAC were completely crushed by police repression. The Afrikaners, when they were not in power in South Africa, underwent a considerable change, and became more bitter, more exclusive, more aggressive, and they were gradually gaining in strength. They paid attention to an all-round development to extra-parliamentary activities, politics, to their Church Affairs their society and their poor white Volk, to education, sports, culture, trade and industry.

The Nationalist forces were intensely and extensively active on all fronts. This was only a dress rehearsal, as we shall see in the later years what the Broederbond would conceive and implement, behind the scenes and in secrecy, which lasts to this day.

Afrikaner Broederbond (Association of Brothers)

The Broederbond was formed in 1918 and maintained an open existence until 1924, when it went underground and its affairs became largely a matter of speculation. The work of a small number of well-organized and dedicated cadres brought about a complete transformation in the national scene. The Broederbond was a guiding force in the rebirth of this nationalist spirit, and it was and is till a secretive force and society which gradually and finally assumed a dominant position in the affairs of the Volk.

This elite and durable organization had its membership staked to be 2,672, of whom 8.6 percent were public servants and 33.3 per cent teachers. In 1952 the Rev. de Vos, who had broken away from the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in 1944 and formed a reconstituted Dutch Reformed Church because the N. G. Kerk, he had alleged, was dominated by members of the Broederbond, and he gave the following breakdown of the Broederbond membership: 357 clergymen, 2,030, 905 farmers, 159 lawyers and 60 Members of parliament.

Its modus operandi was to coordinate activities among the Afrikaners and to ensure that Broeders are placed in key positions which can then be utilized for the advancement of the Volk. This same tactic and method of operation will soon be found and seen in the present ANC ruled government and the insertion of key Broederbond members in key government position and spread-out throughout the all the parties in South Africa. L. J. du Plessis, a former member of the Broederbond, in 1948 described the early days of the existence of the Afrikaans Broederbond as follows:

"What happened since, I can surmise when hearing of prominent members like Bosman becoming Manager of Volskas(A large and powerful bank); Erasmus, Secretary of the Onderwysers Vereniging(Transvaal Teachers' Association); Diederichs, Chief Organizer of the Reddingsdaadbond(Rescue-work Society- dedicated with uplifting poor Afrikaners); Albert Herzog, 'protector' of the mineworkers; Rev. Nicol, Moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church for three consecutive synods; Klopper, head of the Afrikaanse Taal and Kultuur Vereniging(Association for the Afrikaans Language and Culture); and last but not least, Dr. Verwoerd, the editor-in-Chief of the Transvaler.

All the people mentioned above were members of the Broederbond and were dispersed, entrenched and embedded into the fabric of South african social life and decision-making bodies within these portfolios.(Dan O'Meara) In an article in the Sunday Times of March 8, 1964, Mrs. Janie Malherbe, wife of war-time Director of Military Intelligence and herself a Captain in Military Intelligence during the war, described the forces which had been at work in the Broederbond during the thirties as follows:

"This terrifying, octopus-like grip on the South African way of life was made possible by reorganizing the Broederbond on the pattern of Hitler's highly successful Nazi State,complete with Fuehrer, Gauleiters, group and cell leaders, spread in a sinister network over the whole of South Africa. This was initially planned by a high ranking Nationalist and two Stellenbosch students who were sent to Germany, at Nazi expense, to study the Nazi cell system."

The Broederbond was not only far-reaching in its operations, it was setting up for the future which was changing and was able to morph its shenanigans under the cloak of secrecy.

In 1934, the Nazis sent Montmartin was sent to work secretly with the Broederbond leaders to initiate plans that would ensure that South Africa would side with Germany in the world war which hitler was already engineering. Malhebre writes:

"The immediate result of his visit was the reorganization of the Nationalist Broederbond on the Nazi system, the main difference being that where Hitler re-invoked the rites of the German pagan Gods to promote his ideologies, the Nationalists' Broederbond declared that their plan of complete domination of White South Africa, and absolute subjugation of the non-Whites, and was in its implementation within South Africa, 'God's-given destiny' for the Afrikaners."

This was a clever ruse, for by its means the powerful Dutch Reformed Churches could be roped in. In the middle thirties, the Broederbond became more aggressive and they issued a circular in 1934 in which Prof. J. C. van Rooy of Potchefstroom University, and the General Secretary, I.M. Lombard, wrote:

"Let us focus on the fact that the primary consideration is: whether Afrikanerdom will reach it ultimate destiny of domination(Baaskap - Masters and Bosses) in South Africa. Brothers, our solution of South Africa's ailments is not whether one party of another shall obtain the whip hand, but that the Afrikaner-Broederbond shall govern South Africa." But Hertzog was well aware of the machinations of the Broederbond behind the scenes, and in a trenchant attack on the organization in a speech printed in the Star of 1935 - he characterized the Broederbond bond as:

"A grave menace to the rest and peace of our social community, even where it operates in the economic-cultural sphere. Its members are sworn no to entertain any cooperation with the English-speaking population and thereby they stand in direct racial conflict with our fellow English Afrikaners-speaking section to put their foot on the neck of the English-speaking South Africa." Hertzog continued his attack of the Broederbond by saying that:

"The Broederbond had acquired a dangerous hold over education in the Orange Free State and I know of few towns and villages in the Free State where the Broederbond has not established for itself a nest of five or six, or more Broeders to serve as a focal point for Bond propaganda, and I also know that there is hardly a single nest in which there isn't at least one teacher sitting as a hatcher."

Because of the subsequent attacks on Smuts, I.M. Lombard wrote a series of articles for Die Transvaler in 1944 and 1945, by laying down the seven-fold ideal foe which the Broederbond was striving:

(1) the removal of everything in conflict with South Africa's full international independence;

(2) the ending of the inferiority of Afrikaans-speaking and of their language in the organization of the State;

(3) separation of all non-White races in South Africa, leaving them free to pursue independent development under the guardianship of Whites;

(4) putting a stop to the exploitation of the resources and population of South Africa by strangers, including the more intensive industrial development;

(5) the rehabilitation of the farming community and the assurance of civilized self-support through work for all White citizens;

(6) the nationalization of the money market and the systematic coordination of economic policies;

(7) the Afrikanerization of public life and teaching and education in a Christian-National spirit, while leaving free the internal development of all sections in so far as it is not dangerous to the State.

This were not merely stated objectives but were actualized realities: Whites had better housing, better jobs, excellent education, upgraded cultural realm and activities; the Afrikaans language was made into the Country's official language, and heavily imposed on Africans; churches were segregated as well as burial grounds and all spheres of social endeavor; the money was customized to reinforce Afrikanerdom's riches and Afrikaner social and cultural symbols printed on the money to reflect the dominance and prevalence of Afrikaans culture and life. Lombard declared that:

"The Afrikaner Broederbond is born from a deep conviction that the Afrikaner nation has been planted in this country by God's hand and is destined to remain here as a nation with its own character and its own mission. This polices promulgated by Lombard underlay the policy and actions of the Nationalist party ever since it came to power in 1948. And in 1949, when Malan was pressed by the United Party to investigate the Broederbond which was alleged to be ruling the nation from behind the scenes, he said:

"I belong to the Broederbond, and I have attended many of its meetings. All I can say to you is that all the matters which are discussed there are in the interests of the people. No enmity towards other sections of the community has been apparent at any of these meetings I attended. No pressure is brought to bear on the government of the country from the Broederbond. I have always been able to discuss these matters of importance to all aspects of the life of the people and I have come away from these meetings feeling a better man than before."

Then as today, the defenders of the Broederbond never minced words as to the objectives of the Bond, in the same breadth, they declare fairness of their apartheidized ideology and principles, by still holding on to and reiterating their policies of White Supremacy formulated by the Broederbond. This duplicitous doublespeak seemed to have confounded those who study the way apartheid was implemented and applied.

The Broeder Bond has long laid down its plans for Total Strategy using all its resources, and in the present day, has fine-tuned that approach to submerge and embed themselves much more secretly and deeply into the South African society, milieu and mosaic, as we shall see later on.

The Origins of Total Strategy

From 1948 to 1970, South Africa experienced the second highest growth rates (behind Japan) in the capitalist world. The widespread introduction of mechanized production techniques in the 1950s and 1960s reinforced the growing social differentiation between small stratum of wealthy farmers on the one hand, and a contingent of marginalized farmers on the other hand. Between 1948 and 1975, Afrikaner control of private industry increased astronomically from industrial output — including that of state corporations.

This accrual of wealth benefitted and enhanced Afrikaner businessmen on the British Dominance of mining and manufacturing, and this helped companies like SANLAM, the Rembrandt group, along with Volkskas, became implanted amongst the eight largest conglomerate group that dominated South African Capitalism. Also, the proportion of Afrikaners in the professional strata of the petty bourgeoisie doubled between 1948 and 1975, and the proportion of Afrikaners in white collar occupational categories extended from 28 per cent t 65 per cent of the total. (Gilomee and Adam)

In sum, South Africa, has relied upon overseas trade and investment for the well-being of its manufacturing operations and other basic industries. South African business depends upon imported machine tools, plant machinery, electronic equipment, computers, oil and chemicals to maintain regular production lines and to pioneer industrial expansion into new fields. South Africa's dependence on transnational corporations means that the lack of such support and access to foreign sources could potentially cripple the country.

In 1963, the Verwoerd regime proposed the formation of a 'common market/commonwealth' in Southern Africa. This plan envisaged the establishment of a free trade zone as the first step toward greater regional cooperation. He had hoped that these economical linkages would herald the formation of a political union of sorts — a commonwealth described by apartheid ideologues at the time as an 'association of black and white states' with South Africa as the 'centralizing mother country.'(Davis and O'Meara)

This commonwealth strategy failed to materialize. In the interim, Pretoria forged tighter links with the colonial settler regimes in the surrounding buffer states. Buoyed by these tangible gains, The Vorster regime launched a political offensive in the late 1960s in direct response to the rapid pace of African decolonization and the increasing international condemnation of Apartheid. This 'dialogue initiative', as it was called, scored initial diplomatic triumphs but eventually reached its zenith in the early 1970s(Sam Nolutshungu - see chart in the photo gallery)

Immediately after the collapse of the fascist regime in Portugal in April 1974 which set the stage for political independence for Mozambique(Maputo) and Angola, Vorster immediately countered with a renewed diplomatic/political exercise known as 'detente'. The objective of this hasty reformulation of regional policy was a rather nebulous vision of a 'constellation of completely independent states' on Southern Africa which would form a 'power bloc' and 'present a united front against common enemies.'

These overtures lost their momentum, however, in the wake of South Africa's large-scale military invasion of Angola in 1975 and the gathering internal political crisis associated with the 1976/1977 Soweto Revolution.(Deon Geldenhuis and T.D. Venter). After P.W. Botha took office in September 1978, The Total Strategy doctrine became the nucleus of official state policy. Botha unveiled Pretoria's grand vision of seven to ten states, comprising 40 million people, south of the Kunene and Zambezi rivers, joined together in a 'constellation of states'.

These ambitious schemes included the so-called "Independent Homelands" or "Bantustans- and in not so many words, Apartheid's Final Solution". Pretoria reasoned that the consolidation of a formal association between neighboring African States and former Bantustans would imply recognition of Homeland Independence and confer legitimacy on 'separate development(Apartheid](D. Geldenhuys)

President Kaunda of Zambia observed: "South Africa is to become the king-pin of all of us, and all of us are going to be satellite or puppet states of South Africa(Rand Daily Mail, 1979) Lesotho's foreign Minister echoed this condemnation:

"Through this stratagem South Africa hopes to win support and respectability for her Grand Apartheid, which fragments Southern Africa into weak satellites dominated by a strong white state. The growing public outcry forced South Africa to scale down the dimensions of this scheme."(Deon Geldenhuys)

The Apartheid government acknowledged that blatantly racialist aspects of Apartheid policies undermined South Africa's international credibility and hence inhibited the establishment of formalized alliances with the neighboring Independent States. One of their objectives was to lure the reluctant neighboring states, who were in dire straits economically, into a common covenant with Pretoria and eventually demonstrate the superiority of South African Capitalism over the 'socialist' alternatives. This stratagem did not succeed.

The Total Strategy

The 1980s in South Africa were about reform, repression and resistance. This era was characterized by deep social divisions and racial tensions. The situation was exacerbated by the powerful influences of demographic changes, increasing urbanization, continued industrialization,rising personal incomes, and spreading education affecting all of society, including mass communication, national security and wars with the Frontline States. Another aspect to this social situation was the fact that the South African political system itself was unstable.

This was possible because there existed three arenas of power: the State, political society and civil society. The State in South Africa was composed of several institutions of public power: the executive, administration, judiciary, police, military and intelligence organs. Political society consisted of formal vehicles of competition of competition for state power: parliaments, local councils,parties,fronts, alliances and coalitions.

Civil society was composed of innumerable collectivities in and through which people organized their social life: clubs, sports, associations, recreational networks, churches, cultural organizations, street committees, women's groups and so forth. The Apartheidizers operated within tis mix with shrewd aggression and determined authoritarian force.

The authoritarian nature and state of the Apartheid government restricted and stifled society's democratic processes. The very people that the Apartheid regime was disempowering built social movements within their civil societies to express their political demands. The workers strikes in the 1970s, the students 1976/1977 uprisings, staying away fro work and public transportation and the 1984 rent boycotts led to the regime enforcing a state of emergency in the subsequent years, and this exposed and heightened long-term structural contradictions in the economy, cities, rural areas and within the political systems.

In turn, these stresses became the foci of the state strategy and ruling class reforms over the next two decades. Within the state, there were important differences of opinion on how to respond to the deepening post-Soweto crisis. The military, under the leadership of the Minister of Defense, P. W. Botha(later became President), was highly critical of the laissez-faire practices of the Vorster regime.

The latter was characterized by Empire-building, uncoordinated departmental action, internecine conflicts within the Security establishment, and the absence of an overarching strategic plan. The military's solution, under General Magnus Malan to these problems, was the formulation of "Total Strategy", which was presented publicly for the first time in the 1977 Defense White Paper(Leornard)

The Nooks and Crannies of Total Strategy

Total Strategy can be defined as involving the coordination of the military, economic, psychological, political, sociological,diplomatic,cultural and ideological fields of state activities. The Total Strategy was justified by the Apartheid regime that south Africa was under 'Total Onslaught,' and therefore required a 'Total Strategy' capable of combining effective security measures with reformist policies aimed at removing the grievances that revolutionaries could exploit.

The military was able to win support for these arguments from the Verligte(Liberal) element in the National Party and sectors of the English and Afrikaans capital. By proposing that defense was more than a military matter, the military also laid claim to their right to have a say in all public-policy decision-making; also winning the mind and hearts of the African majority.

Having won the support of business and liberal nationalists, and also isolating the Verkrampte (Conservative) elements in the National Party,the new political alliance(businessmen, politicians, and security) embarked upon a three phase 'rationalization' program to reorganize the State.

When Botha became Prime Minister in 1978, the military build-up he had promoted as Defense Minister was already underway. With his political opposition within the National Party on the defense, Botha was in a position to start implementing Total Strategy. He and Magnus Malan, the Minister of Defense under Botha, advocated for defending South Africa from what they termed to be a "Total Onslaught".

Though known to be hot-tempered militarist, Botha established himself as a competent administrator and an experienced political operator. Botha was also viewed as a hard-liner on racial issues, but as a prime minister he had adopted a rhetoric that was markedly verligte( enlightened/liberal) in tone, a reflection of the military's Total Strategy.

A report in the South African press identified a main source of the Total Strategy concept advocated by Botha and Malan, as a slim, little-known book by a French General, Andre Beaufre, titled Introduction a la Strategie. In this book, Beaufre draws from such classic military sources as Von Clauswitz and Mao. Beaufre describes the implications for modern military planners and calls for a "total strategy" coordinated throughout all fields of government policy.

The book describes various types of conflicts, including the kind of protracted guerrilla war South Africa was facing. In speeches of both the military leaders and government officials paraphrased passages form the book and describing their modern war as "Total," and they asserted that it was going to be carried-out not only in the military sphere, but in all fields,including the political, economic, diplomatic, cultural and even today as we speak, this are still in application in one form or another.

A very clear statement of the Total Strategy in South Africa appeared in the 1977 Defense White Paper under the heading "National Security" and it states: "We are today involved in a war, whether we wish to accept it or not. It is therefore essential that a Total National Strategy be formulated at the highest level. The defense of the Republic of South Africa is not solely the responsibility of the Department of Defense. On the contrary... [it] is the combined responsibility of all government departments."

This can be taken further — it is the responsibility of the entire population, the 'nation'*(in this case, the 'nation' means the white nation only), and every population group. In 1971 South Africa had established the State Security Council to fill a similar function of formulating "Total National Strategy" for National Security. (Department of Defense White Paper, 1977) A more comprehensive definition of "Total Strategy" was thus put forth as follows:

"... The comprehensive plan to utilize all the means available to a state according to an integrated pattern in order to achieve the national aims within the framework of the specific policies. A Total Strategy is, therefore, not confined to a particular sphere, but is applicable at all levels and to all functions of the state structure."

The section concludes with fourteen aspects of Boer National security that are included in the formulation of a Total strategy:

  • Political Action
  • Military/paramilitary action
  • Economic action
  • Psychological action
  • Scientific and technological action
  • Religious-cultural action
  • Manpower services
  • Intelligence services
  • Security services
  • National supplies, resources, and production services
  • Transport and distribution services
  • financial services
  • Community services
  • Telecommunications service

While the White Paper in 1977 cited the key role of the State Security in formulating the Total Strategy, this body lay dormant after its creation. The origins of this body are linked with those of BOSS(Bureau of State Security). When the Apartheid State was combating the new underground and guerrilla activities, the failed ANC Wankie wars, from the mid-sixties, as noted above, several national security bodies were established, (a State Security Committee and an Intelligence Coordinating Committee), but these were apparently not considered adequate. Boss was formed in 1968-69 as the coordinating agency for intelligence and security.

The state Security Council included the prime minister, the ministers of justice, defense, police, foreign affairs, commissioner, foreign affairs, national security, The chief of the Defense Force, the police commissioner, the secretaries for foreign affairs and justice, as well as other ministers and members of parliament co-opted on an ad hoc basis. In the Vorster government, the State Security Council was not active and that its functions were performed on an informal basis by Vorster and General van den Bergh of BOSS.

BOSS - Bureau Of State Security

"South Africa's New Gestapo" was the description given by the British journal 'New Statesman' when the Bureau of State Security(BOSS) was officially formed in May 1969 by General Hendrik van den Bergh. But it was, in reality, just the old Republican Intelligence network given a new name and legalized by parliament. Boss was allocated a magnificent headquarters called Concilium in Central Pretoria, and all the senior officers and desk men who worked for Republican Intelligence moved in with all their files.

The new name BOSS made little difference to the agents in the field because the kept the same code numbers, the same handlers and collected the same information, but they were told that they could spend more because BOSS was allocated 20 million pounds to play with for a whole year.(The South African public was told the figure was less than a quarter of that). For H. J. van den Bergh, however, it meant he was suddenly elevated to being 'South Africa's spy-master number one'. He became the overlord of all intelligence networks, including the Army, Navy and Air-Force, and was answerable only to Prime minster John Vorster.

Boss was spying,torturing, assassinating, planting bugs and creating havoc amongst its targeted enemies, and van den Bergh was seeking revenge against Winnie Mandela. Most of the charges facing Winnie Mandela and her eighteen friends at that trial got him looking for revenge against Winnie, and those which had been found not guilty in the first trial. All the nineteen were acquitted again and released. The regime immediately put the accused victorious 19 accused people under house arrest.

Van den Bergh's 'Dirty Tricks Department' [Division C3 of the Bureau of State Security(BOSS)] planted a rumor around Johannesburg that Winnie Mandela was actually a BOSS agent. BOSS posited that was the reason why Winnie was acquitted, and this was done in an effort to frighten other blacks away form any connection with Winnie. The Dirty Tricks department made life miserable for Winnie Mandela in many other ways. In the end, van den Bergh won and got Winnie banished into Brandford, thirty miles form Bloemfontein, but she flourished there among the township dwellers.(Gordon Winter)

The establishment of BOSS led to one of the most sustained outcries in South African history, with protest coming from advocates, professors, politicians, churchmen and liberal editors. What these protesters did not know was that there was an ultra-secret Republican Intelligence entity that was operating with impunity against Africans for the past six years before the formation of BOSS. The outcry against BOSS caused Prime Minister John Vorster to appoint a Commission of Inquiry into State Security and Bureau of State Security(BOSS).

But this was the great confidence trick perpetrated on the South African public. It was so successful that in later years, Vorster used the same trick in an attempt to save his political career when the "Information Scandal" started erupting. The Commission of Inquiry into BOSS was carried out by Mr. Justice H. J. Potgieter. He was chosen by the head of BoSS, General H. J. van den Bergh, and approved by Prime Minister Vorster. Justice Potgieter completed his report in August 1970 and tabled in the House of Assembly 18 months later in February 1972.

One of the main recommendations he made was: "to preclude any possibility of abuse and to secure public goodwill and confidence, it should be made clear beyond all doubt that the Bureau's activities will at all times be restricted to matters that have an actual connection with the Security of the State." The report went onto say that it should equally be made clear that BOSS should never interfere in the private conduct of person's, their business activities or their political views 'except insofar as these are of a subversive nature'.

The machinations of BOSS subsequently proved, without a shadow of doubt, that Mr. Justice Potgieter's recommendations were not worth the paper he typed them on. In August 1978 BOSS officially ceased to exist. The name 'Bureau of State Security'[BOSS] was changed to the "Department on National Security" (DONS). This was simply a cleansing tactic to get rid of the hated nickname, BOSS, which had become synonymous with skulduggery all over the world. The South African Apartheidizers had a way of changing names that damaged their reputation. For example, when the word Apartheid became disgraced all over the civilized world as meaning "Apart Hate," they started using the phrase "Separate Development". When this in turn became despised, they changed it to "Multi-national Development".

When overseas newspapers refused to fall for that phrase, Pretoria started talking about "Plural Development," which was probably most cunning. Mr. P. W. Botha, who became the Prime Minister, came up with another one. In August 1979 he said that South Africa was a "multi-national" society and that the principle of "vertical differentiation" between the racial groups was accepted. For White voters, at that time, in their language it was translated into the "standing differences". Meaning: "We Whites will remain upright and the Africans will be kept down".(Gordon Winter) With all the name changing by the regime to justify Apartheid rule and society, they failed dismally.

Botha's Total Strategy: Featuring National Joint Planning Center

But with P. W. Botha in office, the Council was activated to play a central role in formulating Total Strategy, under the guidance of the Department of the Prime Minister. The process was described in the 1979 Defense White Paper as follows: "At the national level the Cabinet is assisted by the State Security Council [SSC] and its executive agencies to fulfill duties concerning the national security of the Republic of South Africa.

The department of the Prime Minister was responsible for management at this level by issuing guidelines, Total National Strategy directives, and Total National Strategies concerning National Security. The national strategic planning process was conducted by the State Security Council with its Work Committee and Secretariat and fifteen interdepartmental committees of the State Security Council while coordination of the executive function is carried out by a National Joint Planning Center. It is important to note that the Total Strategy being promoted so vigorously is a concept which calls for a bureaucratic structure as a mechanism for the effective coordination of policies that entrenched Apartheid more.

Botha gave the military greater powers and a much more prominent role within this bureaucratic structure The South African Defense Fore was now taking part in a wide range of interdepartmental meetings regardless of topic. Some senior commerce officials saw it as a waste of time teaching military Generals the intricacies of exchange control regulations. Military Intelligence, under General Malan was tasked with the investigating the impact of Apartheid laws in District Six, an area where African residents were removed so that it could be turned into a whites-only area.

In 1980 the Defense Force document came to light detailing a plan to offset opposition criticism in parliament of the defense budget on such issues as unequal burden borne by the infantry in the Namibia war, conscientious objection, unlawful hunting of game by soldiers, pay problems, and difficulties of recruiting Africans for the Defense force because of pay advantages given to whites. They also met with the officials of the South African Broadcasting Corporations to stress the need for more "saber-rattling" films for television. (Guardian, UK, 1980) This was done in order to pacify the South African community.

In 1979 Botha showed interest of forging ties to the business sector by bringing his entire cabinet to a meeting with three hundred business and industrial leaders. In his speech he stressed the government's belief in 'free enterprise' and promised to relax state controls. Although when speaking about the "Bantustans," following in the steps of John Vorster's 'Detente," he stressed the importance of business in his plan to turn the region into a bulwark against "communist expansion'.

Botha's business ties was founded in the military's close ties to private industry through Armscor arms manufacturing and procurement system. In 1979 Afrikaner businessman, John Maree, was seconded from the giant conglomerate Barlow Rand to become Armscor's chief executive. In addition, directors of top companies were appointed to the new Presidential Council and to the Public Service Commission, which was controlled by the Civil Service. Botha expanded the ties by appointing thirteen top business leaders, and these were:

A.M. Rosholt, chairman of Barlow-Rand, a manufacturing conglomerate ; Basil Nersov, chairman of Anglo-Vaal, operating in mining and industry; Willem J, de Villiers, chairman of General Mining and finance; Frans Cronje, chairman of South African Breweries and Nedsual(in finance) and eighteen other companies; Gavin Reilly, deputy chairman of Anglo American Corporation; Richard John Goss, executive director of South African breweries; Chris Saunders, chairman of Tongaat Sugar, a conglomerate, and Huletts Corporation; Ian Mackenzie, chairman of Standard Bank, and six other companies; Richard Laurie. president of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and Protea Holdings; Johannes G. van der Horst, chairman of Old Mutual(Insurance); Frederick J. du Plessis, chairman of Trust Bank and managing director of Sanlam(insurance); Johannes A. Hunter, chairman of Volskas Bank; Jacob Wilken, president of the South African Agricultural Union. Big Business was co-opted and in cahoots with the Apartheid regime.

Apartheid's True Confessions - The Guts of Total Strategy

The new Afrikaner elite represented by the Botha government — military and business leaders — has attempted to provide, through the Total strategy, a solution enforced by military power to the political crisis generated by African resistance to Apartheid and the country's related economic problems, and to stave-off or win the war against Front Line States. The new, powerful position of President was proposed as a part of the new constitutional structure represents the culmination of this effort to reorient South Africa's White politics.

The increasing strength of the 'far right', as reflected in the formation of a Conservative Party under Andries Treurnicht indicated the difficulty for Botha and his Total Strategy in attracting substantial support from the traditional Nationalist constituencies: White workers and the middle class, farmers, civil servants, and the lower echelons of the military, professionals, teachers, lawyers — who by the way were under the 'octopus grip' of the racist Broederbond and its secretive cabal.

Thus, even though the goal of Total strategy has been to restructure apartheid to safeguard white domination, with the heavy infighting between Botha's nationalists on the right and the Conservatives and their allies on the 'far right', In their White enclaves and gatherings, Botha was caught off-guard trying to woo and appease the right and the far right by delivering this grist of the mill hateful and obsequious soliloquy, and it endeared him to the Volk by ranting as follows: (This is a speech by South african President P. W. Botha. It is printed here from a South african newspaper, the Sunday Times of August 18, 1985 under the by-line of David G. Mailu...)

Botha - Why We hate Blacks

"My beloved White Afrikaners, greetings to all of you brothers and sisters in the name of our holy blood. On behalf of our precious country and myself, Botha, the President of the Republic of South Africa. I take this opportunity to thank and congratulate you heartily for your courage and determination in giving me your strong had to keep the Afrikaner flag flying high. We are going through trying times, and I have chosen to write to you to assure you of my dedication and solidarity with you through fire and brimstone.

We live among greedy savages who are after our blood, who hate us and want to take from us what we have acquired. But do not forget we are hated because we are a gifted and united people. Long live the White Afrikaner Flag! Long live Afrikanerdom!

Do not see me as a mere Botha by name, but the very living spirit and promise of our White brothers and sisters. Verily, verily I say unto you, this is our God-given land for which we should fight to the very last drop of blood. We cannot simply stand and watch all the laurels we have created being plundered by these barbaric and lazy Kaffirs(Niggers ).

Pretoria has been made by the White mind for the white man. We are not obliged even at the least to try and prove anybody and to the Blacks that we are a superior people. We have demonstrated that to the Blacks in a thousand and one ways. The Republic of south Africa that we know of today has not been created by wishful thinking. We have created it at the expense of intelligence, sweat and blood.

The blood of our forefathers was poured on this very land of our salvation. We have therefore, a great responsibility to safeguard our treasure, our history and pride. He cannot be wrong who fights for his own survival and rights. Beloved citizens, you are aware of the kind of nonsense being spread all over the world about us. We have been labeled everything bad; but this is not because we are worse than anybody else. Come to think of it, my honorable citizens: The racism they talk about didn't begin with White Afrikaner. It has always been a fact of this life.

Were they the Afrikaners who tried to eliminate the Australian Aborigines? Are they the Afrikaners who discriminate against the blacks and call them 'Niggers' in the United States? England discriminates against its Blacks and the "Sus" law is out to discipline Black. Canada, France, Russia, Japan all play their discrimination too.

Why in the hell then is so much noise made about us? Why are the biased against us? Has the world forgotten what the Russians have been doing to the Jews? What did the Hitler regime do the Jews? Does anyone need to be told what the Whites did to the Red Indians? Don't we know what the Israelis are doing to the Palestinians and the Lebanese? Or what the English are doing to the Irish?

I am simply trying to prove to you all that there is nothing unusual we are doing that the so-called civilized worlds are not doing. We are simply an honest people who have come out aloud with a clear philosophy of how we want to live our own White life. We do not pretend like the other Whites that we like Blacks. The fact that Blacks look like human beings and act like human beings does not necessarily make them sensible human beings. Hedgehogs are not porcupines and lizards are not crocodiles simply because they look alike. If God wants us to be equal to the Blacks, he would have created us all in a uniform color an intellect.

But he created us differently, Whites, Blacks, Yellow; rulers and the ruled. Intellectually, we are superior to the Blacks; that has been proven beyond any reasonable doubt over the years. I believe that the Afrikaner is an honest, God-fearing person, who has demonstrated practically the right way of being. He does not engage in hypocrisy of all these others who love sounding substantive amount of political hot-air, or to make the world believe that they are better-off. We give Blacks employment and a thousand and one other amenities.

Nevertheless, it is comforting to know that behind the scenes, Europe, America, Canada, Australia and others are behind us in spite of what they say. For diplomatic relations, we all know what language should be used and where. To prove my point Comrades, does of you know of a white country without an investment or interest in South Africa? Who buys our gold? Who buys our diamonds? Who is helping us develop the nuclear weapon?

The very truth is that we are their people and they are our people. It's a big secret. The very strength of our economy is backed by America, Britain, Germany, and I have on my list a number of Black countries — no kidding. Comrade Afrikaners, survival of the fittest didn't begin with us. It is not the desire of the chicken that it should be eaten by the Hawk. It is nature's design that the Hawk should eat the chicken; but aren't they both birds?

It is nature's design that the small fish should be eaten by the big fish. It is our strong conviction, therefore, that the Black is the raw materials for the White man. So, bothers and sisters, let us join hands together to fight against this Black Devil. I appeal to all Afrikaners to come out with any creative means of fighting this war.

Surely God cannot forsake his own people who we are. By now, every one of us has seen practically that the Blacks cannot rule themselves. Give them guns, and they will kill each other. They are good in nothing else but making noise, dancing, marrying many wives and indulging in sex. You have just to look around and take stock of what their independent countries have achieved. Don't we know what is happening in Ghana, Mozambique, Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda, Egypt, to name but a few.

There is nothing else but chaos, bloodshed, corruption and starvation such as in Ethiopia. Let us all accept that the Black man is the symbol of poverty, mental inferiority, laziness and emotional incompetence. Isn't it plausible therefore that the White man is created to rule the Black man.

Come to think of what would happen one day if you woke up and on the throne sat a Kaffir!(Nigger!) Can you imagine what would happen to our women? Does any one of you believe that the Blacks can rule this country? Hence, we have good reason to let them all — the Mandela's rot in prison, and I think we would be commended for having kept them alive in spite of what we have in hand with which to finish them off. I wish to announce a number of new strategies,(Total Strategy?/Final Solution? ), that should be put to use to destroy this Black bug. We should now make use of the 'chemical weapon'(AIDS?).

Priority number one, we should not, by all means allow any more increase of the Black population lest we be choked very soon(See Aids Maps and pictures in the photo gallery) I have exciting news that our scientists have come up with an efficient stuff(Dr. Wouter Basson?) I am sending out more researchers to the field to the field to identify as many avenues as possible where the chemical weapons could be employed to combat any further population increases.

The hospital is a very strategic opening, for example, and should be fully utilized. The food supply channel should be used. We have developed excellent slow killing poisons and fertility destroyers. Our only fear is that is in case such stuff come into their hands as they are bound to start using it against us, if you care to think of the many blacks working for us in our domestic quarters. However, we are doing the best we can to make sure that the stuff remain strictly in our hands.

Secondly, most Blacks are vulnerable to money and inducements. I have set aside a special fund to exploit this avenue. The old trick of divide and rule is still very valid today. Our experts should work day and night to set the Black man against his fellowman. His inferior sense of morals can be exploited beautifully. And here is a creature that lacks foresight. There is no need for us to combat him in long term projections that he cannot suspect. The average Black does not plan his life beyond a year; that stance, for example, should be exploited. My special department is already working around the clock to come out with a long term operation blueprint.

I am also sending a special request to all Afrikaner mothers to double their birth rate(This sounds like the Mein Kampf!) It may be necessary too to set-up a population boom industry by putting up centers where we employ and support fully White young men and women to produce children for the [white] nation. We are also investigating the merit of uterus rentals as a possible means of speeding up the growth of our population through surrogate mothers.

For the time being, we should also engage higher gear to make sure that Black men are separated from their women and fine imposed be imposed upon married wives who bear illegitimate children. I have a committee working on finding better methods of inciting Blacks against each other and encouraging murder among themselves. Murder cases among Blacks should bear very little punishment in order to encourage them.

My scientists have come up with a drug that could be smuggled into their brews to affect slow poisoning results and fertility destruction. Working through drinks and manufacturing of soft drinks geared to the Blacks could promote the channels of reducing their population.

Our combat unit is now training special White girls in the use of slow-poisoning drugs. Ours is not a war that we can use the atomic bomb to destroy Blacks, so we must use our intelligence to affect this, The person-to-person encounter can be very effective. As the records show that the Black man is dying to go to bed with the White woman, here is a unique opportunity. Our Sex Mercenary Squad should go out and camouflage with the Apartheid Fighters while doing their operations quietly, administering slow-killing poison and fertility destroyers to those Blacks they thus befriend.

We are modifying the Sex Mercenary Squad by introducing White men who should go for the militant Black woman an any other vulnerable Black woman. We have received a new supply of prostitutes from Europe and America who are desperate and too keen to take up the appointments. Money can do anything for you. So, while we have it, we should make the best use of it. (The Boer's "Final Solution and Final Onslaught?)

In the meantime, my beloved White citizens, do not take to heart what the world says, I and don't be ashamed of being called racists and King of Apartheid. I shall not become a monkey simply because someone called me a monkey. I will still remain your bright star, His Excellency Botha. My last appeal is that the maternity hospital operations should be intensified. We are not paying those people to help bring Black babies to this world,but to eliminate them on the very delivery moment.

If this department worked very efficiently, a great deal could be achieved. My government has set aside a special fund for erecting covert hospitals and clinics to promote this program.

Our operation for the elimination of loud-mouthed thugs who regard themselves as nationalists in and outside South Africa has not been doing its best. We are capable of performing better than that. Finally, I wish to remind you again that ours is a holy war. God does not want us to perish, he wants us to liv in the very land he specially chose and gave to our forefathers whom he brought from Europe.

Let us fight for it and spread the gospel and civilization that he wanted us to spread. Therefore, don't be shaken by even the economic utterances the world is sounding against us. We are a very wealthy nation(See the chart of South Africa as a regional superpower-my addition), the strongest in Africa and we are capable of containing any form of threat from anywhere in the world. We are strong as we would like to be. In Fraternity(Broederbond Fraternity?) Of the White Blood, I am your guiding star, HIS EXCELLENCY BOTHA!"

The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

From the 1960s up to the 1980s, apartheid architects work assiduously to hone and fine tune their repressive apparatus. The made sure that the conditions that they had created since their coming to power worsened and empowered the white society in all spheres of South African lives. What Botha trumpeted as the "Total Strategy" mantra, was in effect their applying of their "Final Solution," akin to that of Hitler's Germany in the face of their facing revolt by their African subjects.

It is important to note that Africans in South Africa were living in abject poverty, a health system in disarray, poisoned through their food and drink, exposed to all types of sexual diseases, suffering from leprosy, TB, Cholera, Alcoholism, poor and shabby housing, inferior education, toxic environment, high child immortality rate, teenage pregnancy, illegitimate children, rising divorce rate, high rate of incarceration, intimidation from the local police, torture, low wages, low and slave-like labor, and in many cases, abused as mine laborers, assassination, as in the case of Steven Biko and many that were assassinated in John Vorster Square Prison, Vlakplaas, subjected to attack by Death squads and murder by BOSS, then DONS, military attacks and general abuse from the White public.

According to HIVPLUSMAG.com: "AIDS deaths are a driving factor behind a slowing of South Africa's population growth rate for the second year in a row, according to Statistics South Africa(SSA)> Over a one-year period ending June 2009, the population rose 1.07% compared with 1.1% during the previous 12 months. In 2001-2002, he growth rate was 1.38%, a report by the Pretoria(Tshwane)-based statistics agency said: "AIDS will likely kill 263,900 South Africans in 2009, accounting for 43% of all estimated deaths, the report said. Nearly 11% of the country's population, or 5.2 million people, are infected with HIV, including one in five women ages 15-49.

SSA said there is evidence that antiretroviral drugs have increased life expectancy for people with HIV and reduced the number of infant deaths. For males, life expectancy is estimated to have increased to 53.5 years in 2009 up from 53.3 years in 2008, after declining every year from 2001 to 2004. Infant mortality fell to 46 per 1000 live births in 2009, compared with 46.4 last year, the report found.

This increase in life expectancy at birth is expected to continue and about 800,000 HIV-infected people over the age of 15 and another 70,000 children are expected to receive antiretroviral therapy this year. It surely looks like Botha's plan of stopping population-growth by using prostitutes and other chemical and drugs has gotten some serious traction.

The authors of this study mentioned above about AIDS as decreasing population growth in South Africa, undertook the current study to understand the stabilization in HIV Prevalence in South Africa, and to learn why — despite behavior change and apparently moderate risk behaviors - HIV prevalence has not further declined.

They compared HIV prevalence and four HIV-related sexual behaviors amongst African South Africans and Ugandans(Ages 15-24) before and during HIV prevalence, stabilization, and decrease, respectively. According to the authors, south Africans have shown behavior change and moderated risk behavior, according to their standard indicators. HIV prevalence of the South African youth, however, was more than twice that of the Ugandan youth, despite double the condom use and an increase in secondary abstinence among the young females.

HIVPLUSMAG.com authors stated: "We observed inconsistent use of condoms and an extended age distribution of risk, together with age and partner mixing. These increase the cumulative risk beyond indicators, which are based on sexual behavior in the last year and condom use at last sexual act.

"In addition, the extended age distribution risk, together with age and partner mixing, increase the cumulative risk beyond standard indicators, which are based on sexual behavior in the last year and condom use at last sexual act. Comprehensive HIV prevention in South Africa needs to be intensified beyond individual groups, for example youth should be encouraged to clearly promote consistent condom use and reduction in sexual partners; also, they should focus on the transmission dynamics, including older age groups.

"This should be based on careful behavioral analysis of the epidemic, which goes beyond standard indicators. Our study shows the signifiant risks beyond apparently improving behavioral indicators in Southern Africa, and helps explain the seriousness of the Epidemic in tis region."

According to UNICEF's South African representative, South Africa is in danger of losing the battle against HIV/AIDS, and that the infection and death rates in the country are outpacing treatment. This is having a devastating effect on children whose parents die of AIDS and sent out a dire message for the future. If the present trends continued, there could be five million orphans in South Africa by 2015.

South Africa is one of just nine countries worldwide where infant mortality is rising-from 60 deaths per 1000 births in 1990, to 95 deaths today. The main reason is HIV/AIDS. The average infection rate is 30% of the population — in some regions it is closer to 50%.

According to the CIA World Fact Book, "South Africa's population has been shrinking for some time. The birth rate of 17.94 births per 1000 people and a death rate of 22.45 births per 1000. Most of the AIDS in South Africa is spread via heterosexual sex. The population of South Africa will shrink for some years before the effect of AIDS is reduced."

There is a direct correlation and truth to what Botha said about reducing the African population using chemicals and "Sex Mercenaries" to slowly poison and kill-off both African men and women through use of both 'White Male and female prostitutes", because, according to Botha, "The Black man has been dying to go to bed with a white woman" and "that he was now going to announce a new strategy, and that we should now use chemical weapons".

This was planted not only in the African peoples "beer but also in their soft drinks," and cigarettes, too. Botha also indicated that the Food supply should be poisoned; hospitals should not be used to bring black babies to life; fertility destroyers and, as I have mentioned in the hub, use cesarean operations to limit the number of babies an African woman will have a retarding effect on the number of birth.

Yes, AIDS is the number one killer and population reducer in South Africa; also, we should look at these other aspects mentioned that are in combination with the HIV/AIDS pandemic that are reducing the population of South Africa. One other killer is Sugar Diabetes and High Blood Pressure both caused by lack of healthy food and stress amongst the African population.

One of the most important facts not really mentioned in the report above is the issue of alcoholism, or the access youth has to liquor. There are all sorts of activities in the African community that contribute to liquor, licentious behavior, and community 'get-togethers' like the After Tears funeral Events", Stokvels, Shebeens or Taverns, wherein consumption of liquor is tremendous,and those make up for lewd and obscene behavior; that, if we are talking about sexual acts and the inconsistent use of condom, in all population groups, we should then also look at the behavior of people who are inebriated and the sexual acts following their unprotected sex in a drunken stupor.

In the early sixties, liquor was hard to come by for Africans. But when Verwoerd was in power, they implemented a strategy that said there should be a liquor store next to all train stations in the African Townships, and they even built beer halls that sold what was called "Bantu Beer"(See pictures in the picture Gallery).

The conditions of poverty, over-crowdedness, lack of police control and the prevalence of police corruption, breakdown of family mores and structure, general social anomie and a huge "Apartheid Hangover" which has been contributing to what Frantz Fanon called "Colonial Mental Disorders," high incidences of rape, crime and anarchy, all render different effects and affects on the African population.

Today, we hear from the apologists of Apartheid that they are under the 'tyranny of the majority,' and they are slaves under the ANC led government. They point out to the mismanagement of government and other issues related to the corruption of the ANC. They created a victim out of the Apartheidized African masses,and then turn around and blame them for the shortcomings which they set them up for.

They have worked hard to make sure that Africans failed should they come to power, and like Botha, Vorster and Verwoerd, pointed out to the failure of African independent state, and now, on cue, they are blaming the Africans they set up to fail and try to hoodwink the world that Africans cannot rule and are incompetent. They made sure that the education afforded to the Africans was designed to make them fail.

One can look at the Matriculant results as a case in point. During the Apartheid era, Africans were failing in larger numbers because of the way Bantu Education had been set up, i.e., to make Africans fail and to make sure that only a few went to University. They staffed the Bantu Education Department with Whites at the top and Africans in secondary position; they impoverished their educational content so that it served their (Apartheidizers) Baaskap position and mentality. This is still happening under the ANC and has worsened.

They underdeveloped the African peoples health facilities, made children suffer from malnutrition, chased the African Nationalists into exile, and made sure nothing that was for Africans was right or normal. Today, sixteen years into ANC rule, they clog the web with complains that Boer farmers are being murdered, insufficient and faltering social services, and the leaders of the ANC they have blackmailed and are in cahoots with, as incompetent, ruining the country, and that the country is generally worse-off than it was when they were ruling.

Some truth rings in their presentations, but in the same breadth as saying all that they are still 'Blaming the victim' of apartheid abuse and crime upon their humanity' game which they created.(See My Hub

They made sure that the TRC(Truth and Reconciliation Commission) did not present the truth to the victim of Apartheid and the whole South African society. All those who were accused of the atrocities were either not called nor gave up valuable information, and they were not persecuted, but given amnesty.

Those in the upper echelons of Apartheid rule were never questioned and did not answer any questions, nor make any appearance to the TRC; those lower ranking monsters of the Apartheid regime were retired with fat bonuses and life-time retirement packages,or were incorporated into the ANC government and held on to their position and pensions. Some of the Broederbond members morphed into the new positions within the ANC government and are till operating as Broeders and are crippling the policies of the new government.

Some have left the country and are working hard in propagandizing the ineptitude of the ANC government in foreign lands mostly using the World Wide Web. Inside the country they have retreated into the "Laager" and South Africa is more divided racially now than it was during Apartheid. The control the economy of the country, and are pitying foreigners(mostly Africans) against the local Africans and they call it Xenophobia.

They employ the Africans from the North for far less than local Africans, and the local workers are unemployed in larger number. They pay the newly arriving Africans less than the locals, and do not employ the local Africans in the same numbers that they do foreigners.

From the historical background above, that of the Broederbond, to Verwoerd, Vorster, Botha and de Klerk along with the racist White Afrikaner public, they find no reason to respect the humanity of Africans in South Africa. Some White people still believe that African is a "Dark Continent," using the term "Black" as a pun, meaning backward Africa and its inhabitants skin color in the same breadth and meaning.

Now that Africans rule, they are doing their level best to tear down the democracy as a "tyranny of the majority" and are pining for the authoritative rule they have enjoyed for over four centuries in South Africa. The supposedly "Rainbow Nation" that is the country's society, is nothing either than a ploy to duck world criticism of their 'actual' belief and racist actions: the belief that Africans are savages and incompetent to rule the country.

The apartheid regime attempted to wipe out their horrible historical memory of abuse and want to tell the world that what took place in South Africa since 1948 to African never happened. Some go to the extent to try and show how inept the present government is, and the inequalities that are now taking place on the White minority, which are being savaged by the backward Africans in the Darkest corners of Africa.

They have tried to spin history that, "God gave them the country" of South African by taking them out of Europe to civilize the ignorant and backward Africans, and "to give the Black Bug" some sense and responsibilities which they lacked. The story and history of South Africa has not yet been fully told by the Africans themselves.

To date, Africans are still failing educationally, socially, health-wise, economically, and whatever tourism or politics or civilization pertaining to South Africa is still moderated and regurgitated by White people. As for Apartheid and its follies, according to White people, that did not happen, and they hope their erasure of their horrible deeds will never be discovered, known nor related in full.

Having said all that, we now turn to the steps taken by the ANC to try and change Total strategy and come up with rehashed ideas of their former masters to make sure that the Rainbow society is a present day reality.

Total Strategy Part Deux:

A casual perusal of the writer of the Introduction to the book "From Defense to Development" by Jacklyn Cock and Penny McKenzie, both made a study in the scaled down Defense of South Africa and at the same time the Underdevelopment of development of South Africa's new policies and African repression redux. It is very perplexing to see how the policies of the Botha regime have been rehashed and presented as Defense scaled down and Development of the new Rainbow nation, and at the same time the amount spent on defense increased, where there was no need to.

The two authors note thus:

"The successful transition to peace and democracy in South Africa, as elsewhere, depends on a process of demilitarization that involves shifting power and resources away from armed formations and military elites. Dwight Eisenhower said: "Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those that hunger and are not fed, are cold, and not clothed."

It is also disconcerting to note that the very spooks who ran the Total Strategy stratagem.,s are in the employ of the present ANC government. For example, Norman Chandler notes: "National Intelligence Agency Offers to protect Dr. Wouter Basson", the Star, February 6, 1997. '

The National Intelligence Agency (NIA) is the new name of former National Intelligence Service(NIS consisting of members of the secret service, the ANC's former Department of Intelligence and Security(DIS) and still employed-employed members of the old guard.

The 1996 White Paper is a misnomer and a Farce and a big ploy and con, and this portends a bad omen and news, also hopes for Africans in South Africa. There is nothing new about the New "Defense and Development" as encapsulated in the 1996 White Paper under the new government of the ANC.

If one were to really study and understand the original 1977 Defense White Paper and the 1996 'From 'Defense to Development' as stated in the new government's White paper, one gets a sinking feeling that the more things change, the more they stay the same and worse.

According to Cock and McKenzie: "The provision in the Constitution for the deployment of the South African National Defense Force(SANDF) for service in support of any department of state for the purposes of socio-economic upliftment is problematic. The task of socio-economic upliftment belongs to other state agencies in co-operation with Deploying soldiers in this role is reminiscent of the "Winning hearts and minds" programs of the Total strategy doctrine of the Apartheid army, the South African Defense Force(SADF)." As the increasing deployment of SANDF in supporting the police in essentially political tasks, internal deployment peaked up to 20,500 during 1994 elections.

Gavin Cawthra points out that:

"This was a far more extensive operation than at any time during the [Apartheid] State of Emergency and that the SANDF claims that more troops were deployed internally at this stage than during the [Boer]/Angolan war.

The process of demilitarization initiated in South Africa is complex and has some contradictory consequences. The proliferation of small arms is ultimately the outcome of incomplete disarmament and demobilization in post-Apartheid conflict and peace building. This has increased the supply of guns and maverick banditry throughout the region and represents a form of privatized militarization.

In addition, the ideology of militarism, which views violence restructuring state institutions and recast social relations in a much broader project of social transformation(Cock/McKenzie) The ANC did not have much clout and much to say in the rearranging of the SADF into the SANDF.

In a sobering assessment, Feaver in 1996 pointed out that: "Other direct threats are poverty and the proliferation of light weapons, which is linked to increasing to increasing rate of violent crime. The World Bank has established that half of South Africa's population lives in poverty." In this study, poverty is defined as an income of R301($40) or less per adult a month. The study found that the bottom 20 per cent lived on an income of R118($17) or less per adult per month.

These figures are cold and lifeless indicators of human misery, hunger, diseases and homelessness. At the same time, south Africa has one of the most unequal distributions of incomes in the world. The current defense budget clearly absorbs resources which could be invested in infrastructure such as housing, clinics, jobs, and schools. Civil society needs to be empowered to question why the state is spending R875 million ($125 million) on 12 Rooivlak attack helicopters. The Rooivlak project soaked R1.17($200+ million billion) in research and development money and has failed to create more than a hundred jobs.

While much attention has been given to the relation between the military and political power in South Africa, it is less obvious , but as sinister, is the ability of the military to destroy society by draining it of resources.(Feaver) Right now the many social problems, mental health problems and so forth that bedevil Africans, and yet there is no money to solve them, but money for arms that are not needed.

Another direct threat to security is the rising level of violent crime related to the proliferation of light weapons. Light weapons are a development issue: land-mines impede post colonial social and economic recovery, and the availability of small arms exacerbates political violence and social instability, and has direct effects on economic development.

Post-Apartheid South Africa is undergoing 'domestic arms race' in which sub-state groups(principally, organized crime and private citizens) have acquired arms and are contributing to the militarization of society. Firearm killing killings are the fastest-growing form of violence in South Africa; every day, 19 or more people are murdered with a firearm.

The main cause is the proliferation of light weapons, the armed conflict that is taking place in the region, ineffective demobilization, and the confusion as to who is to partake in the quelling and squelching of this lower intensity warfare — the police or the army.(Cock/Mckenzie)

Changing Unchanged Total Strategy

According to Adam Smith, the process of demilitarization was far from complete by May 1994, when the ANC-led Government of National Unity(GNU) was inaugurated The new government adopted a development orientated program ting the need for economic growth and distribution, the extension and consolidation of democracy, and the improvement of social conditions.

These priorities were incorporated into the Reconstruction and Development Program(RDP). However, even within the ANC and its alliance partners, there was disagreement over the extent of the priorities as to whether to fund the new priorities with defense cuts. They also disputed the relationship between defense spending, the defense industry and economic growth. At the heart of the debate was a different concept of security.

These disagreements were sharpened when it came to defining the defense budgets. The 1994/5, 1195/6 and 1997/8 budget resulted in cuts in military spending. (although the 1994/5 showed a slight increase due to the short-term cost of integrating the various armed formations, with integration costs excluded, there was a 13 per cent cut). In the 1997/8 budget, defense was allocated R9,579 Billion($2.1 billion) — about 5.2 per cent of government expenditure and 1.5 per cent of GDP. The White Paper on Defense was adopted by parliament in May 1996, and the subsequent Defense Review, were the result of a wide-ranging and open consultative process.

To some extent, policy was still made in 'smoke-filled' rooms, but was praised as being transparent and compared favorably with that of advanced countries. At this juncture, military re-armament of the SANDF is not necessary as is the social engineering and financial backing that is needed by African people.

This holistic approach to security is becoming commonplace; it pervades the ANC's security policies. In apartheid South Africa, between 1977 and 1989 (roughly the period of P. W. Botha's presidency) a multi-faceted security strategy was implemented, involving economic, social and political dimensions as well as military prowess.

However, this Total strategy proved extraordinarily reductionist in its concept of a communist total onslaught into which it categorized virtually all significant position to apartheid. As the crisis deepened in the 1980s, Total strategy fell back onto military and police repression, and counter insurgency doctrine. The ANC, in its policy documents has argued for a multi-faceted or holistic approach to security.

They based this on the democratization of all aspects of life: security should not be restricted to the military, police and intelligence matters, but ... political, economic, social and environmental dimensions .... Underdevelopment, poverty, lack of democratic participation and abuse of human rights were regarded as grave threats to the security of people(ANC, 1992: Section Q2). This approach is implicit in the RDP. Peace and security from one of the six principle of the RDP as originally formulated by the ANC. An integrated program, based on the people, that provides peace and security for all and builds the nation. Links reconstruction and development and deepens democracy — thee are the six basic principles of the RDP (ANC 1994: Selections 1,3,4, 1,3,8).

Given the absence of an external threat, South Africa's security will et primarily on meeting the needs of the population. Much will depend on an informed and transparent assessment of options and the consolidation of democratic processes. Also, this approach of the ANC is reductionist too since it pours too much money for defense and less for social development.

The Problems Of The Integration In Forming The SANDF

In south Africa, the integration process was determined by the Joint Military coordinating Committee of h the Sub-council on Defense of the Transitional Executive Council(TEC).It was intended that the integration process would be completed by the end of 1994, because of difficulties were extended to over three years. The integration included the South African Defense Force(SADF), the Armies of the so-called Apartheid created Homelands/Bantustans and Mkhontho We Sizwe.

The Pan African Congress did not attend, but its military wing and combatants from APLA were later included by a cabinet decision and an amendment to the Interim Constitution(Annexure D amendment to section 224(2). Also, about 200 Inkatha Freedom Party(IFP), primarily from the IFP's Self Protection Units(SPUs) entered the South African National Defense Force.

Many of the decisions on integration taken at the TEC were not discussed with rank and file soldiers in the liberation armies, and many disagreed with the compromises and decisions of the Sub-council on Defense. Integration was bit lopsided, and one-sided because only MK and APLA had to go before the panel and answer questions and undergo tests before they could be accepted for integration and given status… those from the SADF remained as they were. "It looked more like MK and APLA were joining the SADF and not forces being integrated as such ... I personally felt it was not a very fair exercise"(Interview with MK veteran, 1996, by J. Cock).

There was a reluctance on the part of some informants to place these concerns on record, perhaps for fear of being seen as biased against the integration process o the liberation process or the liberation armies. (BICC, 1996) There are, of course, a range of reasons why the expected number of ex-combatants did not report for integration. The problems which beset the integration process could have been a disincentive for many to join the SANDF. Others had already found employment and some man not have been interested in a military career. (J. Celliers, 1995)

Ex-combatants complained about the slowness of the process, administrative difficulties, the language medium for instruction, the lack of respect for cultural differences, and the placement of people in ranks which were deemed lower than deserved:

"Whatever years of experience you had didn't matter. I was senior to people who joined MK in the 1960s. I joined MK in 1983, yet I was senior to people who fought in Wankie because I was better qualified and I can articulate myself in English.

"Can you believe it, people who are non-commissioned officers have to salute me, and they joined MK when I was one or two years old? Half the time I want to cry; this is what a nation doe to people who gave up their lives. It's SADF criteria; they do not understand any other language. I can't live with that, I just can't live with that(Interview with MK soldier, 1996 by K. Gibbs). The SADF controls the SANDF and this makes the former Apartheid Generals in charge of the National Army."

Another MK veteran echoed this sentiment:

'Some of the comrades are till very bitter, especially on the question of ranking. The people ranking us did not know us. In the Soviet Union we got serious, good training. Some were very brilliant, military cadres who had forsaken their education and careers; what was more important and urgent for them was the liberation of our people, yet they got low rankings."

The ANC involvement in ranking seemed minimal, hence there was grumbling(Interview with MK veteran, 1996). Although many of the initial integration difficulties were sorted out, there was still widespread feeling among many former guerrilla soldiers that the integration process amounted to the effective absorption of MK and APLA into the SADF. Complaints have persisted, particularly about the composition of the force, racism, language , slowness of cultural change and inappropriate training.

Those who have integrated are resigning in droves. They don't feel at home, they don't get good treatment and there is no neutral complaint system. some feel like they are being victimized and pushed out(an interview with a parliamentarian, 1996) The minister of Defense, Joe Modise(now passed away) indicated that these groupings had limited support and that their continued existence could not be confirmed by military Intelligence(Citizen, 3 September 1995) There still dissatisfaction among former non-statutory force members that the top echelons of the military are dominated by white men

. At placement, only 1,375 men and 158 women from the non-statutory forces were placed at officer level. The majority of combatants, 11,575 men and 1,830 women, were placed in non-officer ranks. In the air force, for example, out of 150 non-statutory force members, the highest ranking officer was one colonel and only two pilots were allowed to fly, despite the fact that some extensive flight experience. (The Star, 6 October 1995) In bringing the Army under the ANC government,the African leader in the government were impotent and hapless, and this is borne out by the comments made by the 'fighters' in MK and APLA.

From Bantustan to Rainbowstan

When Mandela walked out of Polsmoor Prison with Winnie Mandela by his side, walking hand in hand, Africans were euphoric and elated. The shackles of Apartheid were she, and the hope of a better tomorrow loomed ever so high. Mandela formed a Government of National Unity with his former enemies, the Afrikaners. Mandela's release coincided with the genocide that was taking place in amongst African South Africa exacerbated by men like Wouter Basson and his medical Battalion Dr. Kobus Scholtz implicated Basson and the 7th Medical Battalion he commanded in.

1. a chemical and bio-ware warfare program;

2. murders using poison;

3. chemical-bomb attack against Frelimo troops in Mozambique during the late 1980s;

4. corruption for personal gain;

5. running an execution squad. This hit-squad under Basson, composed of former members of old CCB operatives and Special Forces, supposedly formed part of the core of the SADF's notorious elimination actions; in 1997, NIS undercover agents observed bottles of poisoned beer cans to be used to kill enemies in the neighboring states and in the beer for the Transkei people. Basson was not only a dangerous individual, but also a very vulnerable one.

When the ANC government was elected in 1994, it considered him a man who knew too much. The Minister of Defense,Ronnie Kasrils rehired him in the reconstituted SANDF in October 1995 and claimed that he wanted to bring him under a greater degree of control and to prevent him from leaking information to other nations.

Basson was reinstated as chief cardiologist at Pretoria's 1st Military Hospital in October 1995. Less than 2 years after he was sacked by President de Klerk for his activities in the 7th Medical Battalion, dubbed he "Third force". The murderous exploits of Basson are legendary, and the ANC has retained him and might be carrying his work unabated in a clandestine manner.

Most of the time one hears about South Africa, it is either from the media or the South African European who have taken the liberty of explaining, presenting African South African as they see fit; who still call the country and the Continent as a whole backwards, Dark Continent; its people as savages, Kaffir, Natives, Bantus, Plurals, Swaartgevaar; that the Africans are sojourners in the land of Birth; they narrate African people's history by stating that Africans migrated from the north and displaced the Khoi! Africans are called 'boys' and 'girls'; African schools are failing, especially the matriculants, even though they now attend the white schools called "Model Cs," the passing percentage is and has always between 33 and a 1/3% overall student GPA for Africans-Today, under the ANC it is 30%.

Hospitals are lacking in medicine; there's and extreme gap between the 'ubber' rich whites and the African petit bourgeoisie; also, a huge gaping gap in terms of affluence and material wealth between the majority downtrodden, depressed and repressed poverty stricken and poverty subjugated African majority; sick depressed poor Africans suffering from high blood pressure and sugar diabetes, untreated, and poor diet complicating the conditions; today there is a growing number of poor whites who are suffering from random senseless crime in the farms, suburbs, and cities.

There is some form of breakdown in delivery of social services; some African leaders are still on some 'gravy train'; there is more corruption and a serious disconnect between the African leaders and their wards, and a semi-relationship with the Afrikaner people. More and more people are living in shacks, although the government through the RDP programs, has built some housing units, which the people regard as of inferior quality and poorly built, in some areas. Many local administrative representative are sloppy with their work with the African public, and embroiled in never-ending scandals and ineptitude in performing their public tasks.

There is a lot of bribery, by the police and throughout the whole social system; alcohol abuse is the Achilles heel of Africans of all stripes within the country; there is rife prostitution; drug peddling has become the norm, and was exacerbated by Basson and his cabal in distribution Mandrax and other chemical drugs which are affecting the African Youth immensely and devastating household today; crack cocaine is now being filtered through the local townships and is spreading like wild fire; rapes are high and homicide just as high.

There are still a lot of carjackings and high motor-car accident on the national roads and highways; there is still police abuse and police related deaths; there are shootouts with the police in robberies and other skirmishes; there is some sort of tension which is made palatable by the upcoming highly anticipated 2010; some infrastructure issues and transportation, roads and houses have been upgraded in preparation for the coming World Cup Finals. Stadiums have been built anew; there are a lot of Bread and Breakfast(B&Bs) houses which too have been upgraded.

But as already been observed, Africans are still underpaid, unhealthy, terrorized by organized crime and some militias; accused of xenophobia; accused of electing the present inefficient government three times in a row; being betrayed by the leaders they have elected who are living large. Maybe it is those inducement Botha was talking about, which he foresaw, that the present leaders are feasting upon; accused of being backward; abused by the present government which denied that there was an Aids pandemic, according to Thabo Mbeki,the ousted corrupt president educated in London's School of Economics; African language, culture, and sense of self and ones historical reality rejected as invalid, and only the colonizer's history being correct.

Africans run the politics, Europeans own the economy. The ANC does not control the SANDF and the economy. In this case, Africans,with the leaders they elected, are caught between the rock and a hard place-the rock being their past with Apartheid, and a hard place, being the new ANC government. The soldiers went on strike, the doctors went on strike, all sorts of industries have been striking throughout the ear.

There have been many corruption charges right up to the new president, President Zuma, who was accused of rape and a litany of charges of which he was acquitted of them all(Now more recently), his corruption and scandal of his R230 million($23-million) personal house upgrade. Since he came to power, one of the most interesting things that he has done is increase the number of his wives, although some changes are taking place administratively and so forth, he is nearing a year, and Africans wait to see what has he got in his bag of the Presidency. so far, there is not much to show for it, and the polity is disgruntled, and they even booed him at the Mandela's memorial in FNB Stadium last year, 2013

During the days of Apartheid, forced removals took people to barren areas in the middle of nowhere with no trees but ricks; in the days of the ruling ANC elite, Africans are wondering what have they set themselves for with a 'neocon' crew hell-bent on sowing permanent social tensions, intimidation, ineptness, inefficiency, corrupt and self-serving, arrogant and not taking care of the whole 40+ million africans who have not yet gotten any respite from the vicissitudes of authoritarianism of Apartheid and a neo- and-post-colonial type of government, parading as law and order; and that it is a juggernaut for governance and development.

The Gravy Train has not yet reach the wretched African multitudes, and those of other races that are suffering through this mounting crisis. What will happen in South Africa after World Cup 2010, is anybody's guess... It is about time to stop blaming the victim, and striving towards a strong, non-racial prosperous Mzantsi(South Africa) Otherwise, if that does not happen, it will then be true that Africans have lived through the Bantustan era, and now living in a Rainbowstan reality. Cry some more the beloved people and country....

NINETEEN SEVENTY-SIX

Go nineteen seventy-six

We need you no more

Never come again

We ache inside

Good friends we have lost

Nineteen seventy-six

You stand accused

of deaths

Imprisonments

Exiles

And Detentions

You lost the battle

You were not revolutionary

Enough

We do not boast about you

Year of Fire, Year of Ash

This poem was written by Oupa Thando Mthimkhulu

Finally, "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." (James Baldwin)

The problem of race relations is South Africa's main problem. After one has written about the abuse of an entire people for generations, disrespect and denial of the humanity of Africans remains the main sticking point towards affirmative race relations. The collective consciousness of the minority white people, especially, remains rooted, embedded and entrenched in the belief that Africans are not entirely human, cannot run government, their history is as told by their conquerors, their suffering not worth talking about, considering nor acknowledging. Little has changed since 1652 to the present.

So much dread and horror has marked and dotted the social interaction between African and White races. Even today in 2010, a lot of the yesteryear animosities and drudged social relations. These in turn tend to hurt both societies: the White supremacist race cling onto a self-righteous moral and intellectual superiority; in the meantime the African race depressed, repressed, crimes against their humanity continually being continually imposed on them in many ways as has been listed above. As Bell and Ntsebeza have duly noted, South Africa has a lot of Unfinished Business to deal with.

The social relations in South Africa will eventually change, albeit in time unknown. What is amazing is that in a country where the majority rules because of their democratic right, there are still people in South Africa who are working hard towards intimidating anyone who speaks out from an African point of View.

It is also amazing that the denizens of this forsaken land are the poorest, the most uneducated, abused, jailed, hanged, tortured,murdered, starved, underdeveloped in all aspects of life, mass killed over the centuries, controlled through draconian harsh laws, poisoned, drugged, chopped to bits or exploded in grenades, dragged to ecologically disastrous areas and slum tenement,beaten down with sjamboks, tear-gassed, shot at with bird pellets and to R1 Rifle bullets , killed not only in the streets, but in hospitals, through liquor, poisoned cigarettes, malnutrition, debilitating diseases, kidnapped, houses burnt, children maimed, killed and murdered, the whole African populace subjected to some serious war of attrition for over 358 years.

It is really perplexing to see the minority Afrikaner population,[those who hold steadfastly to these beliefs] trying to put down their handiwork and heavy handedness of over three and-a-half-plus centuries on a people who have yet to recover, in the 16 years of their first time new self rule. With many grievances which could fill a hub, there is still this smugness amongst the Afrikaner of not ever going to accepting or respecting African rule and African policy of society and governance, political, cultural and other aspects of national unity and progress.

FEAR

Steven Bantu Biko has a lot say about Fear: "My premise has always been that black people should not at any one stage be surprised at some of the atrocities committed by the government[Apartheid government]. This to me follows logically after their initial assumption that they, being a settler minority, can have the right to be supreme masters. If they could be cruel enough to cow 'natives' down with brutal force and install themselves as perpetual rulers in a foreign land, then anything else they do to the same black people becomes logical in terns of the initial cruelty.

To expect justice(or reconciliation, a-la TRC - my addition) from them is to be naïve. They almost have a duty to themselves and to their "electorate" to show that they still have the upper hand upper-hand — by ruthlessly breaking down the back of resistance amongst blacks, however petty that resistance is."

Biko Continues: "To look for instances of cruelty directed at those who fall into disfavor with the "security police" is perhaps to look too far. One need not try to establish the truth of the claim that black people in South Africa have to struggle for survival. It presents itself in ever so many facets of our lives. Township life alone makes it a miracle for anyone to live up to adulthood.

There we see a situation of absolute want in which black will kill black to be able to survive. This is the basis of the vandalism, murder, rape and plunder that goes on while the real sources of the evil - White society — are suntanning on exclusive beaches or relaxing in the bourgeoisie homes. The philosophy behind police action in this country seems to be "harass them! Harass them!". And one needs to add that they interpret the word in a very extravagant sense.

Thus, even young traffic policemen, people generally known for their grace, occasionally find it proper to slap adult black people. It sometimes looks obvious here that the great plan is to keep black people thoroughly intimidated and to perpetuate the "super-race" image of the white man, if not intellectually, at least in terms of force. White people, working through their vanguard — the South African Police - have come to realize the truth of that golden maxim — "if you cannot make a man respect you, then make them fear you."

This fear is still a reality in contemporary South Africa, and there are those who are serious about using it to perpetuity, even if they do not have political and numerical power. The problem for the Afrikaners is to accept the humanity of Africans and their majority rule as authentic. The fear of the New ANC-led government is that of the masses becoming awakened, or educated thus enabling them to see their smoke-screen of lies, deceit and inability to rule and promote 'true' democracy. If the Lesson of the ANC's 'Quatro Prison' pamphlet are true, those murdered when they were ere headed onto other ANC camps to hold a meeting on the implementation of true democracy with their comrades in other camps, and were waylaid by Hani and his cronies, murdered and buried in mass graves.

if that pamphlet were any indication of the attitude of the ANC and the truth about their distaste of 'democracy', then it would be advisable that in the near future that issue be revisited. this is article is not only about how Apartheidizers continue to blame the victims of their own created apartheid, but it is also about how the African government continuous this trend, and in this case, avoids and ignores educating the masses, in order to keep them oppressed, ignorant, compliant and silent. Fear, intimidation and elimination is what characterizes the ANC-led government in contemporary South Africa, amongst the Africans, and to a certain extent, whites and other racial minorities. Since and even before Mandela passed away, this fear has a grip on the lives of the Africans in South Africa, today in 2014

Used And Abused People

Blaming the Electorate

Although some changes are taking place within South Africa, mostly because of the preparation for the 2010, the ordinary people are still caught in no-man's land, and their interests are still not addressed fully. As noted above, it will be interesting to see what happens once the World Cup is over; the government of the day is going to be faced with a people who have had their needs not fully addressed, nor are they even paid any attention today. About 4 years ago, Ronald Kennedy, in the Spectrezine blog wrote:

"Plagued by corruption scandals, internal squabbling and mass discontent amongst the population, The African National Congress now faces local elections. The lack of any strong opposition party means that the most serious opposition will come from within South Africa's governing party itself. Burning tires, dancing demonstrators and riot police shooting rubber bullets: this is South Africa, right now, as pictured on south African TV news. The protests are not directed at a government which oppresses people, but one which — according to the demonstrators — is failing hopelessly short of fulfilling its duties.

"The biggest issues in the coming local elections are m therefore, also most elementary: electricity and running water. Discontent seems well placed. According to South Africa's official statistical service, 35% of the twelve million households lack fresh drinking water, 66% are not connected to the electricity grid and 48% have to get by without mains sewerage. A large portion of slum dwellers have only a bucket by way of sanitary provision. Mbeki had said that they were going to end the "bucket system" by 2007; clean water for every South African by 2010 and electricity for all by 2012."

By 2005, John Daniel, an author, stated that:

"The criticism is largely unfair. The ANC has achieved a great deal. The government has, in the face of the legacy of the apartheid regime, already built almost 2 million houses(of low quality that they are falling apart-my addition), or apartments for former slum dwellers(locals complain that these houses are being given mostly to foreigners who bribe officials for the habitats — my addition), opened hundreds of clinics(which lack medicines and doctors, and patients have to be turned back, even though they came to the clinics as early as 4.00 a.m), and brought clean drinking water to millions of people(which they have to pay exorbitant sums of money, even when they are given 6,0000 liters to start with for free, most people are mostly without water, today). South Africa is relatively poor.Benefits need to be set against the cost. The ANC must contend with a lack of education and training at the levels of society where policies must be carried out."

This is no more just theory, it is the living reality of the poor masses of African South Africans today.

Well, the 2010 local elections are at hand for the year 2011, and the same issues that have been addressed above are still the main outcries of the ANC electorate and other peoples of South Africa. From 2006, to date, the same grievances against ANC, have worsened and widened — tires have been burnt just a week in to December and there are calls for demonstrations and protest against issues of electricity, water, jobs, poor education, nepotism, cronyism, unemployment and the list goes on.

The poor are either ignored or blamed for being ungrateful with "all what the ANC has done for them," but the locals want the local councillors to be thrown out as they did in 2004 local elections. In the case of the upcoming elections, one thing remains true: "the More Things changes, the more they stay the same and worsen". This will begin to erode on the confidence of the electorate who will ultimately stay at home rather than vote. This disappointment will show itself in the turnout in the 2011 local elections.

Although the ANC will not be welcomed by the ANC, the opposition is too weak to profit from it. The ANC is slowly destroying itself through it's ignoring of its electoral base, and this does not bode well for the ANC-led government. The present ANC-led government is in cahoots with big monied interests, business and countries who want or are controlling the natural resources of Africans in south, and are destroying the African culture and the indigenous African peoples of South Africa.

One can see in their recent and much touted manifesto, of 2014, that it is nothing more than a guarantee to the investors and big business that all is well, secured, and that business can proceed as normal in the next coming five years. The people were forgotten in the past 20 years, and they will still be ignored after the 2014 national elections in south Africa

Blaming The African Victims of Apartheid

At this point in the Hub, we will utilize William Ryans work, but regurgitate it as relating to African south Africans, but the credit of all the information below will be completely given to Ryan William. The reference below plainly points out to how Africans are victimized, and it is this author's contention that whether it be in colonial times or post-neo colonial times, or the contemporary times of South Africa's Africa-led government, is the same and it is becoming worse.

The former Apartheid overlords are pouring it on agains the African people and their children in today's contemporary South Africa. Consider some victims. One is the miseducated child in the slum/Township school. He/She is blamed for his/her own miseducation. He is said to contain within himself the causes of his inability to read and write well.

The shorthand phrase is "cultural deprivation," which, to those in the know, conveys what they allege to be inside information: that the poor child carries a scanty pack of intellectual baggage as he enters school. He doesn't know about books and magazines and newspapers, they say. (No books in the home; the mother fails to subscribe to Reader's Digest/or Drum Magazine.) They say that if he talks at all-an unlikely event since slum parents don't talk to their children-he certainly doesn't talk correctly. (Lower-class dialect? or Kasi Slang).

Note the tactic and technique of blaming the African child. What is the "culturally deprived" child doing in the school? What is wrong with the victim? In pursuing this logic, no one remembers to ask questions about the collapsing building and torn or nonexistent textbooks; the frightened and insensitive teachers; the blustering, frightened Principals; the relentless [economic and social] segregation; the callous administrator; the irrelevant curriculum; the bigoted or callous members of the school boards; the insulting history books; the stingy taxpayers; the fairy-tail readers; or the elf-serving faculty of the local teachers colleges.

We are being encouraged to confine our attention to the child and to dwell on all these alleged defects. Cultural deprivation becomes an omnibus explanation for the educational disaster area known as the inner-school or Township schools. This is Blaming the Victim lacking the hundred additional desks.

This is exactly what is going on in contemporary South Africa. South Africa is hooked-up to America through an economical umbilical and very fast, through theAmerica/European social and political and cultural osmosis. The Blaming the victim chorus coming rom the former colonialists and present venture capitalist monied class, extends to the family in this manner. Ryan writes: "Pointing to the supposedly deviant Negro or African family as the 'fundamental weakness of the African family [because this perception extends to all the lands and countries where Africans have been colonized], is another way to blame the victim.

Like "cultural deprivation," "African Family" has become a shorthand phrase with stereotyped connotations of matriarchy, fatherlessness, and pervasive illegitimacy. Growing up in the "crumbling"African family is supposed to account for most of the racial evils of [South Africa] and America. Insiders have the word, of course, and know that this phrase is supposed to evoke images of growing up with a long-absent or never-present father (replaced rom time to time perhaps by a series of transient lovers) and with bossy women ruling the roost, so as that the children are irreparably damaged.

This refers particularly to the poor, bewildered male children, whose psyches are fatally wounded and who are never, alas, to learn the trick of becoming upright, downright, forthright all-Europeanized Africans 'boys'. Is it o wonder Africans/Negroes cannot achieve equality(even if they are the majority of voters-to which Africans say that, "They were looking for 'Freedom,' yet they were given 'democracy[which I refer to as "Shamocracy". From such Families! And, again, by focusing our attention on the Negro/African family as the apparent cause of racial inequality, our eye is diverted. Racism, discrimination, segregation, and the powerlessness of the ghetto are subtly, but thoroughly, downgraded in importance."

We further read on from Ryan's issues of Blaming The Victim that, "The generic process of Blaming the Victim is applied to almost every[South African problem]. The miserable health care of the poor is explained away on the grounds that the victim has poor motivation and lacks health care information. The problem of slum/ghetto/Township housing can be traced to the characteristics of tenants who are labelled as "Ignorant rural migrants" not yet acculturated" to life in the big cities.

The "multi-problem" poor, it is claimed, suffer from psychological effects of impoverishment, the "culture of poverty," and the deviant value system of the lower classes; consequently, though unwittingly,they cause their own troubles. From such a viewpoint, the obvious fact that poverty is primarily an absence of money is easily overlooked or set asides…" The Mbeki children, in the case of the bludgeoning birth-giving rate amongst the teens today, who are fixated up on the money they will get when giving birth to many children, "are also fallaciously linked together with the increased number of illegitimate children as twin results of promiscuity and sexual abandon among members of the lower orders.

Every important social problem-crime, mental illness,civil disorder, unemployment-has been analyzed within the framework of the victim-blaming ideology. There is an abundance of literature about the underdevelopment of the Third World, in which the lack of prosperity and technological progress is attributed to some aspect of the national character of the people, such as "lack of achievement motivation"— and along with these postulations there are issues of racial injustice, social welfare and human services in the urban areas."

I have been listening to the victim-blamers and pondering their thought processes for a number of years. That process is often very subtle. Victim-blaming is cloaked in kindness and concern, and bears all the trappings of and statistical furbelows of scientism; it is obscured by a perfumed haze of humanitarianism. In observing the process of Blaming the Victim, one tends to be confused and disorientated because those who practice this art display a deep concern for the victims that is quite genuine. In this way, the new ideology is very different from the open prejudice and reactionary tactics of the old days.

Its adherents include sympathetic social scientists with social conscience in good working order, and liberal politicians with a genuine commitment to reform. They are very careful to dissociate themselves from vulgar Calvinism of crude racism(The Jan Van Riebeeck-type- my addition), they indignantly condemn any notion of innate wickedness or genetic defect. "The Negro/[African] is not born inferior," they shout apoplectically. "Force of circumstance," they explain in reasonable tones, "has made him inferior." And they dismiss with self-righteous contempt for any claims that the poor man in America/[Africa] is plainly unworthy or shiftless or enamored of idleness .

No, they say, he is "caught in the cycle of poverty," He is trained to be poor by his culture and his family life, endowed by his environment (perhaps by his ignorant mother's outdated style of toilet training) with those unfortunately unpleasant characteristics that make him ineligible Victim is, of course, quite different from old-fashioned conservative ideologies. The latter simply dismissed victims as inferior, genetically defective, or morally unfit; the emphasis is on the intrinsic, even hereditary, defect. The former shifts emphasis to the environmental causation.

The old-fashioned conservative could hold firmly to the belief that the oppressed and the victimized were born that way-'that way' being defective or inadequate in character or ability. The new ideology attributes defect and inadequacy to the malignant nature of poverty, injustice, slim life, and racial difficulties. The stigma that marks the victim and accounts for his victimization is an acquired stigma, a stigma of social, rather than genetic, origin. But the stigma, the defect, the fatal difference-though derived in the past from environmental forces-is still located within the victim, inside his skin.

With such an elegant formulation, the humanitarian can have it both ways. He can, all at the same time, concentrate his charitable interest on the defects of the victim, condemn the vague social and environmental stresses that produced the defect (some time ago), and ignore the continuing effect of victimizing social forces (right now). It is a brilliant ideology for justifying a perverse form of social action designed to change, not society, as one might expect, but rather society's victim."

Today the past Apartheid operatives and their followers, are hammering the ANC from all angles. It would seem like the ANC-led government obliges them, and does not deal and steer away from corruption, cronyism, and other social malaise.

Having been made victims of apartheid through its draconian rules, those who violated African peoples humanity and human rights, are blaming the Africans for having been victims(of the Apartheidizers smear): that is, they allowed themselves to be victims because of their backwardness and inability to evolve with the modern — what was done to Africans in South Africans, the outcome is blamed on the Africans who are oppressed, depressed, repressed, to date! When one reads what Ryan has written just cited above, it is as if one is speaking about the conditions of existence of the Africans in South Africa.

Colonization affected many colonized people throughout the colonized world in the same way as Apartheid did-in the other cases, it was just a matter of degree. On this point, Ryan writes:

"Blaming the Victim depends on a very similar process of identification [carried out, to be sure, in the most kindly, philanthropic, and intellectual manner] whereby the victim of social problems is identified as strange, different-in other words, as a barbarian, a savage. Discovering savages, then, is an essential component of, and prerequisite to, Blaming the Victim, and the art of Savage Discovery is a certain skill that must be acquired by all aspiring Victim blamers.

"They must learn how to demonstrate that the poor, the Black, the ill, the jobless, the slum tenants, are different and strange. They must learn to conduct or interpret the research that shows how "these people" think in different forms, act in different patterns, cling to different values, seek different goals, and learn different truths. Which is to say that they are strangers, barbarians, savages. This is how the distressed and disinherited are redefined in order to make it possible for us to look at society's problems and to attribute their causation to the individuals affected."

Apartheid Victims, Today...

This contributed to an Apartheidized way of looking at people. All the added differences in of themselves contribute to a skewed and Apartheidized way of looking at other people. This is one of the core issues which will be dealt with further in this articles, and then some. This brings into sharp focus the victimization of the victim by the victimizers.

After having been totally dehumanized, the victim is blamed for the state that has been created for and find his/herself, for occupying and living the role imposed on him, that of being a victim of abuse, oppression, depression, repression and being dismissed, ignored and broken up into many disunited and incoherent and a constant reality dictated upon him to live the life of a backward, barbaric and stagnant entity.

Ryan put in nicely above, to reiterate, "This is how the distressed are redefined in order to make it possible for us to look at society's problems and to attribute their causation to the individuals affected." All social ills and wrongs, being enforced on the victims, which results in anomie and normlessness as a result, is blamed on the very victim who was victimized, scorned, dismissed and ignored.

This very act can be seen today as one reads some articles written by the former Apartheidizers who are now, at present, relish and gloat in their utterances and attack on their victims without let-up. Meanwhile, they have even become more affluent under the ANC government, more than they were along with their Apartheid partners.

The Apartheidizers are bent on shredding the images and humanbeingness of the present Africans by making ludicrous calls of judgement and self-righteousness as to the system they headed that was Apartheid, and not what and how it had effected their African victims, but lauding the virtues of a system that has been accused of gross human rights violation of the Africans in South Africa. Now that they are in cahoots with the ruling ANC-led government lackeys, they are incessantly and consistently harangue and blame the Africans for the shortcomings emanating from their present rule.

There are all sorts of wild claims made about Africans by a cohort of internet savvy whites and Apartheid demagogues from South Africa that they do it with impunity and the knowledge that they have shredded so much of the evidence of the gross inhumane abuses visited upon any people in the world, that they are comfortable that no one will ever know the full story, and that whatever they are saying now about Africans on the internet and other media outlets, is justified because the Africans in power now are inept, inefficient and blundering in their rule that the can cast this as being the nature of African and their inability to govern and rule.

"We need to understand how the Africans are the victim in contemporary South Africa. Ryan gives us this heads up view: "We have to consider who the victims are in the South African context. In fact, everyone who depends for the sustenance of himself and his family on salary and wages, and who does not have a separate source of income through some substantial ownership of wealth,is a potential victim in South Africa./America.

"He is vulnerable to disaster of catastrophic illness in a private enterprise medical-care system; he is vulnerable to the deliberate manipulation of inflation and unemployment; he is vulnerable to the endemic pollution of air and food and to the unattended hazards of the factory and the highway that will likely kill him before his time; he is vulnerable to the greed of the great oil companies and food corporations. ... In addressing the issue of poverty and racism, were see that the real issue is inequality."

This is done in many ways, of which Ryan clarifies by stating that: "Many of the programs that are designed by the former rulers who analyze the social problems, and also saturates the majority of programs that have been developed to solve social problems in [South Africa]/America. These programs are based on the assumption that individuals have social problems as a result of some kind of unusual circumstances-accident, illness, personal defect or handicap, character flaw or maladjustment-that exclude them from using the ordinary mechanisms for maintaining and advancing themselves. For example, the prevalent belief in [South Africa]/America is that, under normal circumstances, everyone can obtain sufficient income for the necessities of life.

Those who are unable to do so are special deviant cases, persons who for one reason or another are not able to adapt themselves to the generally satisfactory income-producing system. In times gone by these persons were further classified into the worthy poor-the lame, the blind, the young mother whose husband died in an accident, the aged man no longer able to work-and the unworthy poor-the lazy, the unwed mother and her illegitimate children, the malingerer. All were seen, however, as individuals who, for good reasons or bad, were personal failures, unable to adapt themselves to the system."

In a word, they divide and shackle the poor into one divided whole with various classifications in his victimhood, then they turn around and blame the victims, their own Frankenstenian creations, and further victimize them on the Web and in many publications... It is time the world begun to understand that the Africans in south Africa are victims of Grand Apartheid and post apartheid rule.

This then is the story of how Africans are being made victims in their own country and existence as victims. As cited above from Ryan, this is the state of reality for Africans today in contemporary South- and the poor are saying it is now even more worse... And they are being blamed for their present and past condition(Now during the ANC-led governmental rule, and during Apartheid rule)

Corruption: Cronyism, Cabals, Nepotism and Clientelism

Corruption Through Government And By Business And Politics

The scourge of corruption in South Africa has tightened its grip on our society over the past decade, threatening our democratic achievements, eroding the capacity of the state to advance serious socio-economic transformation, and often undermining the solitary culture of our broad movement. Those first formations to actively launch a mass campaign against the corrosive evil, men like Radioman Ntshangase, of Mpumalanga and Moss Phakoe of Rustenburg, were gunned down for their courageous stand against corruption.

One will find that what lies behind this terrible contagion various explanations are advanced in South African public debate. Often it is reduced to bad individual behavior calling for moral condemnation — a "few bad apples," of whom "an example" must be made of. Clearly this is not entirely wrong, those involved in corruption must be dealt with, regardless of who they are, regardless of their political affiliations. In fact, we should expect a higher level of conduct from those who are members of our broad democratic movement and especially those in public service.

This is how Njabulo Ndebele characterizes present-day corruption in South Africa:

"With the arrest and sentencing of Jackie Selebi, a highly credentialed 'big fish' of the new dispensation has been finally been put behind bars. But there is another question that deserves attention: just how far can the tide of this social and economic epidemic be significantly reversed by the arrest and imprisonment of the prominent corrupt and they are its viral agents?

"The scourge of corruption, as we all know, cannot be entirely eliminated. Keeping it at bay effectively is what most societies try to do at best. The successful ones keep it at bay through strong governance systems and highly professionalized institutions. These derive their mandate, authority and legitimacy from legal instruments founded on their respective national constitutions. Strong value-based institutions exert ethical and moral constraints over and above legal ones.

"Since 1994, Selebi's particular group, which Mbeki described as the 'bureaucratic bourgeoisie' has been in control of the state and has managed its wealth, largely a social and economic legacy of South Africa's history of colonialism and racist oppression, [this means that the Selebi crew, mismanaged (people's coffers) and managed local and international finance([for the interest of those investors) very well. This accumulated wealth suddenly became available and accessible to Selebi's ascendent group through political power.

"It has wielded this power in conditions in which the genuine personal material needs of its members, shaped by historic deprivation, brutally compete with social commitment that once gave meaning to the struggle for liberation. In this tension, personal needs, with political power now at their disposal, will tend to trump social commitment. And the more that power yields material gratifications of all kinds, the deeper grows the impulse to hold on to it. Access to accumulated state wealth reduces any inclination there may ever have been to re-order society to create new conditions for new wealth. The wealth now available will be spent far more than it can be replaced or grown." (Njabulo)

Corruption Based On Herd Mentality

Njabulo continues: "In such situations, justifications to hold on to power abound. These may include messianic notions of permanent power, "Until Jesus returns: or, notions that no one else can bring about the necessary social transformations — only the leaders of the group in power can. For such consecrated leadership, constitutional rule soon becomes an impediment (As in the attack of the press by the ANC government). It imposes the requirement of effort that is often too demanding on personal and group capability. Indeed, the collective capability immediately available to the group sets the standards and the norms for maintaining group cohesion.

These norms and standards are then reproduced internally and become more and more distant from external realities and the pressures they may impose. The group then becomes prone to new solidarities that eventually become corruptive. Soon, group interest substitutes for constitutional rule. The once revolutionary commitment to radical social transformation is replaced by opportunisms of the moment. Selebi's social group further defined its character when it fractured into two sub-groups.

One sub-group negotiated with the moneyed asset holders who have historically built South African capitalism, to share its assets. Black Economic Empowerment(BEE) was designed as the preferred mechanism. The second sub-group successfully mobilized both the working class and the underclass of millions of the poor and unemployed to gain political power. With direct access to enormous state wealth, it began an unprecedented looting of the various levels of fiscal management. Examples of splurging abound to indicate a looting well under way.

Meanwhile, traditional capitalists, overwhelmingly White, lost the buffer of the sub-group that first negotiated with them, and are now directly exposed to the sub-group in power. They are vulnerable to various forms of extortion. At this point, the political indulgence of personal material needs results in something far more deeply menacing for the body-politic. It results in corruptive collusions.

Corruptive Collusion as Raison d'être

These collusions become new foundations of group solidarity. They effectively replace the old solidarities of struggle. The latter, can continue to be invoked and retained more as a necessary mantra of commitment, and far less as an objective to be pursued. Corruptive collusions offer group protection and will be hostile towards any regular measures, whatever their merits, which emanate from outside the group. Even the national constitution is an outside phenomenon. Any guilt from abandoning struggle values the group will share through ritualistic recalls of past heroism and numerous political declarations of intent and a plethora of policies.

They deploy the mantras of "poverty reduction," "Job creation," "combating crime and corruption". These mantras have high appeal. But their effect weakens only because the more the sub-group in power asserts itself through a corrupted perspective, the less capability it demonstrates for solving social problems that require committed and principled effort.

Thus, the corrupted perspective achieves a defining outcome: it conceals the real power of personal material needs and its enormous capacity to violate a committed and principled attention to radical social transformation. Corrupt concealment becomes the primary mechanism by which corruption in general spreads throughout the body-politic. The impact on state governance is severe. Corruption becomes a principle of solidarity. It feeds and maintains solidarity.

The political party thus infected becomes itself the very agent of corruption. Corruption becomes its raison d'être, lived but never declared; condemned generally, never specifically; and threatened but never rooted outSo, no matter how many Jackie Selebi's can be jailed, many more are concealed under the cloud of the cohesive power of corrupted solidarities. Instead, it will work to evolve more inventive, and increasingly more invasive, ways of concealing their presence and their dark intention.

(These are, as the topic of this article has shown, some of the backwards looking ways of governance of those elected by Africans, are working assiduously for the extinction of Africans in South Africa.) And the corruption discussed above, is one of the myriad ways through which Africans are being eliminated, by their own elected leadership!)

Contemporary South African Predatory Vulture Capitalist

Corruption in South Africa then comes across as both transactional and then as a mode of perceiving the political and economic reality and the possibilities that reality offers. Concealment and obfuscation is its necessary method of operation or modus operandi. Indeed, corruption and concealment are two sides of the same coin.

Seen from this perspective, South Africa may currently be moving through a dangerous transitional phase from the ad hoc practice of corruption, to its steady institutionalization through law and regulation. It is a phase that once crossed , will be difficult to reverse.

What we are dealing with then is corruption as a systematic phenomenon. This phenomenon involves more than stealing from the public purse, more than obtaining the underserved tender from colluding cronies in power. Rather, it becomes something more existential when it occupies the very thinking and affective processes people use in making survival decisions.

All this does not mean that the vast majority of individuals in a corrupted system choose to live corruptly. Many may probably abhor the system. But it can mean that many fail to demonstrate an inclination to resist the system, and that by their failure they permit the system to taint them. Through such accommodation, the corruptive culture triumphs…

ANC: A Perfect Front For International Capital

It is important to note that the strength of the ANC is weakened by their poor rendering of services in the African communities. Bond and Mayekiso write: The deterioration of municipal services and declining standards of infrastructure have become commonplace in post-Apartheid South Africa and housing has become a policy farce. All of this is not because South Africa is under "Black rule," as many conservatives would have it, but on the contrary, because of a combination of factors reinforcing residual White power remain.

These factors are evident in the profoundly anti-redistributive, market-orientated policies on municipal services designed in the late 1994 by the World Bank and inexplicably adopted by the Reconstruction and Development Program (Or RDP) office in 1995 and Department of Constitutional Development (DCD) in 1996 once the RDP office was closed and local infrastructure became DCD's responsibility. Once again, the ANC outsourced local market-orientated processes to the World Bank, among the many other conglomerates.

In my next deposition, I will try and caricature the real ANC leadership and what it is up to in real time and concrete terms. For now, be it known that we are dealing with a dressed up "Uncle tom" government in Service of Imperial monied interests, and oppressing and killing-off its own people who resist, as Zuma said in his speech after Mangaung here on TV. What could have been more clearer and affirming to what I have posted above than that speech-that anyone who opposes the ANC will be dealt with. If people did not understand that and know where it is coming from, then we are nowhere near trying to solve the problems that are facing our people in this country today.

POOR AND DECREPIT AFRICAN LEADERSHIP AND MASS EMPOWERMENT

Erudite African Mass Potential Leadership

There is a pervasive sense of foreboding and impending doom among Africans who let themselves look reality "dead in the face". In the face of the tremendous deterioration of their quality of life — mounting unemployment, increasing poverty, crime, moral degradation; devastating miseducation and the even more devastating lack of education; overwhelming drug addiction and insensate violence, homicide, terror, prostitution, disease and corruption.

In the face of children having children, social incivility, a youth culture whose raucous music speaks of nihilism, rape, robbery and murder.The degradation and venal hatred of Black(African) women, of everything Black(African); in the face of unfulfilled longings for the satisfaction of basic needs in the midst of the "affluent" — the need for food, for physical safety and security, for belonging, love, acceptance, higher self-esteem; knowledge and understanding, freedom and autonomy, achievement, creativity and self-realization; in the face of all these unfulfilled dreams and wishes, the African community in ever-rising crescendos emits a heart-rendering cry for new leadership

Even the old leaders are calling for new leadership. The persistent call for leadership in the Black(African) community is a call for help, a call for a set of leading persons, organizations and ideas that can provide the community with a sense of unity, definition, direction, power, with a developmental plan and the wherewithal to realize its abundant human potential.


The most persistent complaints the community makes concerning it current leadership are that they have either been co-opted by the past apartheid White ruling regime; are outdated in terms of values, goals and techniques; are not truly and deeply committed to the welfare of the people; are self-centered, self serving, egocentric, 'corrupt' - out of touch with the current and future realities; timid and cannot recognize the needs of the people or articulate those needs in ways which move the people toward their satisfaction; are intellectually inept and are not effectively educating the masses and inspiring them to realize the enormous power which lies dormant within themselves; are co-opted and put into strategic position by the ANC government even if they had been rejected by the communities and the African voting polity.

I won't debate or critically go into nor evaluate these complaints. I believe that even if the contemporary Black(African) leadership accurately gauged and articulated the needs of African people and their communities, this would not necessarily empower the masses. The generation of social power requires appropriate 'organization,' 'tactics' and 'strategies' — and a unifying vision or sense of mission.

It requires a guiding set of ideas or an ideology whose attempted realization defines the social attitudes, relations and institutions which together can empower a people. A people are empowered or disempowered by the guiding ideologies of their leaders to whom they pledge allegiance. Though leaders recognize the needs of their followers and are at one with them in terms of their own needs, their choice of inappropriate social-political ideologies and goals may bring both themselves and their followers to despair. This is the kind of poor, weak and tired leadership that the poor masses have to deal with.

This then means that as we're evolving in our understanding of this decrepit situation, we need to shine a brighter light on the problems that have been listed above and find out why is it so. It is here in this article I turn to Sankara for a much more sober and focused laser-like analysis to our these problem and what he has to say about it that will make our lack of understanding of these issues much more clearer, and poor people can mull on them and think them through much more clearly in a speech he gave on March 26, 1983....

Sankara runs the revolutionary rap thus:

Who are these enemies of the people?

They are to be found here at home and abroad. At this very moment they are trembling, but you must expose them. You must drive them back into their holes. The enemies of the people are here inside the country are all those who have illicitly taken advantage of their social position and their place in the bureaucracy to enrich themselves.

By means of bribery,maneuvers, and forged documents they have become shareholders in different companies. They are now involved in financing business and obtaining approval for this or that enterprise — in the guise of helping Upper Volta. These are the enemies of the people. They must be exposed. This section of the bourgeoisie must be fought against, and we will fight against it.

Who are the enemies of the people? They are the men in politics who travel through the countryside exclusively at election time. These politicians are convinced that only they can make our country work. These enemies of the people must be exposed and combated. We will combat them with you. The enemies of are likewise those who keep us in ignorance. Under the over of spiritual guidance and tradition, they exploit the people instead of serving their real spiritual needs and their real social interests. They must be fought against and we will fight them.

The enemies of the people are also beyond our borders. Their base is among unpatriotic people here in our midst at every level of our society — civilian and military men, men and women, old and young, in town and country alike. These enemies from abroad — neocolonialism — are among us. From its base among these stateless men, those who have rejected their homeland,who have, in fact rejected their own people(the people Of Upper Volta [Mzantsi]?, this enemy abroad is organizing a series of attacks.

First will come the none-violent and the violent stage. At this stage we are living through the non-violent stage [in the case of present-day South Africa, violence has become the norm]. This is the enemy abroad — imperialism, neocolonialism — is attempting to sow confusion in the minds of the Voltaic people. According to their newspapers,radios,and television, Upper Volta is all fire and blood.

You see, imperialism is wrong. But Imperialism is a bad student. Even though it's been defeated,though it's been sent out of the classroom, it come back again. It's a bad student. Imperialism never draws lessons from its failures. Its down in South Africa cutting African throats — just because Africans there are thinking about freedom, as you are today

Imperialism is everywhere, making us think like it, submit to it, and go along with its maneuvers by spreading it culture (cultural Imperialism), far and wide with the he;p of misinformation. We must bar the road to this imperialism. As I said,it will proceed to a violent stage. It is imperialism that landed troops in certain countries we know. Imperialism armed those who are killing our brothers in South Africa. Imperialism again is the assassin of the Lumumbas, Cabrals, Kwame Nkumahs, Machels... Need I say more.

All I can add at this point is that practical application is needed, after writing such a pieces about ideas of 'Leadership' and What its made of and is doing at present, will be added on. The readers can make up their own mind about they have read here-the fact this remans an ongoing research project from which we will be posting ideas that are practical and helpful for Africans of South Africa.

The piece above gives and intelligent view of the mass mind in a simple form, the second part are the ideas of Sankara reinforcing the call for action, practice and tactics. The next post will put all these in a digestible context for all to use. We need to talk about these issue of leadership so as to sharpen our Critique and Anti-Critique of it... Its strange how power, society and leadership are still an on going conversation in the African communities on the Continent and in the Diaspora, and Sankara, in 1983, captured its essence and was evolving ideas how to really deal with it.

What South Africans do with this material is to make sure they read it, and pass it on to as many people as people. An updated and educated masses is the most feared weapon by imperialism. The task of Africans in South Africa today is to see to it that they educate and inform the masses. These leaders and their shenanigans should be looking forward and toward in the future tactics, strategies and social engineering using, implanting and embedding new formations, attitudes and ways of doing for the poor like has never been done before… I will be adding to this topic at length in the near future....

This problem is that there are people who work for these foreign invested interest and yet they do not really understand the ramification of working within such an environment and orbit of Imperialist. It is advisable at this point to take a much more closer look at Imperialism and its constituents entities and all sorts of multiple business or any other tributaries.

The Coming Of The Firm: Corporate Imperialism

Are Africans Really In A Hurry To Become CEO's of These Firms?

Rodney had this to say about the European/African slave trade in Africa: "When one tries to measure the effect of European slave trading on the African continent, it is very essential to realize that one is measuring the effect of social violence rather than trade in any normal sense." The depopulation of the African communities, the decline of African agriculture and manufacturing industry, a general shift in social and state activity to slave raiding, kidnapping and fratricidal wars, which went on for over three hundred years, have had severe effects in the East, Central and Southern Africa.

The havoc reigned upon these people, along with those in the Americas, Latin America and South America, things like conquest, plunder, forced labor, taxation, and forced specialization in an export monoculture, reversed the relative positions, and these peoples and their lands were progressively reduced to underdevelopment too. 20 million people were decimated in the Congo, physically, economically and culturally by the primitive exploitation of the Leopoldian 'system.'

It is estimated that at least 10 million died as a result of this system in the twenty-year period between 1891 and 1911(Morel),more than the number of Jews killed in Hitler's concentration camps. The case of the Congo is but one amongst the many other such types of murderous extermination of a people, and in the meantime, these colonists made untold riches which have continued to be the foundation capital of the modern imperial corporate wealth.

American and European Multi-Corporations have become the second government in America, or around the world and they utilize their influence to make sure that their interests are served to the maximum. For the corporations to maximize their profits, they have to have their feelers in all aspects of the society, and in the end take up power to further advance their interest, uninhabited, and unimpeded…

The emergence of monopoly capitalism in the petroleum, copper, and aluminum industries was marked by a number of characteristics common to all three. First, it was associated with rapid technological change in the last quarter of the nineteenth century in the capitalist countries, particularly. Such technological change had the effect of establishing these industries on a large scale; they produced essential inputs for the expanding industrial system and enjoyed a high rate of growth.

Before this time, while oil, copper, and aluminum were produced, this production took place on a very small scale and at high cost, and was based largely on rich and easily worked deposits of basic material, such as surface seepages or oil and deposits of high-grade copper ores. Between the 1860s and 1900, however, a revolution in production technology took place which made available supplies that were not only quantitatively greater but qualitatively different.

The development of drilling techniques enabled subterranean oil to be brought to the surface; induced changes in the technology of refining and new methods of transport made it possible to move oil over long distances. Ores that contained so little copper that they were once considered worthless were brought into production by changes in the technology of mining and refining.Aluminum metal began to be produced in commercial qualities for the first time.

The changes on the supply side were partly the cause and partly the effect of changes on the demand side, in which technology also played an important part. In oil and aluminum, it was the break-throughs in the technology of production in the 1850s and 1880s, respectively, that stimulated new uses and the search for new markets; in copper, the rapid growth of demand for wire resulting from the emergence of the electricity industry in the 1880s sparked the drive to mine and teat low-grade ores on a large scale.

Subsequently, technical changes on both the demand and the supply side interacted with cumulative effects. Thus, the automobile revolution in the early 1900s created explosive growth demands fro the products of all three industries, and this induced further technical changes on the supply side. Accompanying these changes was a revolution in economic organization which was no less significant.

By the early 1900s, the large number of small, single-stage, local firms in the petroleum and copper industries had been displaced by a small number of large, vertically integrated firms, national in scope and with oligopolistic market control. In aluminum, monopoly of metal production was a feature of the industry from the outset because of Alcoa's acquisition of the patent rights, and the company soon set about integrating itself backward into raw material extraction and forward into fabrication.

It appears that the emergence of the integrated, oligopolistic firm was an inherent and possibly indispensable part of the revolution that took place in the scale of production and demand, in the level of technology, and in the quantity of capital utilized in production. With much more capital committed to production on a much larger scale, firms had to minimize the risks of investment and make sure that their facilities operated at full capacity by acquiring their own raw materials supplies and market outlets. All stages of production and marketing had to be brought as far as possible within the bounds of corporate control.

Those firms that got a head start because of strategic control over one stage of the industry or over production technology, because of capitalistic foresight and initiative, or because of a combination of all three, were able, in one way or another, were able to absorb the weaker and more vulnerable firms. This process continued until a small number of large firms faced one another, each with its own supplies of raw materials and its own market outlets.

At that point, they discovered that their competitive struggles could be profitably diluted with collusive market control, that is, Cartel arrangements to maintain prices and profits by restraining output. What usually set the limit on the entry firms or provided the opportunities for new entrants was the scarcity or availability of the natural resources indispensable for profitable production.

Thus, the discovery of new copper deposits in Montana in 1880s provided the basis for the new Anaconda company to break the control of the Lake Michigan producing pool; the discovery of the Texas oil fields at the turn of the century made it possible for the Texas Company and Gulf Oil to challenge the hegemony of Standard Oil. In contrast, Alcoa's control of bauxite deposits and hydroelectric resources helped effectively to prevent the entry of new companies into the United States industry until after World War II, when Jamaican deposits began to be used by Reynolds and Kaiser.

The transnational corporation embodies not only a pattern of economic relationships but also a pattern of domination, as expressed by the power relations within it. Raw materials operations have to be subjected to the absolute control of the patent firm, for they are the basis upon which rests the whole edifice of production and marketing, and hence of capital accumulation.

The transnational corporation not only has tremendous resources of finance and technology, it also has an enormous flexibility growing out of the fact that its operations are based in a large number of countries. Such flexibility and the integrated nature of its operations give it a wide range of options to shift accounting profits, and ultimately new investment and even existing production facilities, from one country to another. Outsourcing of jobs from America to other countries follows this model.

Furthermore, the transnational corporation normally enjoys a close relationship with the government of its home country — which means that the center country's government will bring pressure to bear on the peripheral government in the interests of the firm. This can mean, in turn, that the government in the peripheral country will pressure the labor force in the interest of the local subsidiary of the corporation."

In many cases, these subsidiaries become a government of the country wherein they are extracting or stealing raw materials, subverting locally elected governments, and this is the Corporate Imperial way.

In the case of the Koch Brothers, they are now attempting to take over the American government in a brazen act to grab power, and along with other corporations, try to take over power("reclaiming the country-taking it back"), for as we can now see, courtesy of the 2010 election, that their actions and solutions offer an even much more sinister intent.

Which we still have to talk about in the case of South Africa which is really function as a siamese twin of the American and European economies, politics and ethics... If you understand the history of the firms above,it certainly is one and the same as the economy, politics and policies that are emasculating and decimating the African nation in Mzantsi.

In the final analysis, the Victims of all these wrong doings are blamed for their suffering foisted upon them as noted above. It is important that this type of information gets to the poor, in due time, so that they can have a holistic view of the suffering and what it is about this corruption that is "Dumbing Them Down"- and as they are victims-be blamed for it-ignored and lied to.

Shanty shacks of South Africa Today

This is the State of Living Conditions of Poor south Africans Under the ANC-Led Government Today
This is the State of Living Conditions of Poor south Africans Under the ANC-Led Government Today

The Arrogance and Callousness of the ANC-led Government

In the article above, I have used photos from the Apartheid era to sow how Africans have been victimized by the Apartheid Regime. This has not gone away, and above, I have opened this part of the Hub using pictures of poor and victimized Africans under the ANC.

Above,within this Hub, I have clearly delineated how the ANC is a puppet of the monied interest, and how it has ignored the suffering of the poor Africans in South Africa. What I have written in this Hub, starting with the topic: 'From Bantustan To Rainbowstan,' and most of the other topics and subtopics below it, was an attempt and effort to begin to pain ta picture as to how and why Africans were victimized by the ANC-led govern.

The most disturbing thing is that, if one were to go to the ANC Wall on Facebook, one is met with this ANC cadre and leaders who think that they have the right to blame Apartheid as this piece attests:

"Dr Bandile Hadebe wrote: The ANC still has to fix another 280 years of sustained mismanagement of our country from the Dutch oppression and slavery, to British Colonialism, to Apartheid. The majority of the 5 constitutions of South Africa, either treated Blacks like we did not exist or pronounced on how to frustrate us to subhuman status. The bulk of the agenda of our government today is laden with initiatives geared towards undoing Apartheid and someone thinks it's ok to say we must just forget. What's next, are we going to be told that Apartheid, actually, didn't really exist, It was all in our minds?"

I cannot go into the response that were allayed and arrayed against the comment above, but the gist of all of them was that the ANC is full of excuses and is incompetent, inept, and for the past 20 years has worsened the Apartheid existence and replaced it with the worsened state of lack of proper and efficient service care, Marikana murders, corruption and Nepotism, cronyism, intimidation, and being inept rulers, and the list goes on. It is still an amazing thing to note that the ANC intelligentsia and elite seem to think that they are beyond the fray,and that their polity is not saying anything that they should consider.

The picture below says it all, and it is important that we should begin to tell the hard truth and show the real reality of south Africa in order to begin to get the attention of these incompetent and arrogant leaders. The following Article, which was written by Jerome Roos, is apt and it is important that I utilize some more of the same ideas to buttress what the Whole Hub above is above. Abuse of the victims of ANC rule today, it was mostly about the Apartheid abuse of poor Africans. And by the way, the ANC and the Apartheid rulers are in cahoots in oppressing and culling off the riches of the land of South Africa. Apartheid never left, nor died, but it is well and alive in contemporary South Africa .

The More Things Changed, The More They Stayed The Same

Twenty years after apartheid, the old freedom fighters of the ANC have come to reproduce the same structures of oppression against which they once arose.
Twenty years after apartheid, the old freedom fighters of the ANC have come to reproduce the same structures of oppression against which they once arose. | Source

Post Apartheid Neo Apartheid, Today

Below I would like to cite Jerome Roos's Article in its entirety:

"South Africa's Untold Tragedy of Neoliberal Apartheid':

We were driving down the N3 highway on our way back home from the Eastern port city of Durban, passing by the endless lines of improvised shacks that constitute the Katlehong township just outside Johannesburg, when we saw the flashing blue lights of a police car in the distance. As we approached, a horrific scene revealed itself. A local slum dweller, probably somewhere in his thirties, lay dead on the side of the road, his body awkwardly twisted into an impossible position, his eyes still wide open. Some two hundred meters ahead, a car had pulled over on the curb, its driver casually leaning on the vehicle while talking to a policeman. No one had even bothered to cover up the body. This man just lay there like a dead animal — another road kill in endless wave of needlessly extinguished lives.

Every year, more than 14.000 people are killed on the road in South Africa, an average of 38 per day — nearly half of whom are pedestrians. Of the other half, many die as overloaded buses, micro-vans or so-called bakkies crash during the daily commute from the townships to the city to work as waiters, clerks or house maids. Just today, a bus full of commuters slammed into a truck on a narrow and potholed road to Pretoria, killing 29. But in the aggregate, tragedies like these are only numbers in a cold statistical series. The front pages of the country’s newspapers remain splattered with horror stories and graphic photos of brutal killings, as fifty people are murdered daily. Another 770 people die from AIDS every day. A total of 5.7 million, or 18% of South Africans, is HIV/AID infected, the highest infection rate in the world. Needless to say, one of the bloody red lines that runs through the broken social fabric of this heartbreakingly beautiful country is that human life is accorded shockingly little value.

“They Only Care About Power, Not People”

All of this became painfully obvious in August last year when militarized police forces violently cracked down on a wildcat miners’ strike in the platinum town of Marikana. In the ensuing bloodbath, the most serious bout of state violence since the Sharpville massacre of 1960 and the end of apartheid in 1994, 34 workers were killed after being peppered with machine gun fire at close range. Needless to say, the Marikana massacre brought back painful memories of police brutality under White minoritarian rule. This time, however, the policemen and politicians responsible for the massacre were mostly black and represented the same party that had once led the struggle against racial oppression: the ruling ANC of President Jacob Zuma and the iconic freedom fighter Nelson Mandela. The Marikana massacre was the most powerful expression yet that little had changed below the surface. The violence of the state simply reasserted itself anew under the ANC.

Today, the ANC faces a growing crisis of legitimacy. While it is still on course to win next year’s elections, disillusionment with the party and its leaders has become widespread even among its traditional support base: poor people living in the shantytowns. “The ANC today is all about power, not the people,” union organizer Teboho Masiza said during the one-year commemoration of the massacre in August this year. “They are supposed to be here to listen to the problems of the people of South Africa. But they are nowhere to be seen. They only look after themselves.” Andile Nkoci, a young miner from the East Cape, said he felt betrayed: “They have abandoned us. They are only looking to make money for themselves.” Another miner, Alton Dalasile, more recently echoed the exact same frustration: “They have abandoned and betrayed us. The ANC is no longer the party of the poor man, the working man. They care only about enriching themselves.”

"... In this brave new world, Mandela was a former revolutionary turned philosopher-king; an elder of the global village who came to represent not only the suffering and aspirations of black Africans, but also the hopes and desires of Western progressives. Mandela mingled with world leaders, the European royalty and multi-billionaires; he hung out with pop stars and sports legends, but he also maintained a close friendship with Fidel Castro and Muammar Khaddafi. Father Madiba, in a way, was above politics. Or was he?

Today, both the revolutionary narrative of the ANC militants and the liberal narrative of the world’s progressives ring increasingly hollow. Racial segregation may have been institutionally lifted, but the socio-economic segregation that undergirded it continues unabated. South Africa is still one of the most shockingly unequal places in the world, ranking second (after Lesotho) on family level inequality. In this middle-income country, forty-seven percent of the population still lives in poverty, which is actually two percent more than back in 1994. Unemployment formally stands at 25 percent, but the rate goes up to 50 percent for young black men. Twenty years later, blacks on average still earn six times less than whites. While a couple of pejoratively called “black diamonds” have made it to the top, crafting a small indigenous elite that slowly takes up residence in the old vestiges of white privilege, for the vast majority of South Africans nothing has really changed."

I think I will cite Roos's article up to this far. I concur with most of the points he alludes to because I have really touched them in-depth with the Hub above. What I aim to do here is to how that my critique of the ANC, is not an isolated incident or rant. There are many White South Africans, who like me, have their biases, but tell the reality as they see it as is. I do not really forgive Apartheid and its minions and those who supported it and still do today. But it is really important here for the ANC to begin to listen to its most harshest critiques without resorting to flimsy excuses that it was Apartheid's fault. That's weak and very tired argument, because the very ANC, is in cahoots with the former Apartheid Honchos, and they cannot come and pretend to us that on one side they are still the 'Revolutionaries in Exile," and they on the other hand, hide the fact that they are lackey of the monied potentates of the Imperial world, and hope that we will be gullible enough to believe the.

It is true what Roos is saying, but I prefer to say it like this, the ANC is just like, and has been like their former oppressor, only more worse so, for they are arrogant, callous and very greedy and corrupt at the expense of the poor. Below I would like to post photos that I show the maddening opulence of our leaders and the dire poverty of their followers-Although Zuma claims the family helped build the place… well, the jury is still out on that claim...

Zuma's Nkandla's Homestead

Zuma's R200 million Homestad: Zuma allegedly paying R800 rent for 8.9 hectare compound.   The sprawling compound in Nkandla, which is already a subject of a pending investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, was reportedly built on 8.9 hectar
Zuma's R200 million Homestad: Zuma allegedly paying R800 rent for 8.9 hectare compound. The sprawling compound in Nkandla, which is already a subject of a pending investigation by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, was reportedly built on 8.9 hectar | Source
A Closeup of Zuma's Estate: Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has defended the department’s plans to spend R203-million on upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, saying this was in line with the ministerial handbook. But a look at th
A Closeup of Zuma's Estate: Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi has defended the department’s plans to spend R203-million on upgrading President Jacob Zuma’s homestead in Nkandla, saying this was in line with the ministerial handbook. But a look at th | Source

Home Is Where The Poverty And Diseases Are Found

Matchbox houses composed from corrugated metal, scrap wood, cardboard, and sometimes cement similar to these shacks in the Kliptown community south of Johannesburg make up the hundreds of neglected squatter camps and informal settlements that more th
Matchbox houses composed from corrugated metal, scrap wood, cardboard, and sometimes cement similar to these shacks in the Kliptown community south of Johannesburg make up the hundreds of neglected squatter camps and informal settlements that more th | Source
Slums In South Africa: Those empty promises come in the form of intermittent electricity, little to no healthcare, scarce running water, limited access to education, and inadequate housing. With more than 1 million people living in tin shacks and squ
Slums In South Africa: Those empty promises come in the form of intermittent electricity, little to no healthcare, scarce running water, limited access to education, and inadequate housing. With more than 1 million people living in tin shacks and squ
Across a small river that runs behind the Kliptown squatter camp southwest of Johannesburg, a pack of swine has managed to carve out a comfortable existence surrounded by mounds of garbage -- both a familiar sight and smell in the 45,000-person slum.
Across a small river that runs behind the Kliptown squatter camp southwest of Johannesburg, a pack of swine has managed to carve out a comfortable existence surrounded by mounds of garbage -- both a familiar sight and smell in the 45,000-person slum.

Contemporary Shamocracy In South Africa Today

If pictures are worth a million words, Zuma's Estate and the poor people's homesteads are what we have to talk about. The poor have nobody to talk for them The Leaders lie and say that their family helped them build large estates, whilst the poor are expected to vote every time this African capitalist vulture come around when it's time for the elections. Like I said, the leaders of Africans in South Africa today, are not only 'blaming the poor for their state of poverty' but they are rapidly digging them into early graves, with such conditions as we see above.

If Apartheid did what the photos in this Hub show in 'black-and-white photos' what the ANC is doing to its voters in color pictures is even more dreadful and very sad. It is a country that the world says it has democracy, swell, I say this is a country with 'Shamocracy'. This is still an ongoing saga, and in its end is not know. What I know is that the rich African elite in South Africa is getting even more filthy rich; and the poor are devastatingly facing worse poverty than ever. This, is the South Africa we Fought for in 1976-This is the reality we have to live with-The 'Have Mores' have even much More. The Poor and 'have nothings' nave absolutely Nothing!

To Many People In The world Are dying From Poverty

This Aphorism is Spot On.. “The capitalist society is violent by its very nature. The exploitation of workers, causing them to live on the edge of poverty, is a form of violence. To assume that wage slavery is not violent is patently false.” – Maoist
This Aphorism is Spot On.. “The capitalist society is violent by its very nature. The exploitation of workers, causing them to live on the edge of poverty, is a form of violence. To assume that wage slavery is not violent is patently false.” – Maoist | Source

A Brief Look at the causes of Poverty

The following is a brief look at the causes of poverty that we see today in Third World countries, and many developed countries, and South Africa in particular. We are informed by the MSU Women and International Development that:

Acute causes of poverty:

  • Warfare: The material and human destruction caused by warfare is a major development problem. For example, from 1990 to 1993, the period encompassing Desert Storm, per capita GDP in Iraq fell from $3500 to $761. The drop in average income, while a striking representation of the drop in the well-being of the average Iraqi citizen in the aftermath of the war, fails to capture the broader affects of damages to the infrastructure and social services, such as health care and access to clean water.
  • Agricultural Cycles: People who rely on fruits and vegetables that they produce for household food consumption (subsistence farmers) often go through cycles of relative abundance and scarcity. For many families that rely on subsistence production for survival, the period immediately prior to harvest is a 'hungry period.' During these periods of scarcity, many families lack sufficient resources to meet their minimal nutritional needs. Being familiar with these cycles has enabled development practitioners to anticipate and prepare for periods of acute need for assistance.
  • Droughts and Flooding: Besides the immediate destruction caused by natural events such as hurricanes, environmental forces often cause acute periods of crisis by destroying crops and animals.
  • Natural Disasters: Natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes have devastated communities throughout the world. Developing countries often suffer much more extensive and acute crises at the hands of natural disasters, because limited resources inhibit the construction of adequate housing, infrastructure, and mechanisms for responding to crises.

Entrenched factors associated with poverty:

  • Colonial Histories: One of the most important barriers to development in poor countries is lack of uniform, basic infrastructure, such as roads and means of communication. Some development scholars have identified colonial history as an important contributor to the current situation. In most countries with a history of colonization, the colonizers developed local economies to facilitate the expropriation of resources for their own economic growth and development.
  • Centralization of Power: In many developing countries, political power is disproportionately centralized. Instead of having a network of political representatives distributed equally throughout society, in centralized systems of governance one major party, politician, or region is responsible for decision-making throughout the country. This often causes development problems. For example, in these situations politicians make decisions about places that they are unfamiliar with, lacking sufficient knowledge about the context to design effective and appropriate policies and programs.
  • Corruption: Corruption often accompanies centralization of power, when leaders are not accountable to those they serve. Most directly, corruption inhibits development when leaders help themselves to money that would otherwise be used for development projects. In other cases, leaders reward political support by providing services to their followers.
  • Warfare: Warfare contributes to more entrenched poverty by diverting scarce resources from fighting poverty to maintaining a military. Take, for example, the cases of Ethiopia and Eritrea. The most recent conflict over borders between the two countries erupted into war during 1999 and 2000, a period when both countries faced severe food shortages due to drought.
  • Environmental degradation: Awareness and concern about environmental degradation have grown around the world over the last few decades, and are currently shared by people of different nations, cultures, religions, and social classes. However, the negative impacts of environmental degradation are disproportionately felt by the poor. Throughout the developing world, the poor often rely on natural resources to meet their basic needs through agricultural production and gathering resources essential for household maintenance, such as water, firewood, and wild plants for consumption and medicine. Thus, the depletion and contamination of water sources directly threaten the livelihoods of those who depend on them.
  • Social Inequality: One of the more entrenched sources of poverty throughout the world is social inequality that stems from cultural ideas about the relative worth of different genders, races, ethnic groups, and social classes. Ascribed inequality works by placing individuals in different social categories at birth, often based on religious, ethnic, or 'racial' characteristics. In South African history, apartheid laws defined a binary caste system that assigned different rights (or lack thereof) and social spaces to Whites and Blacks, using skin color to automatically determine the opportunities available to individuals in each group.

Synergos - University for a night talks about how to address the Poverty below:

Addressing the Underlying Causes of Poverty

Building a more widespread commitment to overcoming poverty is an essential first step in overcoming poverty, and actions to address this are discussed below.

  • Share the benefits of economic growth through an emphasis on more widespread employment.
    The phenomenon of jobless economic growth that increases income inequalities and generates too few jobs for low income groups poses a serious threat to the well-being of many nations, both North and South. Government policies should consider not only aggregate economic impact but also the distribution of employment. Socially responsible venture capital and microcredit initiatives can foster employment-generating businesses that complement the local culture and environment.
  • Rout out corruption, which harms society as a whole.
    Corruption, both in government and business, places heavy cost on society. Businesses should enact, publicize and follow codes of conduct banning corruption on the part of their staff and directors. Citizens must demand greater transparency on the part of both government and the corporate sector and create reform movements where needed.
  • Broaden access to education and technology among marginalized groups, and especially among girls and women.
    The educational attainment of women has strong bearing on the well-being of their families, and efforts to improve education for women and girls must be strengthened. At the same time, steps should be taken to ensure that the current revolution in information technology benefits marginalized groups. This must begin in school.
  • Improve government capacity to provide universal access to essential goods and services, including potable water, affordable food, primary health care, education, housing and other social services.
  • Governments around the world have made commitments to this through the 20/20 Initiative, which calls for 20% of national budgets and 20% of foreign aid to be spent on human services. But raising adequate resources through effective taxation and other mechanisms is often politically difficult. New mechanisms for public policy dialogue that enable citizens of all classes to recognize the benefit of universal access to key services must be put in place. Nonprofit groups and even corporations can provide essential support here, helping articulate a vision of a healthy society. These nongovernmental actors can also help in the actual provision of services.
  • "Should we instead be asking 'What causes wealth??' What is it that pulls people out of poverty? How can opportunities be created for low-income people to improve their condition? What will motivate them? No easy answers ... "- Dr. Tony Walsh, USA
  • "Have you considered the theories of the causes of poverty from the perspective that the causes of poverty are layered into international, national, national-local, and individual levels? The interactions between the economic, social, informational, cultural and political factors at the international, national, national-local and individual layer have to provide the job, so that the interactions between the economic, social, informational, cultural and political factors at the national, national-local and individual layer can provide a suitably equipped individual to take advantage of the job. (international layer would also be included if for example international NGOs, UN, etc... got involved with the country).

At each level of abstraction, either individual, national-local, national, or international, there are a range of factors that interact within and between the levels of abstraction that influence the creation of correctly skilled individuals, the creation of opportunities for those individuals to exploit, the creation of the means for those correctly skilled individuals to exploit the wealth generating opportunities, and lastly the desire to do so. Therefore we see four important metrics generated by the interplay of factors within and between the different levels of abstraction, with no single metric being determined by anyone single level of abstraction; these are: Skills, Opportunity, Means, and Desire.- Nick Westbury, UK


"Should we instead be asking 'What causes wealth??' What is it that pulls people out of poverty? How can opportunities be created for low-income people to improve their condition? What will motivate them? No easy answers ... "- Dr. Tony Walsh, USA

"Have you considered the theories of the causes of poverty from the perspective that the causes of poverty are layered into international, national, national- local, and individual levels? The interactions between the economic, social, informational, cultural and political factors at the international, national, national-local and individual layer have to provide the job, so that the interactions between the economic, social, informational, cultural and political factors at the national, national-local and individual layer can provide a suitably equipped individual to take advantage of the job. (international layer would also be included if for example international NGOs, UN, etc... got involved with the country).


Miners and Other Strikes As Destabilizing Forces

Miners' strikes and other types of strikes threaten the stability and hold that the ANC has on the poor of South africa
Miners' strikes and other types of strikes threaten the stability and hold that the ANC has on the poor of South africa | Source

- Contemporary History

The ANC is losing its grip on its rule because of corruptions and other shenanigans that it is involved in. This article below looks at how South Africa is ill-prepared fir a time when the ruling ANC-party is no longer credible as a stabilizing force inside South Africa.

"Politics, much like religion, is often premised on exploitation of the fear of the unknown. It's about promising a better and safer future to everyone whose vote and money counts and who is looking for someone to assure them that all will be well in the future.

The ruling party has promised a better life at each of the elections we have been through in the past 20 years. The question is whether in those 20 years we have crawled or inched or accelerated forward. The ruling party wants to argue that we should forget about the pace; the fact, semantics aside, is that we have made some movement forward.

In the past, the ANC would scare off potential voters for the opposition by painting a doom-and-gloom scenario for black people should the Democratic Alliance take over. The ominous prospect was of a white political party that would take us back to apartheid.

It is not a scenario they can sell to township dwellers about the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), for example. With regard to the EFF, they need another fear factor to sell, so what is it? The economy would collapse if the EFF took over? The good story the ANC has been telling will end abruptly should the EFF be elevated to power?

Let's watch the next few weeks. In the meantime, I have my own gloomy fear. It is of the period of post-liberation movement domination, for which South Africa appears utterly unprepared. I have a sense that, even as we rail against the ANC daily, many do it within the comforting knowledge that our democracy is intact, our institutions are in place.

We are irritated by certain individuals but secure in the knowledge that we have a working and enduring system anchored in the Constitution. By that, I do not seek to equate democracy with the ANC.

But when I see the ANC losing its grip and watch helplessly as protesting communities run riot and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) undertakes an indefinite strike, I have to start wondering. The way everyone has turned a blind eye to what is a life-and-death protest by mine workers has worried me for a while.

Platinum production is at a standstill and workers have been on strike for almost a month without an income, so the matter should have been an urgent one for our authorities. But no, our conversations are about some woman's great ass and a parliamentarian's poor dress sense.

One positive from the strike is that, on the surface at least, it appears to be less violent than previous strikes.

When the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) embarked on lengthy strikes in the past, the ANC could be relied on to work with the union and companies to broker a solution. The relationships the ANC had with the unions and the government's relationship with employers were brought to bear to facilitate an outcome. But the same cosiness ultimately cost the NUM legitimacy among workers, who believed it was no longer serving their best interests.

The situation in which Amcu has positioned itself as a trade union with no political affiliation has resulted in frustration and the gnashing of teeth in some quarters. The workers' loss of confidence in the ANC has precipitated a crisis for the ruling party, which must watch from the sidelines.

The immediate result is that Amcu and mining companies "negotiate" from vastly divergent positions and it is almost impossible to break the deadlock until one of the parties capitulates for now in the interest of the long-term survival of the industry. The effective propaganda machinery of the companies has painted Amcu and its president, Joseph Mathunjwa, as the spoilers.

Media reporting from the companies' spin script has it that Mathunjwa has painted himself into a corner by promising employees a minimum monthly salary of R12,500 and that he cannot call off the strike without losing face. They describe his expensive cars and riches without referring to the very generous salaries of mining executives.

He is offered as the terrible explanation of why we find ourselves in this situation. Mathunjwa certainly is no saint and I will not defend him, but the finger-pointing and character assassination are not accompanied by ideas to break the impasse.

It appears many are waiting for workers to lose confidence in his abilities or for workers to lose their jobs so that their low opinion of his "suspect" leadership is vindicated.

I believe we are paying a price for our complacency in unwittingly over-relying on the tripartite alliance — a huge gap has emerged as the ANC sheds its credibility as a neutral force for a better society.

The rampant, daily protests by communities are, for me, signs of the unravelling of the liberation movement's hegemony. Luckily for the ANC, in the past few years protesting residents have not necessarily changed their political allegiance and still opt to vote for the party at election time. The upcoming elections will indicate whether or not this trend has changed.

The protests are proof that all the systems put in place over the years to strengthen local government have failed. Through councillors, ward committees and community development workers, local government was supposed to have its finger on the pulse of what is at the heart of residents' concerns, and to address them before people take to the streets.

With all the structures in tatters, it's a free-for-all. Freed from the shackles of respect for authority and fear of the police, communities now run riot, unafraid and ready to do anything to draw attention to their problems. It will take some time before new, credible structures are put in place. And after the elections, the ANC will have to reflect on how it let its grip on the pulse of the people slip away."

The ANC is Hemorrhaging, according To Winnie Mandela

Winnie Mandela at the ANC's four day symposium
Winnie Mandela at the ANC's four day symposium | Source

A Dying So-Called Liberation Movement That Has Failed As A Government: ANC

That the ANC is in trouble is no secret, despite its denials of such charges. There are many voices now in South Africa trying to alert or warn the ANC's disintegration, and it will depend, that is, beyond the 2014 elections if the Kahuna's in the ANC are listening or it will still continue to be business as usual. Winnie Mandela, as s reported by SAPA was given a write-up in the following manner:

THE ANC IS BLEEDING-Winnie Mandela says…

"The ANC is hemorrhaging it is your responsibility to stop that hemorrhaging " she told party members at her home in Orlando West, Soweto.

Madikizela-Mandela received the ANC centenary torch on the last day before it left Gauteng.

She warned members not to allow the party to disintegrate and she encouraged African National Congress members to make sure the party ruled forever.

She said she was "so touched" to receive the flame.

Like the flame, the ANC had "travelled a long way to be here".

She said 2012 was a very important year because it was the 100 year anniversary of the party and the 60th anniversary of the defiance campaign which "got us to where we are today".

Madikizela-Mandela recalled the days when her suburb was "a battlefield".

Looking around at the neat rows of guests assembled in her garden, now adorned with roses, she smiled slightly as she said: "I hid all the weapons here".

She concluded her speech with her trademark salute of "Amandla!" (power).

Supporters and members of the provincial executive council responded rapturously: "Awethu!" (people).

Torch bearer

ANC Gauteng secretary David Makura paid tribute to Madikizela-Mandela, saying her salutes embodied the essence of defiance, which fueled the struggle against apartheid.

"That defiant hand of yours… there is only one veteran who does it like that."

He said younger generations had drawn inspiration from her.

"The June 16 generation, you introduced them to the movement… the young lions imbibed your fire," Makura said.

He said she was a symbol of resilience too, as she had never let her spirit be broken by the apartheid regime.

"You have always been the guiding light and that is what we bring back to you… that is what the torch represents."

The torch was delivered to Madikizela-Mandela's home just before 2pm by an ANC cavalcade accompanied by a fleet of the Sopranos Bike Club, Tshwane Metro police and police.

A solemn procession of uMkhonto we Sizwe veterans from Tshwane delivered the flame.

The torch arrived in Gauteng on June 1 after being received by former President Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

After its month in Gauteng, the torch would be sent to Limpopo to continue its journey, which started in Mangaung, in the Free State, in January.

The flame was set to arrive in Polokwane before midnight to keep up with the centenary celebrations schedule."

Our Power Is In Realizing Our Capabilities And Abilities As A Nation

African Woman; African Queen-Bearer and Nurturer Of An African Nation
African Woman; African Queen-Bearer and Nurturer Of An African Nation | Source

National Motivation Point Of View; Naming Ourselves and Being Azanians

Tribe And Nation: We Are The "NATION" of Africans Of Mzantsi? Azania...

What's In a Name or Term? Everything....

Let's take it from 1948: we have been subjected to slavery and interned into the Labor camps(Concentration Camps) and defined every-which way once cares to recall by our enslavers. We have been handcuffed from birth to death, indoctrinated to be lesser than the people or offspring of our Apartheidizers. We fled into different exiles, got killed there and abused there; most came back, only to be blinded by material gain and unimagined wealth that in the end-others lost the struggle and died; so that now we have now bought into this Western paradigm of self-enrichment — all that we could grab from our enslavers' crumbs to us-and everyone for themselves. Today we just talk without even thinking what it is we are saying, how we are saying it and why we are saying it the way we are. We are in a semi-comatose state of decrepit existence.

Some people even fully and totally reinforce this stereotype of ourselves by others as being and trying to qualify it as African culture and real. We have lost our knowledge base about our culture, history, etc. If you look at our history, they way it has been taught-we are projected as perpetual losers and our culture backward and useless and are referred to as 'tribes'. We were referred to as Boys" and Girls(Adults) and picanniny's, young ones. We know that we have been told, are still being written about as the "Tribes" of Africa" and in they're so doing, want us to remain clad in very stone-age clothing and drinking beer, and making babies-which is how we've been caricatured. And yet, our labor power was exploited to build the modern-day South Africa everyone sees and enjoy-but us, the indigene.

We were referred to as lazy marabouts, and indolent savages. We were looked at as such in the light that we never developed or modernized, and had no history or anything scientific nor religious to show for from our culture. Our detractors claim they found us in a state of savagery-and we migrated to south Africa when they landed in Cape in 1652. That is what is still being insisted upon by many South African writers, and their copy-cats. Everyone is an expert on Africans of South Africa and the country of South Africa, except 'we' Africans of South Africa, are ignored, and never consulted on anything, nor credited for anything, and we are seen as useless and lazy, and lacking foresight and insight-according to our detractors and the 'pros'. All of which is untrue and weak.

Meanwhile, we have been killed in all imaginable ways there are in the world. The latest: HIV/AIDS; Drugs-Nyaope, Hunga, etc; jobless ness is over 70 percent, I contend; Hunger and diseases are decimating the poor; confusion and ignorance prevail; mental illness and plain community madness are endemic; people cannot afford basic necessities; gas goes up, everything has become 'very expensive;' churches fleecing their parishioners-and the pews are empty; sports activity and organization very much dead. We have a decrepit state of existence that we have to live in and with so long as we are alive here in South Africa.

Some of us are very rich, and live a different life from us who are poor. Many(of these rich pseudo-petty African potentates), no more see what the fuss is all about when we begin to rattle off some of the crabby and dreaded conditions that we, the masses live under. Riches have been made a lot more remote and hard to come-by and those who are pillaging the public coffers behave like the real "have somethings"(a lot of whatever it is), and the 'have nothings', exist in abject poverty and diseases and death, as their only companion and something that they have to live with. We have to bury all the unfortunate victims of this social malaise everyday, that it has now become a permanent fixture and feature of life-lived here in the Mzantsi hovels.

Our Analysis of ourselves should be far more deeper than a few words we may haggle about here on Facebook/or any Internet medium. The way we refer to ourselves should not be helping our enemies carry on belittling us whether consciously or subconsciously. I do not buy into and object at being referred to as a "Native" or "Bantu" or any term that takes my identity away. I am not impressed with those who would like to 'disappear' us, as in when some ethnic groups here in Mzantsi try to Hijack the term African and "Ubuntu". Africans, is who we are here, we the indigenous.

Ubuntu, in one part of our language systems and the core of our culture-Ubuntu(Zulu) and Botho(Sotho)~and in referred to so many other parts of our 9 Africans of Mzantsi lingua franca, and has that embedded in them, and found only in our culture-linguistically, historicalyl, culturally, customary and otherwise — for, what ever the definitions that lie outside the matrix of our linguistic, customary, traditional culture, they are just that: outside interpretations. But, we have to show the world by writing and talking about it-meaning our culture, history, customs, traditions, etc. We, the Africans of Mzantsi, and should take ownership or it, intellectually or otherwise, and the world should listen to us when we relay the semiotics of these terms, and we should own and control/propagate them.

Status does not come from our own evaluations about ourselves, but is instead prescribed by a social organization. It may thus remain a value judgement that does not always coincide with the persons's perceptions of his or her self. Furthermore, status is always associated with social context.

This brings us to the fact that an intellectual enterprise is characterized by attention to the systems, relations, languages and forms — the structures — that make meaning possible in any cultural activity or artifact (View Dumile Feni's Sculpture above). We, in our society and culture have already long established structures, strictures, cultural activities and so on that have help us survive throughout the centuries of our oppression. We should also realize that these forms/structures are still with us today, it is just that we think, some of us, we are European, and speak great English with an African accent and are in the technological age, and therefore we are modern too-that we have no need or use for or of our cultures, customs, traditions and so on.

All these are delusions of grandeur given our poverty stricken and ignorant existence we have been subjected to since 1948, with the introduction of Bantu Education, to today's Model C schools miseducation of our children, that I say, our education needs to be re-evaluated and 'we', the people of Mzantsi, should determine how and why we want to do it our way; and not this confusing and irrelevant type of education which serves to alienate and make our children ignorant and useless/arrogant, in both cases, to the people/elderly and African communities.

When it comes to calling ourselves 'Tribes', we are merely further incarcerating ourselves firmly into the camp of our detractors. When we unconsciously refer to ourselves as Black, who are we talking about, exactly? Africans. So, then, let's talk about how Africans regard and accept/treat/use words and naming of things as according to their culture, custom, traditions and the whole bit. I am not Black, but I am an African. This helps to put into perspective my land, culture, traditions, customs, traditional rites, languages, music, dance and cultural garb embedded with an African-Centered outlook and view.

"Every people recognize that a name is connected to social role. A name is not just something you call people, but the name a people are called signifies their role. Therefore, a change of name represents a people's attempt to change their role and position in the world. Some Africans here in Mzantsi think that to not call ourselves is just an insignificant act/thing. It's not about that. Even other people in many parts of the world recognize that.
This change of name — if it comes, will be deeply felt, and if what it implies becomes a true part of the African personality — represents fundamental changes in this world."(Wilson)

"It's not a game we are playing here. Identity is very important, as is the idea that African people would dare to name themselves. Whites recognize that as an incursion on their power of naming and an incursion on the their power of domination.
History is what creates a shared identity in a people. It is based on that shared identity that they act collectively. To take away a people's history, to degrade their history is to degrade their sense of shared identity, is to remove the basis upon which they must behave collectively and reach their goals collectively. That is why the history is rewritten and why people get alarmed about it.
"
When we suffer from social amnesia, we forget that the debt we owe to past and future generations We then misinterpret our accomplishments as solely our own 'individual achievements.' I remind my college audience thats that , you're not here in this college just because you're smart, because you come from the right family, because you scored high on the SAT's and all the other stuff. Africans have scored high on the SATs since the beginning of time.

"We've had good families and the right families from the beginning; we've had had 4.0 students from the beginning; we had all of that and we were still being kept out of the university. So, You're not here because of your own personal achievement. You're here because people who didn't score anything put their bodies and their lives on the line to see that you got here — and you owe them something for that. (Wilson)

This should be tied and made much more clearer to our children and Youth. They did not get to where they are now in any station of life here in Mzantsi on their own accord. People died to rid Africans of the Apartheid regime… Too many people for that matter, took it up onto themselves to face and fight Apartheid until the ANC was allowed to come back to South Africa. The current generation is not so smart when it comes to figuring out the future. Their future is now, and nothing for tomorrow. The Parents and the elderly people feel disempowered and cannot guide the Youth and the up-coming children. We parents, we should stop making our children feel like they are special just because they attend these White private schools. What do these children do in return? They look-down upon their parents and communities, languages, culture, traditions and custom because we handed them over to white instructors. This has a long history to it.

During the coming of the missionaries, a lot of children were ripped of from their parents and made to follow their Europeans culture/religion-Read "Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe; we have had mission schools which indoctrinated our children in the middle to late 19th century; Then we saw the advent of Bantu Education; and now we are faced with the ogre of Model C education and it's making our children our enemies. We, the parents and elders are to blame. When the ANC came, we let off our guard and thought that we were free. As I am onto this article, we are clearly not free nor controlling the power and neither owning our land than we were during Apartheid. Today we are being conned to believe that we are our own masters, when in effect, we have been degraded to a status lower than that of a slave, in any context.

We are thus informed by Wilson that: "When we get ready to create revolution, we must 'redefine' the world, and 'redefine' words; there's no way around it. In Genesis, we see Adam being given the power to name things. Through being given the power to name things, he is given dominion. There is a connection between naming and dominion, between naming and bringing into reality. When we permit another people to name and define, we permit another people to gain dominion and control over us."

Wilson adds:

"The languages that people learn and speak are most frequently directly related to the power relations between them. Many people will now learn Japanese, as for a while they learned Russian, as for a while they learned German, Latin, etc. Why? Because the people who speak or spoke those languages were or are in ascendance or in power at that or this time.

"There is no 'good' English or 'bad' English, or 'good' language or 'bad' language; there is language that's connected to power. People tend to learn first after their native tongue whatever language is spoken by people in power. There's a connection between the capacity to have other people speak your language and to call things by names you give them, and power. If we wish to assume power, then we must assume the capacity to name and define things.

"We cannot operate and dialogue in those terms and words that were used to diminish and wipe away our identity and humanity in our daily discourses. If we are then going to use the same words, from a language that diminishes us as a people and nation, what chance do we stand against all the forces and obstacles allayed against us? None. We must recognize the intimate relationship between culture, history and personality. If we do not know our history, and what we know is other people's history then our personality has been created by that history."(Wilson)

No matter how we try to cut it, we will never be anyone else but African. One of the things that our people need to introduced to, is traveling. We need to tour other lands and places, and this experience, on its own, will enable us to grow and be a better Nation. We need to know more and read more. We shall have to study and practice our culture; educate the entire population, and no one must be left behind-no matter what.

So that, what we learn from this piece is that we are now supposed to be picking up the pieces and get about building and constructing a Nation of the Africans of Mzantsi. In regard to changing our lot and lives revolutionarily, we learn from Wilson that paying attention to history of how we got to be where we are is important:

"We owe a lot to those who put their bodies on the line for our present success. If this institution decides to put you out, it will be these same people who will be up here to see that you get in here again! Some of you want to forget that history and then claim you owe them nothing when you make a couple of little bucks in front of a TV camera or some other place. Then not only do you forget them, you forget the ones coming after you, and don't make sure that they can also get in and their privileges are also maintained.

"You want to act like 'revolution' is something that's temporary and not permanent: It is permanent. You forget your history and forget who you are and lose your obligation to the past, to those who made your success possible and do not fulfill your obligations for those to come — some of whom will be your own sons and daughters!

"When we suffer from social amnesia, we identify with abstractions: "I am not Black; I am not African; I am a human being. I am an American.' Sterile, abstract identity... The closer we get to it, the less we see of it, and the more we recognize that it has no meaning. "What is that? Who is that? What does that stand for? What does it mean?

"It's empty, and people who identify themselves with these abstractions are also empty and experience their lives as empty, as people who have no feelings. They identify with the abstraction so as to escape feelings. Therefore, we see them detached and cut-off from themselves as persons, as well as from their people. In fact, they use their abstract identity to escape their responsibilities to their own people and to escape the pain and struggle that happens today to be a part of our situation."Wilson)

Therefore, when we discuss the naming of our environment, children land and whatever, we are empowering a whole Nation. We should never shy away from our ignorance and begin to learn anew the things that are relevant for us and to the whole Nation. We need to begin to wrap our heads around the Notion of an African Nation of Mzantsi, not 'tribes'. We grow when we revolutionize our perceptions and actions. We are much better than this...

The Struggle Continues-Meaningful Engagement

It is a fact that may not be disputed that not all engagements between the state and the people are meant to be meaningful. What is called ‘engagement’ or ‘public participation’ is often just a kind of instruction, sometimes even a threat. Many times
It is a fact that may not be disputed that not all engagements between the state and the people are meant to be meaningful. What is called ‘engagement’ or ‘public participation’ is often just a kind of instruction, sometimes even a threat. Many times | Source

The Way Of The Struggle - Back... Then...

The problem today in South Africa is that the poor African people had no sooner seen the partial departing of the Apartheid regime, that to date, the last 20 years have been hellish and worse than Apartheid. This is very important to note here. The Apartheidizers have been replaced by the Gravy Train ANC Mafioso.

There are people who never just sat back and relaxed watching the goons of the ANC pilfer the public coffers and degrading the people's humanity and repress them in the way that the ANC is still doing it today. Reading S'bu's article below, gives the perspective of the poor from the ground up in the following manner:

"We Are The Third Force"

This article was written by S'bu Zikode in 2005 at a time when the political elite was responding to the emergence of a militant shack dwellers' movement with paranoia and conspiracy theory. The main allegations was that a 'Third Force' (i.e., renegade apartheid security personnel) was 'behind' the movement. In this article Zikode, who was then working as petrol pump attendant (he was soon fired for political activities) says that it is poverty that is behind the movement. This article was published in numerous South African newspapers, mass market popular magazines, left outlets and academic journals and translated into Afrikaans, Xhosa and Zulu.

The shack dwellers’ movement that has given hope to thousands of people in Durban is always being accused of being part of the Third Force. In newspapers and in all kinds of meetings this is said over and over again. They even waste money investigating the Third Force. We need to address this question of the Third Force so that people don’t become confused.

I must warn those comrades, government officials, politicians and intellectuals who speak about the Third Force that they have no idea what they are talking about. They are too high to really feel what we feel. They always want to talk for us and about us but they must allow us to talk about our lives and our struggles.

We need to get things clear. There definitely is a Third Force. The question is what is it and who is part of the Third Force? Well, I am Third Force myself. The Third Force is all the pain and the suffering that the poor are subjected to every second in our lives. The shack dwellers have many things to say about the Third Force. It is time for us to speak out and to say this is who we are, this is where we are and this how we live. The life that we are living makes our communities the Third Force. Most of us are not working and have to spend all day struggling for small money.

AIDS is worse in the shack settlements than anywhere else. Without proper houses, water, electricity, refuse removal and toilets all kinds of diseases breed. The causes are clearly visible and every Dick, Tom and Harry can understand. Our bodies itch every day because of the insects. If it is raining everything is wet — blankets and floors. If it is hot the mosquitoes and flies are always there. There is no holiday in the shacks.

When the evening comes — it is always a challenge. The night is supposed to be for relaxing and getting rest. But it doesn’t happen like that in the M'jondolos. People stay awake worrying about their lives. You must see how big the rats are that will run across the small babies in the night. You must see how people have to sleep under the bridges when it rains because their floors are so wet. The rain comes right inside people’s houses. Some people just stand up all night.

But poverty is not just suffering. It threatens us with death every day. We have seen how dangerous being poor is. In the Kennedy Road settlement we have seen how Mhlengi Khumalo, a one year old child, died in a shack fire last month. Seven others have died in fires since the eThekwini Metro decided to stop providing electricity to informal settlements. There are many Mhlengis all over our country. Poverty even threatens people in flats. In Bayview, in Chatsworth, a woman died of hunger earlier this year — she was fearing to tell the neighbors that she had no food and she died, alone.

Those in power are blind to our suffering. This is because they have not seen what we see, they have not felt what we are feeling every second, every day. My appeal is that leaders who are concerned about peoples’ lives must come and stay at least one week in the M'jondolos. They must feel the mud. They must share 6 toilets with 6,000 people. They must dispose of their own refuse while living next to the dump. They must come with us while we look for work. They must chase away the rats and keep the children from knocking the candles. They must care for the sick when there are long queues for the tap. They must have a turn to explain to the children why they can’t attend the Technical College down the hill. They must be there when we bury our children who have passed on in the fires, from diarrhea or AIDS.

For us the most important struggle is to be recognized as human beings. During the struggle prior to 1994 there were only two levels, two classes — the rich and the poor. Now after the election there are three classes — the poor, the middle class and the rich. The poor have been isolated from the middle class. We are becoming more poor and the rest are becoming more rich. We are on our own. We are completely on our own.

Our President Mbeki speaks politics — our Premier Ndebele, and Shilowa in Gauteng and Rasool in the Western Cape, our Mayor Mlaba and mayors all over the country speak politics. But who will speak about the genuine issues that affect the people every day — water, electricity, education, land, housing? We thought local government would minimize politics and focus on what people need but it all becomes politics.

We discovered that our municipality does not listen to us when we speak to them in Zulu. We tried English. Now we realize that they won’t understood Xhosa or Sotho either. The only language that they understand is when we put thousands of people on the street. We have seen the results of this and we have been encouraged. It works very well. It is the only tool that we have to emancipate our people. Why should we stop it?

We have matured in our suffering. We had a program to find a way forward. Our program was to continue with the peaceful negotiations with the authorities that first started ten years ago. But our first plan was undermined. We were lied to. We had to come up with an alternative plan.

The 16 of February 2005 was the dawn of our struggle. On that day the Kennedy Road committee had a very successful meeting with the chair of the housing portfolio of the executive committee of the municipality, the director of housing and the ward councillor. They all promised us the vacant land on the Clare Estate for housing.

The land on Elf Road was one of the identified areas. But then we were betrayed by the most trusted people in our city. Just one month later, without any warning or explanation, bulldozers began digging the land. People were excited. They went to see what was happening and were shocked to be told that a brick factory was being built there. More people went down to see. There were so many of us that we were blocking the road.

The man building the factory called the police and our local councillor, a man put into power by our votes and holding our trust and hopes. The councillor told the police “Arrest these people they are criminals.” The police beat us, their dogs bit us and they arrested 14 of us. We asked what happened to the promised land. We were told “Who the hell are you people to demand this land?” This betrayal mobilized the people. The people who betrayed us are responsible for this movement. Those people are the second force.

Our movement started with 14 arrests — we called them the 14 heroes. Now we have 14 settlements united together as Abahlali baseMjondolo [shack dwellers]. Each settlement meets once a week and the leaders of all the settlements meet once a week. We are prepared to talk but if that doesn’t work we are prepared to use our strength. We will do what ever it costs us to get what we need to live safely.

We have learnt from our experience that when you want to achieve what you want, when you want to achieve what is legitimate by peaceful negotiations, by humbleness, by respecting those in authority your plea becomes criminal. You will be deceived for more than ten years, you will be fooled and undermined. This is why we have resorted to the streets. When we stand there in our thousands we are taken seriously.

The struggle that started in Kennedy Road was the beginning of a new era. We are aware of the strategies that the police are coming with to demoralize and threaten the poor. We don’t mind them building the jails for us and hiring more security if they are not prepared to listen to what we are saying. It is important for every shack dwellers to know that we are aware of what is happening in Alexander in Johannesburg, in P.E., and in Cape Town. We know that our struggle is not by itself. We have sent our solidarity. We will not rest in peace until there is justice for the poor — not only in Kennedy Road there are many Kennedy Roads, many Mhlengi's, many poor voices that are not heard and not understood. But we have discovered the language that works. We will stick with it. The victims have spoken. We have said enough is enough.

It must be clear that this is not a political game. This movement is a kind of social tool by which the community hopes to get quicker results. This has nothing to do with politics or parties. Our members are part of every political organization that you may think of. This is a non political movement. It will finish its job when land and housing, electricity and basic services have been won and poverty eliminated. It is enough for us to be united until our people have achieved what is wanted — which is basic. But until that is materialized we will never stop.

The community has realized that voting for parties has not brought any change to us — especially at the level of local government elections. We can see some important changes at national level but at local level who ever wins the elections will be challenged by us. We have been betrayed by our own elected councillor. We have decided not to vote. The campaign that has begun — ‘No Land, No House, No Vote,' is a campaign that has been agreed upon in all 14 settlements.

We are driven by the Third Force, the suffering of the poor. Our betrayers are the Second Force. The First Force was our struggle against apartheid. The Third Force will stop when the Fourth Force comes. The Fourth Force is land, housing, water, electricity, health care, education and work. We are only asking what is basic — not what is luxurious. This is the struggle of the poor. The time has come for the poor to show themselves that we can be poor in life but not in mind.

For us time has been a very good teacher. People have realized so many things. We have learnt from the past — we have suffered alone. That pain and suffering has taught us a lot. We have begun to realize that we are not supposed to be living under these conditions. There has been a dawn of democracy for the poor. No one else would have told us — neither our elected leaders nor any officials would have told us what we are entitled to. Even the Freedom Charter is only good in theory. It has nothing to do with the ordinary lives of poor. It doesn’t help us. It is the thinking of the masses of the people that matters. We have noted that our country is rich. More airports are being built, there are more developments at the Point water front, more stadiums are being renovated, more money is floating around, even being lent to Mugabe. But when you ask for what is basic you are told that there is no money. It is clear that there is no money for the poor. The money is for the rich. We have come to the decision of saying ‘enough is enough.’ We all agree that something must be done."

Abhlali Demonstrating: Youth On the Front lines

Shackdwellers in Protest Mode
Shackdwellers in Protest Mode | Source
Siyanda March(We Are Increasing/Multipying March)
Siyanda March(We Are Increasing/Multipying March) | Source

Using Lessons Learnt From The Contemporary Poor People's Struggles

THE STRUGGLE FOR RECOGNITION

Some problems are technical. Some problems are political. But we find that without our own political empowerment we cannot even resolve the technical problems. The solving of even very small technical problems, like a broken toilet, requires that we are first recognized as people that count. If you are not recognized they will just say, ‘who the hell are you?’

To be recognized requires struggle. It took Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban three years of hard struggle — with many police attacks, many beatings and arrests — before we were even recognized as people who could negotiate with the state. Then there was another year of a different kind of struggle within the negotiations before we were properly recognized there.

Right now in Cape Town Abahlali baseMjondolo are still fighting the first struggle against repression. Right now communities all over the country are in rebellion. Many are still at the stage of demanding to be recognized as people that count. We are very much encouraged by many of these rebellions. We support the land occupations, the strikes and the eating of food in the big shops in Durban. Of course we condemn the new xenophobia in Mpumalanga. When the anger of the poor turns on the poor it is nothing but disaster. Terrible, terrible disaster.

The road is long. We have travelled far in Durban but it remains possible that we could be pushed back. Therefore we must always remain strong — we must remain many, we must remain active, we must continue to think and to debate all issues. This is the only way to ensure that we keep going forward.

RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT

There are some clear rules for meaningful engagement. Firstly the people that are supposed to participate in that engagement must be informed prior to the date of that engagement and they need to be aware of what is going to be discussed during that engagement. The time, place, language and culture of that engagement must suit the people.

The leadership of the movement or community that will attend the engagement also has important responsibilities. They need to inform all of their members about the engagement in good time. They need to explain clearly what will be at stake. The organizing and placing of notices should not only be limited to a leadership or organizational level but to ordinary people to avoid any form of exclusion. Women must be included on the same basis as men. The young and the old must be included on the same basis. The poor and the even poorer must be included on the same basis. There must be no distinction between people born here and people born in other countries.

The local leadership must use its relevant culture and the strategies that are often used in that particular community. It is important not to allow the NGOs to teach people ways of being ‘professional’ about development that separate people from the culture of a community.

Representatives must be elected and mandated. When there is ongoing engagement it is important that representatives are rotated and re-elected for each engagement. All decisions must be referred back to the movement or community before being finalized.

During the engagement the processes should be conducted in a way that all the parties that are involved in that engagement feel that their opinions are being heard. You cannot have a situation where one party controls the agenda and chairs the meeting without consultation. Everyone must be able to speak freely.

My experience in the past has been that some government officials would come up with a concluded decision with no room to accommodate views of the people and then organize an engagement. This is the experience of most communities and most movements. In these cases what is the point of engaging under these circumstances?

This was most evident to us when the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature introduced the KwaZulu-Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Bill 2007, in the Kennedy Road Settlement. They started with a police helicopter just above us, flying low over the settlement. There were police everywhere. We were not allowed to speak if we couldn’t quote a section of Act. Those who did speak were dismissed without respect. Our concerns were treated as if they were ignorant or stupid.

It became clear that there was no reason for the legislature to hold this public meeting except that they were required by the law to do it. We organized many shack dwellers to attend this meeting. We prepared for it very carefully. We read that Bill together line by line. We discussed each point in that Bill. On the day the Kennedy Road Community Hall was fully packed. But our presence was turned to be used to justify the passing of the Bill into an Act on the basis that a lot of people were present to endorse the Act! It is thus clear that the good move of holding public meetings can easily be monopolized and abused in order to justify the exclusion of the public from the discussions that really matter.

In such instances one can rightfully say that, such government officials see no need to engage ordinary people on policy formulation matters that affect them directly. This thinking goes with the idea that ordinary people should just become the passive receivers of services. They must just trust that everything that is done in their name and for them is an attempt to help them. Of course we cannot trust in this because people are being evicted everywhere. People are facing forced removals everywhere. People are being dumped in transit camps everywhere. People are being disconnected everywhere, burnt everywhere, arrested everywhere, beaten everywhere. We have good reason not to automatically trust the state. Where we have achieved trust with some officials, it has been after long struggle and long negotiation followed by the experience of learning to work together.

Active citizen participation is discouraged by those that hold the power. Sometimes it is discouraged with contempt. Sometimes it is discouraged with violence. Sometimes it is discouraged by making simple issues too complicated for ordinary people to understand. Sometimes it is discouraged by just making it too difficult to engage. How many shack dwellers can afford to be on hold on their cell-phones for twenty minutes?

We expressed our anger at the so-called ‘public participation’ meeting for the Slums Bill. Some members of Abahlali baseMjondolo were then invited to the KwaZulu-Natal parliament to participate in the discussions there. They prepared carefully. They had a written submission and we were ready for all debates. They travelled there on a work day. But the Act was passed in their presence without any opportunity given to them to say a word. The Act was passed against the will of the people.

Meaningful engagement will of course mean different things to different people. But it is clear that a reasonable service provider, stakeholder, leader or official should not be judged by how many public hearing meetings or 'izimbizos' it conducts but by the number of people whom they manage to reach and listen to and to take into serious account during those meetings. Meaningful engagement should make sure that both parties involved will be able to benefit from that engagement. It can never be meaningful if it is just for the people to listen and to never be able to voice out their own thinking.

BRINGING GOVERNMENT TO THE PEOPLE

The government says that it wants to ‘bring government to the people’. It is much better to ‘bring government to the people’ than to send in the police, the private security and the land invasions unit to evict and disconnect and to then call that good governance. But bringing the government to the people is not enough. Meaningful engagement will only happen when we can, through our struggles, bring the people into government.

That does not mean that we want to replace one councillor with another or one party with another. It means that we want to bring the government, regardless of who is sitting on the comfy chairs there, under the control of the people.

That is why we also say that the struggle of our movements is a struggle to democratize the society from below. Yes, we do want services. Services are needed by our lives. They are basic to life. We will always engage to try and get or to keep these services. These little struggles are important.

But we also want full recognition of our humanity. Things must be done with us and not for us or to us. Therefore the government must come under the people. This requires the current political system to be turned upside down. If each community and each movement builds its power by respecting its members fully so that as each individual grows in power each community and movement grows in its power then we can slowly achieve this step by step. That is our vision for meaningful engagement — a slow revolution from below, fought day by day across the country.( Abahlali baseMjondolo)

Contemporary Struggles Of The Oppressed In South Africa

Nearly 15 years since apartheid ended, millions of black South Africans still live in self-built shacks – without sanitation, adequate water supplies, or electricity. But A Place in the City will overturn all your assumptions about 'slums' and the pe
Nearly 15 years since apartheid ended, millions of black South Africans still live in self-built shacks – without sanitation, adequate water supplies, or electricity. But A Place in the City will overturn all your assumptions about 'slums' and the pe | Source

The Selling Of The Struggle In Mzantsi

It is a strange scene to uphold the ANC running amok like a headless chicken with the power people gawking in horror. Today, those boys and young men who left the country in the 1960s and gone into exile, returned as men who still are trying their damnedest to recapture their lost boyhood and other growing maladjustments that they had to do in Exile. Now,back home and riding the helm of political success, have grown to be arrogant and very self-centered. I call them quislings, turncoats, scoundrels and petty-vulture capitalist who are sucking the life out of the masses of the poor.

It is also worth noting that the ruling ANC Blames the people for their short comings, or embarrassing Zuma, or misbehaving and lacking respect. The very same exiled crew is not putting down their own people when they voice their displeasure in one voice, or boo at any politician they dislike, or act out their displeasure to the consternation of the ruling ANC elite. The accounts below are the present-day realities afflicting the decrepit existence of the poor people here in South Africa-and what they are doing about it…

RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT

There are some clear rules for meaningful engagement. Firstly the people that are supposed to participate in that engagement must be informed prior to the date of that engagement and they need to be aware of what is going to be discussed during that engagement. The time, place, language and culture of that engagement must suit the people.

The leadership of the movement or community that will attend the engagement also has important responsibilities. They need to inform all of their members about the engagement in good time. They need to explain clearly what will be at stake. The organizing and placing of notices should not only be limited to a leadership or organizational level but to ordinary people to avoid any form of exclusion. Women must be included on the same basis as men. The young and the old must be included on the same basis. The poor and the even poorer must be included on the same basis. There must be no distinction between people born here and people born in other countries.

The local leadership must use its relevant culture and the strategies that are often used in that particular community. It is important not to allow the NGOs to teach people ways of being ‘professional’ about development that separate people from the culture of a community.

Representatives must be elected and mandated. When there is ongoing engagement it is important that representatives are rotated and re-elected for each engagement. All decisions must be referred back to the movement or community before being finalized.

During the engagement the processes should be conducted in a way that all the parties that are involved in that engagement feel that their opinions are being heard. You cannot have a situation where one party controls the agenda and chairs the meeting without consultation. Everyone must be able to speak freely.

My experience in the past has been that some government officials would come up with a concluded decision with no room to accommodate views of the people and then organize an engagement. This is the experience of most communities and most movements. In these cases what is the point of engaging under these circumstances?

This was most evident to us when the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature introduced the KwaZulu-Natal Elimination and Prevention of Re-Emergence of Slums Bill 2007, in the Kennedy Road Settlement. They started with a police helicopter just above us, flying low over the settlement. There were police everywhere. We were not allowed to speak if we couldn’t quote a section of Act. Those who did speak were dismissed without respect. Our concerns were treated as if they were ignorant or stupid.

It became clear that there was no reason for the legislature to hold this public meeting except that they were required by the law to do it. We organized many shack dwellers to attend this meeting. We prepared for it very carefully. We read that Bill together line by line. We discussed each point in that Bill. On the day the Kennedy Road Community Hall was fully packed. But our presence was turned to be used to justify the passing of the Bill into an Act on the basis that a lot of people were present to endorse the Act! It is thus clear that the good move of holding public meetings can easily be monopolized and abused in order to justify the exclusion of the public from the discussions that really matter.

In such instances one can rightfully say that, such government officials see no need to engage ordinary people on policy formulation matters that affect them directly. This thinking goes with the idea that ordinary people should just become the passive receivers of services. They must just trust that everything that is done in their name and for them is an attempt to help them. Of course we cannot trust in this because people are being evicted everywhere. People are facing forced removals everywhere. People are being dumped in transit camps everywhere. People are being disconnected everywhere, burnt everywhere, arrested everywhere, beaten everywhere. We have good reason not to automatically trust the state. Where we have achieved trust with some officials, it has been after long struggle and long negotiation followed by the experience of learning to work together.

Active citizen participation is discouraged by those that hold the power. Sometimes it is discouraged with contempt. Sometimes it is discouraged with violence. Sometimes it is discouraged by making simple issues too complicated for ordinary people to understand. Sometimes it is discouraged by just making it too difficult to engage. How many shack dwellers can afford to be on hold on their cell-phones for twenty minutes?

We expressed our anger at the so-called ‘public participation’ meeting for the Slums Bill. Some members of Abahlali baseMjondolo were then invited to the KwaZulu-Natal parliament to participate in the discussions there. They prepared carefully. They had a written submission and we were ready for all debates. They travelled there on a work day. But the Act was passed in their presence without any opportunity given to them to say a word. The Act was passed against the will of the people.

Meaningful engagement will of course mean different things to different people. But it is clear that a reasonable service provider, stakeholder, leader or official should not be judged by how many public hearing meetings or 'izimbizos' it conducts but by the number of people whom they manage to reach and listen to and to take into serious account during those meetings. Meaningful engagement should make sure that both parties involved will be able to benefit from that engagement. It can never be meaningful if it is just for the people to listen and to never be able to voice out their own thinking.

BRINGING GOVERNMENT TO THE PEOPLE

The government says that it wants to ‘bring government to the people’. It is much better to ‘bring government to the people’ than to send in the police, the private security and the land invasions unit to evict and disconnect and to then call that good governance. But bringing the government to the people is not enough. Meaningful engagement will only happen when we can, through our struggles, bring the people into government.

That does not mean that we want to replace one councillor with another or one party with another. It means that we want to bring the government, regardless of who is sitting on the comfy chairs there, under the control of the people.

That is why we also say that the struggle of our movements is a struggle to democratize the society from below. Yes, we do want services. Services are needed by our lives. They are basic to life. We will always engage to try and get or to keep these services. These little struggles are important.

But we also want full recognition of our humanity. Things must be done with us and not for us or to us. Therefore the government must come under the people. This requires the current political system to be turned upside down. If each community and each movement builds its power by respecting its members fully so that as each individual grows in power each community and movement grows in its power then we can slowly achieve this step by step. That is our vision for meaningful engagement — a slow revolution from below, fought day by day across the country,

The Struggle Continues


Burning Issues: A Discontent But Optionless Voting Polity

The elections this year also commemorate South Africa’s 20th anniversary as a democratic country. South Africa as a country has progressed over the last 20 years since breaking the chains of apartheid in 1994.
The elections this year also commemorate South Africa’s 20th anniversary as a democratic country. South Africa as a country has progressed over the last 20 years since breaking the chains of apartheid in 1994. | Source

The Euphoria Of The 2014 Reaches Pitch Level

"Indaba"/"Taba"(View Of Story) From The People: Critique and Anti-Critique Of The 2014 Elections...

We are now a day or two away from the elections and so much is happening. It is throughout this chaos that some of us who chronicle our people's events go back to basics. The Internet/FB is a form of social communication without seeing the intended audience or listener. But when you go into the places where one lives and visits, there is a different kind of palaver taking place. The parties have been jostling for attention by any means necessary, and the people, as one would say, on the 'ground' are watching all these actions with and incredulity bordering on frustration and anger. A lot of people who write about the core voters of the ANC, do not really hang with them, live with them, know them, listen to them, write what they have to say or not say, act and carry-on. Nobody thinks that they are part of the national dialogue of the nation as the elections approach.

I have always been a proponent of the fact that we must write our own stories, histories customs, traditions, musicians, script our dances as we see fit and know how-from an African Centered perspective through our people. Also, when it come to The "MEDIA," we all know that we are basically an Oral people, but this orality, at present, swirls(linguistically) in our collectives and 'people'. Our reportage aims at reaching a broader audience to the effect that our chroniclers do not know how to tell our stories, but are good in regurgitating what other ethnic groups are saying about us, we just repeat it verbatim-with no imagination, creativity and originality…

The task at hand, then, is to capture and articulate, without much alteration, what the buzz is all about in the Townships, and what do the people have to say to this "Indaba/Taba"- And they are not at a lack for words, poignancy, raw and earthy observation, which is what many writers or reporters do not want to hear, or are not comfortable with printing or writing about. Their direct and unadulterated uncensored expressions makes one who is listening squirm and twist on hearing these views which are not main-stream by any stretch of the imagination.

Even if many people can dismiss this article and the views espoused by the respondents below, it is also interesting and important to read comments below many of the articles below the posted stories of the South African Newspapers Online, just to get a smidgen of the mind of the 'public' here in Mzantsi… Because it is important we talk about us and what is going on in our midst.

I have always regarded myself an African of Mzantsi, First. An African of Africa, Secondly. And An African of The Diaspora Thirdly-and lastly. A Human being... My education came from people, formally and informally. I cut my political teeth and activities in the streets of Soweto, pre '76 and post Y2K. What has been happening so far, is that most of use do not have a grasp of what we are dealing with here. When it comes to access to the Web/Internet, a large swath of our people are outside the loop. Some of the rates to clamber onto the Web are very costly indeed and prohibitive, and so, this curtails, in a covert way, mass communication access to all of the people of Mzantsi with these prohibitive and exorbitant charges.

So, by default and purposeful censorship, a large majority of our people do not have easy and unlimited access to the Web/Internet, and this empowers those ruling over us and passing tight Bills attacking the press and mass communications. The offering of tenders to companies that control Internet access is biased and not in favor of the local people. There are many such discrepancies that are foisted upon the poor that dislocates them from the national dialogue/wealth both in the media and amongst themselves, orally and fiscally.

So, I decided to use the old approach of participant observer and try and write what I am gathering from many people I really do not know, nor ask their political affiliation and so on. What I do, I direct our discourse to the issues of the elections and what are [any] of their impressions about the elections. These people do not need any probing and prodding, because they will tell you what they think you want to know; tell you what you do not know; and add their own Township spin on their stories, not embellishing anything, but put in a colorful way that's only possible in Township jargon/parlance and colloquial-tell you their narrative...I remain visibly/invisibly present and only ask question for clarity and simplification.

I must add that listening to the people is a different dimension from the social media communications. The 'mano-a-mano,' face-to-face interaction has its own dynamics, no editing, no clicking, deleting or alt/send-return or holding back, and in many ways, the unheeded voice of the critical mass population of South Africa speaks freely and openly. Many of us are no more adept at this form of face-to-face communications. We are so caught up with the technological gizmos and their techniques that we have given up the face-to-face communicating and mediation/interaction. This is what I am going to post below, what it really means to be amongst and with the people and listening-in to their verbalized thoughts: Orally.

The following discourse was taking place in different areas throughout Soweto, and the way the people talked about issues, I culled from the notes I was taking during their conversations. This is in no way pro-any party, but ordinary folks talking to each other, and me(by being acknowledged and respected) I was allowed to make notes and I told them I am going to synthesize it into an article. They gave me the go-ahead. I also told them I will not mention any names, which I have kept to and not done in this article.

At this point, in this particular setting in the Township, everyone was kicking around various topics:
"We are now 'bored' and sick and tired with the TV and other news, when all you hear coming out of the mouths of these politicians is 'Nkandla this and that...' Another jumps in, 'Why is this Casrils talking about not voting... Who is he, by the way?. Look at the timing of his pleading with us like that?' One other respond during such a discussion observed wryly that: "Maybe Nkandla is good or bad timing..."... One other responded: "Why bother raising the Nkandla issue, why not Investigate the whole of the ANC..." someone in the group recalled: "Yah! neh! Moestan these people who are implicated are the government departments-the police, department of Works, the Army, the Parliamentarians… So, neh! Look into the whole 'mcimbi'(Organization).

In some other part of the Township, I got this part from a different group of people of Soweto: "People on the ground here on the Township do not really understand all of these shenanigans. They do not have time/wherewithal invested to look into the Thuli report... "For us the Thuli Report happened overnight-it's been overtaken/pushed back by other events and the TV coverage, Radio, Newspapers, 'Wa Jaja'.('You see?')

I interjected and asked, What causes that 'forgetting?'that ' ."Cava hierso"(See here)We have been made ignorant thus far. So, in this instance, the people forget very quickly and move on with the 'fashion' of the hour, or day." By fashion it means tendency, what's vibing/trending. So others say that "these other parties have given ANC a chance, and ANC does not give them a chance. so, in the end, whatever chance they get these parties, all they speak about to us is Nkandla... "

Some intellectual in a tavern displaying his oratory gifts by Googling that conversion, divulged that: "These other parties retreat in the advances ANC makes. They are really not working cleverly enough to get votes properly("too many rallies which are just a nuisance now, Yes, entertainment-never. Too much of Nkandla talk, less on what they can do for us…"

One lady in a Mall noted that: "These other parties do not work enough together to get the vote. They are unable to break it down to an ordinary person what it is all about. They do not even listen to you when you try to make some input. A car mechanic in his yard said: "We steal ideas, we want ready-made things and situations, no one wants to work had for anything-there is some sense of entitlement — "Vir wat?"(For What? Vokol'(Nothing).

His friends hanging around and doing other things chimed in: "All you hear on their lips is My Nkandla was built by my family, no scandal here," Zuma; Whereas the others, Ramphele, Zille and Malema all talk about that Nkandla, and we are so 'naar'("bored").

One school teacher sitting with her nurse friends said: "People should go back to reading and studying. They must learn to read and analyze what they read. What is stopping this from happening is that the people, in their majority, have no time for that and lack interest."

The ANC put up a "Good Act" at FNB and I have discussed a bit of this in my article prior to this one. My take is that compared to the booing and jeering of Zuma, the followers were pumped up to fever pitch; the roar and response they gave to their leaders, was well timed. The ANC Die-hards in the ANC were gushing all over themselves in anticipation of the giddying win just within their sights. On hearing me say this, one of the respondents said: "People have forgotten. Yes, there was tension during the Mandela memorial, and there were many reasons for that tension-Yes Zuma was booed, and that too has many implications. But for now, who cares… it's electioneering time"

"But the FNB rally this weekend was different," volunteered the person next to me. "People looked and seemed excited in droves and throngs, and Zuma worked the crowd by exploiting the celebratory, victory-like' gig at the stadium. That was the core of the ANC hopefuls and followers and many other 'types'."

"Bona hierso, Ntozo",("See this here, Brother/Bruh"), the person continued, "Zuma knows his crowd and he plays it well… The people are wishy-washy-not firm... They do not hold on or hang on to one thing… with us, that is an overnight thing, now is now..." And I threw in a question and asked, Why is That so? "You see 'Sbari' Our lack of education makes us not to even know how to stand firm." And I added: If We do not stand for Anything, We Will Fall For Anything/Everything…

A very close and childhood friend of my mine keenly observed:

"At the end of the day, people ask themselves that if they do not vote for the ANC, who will they vote for? The rich, the poor and the worst off, the middle class and filthy rich hold up a lot of hope for the ANC to win. And if you listen to many of our people, they simply say, 'at least the ANC is paying us".

That could be attacked in many ways wants to, but seeing its recipients talk about it, one is really taken-aback at the poverty life during the rule of Apartheid-it was dismal… And that's what these people think-The ANC is offering us something(a bribe)? But what do the others have to offer and show for it…? Seems to be the underlying question among the ordinary people here in Mzantsi.

The Interesting thing is that the people are leery of DA because they think that they are taking care of Whites just like apartheid did-and some of these people point out to the lack of delivery services, bad housing, and many other contradiction that DA cannot extricate itself from that easily. Many of the Sowetans are critical of Zille's rule in the wards she runs all over the country, and they see Whites living lavishly, as opposed to the poor Africans in those areas. The image of DA is akin to the Nationalist party of yesteryear(I have had this view expressed in many places and many times).

One brainiac and connoisseur of local gossip and Township realpolitik broke it down for me as follows:
"In many shacks and slums of Cape Town, Africans and Colored are living in squalor and dread. Unpaved roads, no running water, taps at the far-end of the corrugated domiciles. One thing these are parties are not aware of is how finicky the present-day voter is. All these parties, along with the ANC, failed us dismally. Whatever people of all these parties have to say, it really does not matter to the people, today-it was one passing episode in the many that continue to hold their attention-span-which is very short indeed."

One person I was having a pow-wow with in a 'braai' told me the following story:
"An old woman in my street told me that she is going to vote in her house. When the door-to-door ANC vote canvassers came to her house, they checked the registry for her name, and then marked her thumb with the voter's ink… The ANC used to bus these old ladies to the pools on bus, but in this election, this is one of the ways that some votes are gathered. They also asked the old lady who some of her friends were and relative, where they were, and these were followed up, too. Which other party does that-I now this looks like its illegal, but the ANC is giving the impression that it is taking care of its own."

One critic I found to be having a unique perspective was the one who said that:
"If you want people to read what you write, then talk about the USA. We the people are enamored and taken up by the US and all its particularities. Our people here in this country follow "fashions"-by that I mean what's happening and is 'cool,' or makes one look and seem important and knowledgeable. What You Praat?(What Are you Saying?) Some want to be a Beyonce, they become Beyonce in their looks and imitated behavior. For that person to knowing about her(Beyonce), means that person is the person-VIP person."
"But when it come to us and about us, we have no interest in that… It's not worth it."

"The drugged and sexed lives of the US celebrities hold our interest and influences our behavior and languages. Many of us pine for that celebrity role and life. What has become a common culture in our midst is our want of power and fame. We are all caught with the attitude and notion that people ought to know where I work, my place of abode, the type of car I drive, and the clothes I adorn and the perfume I am wearing. And it must be American, French, Italian… or depending on the preference of those involved. Many of these people want to project his behavior as to what America is all about-here in Mzantsi.

But Write about anything to do with being rich or about riches, then you have something there. Talk about and advertise about tenders and where they will be issuing them, the responses to you writing will spiral; you will receive comments you never thought existed. Here in Mzantsi, we are all about money; how can we make it as easy as possible and not have to work hard for it.
"My neighbor knew this boy in her hood who was puling very hard and she came up on someone wanting a person to dig a hole for a serious pay, so he called the boy and told him about the job… the boy told the lady in no uncertain terms that, 'he is not a mole', and won't do it."

There had been rumors about a meeting that is supposed to take place where the Pakistanis who own the "Spaza shops" are to be removed, and these shops are to be run by locals. Someone in Deep Soweto retorted: "The Problem with us is that we have become lazy, and sleep early and wake up late. So how will we be able to run our own Spazas? Many of us are asleep by 8 pm, and the Pakistanis open well late into night. These Pakistanis wake up early,long before our local Spaza shop people are up, and who wants to deal with that?"

We have become lazy, don't want to work for our keep and we are good at blaming others and the government for our own shortcomings which we desperately need to deal with. Others obviously disagree with this assessment. they want the Pakistanis out of the yards of the homes here in the Townships

The people in the Townships are tired of the politicking and have already made up their minds who are the clowns, and who are the devils. They have chosen to go with the devil they know, than the unconvincing clowns, as they say, who do not know what time it is… One gets to identify the real feel of the people about this whole voting mess. They know that they are being gypped. Also, they know that putting the ANC into power, does not automatically earn them a better life and a good job, but they say, what could be worse than that, especially these parties who will want to outdo the ANC once in power.This is the general logic that runs the gamut in the Kasi.

Where do we begin? Well, I have begun by trying to find out how and what people talk about when it comes to the elections. But it does not end there, I have taken this probe to different levels and many other issues, which I will use those on my blogs. What does it all mean then? I think that learning to listen to our people talk is a step in the right direction. We need to articulate and chronicle our lives with utmost are. From here we can begin to develop some form of unofficial curricula as to how to deal with the education process of the people. I have found that I am a better and learned person from saying less and listen more to what the people have to say.

I have posted Cabral and his notion of what is "Our People," and what their struggles are about-in the process, informs us how to comport ourselves in dealing with "Our People". Social media today, and many are not aware of this, is another form of what I call technological Orality. The problems we face are vast, and we need to make or have made easy access to the Web. We have to launch ourselves and the armies of the poor onto online activities and reception. Many countries like Egypt and so forth have shown us the Power of the social media, and we need to begin to use it to be a better people.

We are going to have to deal with the large number of our poor, be with them, amongst them, and show/teach them about the uses and importance of present-day social media and their emerging and merging technologies/techniques. We might feel 'special' or 'important' because some of us can afford 'smart phones' and 'tablets'. To be honest, if we do not have our people hooked-up online, we are just wasting time and going nowhere fast.

Independence In Our Thoughts And Actions

Andre Gunder Frank Soberly stated:

"What, in you judgement, is the scientific value of the study of the development of underdevelopment?" While the capitalist system, which generated underdevelopment and avails itself of exploitation and alienation for development, subsists-and even while the class struggle in the establishment of socialism subsists-science can only have an instrumental political and ideological value, and no value in and of itself.

"On the contrary, capitalism and the bourgeois ideology have long been employing both social and natural science as purely reactionary tools in defense of their interests This is the case, for example, with the concepts and even the very terms 'development and underdevelopment" that are used in the class struggle on the ideological level, to make it appear that entire peoples develop through their own efforts,thanks to national capitalism, while other entire countries remain underdeveloped because of supposedly inherent conditions-the lack of capital and inadequate intelligence and institutions or cultures-that is to say, because of traditionalism. This focus or, better yet, this deviation from the problem, hides the real cause of underdevelopment and the necessary remedy in order to maintain underdevelopment and the exploitation that the aforementioned cause determines…"

What I was trying to capture by going to find narratives from the people was to capture What Cabral calls "Independence in our thought and in our actions." When one talks to people without handcuffing their ideas and free thoughts, this is easy when they become aware of that independence they have to talk, and the real and actual action they can take. In essence, I was learning about our people, and I was learning from the people. I did not inject my opinions anywhere throughout the weeks leading to these election, as I am re-searching them incessantly and until the day after the votes.

Andre Gunde Frank opens our minds as to how we are manipulated and splurged helter-skelter so's not to be united, because we have to begin to understand the social sciences and the natural sciences-were used thoroughly to guard the interest of the US. It is from these disciplines that the USA is controlling South Africa and the World.

And yet, Wilson informs us that:

"The psychology, consciousness and behavioral tendencies of individuals and societies are to a very significant extent the products of their personal and collective histories. Both personal and collective psychology are constructed from those experiences which can be consciously retrieved from memory as well as hose experiences which have been forgotten or repressed, but which still represent themselves in individual and collective habits, tendencies, traditions, emotional responsivities, perspectives, ways of processing information, attitudes and reflex-like reactions to certain stimuli and situations. both types of experiences interacting with current perceptions are utilized by individuals and groups to achieve certain material and non-material ends."

One can deduce/infer from the cited responses all the qualities attributed to a psychologically sane and consciously aware people.

Sankara addressed this issue this way:

"But you must understand that not everyone views political problems the same way.For some, if you have arms and a few units of the army with you, that is sufficient to take power. But others have different convictions. Power must be conquered above all by a conscious people. the question of arms is merely complementary to this, necessary at given moments and under specific circumstances"

"Also," Sankara added:

"Also, not everyone sees politics the same way. Though we spent hours — entire nights — in discussions with these officers in an attempt to convince them, they acted on their plan and the November 7 coup took place. Of course, given the contradictions that arose among them, they were unable to install Colonel Some Yoryan as head of state. Though certain people were happy to see some elements of the Third Republic freed from prison, there were those who were disappointed to see other Third Republican elements freed. You must understand these contradictions too.

"I know that the media repeated this information, thus condemning us to accept political responsibilities that we had rejected for political reason and yet that we were beginning to be forced to accept for strictly political reasons. As you can understand, a regime born in this way could not last very long.

In acknowledging that we are part of the Third World we are, to paraphrase Jose Marti, "Affirming that our cheek feels the blow struck against any man, anywhere in the world." Until now, we have turned the other cheek. The blows were redoubled. The evil heart did not soften. The truth of the righteous was trampled under foot. The word of Christ was betrayed and his cross was transformed into a club. They put his robe and rent our bodies and souls asunder. They obscured his message. They westernized it, while we undertook it as one of universal liberation. Well, our eyes are now open to the class struggle, and there will be no more blows.

"We must state categorically that there is no salvation for our people unless we turn our backs on all the models that charlatans of all types have tried to sell us for twenty years. There is no salvation outside of this rejection. There is no development separate from a rupture of this kind. All those new intellectual giants who are emerging from their slumber — awakened by the dizzying rise of billions of men in rags, aghast at the threat of this hunger-driven multitude weighing on their digestion — are beginning to rework their speeches.

"Far it be for me to ridicule the patient efforts of honest intellectuals who, because they have eyes to see, are discovering the terrible consequences of the devastation imposed on us by so-called specialists in the development of the Third World. My fear is to see the fruits of so much energy co-opted by Prosperos of all kinds who — with a wave of their magic wand — spirit us to world of slavery dressed up in today's "fashions.

"My fear is justified even more by the fact that the educated petty bourgeoisie of Africa - if not the entire world — is not prepared to give up its privileges, either because of intellectual laziness or simply because it has tasted the Western way of life. Because of these petty bourgeois forget that all genuine political struggle requires rigorous, theoretical debate, and they refuse to rise to the intellectual effort of conceiving new concepts equal to the murderous struggle that lies ahead of us. Passive and pathetic consumers, they wallow in terminology Fetishized by The West, Just As They Wallow In Western Whiskey And Champagne In shady-looking lounges.

"Ever since the concepts of negritude and African Personality, now showing their age, the search for ideas that are genuinely new produced by the brains of our 'great' intellectuals is in vain. Our vocabulary and our ideas come from elsewhere. Our professors, engineers, and economists are content to simply add color — fro often the only things they brought back with them from European/American universities that have produced them are their degrees and their velvety adjectives and superlatives!

"It is both necessary and urgent that our trained personnel and those who work with the pen learn that there is no such thing as neutral writing. In these stormy times we cannot give today's and yesterday's enemies monopoly over "thought," "imagination," and "creativity."

"Before it too late — and it is already late — this elite, these men of Africa and of the third World, must come home to themselves, that is, to their societies and to the miseries we inherited.they must understand that the battle for ideology that serves the needs of the disinherited masses in sot in vain. but they must understand, too, that they can only become credible on an international level y being genuinely creative — by "Portraying A Faithful Image Of Their People, An Image Conducive to Carrying Out Fundamental Change In Political And social Conditions And to Wrenching Our Countries From Foreign domination and Exploitation,Which leave Us No OtherPerspective than bankruptcy."

I could go on citing Sankara above, but he has already made my point that I have been constructing throughout this article, so did Wilson and Andre Gunder Frank. But Sankara goes to the heart of my these is that, going back to the people and talking to them teaches one how people talk and give you information that they think you need, and some of it you had not known up to that point of being told, and the rest is made up of Township spin, talking points and uttered in Slang and other variation of Kazi-Speak, that makes for colorful, stimulating and tasty discussion and narratives, and these can be gotten by holding a face-to-face contact and talking with the ordinary people in the Township.

I did so, went to the people and tried to record their conversations, impression and all the other aspects pointed out by Wilson above, that, I state, it is from the people that we will be able to build our nation and control our country. The elections at this stage are past, and now we are facing the post 2014 election hangover, and we need to sober up and work on the new ideas that have come to pass because of all that has happened long before and now most recently.

In trying to overcome our social malaise, we can take comfort from these words by Wilson:

"To manipulate History is to manipulate consciousness; to manipulate consciousness is to manipulate possibilities; and to manipulate possibilities is to manipulate power."

History is the past, present and future… I have been looking at the present from a past we are still living in and under, and in the present, I am beginning to learn about our people and our role our society in tandem with our people. I may not hit the bulls-eye with my messages, but I am consistently calling for a return to the people, as Sankara intoned above. It is in our people that we would come in touch with ourselves and our Nation. "Everything is Everything".. "Each One Teach One; Each One Reach One (Others)"....

President Thomas Sankara

Our 20 Years Of Neo-Colonialism-Sankara's Observations On 23 Years of Colonialist in Burkina Fasso: Same Old,Same Old...

I Have Seen This Movie Before - I am Living Such A Movie: Seeing Oneself In The Looking Mirror Looking At Oneself Looking...

My township was "Yellow" and people were hustling and bustling-going up and down, standing in many groups, talking, laughing, listening to the loud speakers that are clogging our ether and peace. It is a day before the elections, tomorrow on the May 7; there's so much action, people are being bussed-in in droves; And the people were given a treat today in Orlando Stadium they are going to see a football match for 'Free;" there is a lot of talk and loud music, liquor flowing and somehow, a sad march and realization towards installing a government, which the people know will be worse than the past 20 years.

This whole charade has been going on for the past 20 years. The promises that have been made in the past elections are hammered into the peoples hearts and minds. Right now, as they knew it would be, they are going to vote and give ANC four-more-plus year to try and rule

The elections are finally here, and many people say, "Mmmm, you wait and see when people have to make their own decisions about who to vote for-I tell you, they are going to vote ANC, hands down… You ask why? Well, what else is there in this cesspool — (said in blip-able Kasi slang)… "Squat!" "Vokol!"(Nothing)

I have been posting articles to try and present an alternative input and point of view into the talking points about the elections in Mzantsi. In this issue, I will go cull from what Sankara reminds us about our own situation, today-which is very eerie and spot on about our own present situation of 20 years of neocolonial rule; Sankara was summing up the past neocolonial rule in his country"

"Sankara":

"The task of constructing a new society cleansed of all ills that keep our country in a state of poverty and economic and cultural backwardness, will be long and Hard. ... The decision by French colonial imperialism to cut its losses was a victory for our people over the forces of foreign oppression and exploitation. From the masses' point of view, it was democratic reform, while from that of imperialism, it was a change in the forms of domination and exploitation of our people.

"This change nevertheless resulted in a realignment of classes and social layers and the formation of new classes. In alliance with the backward forces or traditional society, and in total contempt of the masses, whom they had used as a springboard to power, the "petty-bourgeoisie intelligentsia" of that time set about laying the political and economic foundations for new forms of imperialist domination and exploitation.

"Fear that the struggle of the popular masses would become more radical and lead to a genuine revolutionary solution was the basis for the choice made by imperialism. Henceforth, it would maintain its stranglehold over our country and perpetuate the exploitation of our people through national intermediaries. The entire process of organizing neocolonial society would be nothing more than a simple operation of substituting one form for another.

In Essence, neocolonial society and colonial society differed not at all. The colonial administration was replaced by a neocolonial administration identical to it in every respect. The colonial army was replaced by a neocolonial army with the same characteristics, the same functions, and the same role of safeguarding the interests of imperialism and its colonial allies.

"The colonial school system was replaced by neocolonial schools, which pursued the same goals of alienating our children from our country and reproducing a society that would primarily serve the interests of imperialism and secondarily, those of its local lackeys and allies.
With the Support and blessing of imperialism, Voltaic(Mzantsi) nationals set about organizing the systematic plunder of our country.

"With the crumbs of this pillage that fell to them, they were transformed, little by little, into a truly parasitic bourgeoisie that could no longer control its voracious appetite. Driven solely by personal interest, they no longer hesitated at even the most dishonest means, engaging in massive corruption, embezzlement of public funds and properties,influence-peddling and real estate speculation, and practicing favoritism and nepotism.

"This is what accounts for all the material and financial wealth they accumulated from the sweat of the toilers. Not content to live-off the fabulous incomes derived from the shameless exploitation of their ill-begotten wealth, they fought tooth and nail to capture their political posts that would allow them to use the state apparatus to further their exploitation ad underhanded dealings

"Hardly a year passed without them treating themselves to extravagant vacations abroad. Their children deserted the country's schools for prestigious educations in other countries(Or special private prestigious schools in the country-as in our case in South Africa)… "All the resources of the state were mobilized to guarantee them, at the slightest illness, expensive care in luxury hospitals in foreign countries[and grand hospitals/expensive exclusive health care here in Mzantsi].

"All this has unfolded in full view of the honest,courageous, and hardworking Voltaic(Mzantsi) people, a people mired nonetheless in the most squalid misery. White Upper Volta(Big Cities of South Africa) are a paradise for the wealthy minority, it is a barely tolerable hell for the majority, the People.

"A part of this big majority, the wage earner, despite the fact that they are assured a regular income, suffer the constraints and pitfalls of capitalist consumer society. Their income is completely consumed before they have even touched it.

"This vicious cycle goes on and on, with no perspective of being broken."Through their respective trade unions, the wage earners engage in struggles to improve their living conditions(Marikana, for one). Sometimes the scope of those struggles forces concessions from the neocolonial authorities. But they simply give with one hand what they take back with the other.

"Thus a 10 percent wage increase is announced with great fanfare, only to be immediately taxed, wiping out the expected beneficial effects of the first measure. After five, six, or seven months, the workers finally understand the swindle and mobilize for new struggles. Seven months is more than enough for the reactionaries in power to catch their breadth and devise new schemes. Thus, in this endless fight, the worker always comes out the loser.

"The peasants, the 'wretched of the earth,' are also a component of this big majority. These peasants are expropriated, robbed, molested, imprisoned, ridiculed, and humiliated everyday, yet they are the ones whose labor creates wealth. The country's economy stays afloat despite its weakness, thanks to their productive labor. It is from this labor that the elite that the Gauteng's, Cape Townians are their Eldorado, and this sweetens their lives(just adjusted/added terms/names here)

"Yet, it is the peasants who suffer most from the lack of buildings, roads, health facilities, and services. These peasants,c creators of national wealth, are the ones who suffer the most from lack of schools an educational material(Lost books of Limpopo), for their children.

"It is their children who will swell the ranks of the unemployed after a brief stint in classrooms poorly adapted to the realities of this country. It is among the peasants that the illiteracy rate is highest - 98 percent. Those who most need to learn, so that the output of their productive labor can increase, are the very ones who benefit the least from expenditures for health care, education, and technology.
"The peasant youth — who have the same attitudes as all youth, greater sensitivity to social injustice, and greater desire for progress — finally leave the country-side in revolt, thus depriving it of its most dynamic elements.

"Their initial impulse drives these youth to the large urban centers[Name All The Big cities In Mzantsi]. There they hope to find better-paying jobs and to benefit from the advantages of progress.The lack of jobs pushes them to idleness, with all its characteristic vices. Finally, so as not to end up in prison, they seek salvation by going abroad(Local African cities)… where the most shameless humiliation and exploitation await them. But does Voltaic(Mzantsi) society leave them any choice?

"Stated succinctly, this is the situation in our country after twenty-three years of neocolonialism: a paradise for some and hell for the rest…"

By The Way, When Was This Written Or Spoken? It was Written And Spoken On October 2, 1983, presented by Sankara on behalf of the National Council of the Revolution in a national radio and television broadcast…

So It is Here in Mzantsi(South Africa). All What Sankara said above, is what we are — it is sort of like 'looking into the mirror and seeing oneself staring back at you'. I could not have said it better than the great President, Sankara. Everything he just said, is all taking place in our country, and has been happening for the past 20 years. I think it is about time we learned from Sankara that we are not unique in Africa with our Shamocracy/Democrazy… Many countries have gone through these shenanigans from their neocolonial rulers(in our case,today, with the ANC).

Reading Sankara, will help us realize as to what is happening and what is really wrong with the way we see and do things. What I am saying is, in preparation for the coming elections, four years from now, we need to learn and act in different ways. For me, closing this whole hullaballoo about voting, I have decided to post the thoughts and experiences of Sankara, to be my keynote speaker as we are headed to the conclusion of voting. It is looking beyond that that I utilize Sankara, so that, if anyone four years from now can read this article, and identify all the things Sankara said in 1983, in 2018 or so, it means then we will have had one extra year from what Sankara has been 23 years of neocolonization, we will have learned nothing, and we will be repeating the same mistakes and so on, without no end.

My take of the election has been well-captured by Sankara above, and I aim to begin to learn from what he is said about Volta in 1983, to what is happening to us now in May 2014… Let's all get to work, we have a lot of hard-work ahead...

Here's Looking At You...


Aphorisms:

"Leaders Who Plan For An African Future, But Consider Knowledge Of The Past Irrelevant, Can Only Be Presumed To Be Harboring The Colonialist View Of the African Past. It Was The Wisdom Of Our Fathers to Emphasize That Each Present Generation Owes Obligations And Responsibilities To Both the Ancestors And the Generations yet Unborn...
-By J.F.A. Ajayi

Frantz Fanon Counseled:
"Each Generation Must, Out Of Relative Obscurity, Discover Its Mission, Fulfil It Or Betray It." ...

Thomas Sankara:

Thomas Sankara, often referred to as “Africa’s Che Guevara” was the president of Burkina Faso from 1983 to 1987. He seized power in a 1983 popularly supported coup, with the goal of eliminating corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power.

Sankara’s foreign policies were revolved around anti-imperialism, with his government eschewing all foreign aid because, as he often said, “He who feeds you, controls you.” He pushed for debt reduction and nationalized all land and mineral wealth, averting the power and influence of the IMF and World Bank.

His domestic policies were focused on preventing famine with agrarian self-sufficiency and land reform, prioritizing education with a nation-wide literacy campaign, and promoting public health by vaccinating 2.5 million children. And his was the first African government to publicly recognize the AIDS epidemic as a major threat to Africa.

Thomas Sankara was an extraordinary man.

- He outlawed female genital mutilation, forced marriages, and polygamy and was the first African leader to appoint women to major cabinet positions and actively recruit them for the military. A motorcyclist himself, he formed an all-woman motorcycle personal guard.
- He encouraged women to work outside the home and stay in school even if pregnant.
- He launched a nation-wide public health ‘Vaccination Commando’ a state run program that in a period of only 15 days in early November 1984, completed the immunization of 2.5 million children against meningitis (a world record), yellow fever and measles. This operation was so successful in that children in neighboring countries like the Ivory Coast and Mali were sent to Burkina Faso for free immunization that helped curtail high rates of infant and child mortality.
- He sold off the government fleet of Mercedes cars and made the Renault 5 (the cheapest car sold in Burkina Faso at that time) the official service car of the ministers. He lowered his salary, as President, to only $450 a month and limited his possessions to a car, four bikes, three guitars, and a refrigerator.
- He planted over ten million trees to halt the growing desertification of the Sahel and established an ambitious road and rail construction program to “tie the nation together.”
- He was known for jogging unaccompanied through the capital city in his track suit and posing in his tailored military fatigues with his mother-of-pearl pistol. And when asked why he didn’t want his portrait hung in public places, as was the norm for other African leaders, he said, ”There are seven million Thomas Sankaras.”

Sankara’s revolutionary policies for self-reliance and defiance against the neoliberal development strategies imposed by the West made him an icon to many supporters of African liberation. But his policies alienated and antagonized the vested interests of the small but powerful Burkinabe middle class, the tribal leaders who he stripped of the traditional right to forced labor and tribute payments, and the foreign financial interests in France and their ally Ivory Coast.

Compaore and Sankara

On October 15, 1987, Sankara was killed by an armed militia of twelve officials in a coup d’état organized by Compaore. Sankara’s body was dismembered and buried in an unmarked grave. Compaore immediately took power, overturning most of Sankara’s policies. Compaore reportedly ousted Sankara because he believed that his revolutionary policies were jeopardizing Burkina Faso’s relationship with France and Ivory Coast. Sankara and Compaore were not only colleagues, they were childhood friends.

-This is why ‘Bad Karma’ should be Blaise Compaore’s middle name. He is a ruthless man who orchestrated the brutal assassination of his best friend.

-Yet he is the man routinely designated by the international community to act as a ’mediator’ to help resolve African conflicts…

Revolution Modus Operandi In The Technological Age And Society

Tell No Lies and Claim No Easy Victories

One of the most disconcerting issues is the fact that on FB and other such media and mediums, a lot of would-be revolutionaries confound and dumb-down their polity for calling for a revolution that they have not adequately prepared for nor have put any effort through towards its realization. This is like the blind leading their deafened, dumbed and blinded(in this case, the armies of the disgruntled poor masses) polity.

The paucity of revolutionary reading materials along with the scarcity of original writings about what is transpiring form any revolutionary work that is being or not undertaken, makes for obsolescence and numbing of any efforts or movement of the struggle going forward.

A lot of wanna-be revolutionaries who have access to the modern technologies, are people who read and cite quotation, but have nothing to suggest of present as a comprehensive plan that emanates from working with and within the African masses. This has made a lot of these comfortable and well-fed arm-chair and sofa revolutionaries irrelevant to the cause of African people seeking redress to their present untenable existence.

This new petit-bourgeoisie, which has some access to the Web, with the majority of their intended targets having zero exposure to using the Internet and the Web, nor can afford to buy a computer, are ignorant of their rants on Facebook and other social media, along with some irresponsible usage typical of this class, In the final analysis, this ends up being nothing else than splurging hot-air and empty phrases and slogans that are of no use to the concrete conditions on the ground. This I have been addressing above in the Hub and since there are those who pine for revolution, it would be much more better if they were prepared to learn, teach and work with their people closely, and have the fortitude and discipline to carry out the revolution they envision.

That is why I decided to cite a whole quote from Amilcar Cabral to make this point even more vivid, clear, realistic and coherent that it reaches the deeper reaches and inner sanctum of the despondent Africans who are facing a serious assault from their own elected government conniving with the Deep financial pockets of Local capitalistic interests along with the International investors and natural mineral extracting multi-corporations thieves.

Cabral offers theoretical practices and revolutionary advices which if heeded will make for a better execution of the struggle in South Africa.This is what Cabral has to say about how to implement and carry-out a revolution, from his experiences of executing it with and within the people they were fighting for:

Tell No lies and Claim Easy Victories: Strengthen the Gain Made Concretely

"Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for things in anyone's head. They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward, to guarantee the future of the children. ...

"We should recognize as a matter of conscience that there have been many faults and errors in our 'action' whether political or military: an important number of things we should have done we have not done at the right times, or not done at all.

"In various regions-and indeed everywhere in a general sense-political work among the people and among our armed forces has not been done appropriately: responsible workers have not carried or have been able to carry through the work of mobilization, formation and political organization defined by party leadership. Here and there, even among responsible workers, there has been a marked tendency to let things slide ... and even certain demobilization which has not been fought and eliminated ...

"On the military plane, many plans and objectives established by the Party leadership have not been achieved. With the means we have, we could do much more better. Some responsible workers have misunderstood the functions of the army and guerrilla forces, have not made good co-ordination between these two and, in certain cases, have allowed themselves to be influenced by preoccupation with the defense of our positions, ignoring the fact that, for us, attack is the best means of defense....

"And with all this as a proof of insufficient political work among our armed forces, there has appeared a certain attitude of 'militarism' which has caused some fighters and even some leaders to forget the fact the fact that we are 'armed militants' and not 'militarists'. This tendency must be urgently fought and eliminated within the army…

"If ten men go to a rice-field and do the day's work of eight, there's no reason to be satisfied. It's the same in battle. Ten men must fight like eight; that's not enough .... One can always do more. Some people get used to war, and one you get used to a thing it's the end: you get a bullet up the spout of your gun and you walk around. You hear the motor on the river and you don't use the bazooka that you have, so the Portuguese boats pass unharmed. Let me repeat: one can do more. We have to throw the Portuguese out ....

"... Create schools and spread education in all liberated areas. Select young people between 14 and 20, those who have at least completed their fourth year, for further training. Oppose without violence all prejudicial customs, the negative aspects of the beliefs and traditions of our people. Oblige every responsible and educated member of our Party to work daily for the improvement of their cultural formation(This we so desperately need in Mzantsi)....

"Oppose among the young, especially those over 20, the mania for leaving the country so as to study elsewhere, the blind ambition to acquire a degree, the complex of inferiority and the mistaken idea which leads to the belief that those who study of take courses will thereby become privileged in our country tomorrow .... But also oppose any ill-will towards those who study or wish to study-the complex that students will be parasites or future saboteurs of the Party ....

"In the liberated areas, do everything possible to normalize the political life of the people. Section committees of the Party 'tabanca' committees', zonal committees, regional committees, must be consolidated and function normally. Frequent meetings must be held to explain to the population what is happening in the struggle, what the Party is endeavoring to do at any given moment, and what the criminal intentions of the enemy may be. [Also, listen and learn form the people all they have to say and doing-and their true function is as an intelligence network-my addition.]

"In regions still occupied by the enemy, reinforce clandestine work, the mobilization and organization of the populations, and the preparation of militants for action and support of our fighters. ...
Develop political work in our armed forces, wether regular or guerrilla, wherever they may be. Hold frequent meetings-demand serious political work from political commissars. Start political committees, formed by the political commissar and commander of each unit in the regular army.

"Oppose tendencies to militarism and make each fighter an exemplary militant of our Party.

"Educate ourselves, educate other people, the population in general, to fight fear and ignorance, to eliminate little by little the subjection to nature and natural forces which our economy has not yet mastered. Convince little by little, in particular militants of the Party, that we shall end by conquering the fear of nature, and that man is the strongest force in nature.

"Demand from responsible Party members that they dedicate themselves in the things and problems of our daily life and struggle in their fundamental and essential aspect, and not simply in their appearance .... Learn from life, learn from our people, learn from books, learn from the experience of others. Never Stop Learning.

"Responsible members must take life seriously, conscious of their responsibilities, thoughtful about carrying them out, and with a comradeship based on work and duty done .... Nothing of this is incompatible with the joy of living, or with love for life and its amusements, or with confidence in the future of our work ....

"Reinforce political work and propaganda within the enemy's armed forces. Write poster, pamphlets, letters. Draw slogans on the roads. Establish cautious links with the enemy personnel who want to contact us. Act audaciously and with great initiative in this way .... Do everything possible to help enemy soldiers to desert. Assure them of security so as to encourage desertion. Carry out political work among Africans who are still in enemy service, whether civilian or military. Persuade these brother and sisters to change direction so as to serve the Party within the enemy ranks or desert with arms an ammunition to our units.

"We must practice revolutionary democracy in every aspect of our Party life. Every responsible member must have the courage of his responsibilities, exacting from other a proper respect for his work and properly respecting the work of others. Hide nothing from the masses of our people.
"Tell No Lies. Expose lies wherever they are told. Mask no difficulties, mistake, failures."

There are a lot of lessons that can be culled from the stories by and the citation from Amilcar Cabral above, but there is also a need to learn form other revolutions and struggle as to how other people went about dealing with the problems of success and failures of what they were trying to execute in the revolution. In this way, problems which might creep up on those struggling and may not have answer if they have not familiarized themselves with the patterns and manners of struggles and what can happen and by knowing some things in advance, can effectively be dealt with them properly and with a finality.

The struggle in South Africa continues and this Hub will keep on addressing how to carry out the resistance the low intensity warfare that is presently being waged against africans from all fronts, and try and offer some solutions to tough issues that arise from being oppressed, poor, ignorant, and the whole bit. In battling this neo-post-Aparthied colossal in the form of the ANC, people need to pay attention to the fact that there needs to be a lot of preparation, discipline and hard work amongst and with the suffering and ignored, debased and oppressed armies of the poor African masses.

The following article posted by John Hollis reports the following article about post-Apartheid South Africa:

Post-Apartheid South Africa Remains Racially Divided

The lingering stench of Apartheid's never far away in South Africa, leading Kenneth Lukuko to wonder whether Cape Town is still the country’s most racist city in an essay contained in the SA reconciliation barometer survey published on Thursday.

During Nelson Mandela’s presidency, he noted, “It was the only city in which he was met with a placard that referred to him with the K-word [the taboo term 'Kaffir']. And it has taken Cape Town longer than anywhere else in the country to name a major public space or amenity after Mandela, although it is the city associated most closely with his incarceration, as well as being the backdrop for scenes of his release, which were broadcast all over the world.”

But while Cape Town is regularly accused of being a neo-apartheid stronghold, the annual survey by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) raises some difficult questions about the rainbow nation project as a whole.

Eighteen years after the end of white minority rule, it found, 43.5 percent of South Africans rarely or never speak to someone of another race. Little more than a quarter (27.4 percent) interact with a person of another race always or often on ordinary weekdays, while 25.9 percent do so only sometimes.

Less than one in five (17.8 percent) South Africans always or often socialize with people of other races in their homes or in the homes of friends. A further 21.6% do so sometimes, and more than half (56.6 percent) rarely or never socialize across race lines.

The survey has been conducted every year since 2003. Whereas both contact and socialization levels increased during the early years, little has changed since 2010.

“Certainly, latent and overt stereotypes, fear or trepidation about others, and even naked racism may have contributed to static levels of interaction and the slow pace at which social bonds are being forged between South Africans of different race groups,” the report noted.

“Indeed, in 2012, 41.4 percent agree that they find the ‘ways and customs’ of people of other race groups difficult to understand. However, each year the reconciliation barometer survey also finds an almost entirely linear relationship between contact, socialization and living standards: South Africans who live in affluent households in urban areas interact and socialize the most across racial lines, and those in the least affluent households — often in rural areas, homogenous former townships and informal settlements, and where formal sector employment is low — interact and socialize the least.”

The poll found that 61.8 percent of South Africans believe that national unity across historical divides is desirable, although agreement is lower among white (49.4 percent) and colored (mixed race) (50.5 percent) youth, who display higher levels of ambivalence — and 59 percent believe that this is possible.

Disapproval of racial integration in schools, residential neighborhoods, workplaces and marriage has continued to decline overall. But still better than 18 percent of South Africans say they would not approve of living in a residential area in which half their neighbors were people of other races, and more than 20 percent said they would disapprove of working for and taking instructions from someone of another race.

There are now nearly 20 million South Africans with no experience of living under apartheid, a demographic trend that the party of liberation, with which the African National Congress (ANC), will have to contend. The survey found that a clear majority (83.8 percent) agree that apartheid was a crime against humanity and 82.5 percent agree that before the transition to democracy, the state was responsible for committing atrocities against anti-apartheid activists. A further 81.1 percent agree that the apartheid government wrongly oppressed the majority of South Africans.

A split is evident in response to a question that assesses apartheid’s economic legacy: whether or not black South Africans are still poor today as a result of the lasting effects of apartheid....

The poll found 82 percent of black South Africans agree that this is the case, as do 73.3 percent of Indian/Asian and 61.4 percent of colored South Africans. Only about half (50.6 percent) of whites agree.

White, colored and black youth are all more likely than adults to question whether apartheid was a crime against humanity and that the state committed atrocities against activists: 27.7 percent and 24.6 percent of white youth agree that these statements are certainly or probably not true.

Higher percentages of white (38.0 percent), Indian/Asian (28.4 percent) and colored (32.2 percent) youth than adults feel it is untrue that black South Africans are poor today as a result of apartheid’s legacy.

The IJR said its Reconciliation Barometer survey was conducted through face-to-face interviews with a nationwide sample of 3,565 South Africans representative of the adult population, with an equal gender split."

In another related article, which is post colonialism rhetoric and race relations inside South Africa by Lavonne R will be in order here:

Dreaming Or Acting Revolution is the Problem And Question

The Struggle For African's Revolution Cannot Be Achieved Through jaundiced and Jingoistic Prattles.

This piece was a response I wrote to those revolutionaries on Facebook who were becoming becoming belligerent and too caustic to have any effect to those who read their post, that I began to post this terse but much needed truth about what is to be done and what should not be pursued in the post that awash the Walls of these African-Orientated Walls and individual posts of self-styled Africanists.

I know for a fact that our peoples aphorisms are relevant when they say:
"The Path Going Forward is Asked from those Who Went Before, or ahead". (A loose translation of "Tsela e botswa ho ba pele/kapa bao ba ileng ba e tsamaya".)

"We are not going to use this platform to rail against imperialism. An African saying very common in our country says: "When your house is burning, i's of no use beating the tom-toms. ... For us, the best or worst shout against imperialism, whatever its form, is to take up arms and fight. This is what we are doing, and this is what we will go on doing until all foreign domination of our African homelands has been totally dominated.

"Our agenda includes subjects whose meaning and importance are beyond question and which show a fundamental preoccupation with 'struggle'. We note, however, that one form of struggle which we consider to be fundamental ... is the 'struggle against our own weaknesses'. Our experience has shown us that in the general framework of daily struggle, this battle against ourselves-no matter what difficulties the enemy may create-is the most difficult of all, whether for the present or the future of our peoples.

This battle is the expression of the internal contradictions in the economic, social, cultural (and therefore, historical) reality of each of our countries. We are convinced that any rational or social revolution which is not based on knowledge of this fundamental reality runs grave risk of being condemned to failure.

However, we must recognize that we ourselves and the other liberation movements in general (referring here above all to the African experience) have not managed to pay sufficient attention to this important problem in our struggle.

The ideological deficiency, not to say the total lack of ideology, within the national liberation movements-which is basically due to ignorance of the 'historical reality' which these movements claim to transform-constitutes one to the greatest weaknesses of our struggle against imperialism, if not the greatest weakness of all.... A full discussion of this subject could be useful to ma subject could be useful, and would enable the [movement] to make a valuable contribution toward strengthening the present and future actions of national liberation.

This would be a concrete way of helping these movements, and in our opinion, no less important than political support or financial assistance for arms and suchlike.
It is with the intention of making a contribution, however modest, to this debate that we present here our opinion of "the foundations and objectives of national liberation in relation to the social structure."

Our refusal, based as it is on concrete knowledge of the socio-economic reality of our countries, and on the analysis of the process of development of this phenomenon of class, leads us to conclude that if class struggle is the motive force of history, it is so only in a specific historical period (I have addressed this point somewhat in my earlier post about history). It is not difficult to see that this factor in the history of each human group is the "mode of production"-the level of productive forces and the pattern of ownership-characteristic of that group.

It therefore seems correct to conclude that the level of productive forces, the essential determining element in the content and form of class struggle, is the true and permanent motive force of history.

Thus, we see that our peoples have their own history regardless of the stage of their economic development. When they were subjected to imperialist domination,the historical process of each of our peoples (or of the human groups of which they are composed) was subjected to the violent action of an external factor. This action-the impact of imperialism on our societies-could not fail to influence the process of development of the productive forces in our countries and the social structures of our countries, as well as the content and form of our national liberation struggles.

But we also see that in the historical context of the development of these struggles, our peoples have the concrete possibility of going from their present situation of exploitation and underdevelopment, to a new stage of their historical struggle and process which can lead them to a higher from of economic, social and cultural existence.There is one more thing that Africans in South Africa should also pay attention to, as discussed below.

Man And the New and Emerging Technologies and Techniques

In our day, human techniques offer great hopes to man, but who is sorely beset by anxiety. Man is menaced by his own discoveries and no longer capable of mastering the forces unleashed by them,and might have his greatness restored by new human technological techniques. The liberation of man, not by technique in general, will be specifically through the agency of human technique, a liberation which should proceed from within man as from without. With the help of human sciences, man will be freed from technocracy itself.

Man is not supposed to be merely a technical object, but a participant in a complicated movement. Also, human techniques have tended to reconstitute the unity of the human being which had been shattered by the sudden and jarring action of technological technique. The grand design of human techniques is to make man the center of all techniques. Technical knowledge does give us new insights into human reality and can serve towards it unification. In all, the concrete details of man's life with respect to technical apparatus must be taken into consideration on the human plane.

The Revolutionary Struggle Is By The Many People, and Not by One Individual

This is the piece I wrote in response to the reactionary and counter-revolutionary posts that were clogging the FB Walls of some Africanists groups and personal Walls of some of those who are presently advocating revolution in South Africa. As I have stated below, South Africa did not experience a real and full revolution, that is why a lot of this numb-skulls are irresponsibly calling for bloodshed and ousting of the present-day ANC-led government.

I, on the other hand, am saying we can have revolution, and it need not be bloody, but can be a revolution of the present system as it exists without have to involve death and that goes with it. I find that the type of harsh rhetoric spewed on the Facebook Walls to be a drawback because that tends to alienate world solidarity for the Struggle of the poor in South Africa. This spirit has been demonstrated above by the brave activists of Abahlali basMjondolo above, who do not talk too much, but act a lot in their struggle against the ANC-led government's shenanigans that have been clearly delineated within the Hub above.

Because of the crass nature of the diatribes on these Walls, this compelled me to use the close-to-earthy language to deter and discourage these scalawags who sow confusion, distrust and fear amongst their Fellow Facebookers, and those who do not have access to the Web. The Majority of Africa in south Africa are too poor to even afford Computers, let alone the exorbitant prices charged for using the Internet, by a motley crew of companies that are out to fleece the subscribers in South Africa.

No One Individual Or Person Owns, Controls, Dictates, Formulates Or Instructs the Elaboration Or Execution Of The People's Struggle (Or Revolution-if there be any-And it Depends Which?)

Let Us Be Clear About some Things: No One Has self-assured Monopoly about The Struggle Or Revolution. In the same breath, it should also be noted that The People Are the Ones Who Own, Control and Decide what their Revolution is and should be 'All' about. No one person a motley crew is the boss of ideas and actions that are going to affect the lives and realities of millions of suffering people; and this is or should be mentored-upon and Guided By the Revolutionary Vanguard, which is Recognized and natured By 'The People' themselves. There are No Bullies or Master Thinkers in A National Revolution.

The People, as I had noted from Mao, are the ones who control the Guns(Army and the Economy). Anything else, anyone trying to 'bag' and 'control', 'dictate', 'mold' 'form', 'shape' or do anything that is for personal gain, fame and satisfaction, outside the purview of the masses, and is not involved with those principals(Masses) in the revolution, that, one can see from the four or so articles that I have written, is nothing but bogus impostors and flimm-flamming-hankerchief-heads-triffling opportunists(as Malcolm X would say).

Anything either than a directive from the struggling masses and their participation in their own liberation (as in the case of the "Abahlali baseMjondlo and the brave actions of Ayanda Kota and his like) [not some imagined revolution], is a farce and a cheap way of claiming unearned victories and telling lies about their hidden and obfuscated intentions, goals and aims.

As I have noted in my recently posted articles, I do not profess to be a revolutionary, nor am I one, but as part of the suffering masses, I am in a position to offer those ideas and revolutionary talking points as espoused by those who have "Fought for their revolutions", than those who "Dream" of a revolution, since theirs was and has been deferred , postponed, suspended and hijacked-also, am able to aver on the issues that those one lives with and amongst find important to talk about all the causes and their concerns about the state of the African nation."

What I have learned from those who have gone through their revolutions, is their ability to read and understand the situation and mind-set of those they seek liberate. I find that the language they use, the theories and programs they develop and promulgate and develop, are the results of their having participated, or are involved with their people, and speak and use a language of that interaction, than waxing political, and regurgitating revolutionary clap-trap that serves no purpose to those who seek to be emancipated from the drudge and dredge of oppression, depression, repression and dehumanization-which are Achilles heel of the African struggle and revolutionary change. This is mostly what the Hub above has been discussing without let up and with gusto.

The problem that Why Africans are not making head-way with their struggle is that Africans, amongst their midst, have a lot of these self-styled, self-pointed-revolutionary fakes and liberators-wanna-be's who offer nothing but distortion, no programs, negative critiquing and lack in planning and real leadership abilities and minds, and who preen their egos to a motley crew of ignorant followers, without themselves(these self-styled leaders) encouraging their followers to go to the masses, talk to the masses, organize structures amongst and with the masses for their own liberation, with the masses dictating and in charge of their destiny, not some banal and bare formulations of some these intellectual sitting nest to their computes or using their phones, in the comfort zones, imbibing the trappings of ill-gotten material wealth, and couching their rhetoric with fake revolutionary-jabbawocky.

I believe we all should learn from those who have been involved and have successfully, or failed to carry out their revolutionary aspiration with the masses in various countries around the world. Not some phony-baloney Facebook (FB) Revolutionary advocates who do not really offer the masses(who are not yet fully engaged on the FB) some panacea for their present social malaise. Instead, these tin-pot head revolutionaries are besmirching and soiling the image of the people they purport to try and liberate, through their ignorance, carelessness and no clear program or ideas nor understanding of the polity they are saying they are revolutionaries for and on behalf of. We all need to begin to talk truth to each other, just as we talk truth to illegitimate power.

South Africa has not undergone any revolution of any kind. African people whilst 'toy-toying', would carry wooden guns, and the "Povo" (African Polity supporting the struggle and revolution) was never afforded the chance to collectively have access or acquire any type of political education or mass military training the so sorely needed; these so-called guerrillas were mashed up with the existing apartheid military structures, which have at the top more White Colored and indian Generals as top shelve personnel than they have Africans.

The incoming African guerrillas that have been 'disappeared' within the structures of the Apartheid SADF, are the ones who have been dying in larger numbers and no one really talks about this fact; or the fact that the incoming guerrilla outfits were and have been conditioned by the Apartheid Defense force, and had carved-out a niche for them in the mammoth ogre structure that is the SADF.

Africans in South Africa, to date, have not yet been given a collective mass psychiatry from the effects and affects of apartheid hangover they have not yet been weaned off from or stabilized against in their 400+ years of racial segregation by Apartheid and the present bungling-sellout ANC-led government with its gendarme and predatory tendencies; plus a whole slew of political and revolutionary opportunists and johnny-come-latelies into matters of National liberation and National conscientization Mao spoke of, Sankara, Cabral. and many others pointed out to and they spoke profusely and passionately about This as I have recently utilized them in some of my most recent postings.

Since posting here on FB, I have endeavored to cast our struggle, especially now of late, and framed the African people's debacle in terms and actions against that of those who have undergone similar fates in other countries. The distinction between politicians, revolution, and theory and practice are the very essence of theory; revolutionary theory and practice are revolution fodder for revolutionaries, not politicians. The organization of ideas, structures, actions and knowledge-is what is essentially needed to be put to the fore, implemented and disseminated, should be made coherent, clear and have direction. This has nothing to do with trusting anyone or any persons, because individuals do not own the peoples struggles nor revolutions. Revolution and its direction and path will be dictated and shaped by the people, not some opportunistic practitioners who do not offer sound and reasonable plans, if not operational ideas and programs that benefit the debased masses.

There are problems of drug addiction(Nyaope) in the midst of entire communities throughout South Africa; Africans suffer from ignorance diseases and ignorance. These are some of the few dysfunctions activists should be talking about as they pertain to and affect African people. Those basic social needs and rights that are supposed to serve the poor African people, could be and should be addressed in this medium, as to how some will be dealt with, implemented and executed; how, if any action is taking place, it should be executed; or how these ideas and practices are shaping and moving African people forward or not; by talking or reporting on these efforts and events as they take place within the African collective enclaves.

Africans should be talking and constructing better schools, for children, youth and adults, and come up with concrete measures in combating such pedagogical drawbacks; activists should be training counselors and building rehab schools for all sorts of addictions and substance abuse-including gambling and other insidious operations regressing the masses. Cadres should be organizing sporting events, drama and theatre, cultural entities; establish reading and writing institutions that are and can be used and found easily by the people for free; why are these revolutionaries not teaching and enabling poor African people to control and own the economies in their own areas?

Or, why not improve and work reporting, exposing and designing health operations and centers-educating and enabling and making these to be easily accessible to the armies of the poor Africans? My point: African people need to begin to talk from being active in our milieu than trying to express themselves immaculately and colloquially in medium such as these, thus exposing their weaknesses and lack of knowledge as to what they really do not know to all and sundry.

African people in South Africa do not own nor control FB, and it is owned and controlled by those to whom they hurl our barren and venomous attack upon. Therefore, people should learn more about this social media and it capabilities; begin to flesh out ideas of increasing and making cheap the Internet cafes and their present paltry existence within the midst of the African collective; get people to volunteer, or those involved in the struggle, make it their business to engage the African public into coming into these cafes to access these social networks, and help the people learn and familiarize themselves with these new and emerging technologies.

In a sense, I am saying these so-called revolutionaries need to talk about and create programs that will help uplift the poor Africans left-behind into the viral stream, just as a measure and a new way of organizing and rallying the masses. Why are African elite and intellectuals not building or fitting Township libraries with books and computers; or, create mobile libraries equipped with the many cars that the well-off show-off driving around to deliver books and collect book from the people when they are due; or, take laptops and be available to the community through arranged seminars, to educate and involve African people to come en masse into the technological world and age?

There is so much to be done and can be done utilizing our present abilities and access to the present-day wealth, than quibbling needlessly and hopelessly here on the Web, shouting and carrying on about a non-existent revolution no one has neither prepared for, nor are involved in, nor creating-is national suicide of the magnanimity Africans have yet to comprehend.

What I have been talking about is better explained by the next post I will be making to edify my comments. The situation may be in another country as to how they did what they did, and why they did it, because they were so immersed and embedded within their people, and therefore experienced and witnessed the results the next author I am quote at length advices o and talks about with authority from hands-on experience-just to do away with some spurious and rickety, incoherent and inchoate hogwash splurged on the Facebook and making it go viral and to no avail nor and tangible use.

In my Humble opinion, I still assert and insist: No One owns The People's Struggle nor owns and controls the people's revolution-but anyone can help the masses in their effort to not , in many cases or necessarily, violently carry out a revolution, but revolutionize how things are going for the African people in Mzantsi. This is borne out by the article which I am posting below to make concrete my observations and colloquy about the Struggle, Theory, Revolution its practice and execution even much more clearer and relevant; also included will be the role the revolutionaries play (not politicians) in the realization of this effort if they are implacably engaged with the real struggle.

Most of better-off Africans who have access to this new media, use it for all nefarious or maybe legit purposes or whatever, but still have not figured out how to morph approaches to struggling Africans, given the emergence of these new converging and emerging technologies which dictate contemporary technological Technopoly; also, how can have not figured out how to exploit them in various new and old ways of gathering information (intelligence), and garnering support for African cause or, raising awareness and consciousness of the masses and acquainting the army of the poor, through giving them and enabling easy access to this new ways of contemporary human communications-to better organize and rally the armies of the poor.

Some old ways of dealing and managing the devastating effects of enslavement and oppression of Africans can be used; but, new ways also , are offering the path to applying and manifesting these new viral modes with the old problems, but enabling activists to not rehash tired approaches, but affect and effect these mediums and new media in ways that uplift poor African peoples in tandem with the times

Now, My next post is next given that this diatribe is as long as it is, stresses what needs to known and how to know and learn about learning in the given and present dysfunctional existence in Mzantsi.

Amilcar Cabral

Voting, Human Rights: All Are Dress-Rehearsal For The the Next big Thing.. What?

2014 Voting In South Africa And The Questions Rising In Its Aftermath

Voting In The 2014 Elections

South Africa is holding its national and provincial polls on May 7, a symbolic date: These elections will mark the 20th birthday of South African post-apartheid democracy. However, the election campaigns have been very subdued and have elicited little passion, far from the enthusiasm and hope that accompanied the first democratic polls in April 1994. A mix of moroseness and anger seems to have dominated this election season.

Youth, newly eligible to vote, display apathy: Only one 'third' of the "born-free" — those born after the end of apartheid — have registered to vote. The campaign has been largely uninspirational, dominated by the 'saga' on public funds unduly used by President Jacob Zuma for the refurbishment of his private residence. In the meantime, groups of angry 'miners' threw stones at a minister from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) doing some door-to-door campaigning; and a group of ANC veterans have launched a campaign calling for a vote for the opposition as an "act of love" for the ANC and its ideals from which the current leadership is accused of having departed.

This lack of interest and enthusiasm for the campaign seems to rely on two premises: Whatever happens, at the end of the day, the ANC, the former liberation movement, will win the elections anyway; whatever happens, the ANC has lost its soul and the new ANC government will, like its predecessors, do very little to change the life of the ordinary man.

A closer look

It is worth looking more closely at these assumptions. True, there is very little suspense on the results of the forthcoming elections. Probably the ANC's share of the vote will be marginally eroded, but the party is likely to obtain a new massive majority again, around 60 percent of the votes and the MPs, allowing Zuma to land a second term. The ANC is a massive party and can rely on an unrivaled network of local branches and organizers, which will get the voters out for the party. Moreover, due to its liberation credentials and its role in defeating apartheid, the party still commands the loyalty of many African voters.

In a country where Black South Africans represent 79.2 percent of the population, the ANC has no significant competitor for the Black South African vote.

Having consolidated its grip over the vote of the "white," "Indian" and "colored" communities, the main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has been trying in recent years to make some inroads into the Black South African vote, targeting South African "born free" and middle-classes. But it has been struggling to change its image of a party for the racial minorities, and its attempt to present a Black South African presidential candidates for the coming polls have backfired, highlighting the superficiality of the party's alleged transformation.

ANC renegade and firebrand Julius Malema has launched a new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). Malema's 'radical and populist' discourse on economic redistribution, attacking the white South Africans' privileges, may sound like music to the ears of some destitute and unemployed sections of the African youth, but Malema's controversial life story, marred with corruption issues, means that the party is unlikely to get more than a few percentages of the votes.

In the medium term, the ANC's electoral majority will come under threat only when/if the ANC's historical Triple alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the COSATU union federation breaks and the ANC then gets challenged for the African vote by a workers' party.

In light of the seemingly endless list of sleaze involving prominent ANC leaders, it is now common to lament the ANC's alleged moral decay, measuring the current ANC leadership's "fat cat" tendencies against the untarnished, revolutionary ethos of past heroes such as Chief Albert Luthuli or the great Nelson Mandela. It is true that many see their ANC membership as a vehicle for self-enrichment and that many prominent ANC and government members — or their family and friends — use their positions of power to pursue their business interests.

Public perception

In terms of public perception, this issue is compounded by the fact that at the moment, the bad example comes from the top. Zuma's predecessor, Thabo Mbeki, had his own flaws, but money and business deals did not seem of interest to him. In contrast, Zuma's family and friends involved in business have hugely benefited from the government's largess, sealing several high-level deals and tenders. But crony capitalism seems to be a common feature of many emerging economies, and South Africa is no more corrupt than any of the others. According to Transparency international's corruption index, South Africa has the same levels of political corruption as Brazil, faring better than other non-Western powers such as Russia, India, China and Mexico.

Will the new ANC government be able to deliver "a better life for all," as one of the ANC's past slogans announced? Looking at Zuma's first term, it is not clear, as the government has been unable to curb unemployment and social inequalities. In late 2013, the unemployment rate stood at 24.1 percent, against 21.9 percent in December 2008, effecting mainly African, male youth. Socio-economic inequalities are deeply rooted in South Africa's capitalist system, and the government's room for maneuver has always been tiny. But after 20 years in power, the ANC has its own responsibilities as well.

Especially, the ANC's "broad church" character, as effective as it can be on Election Day, has become an obstacle to effective policy-making. The ANC comprises different ideological tendencies (socialist, liberal, nationalist, conservative, etc) and means many different things to many different people.

One of the results is that the Zuma government remains torn between those advocating fiscal prudence and economic orthodoxy, and those advocating the installment of a developmental state and an ambitious industrial policy, and therefore, has failed to define a coherent economic policy. Instead of an all-encompassing economic project, the government implements dispersed, sectorial, wishy-washy initiatives, with little result. As the memories of the liberation struggle fade away and new generations of voters emerge, it is increasingly on service delivery that the ANC government will be judged.

government Accountability And Rule Of Law, Key...

Musings Beyond The 2014 Elections: An Elegy - But... This Is Not A Poem, But Our Lived Reality... People's Power...
In the neck of my hood/woods, the elections hunters have rallies taken on a circus race gathering and lawlessness of a people blowing steam. Constant TV haranguing, debates, bad vibes and many shenanigans on the ground, has us the residents in our area subjected to one helluva Bash called "Marikana". Later on this saga and shindig.
This was on the heels of a very well attended rally thrown by Zuma and his side-kicks. FNB was filled to the brim even outside of the stadium and the show was on. One of the highlights was Zuma's slide step-dance he performed to the howl of his followers. This had to be done to get the poor to say, with all the Nkdanlda thuggery, 'he is a man of the people." A man after the people's mind and hearts." Through his actions, he performs to win 'the hearts and minds of his followers and those on the fence, etc. As far as our media goes, this was successful.
Talk was cheap in this rally, action shouted and roared more louder- jump on the stage, you will have cut short a long and involved speech. The government is using the 'show and tell' technique, by being 'live' in their 'organized' events exhorting the vote. And Television and other social media and the rest, beam all to the expectant, troubled, but captured audiences. Some have seen a vision of a better ANC after these elections staged shows. A tinge closer to the Eurporia when the ANC ascended into power. Now, as we speak, they are pulling out all stops, and tactics to make sure they secure their rule.
Now, if you come to the Townships, the story of the ANC is something else. It is not only the ANC on the prowl for votes, but many 'strange' people tarry on the fringes on these ANC stronghold, and are not really getting traction. Many people around any corner, Tavern, household, street, Mall, funerals, talks with a certain amount of disdain for the opposition parties. When it comes to the ANC, they are more vicious. But come voting time like now, well.. "The Matter Of Fact Is That There Is some Changes We Can See..." Giving anyone a true sense of what's going to happen in the upcoming elections
But, now that votes are going to be needed, they are singing a different tune(Both the ANC and its voters), I guess it is because of the finality of the oncoming elections. Helicopters dronin incessantly in the skies over Soweto-are an irritation to the already hyped up voter core.
In one Instance, DA was reported by word of mouth, throughout the Kasi, that they are having a shindig in some part of the Hood. Some of the citizens, having imbibed some malt/hops, came to the gathering, and one of them, extremely inebriated, but said in the township colloquial:
"Who are you people? Why are you gathered in this Park? You don't even know anything about this park and yet ya'll congregating here.. This Park was built by the ANC for us here in Kasie. You then have the audacity to come here and tell us (expletive) about the ANC." Well, for 'ya'lls information, were it not for the ANC erecting this park, you would all be standing on a reedy marsh..."
Other views and different people in the Twonships talk about various and interesting points. Like a group of ladies and guys who were hanging our and having this Township logic palaver:
"The ANC has made our lives better with this "Mdende". Yes we know there are no jobs, and we are aware that not all of us, can be educated, as we are now.. "Let me tell you something," (a much more elderly lady began to speak).. "During the Apartheid day's, when my grandmother used to get her 'pension'. They received not more than Twenty Rands every other month", and another chirped-in, "It was what Ten Rand, what are you talking about?"One of their friends quipped in: "6 times a year". "Now you look and can say, the difference is huge." As they all nodded and concurred.
Whenever I am in our midst, I eavesdrop a lot, more so to listen and participate/observe 'us' in a social interactive mode and mindset - whilst taking-in at the views people espouse or utter in their state of frustration, elation, conviction, belief, self-assertion, and so on. These are the true markers, for me, of the thoughts people verbalize, especially regarding the matters of the present-day government with all its political gyrations. I think, within the Township people, one gets the rawness of how these issues impact them-and capturing the spirit of their delivery, is what is important. Capturing them in different settings is very hard because some points get lost in translation and writing. But it's worth trying.
My point is then at the point of the 'Bash' which I had begun to talk about in the beginning, and was dubbed "Marikana".. It was as Wild as events get in this corner of my hide-out. There was a throng of old and young bodies doing all sorts of illicit and nefarious, lewd acts that were really consecrating the Name of Marikana 'attached' to this boisterously noisy get-together. Liquor flowed and poured down the lips and gullets of the Youth shamelessly; All sorts of Drugs that were smoked there clogged the air space and a misty pungent form and smell settled on this cantankerous rowdy/bawdy and fierce-looking, seriously wild group.
Being there left one wondering about the lawlessness that was a feature of the this Bash thrown by these youth in the area I call my home.
The Music was disturbing, its tone, lyrics and repetitiveness..Add to this coming from more than 30 cars letting blare their fine custom-made stereos and speakers. The screaming, laughing, many groups going into a dance mode whilst wailing/screeching/barking and drunken-drugged singing-along pierced the night, and raising more and more and shouting at each steps-and tick of the clock.. right through the night .. with no respite. The Police? Where Were they? I had a gnawing feeling they had their feet kicked out next to their heaters, or car heaters.
The Bash was so loud and rowdy/noise from the youth, it somehow lulled us to sleep in the wee hours of the morning, and it was still going strong- with fight breakouts here and there-intermintently. This was a carry-over from the FNB stadium Rally where our leaders were prancing and sliding on the stage. Zuma stopped short of recreating Michael Jackson's Moonwalk. Really?
The Day after the elections, when the votes are in, and the 'winners' are announced, What Then? Having being given the election narrative as a dummy(Pacifier), like I have said somewhere, there's going to be a big downer, weaning ourselves from the present drug-like-intoxicating madness; and then, without any doubt or hesitation: Back Into The Vinegar Bottle, for All Of Us... Same old, Same old...
We are really facing some serious problems, and the future does not look that good. Perusing over some title headings in the press, the pundits lament: "Elections 2014: Everything And Nothing Remains The Same," "I am not Voting Against The ANC," "A Good Story To Tell, For Some," "Voting Is Not Enough: Beyond The 'Good Story/Bad Story' Debate,""A Personal Reflection On The election," KZN: Is The IFP Losing Ground?", "DA And ANC Youth Leaders Battle It Out," "Let The Youth Take Over The ANC," "How DA Rhetoric Propels Black Pathology Stereotypes," "Majority Still support The ANC,""Condemned To Obscurity: The State Of Our Population Register And The Right To Vote," "What Are '(post)Apartheid Conditions," "How The ANC's Gravity Defying Levitation Is Achieved," "On The Fall Of The ANC," which has been written by Siphokazi Magadla, I will cite a piece from her wherein she writeS:
“How did the ANC manage to dupe the people of South Africa?” ask Prince Mashele and Mzukisi Qobo, the authors of a new book, The Fall of the ANC: What next? The 20th anniversary of electoral democracy and the impending elections, all within weeks, force us to take seriously the place of time in the efforts to understand and diagnose the behaviour of the ruling party and thereby ease or feed our anxieties about the future.
"When placed across time, current events are exposed as unremarkable, unspectacular and temporary because time allows us to appreciate continuities and ruptures with the past. At the heart of Mashele and Qobo’s thesis is the view that, looking back, the ANC was not ready to govern and that “a great deal of what the party thought it would achieve was informed by an inflated sense of self and by sheer naivety”.
"For the authors, the end of apartheid caught the ANC by surprise. They posit that until the party started secret talks with the apartheid state in the late 1980s, the Freedom Charter of 1955 had remained the main point of reference of how the party envisioned itself in government until its adoption of the “Ready to Govern” policy document in 1992. It follows then that South Africans should not have been surprised at the drastic move by the governing party from the modest social democratic aspects of the redistributive Reconstruction and Development Programme to the far more distributively conservative Growth, Employment and Redistribution policy.
The ANC is accused of having been too preoccupied with painting itself as a “club of monks” whose outdated views of Marxism would carry the country into the ideal National Democratic Revolution. Time has thus exposed the party as both “naïve” about the requirements of governance and the bankrupt moral calibre of the party leadership, which has reduced it to the “Alleged National Criminal” (ANC) organisation.
"Furthermore, the authors argue that the ANC’s behaviour is no different to those of other national liberation movements in the continent because “the first two decades of democracy has unfolded very much in sync with the wave character of post-colonial Africa”. In this regard the party is placed within the same basket as Kenya under Daniel Arap Moi, Ghana under Kwame Nkrumah, and Zimbabwe under Robert Mugabe.
"South Africans are accused of allowing the ANC to highjack the ownership of liberation history and to use it to hold them hostage against voting the “rotting” party out of power. Thus by revealing the party as having been unprepared to occupy the seat of power, South Africans ought to feel no guilt with removing it as their government.
"Besides cataloguing, in a highly colourful fashion, the failures of the ANC, this book does not offer the reader a substantive way forward. Part of the challenge of the book is that the South Africans who are the audience are spoken to, instead of being spoken with — the tone of the writing is similar to Mamphela Ramphele’s book, Conversations with My Sons and Daughters. The book, which is based entirely on secondary data in its reading of the ANC in governance, places the focus almost exclusively on the manoeuvres of the leadership of the party.
"Ordinary members of the party are thus presumed to be mere spectators in the theatre of “Big Men” and not co-producers of such a political culture within the party. The ordinary people who are being encouraged to take charge of their hard-worn constitutional rights are not placed at the centre of the analysis in a manner that would have given Mashele and Qobo fresh insights into how the ANC can be buried, as in indeed they suggest.
"According to the authors, our best bet is the formation of a new party as the current opposition parties are rendered illegitimate. This insight is of course not new. Neither is the insight that the liberation generation is dying out and that future political leadership belongs to those with no liberation credentials.
"The distinguished Tanzanian scholar Issa Shivji has warned the current generation of African intellectuals to be vigilant about how we study our societies in the midst of the supposed changing position of Africa in the global order — where Africa is said to be “rising” while the lives of most Africans are declining. Shivji insists that in order to understand forces of change in the lives of African people emphasis must be placed on examining the sources of agency within African communities. So ordinary South Africans may not be faulted in declaring impatiently to Mashele and Qobo — undixelela zonke izigigaba zika rhulumente ngoba ucinga ukuba bendilele yonke leminyaka? (You are telling me about all the failures of the government because you assume that I have been asleep all these years?). Even further I would venture to say, why don’t you ask me what I think should be done.
"In a recent article in the African Affairs journal on “Neo-patrimonial Politics in the ANC” (2014), Tom Lodge argues that “the degenerative changes that are observed within the ANC … appear to reflect a global trend in which mass parties are being replaced by electoral machines that depend less and less upon militant activism” and more on transactional exchanges between the electorate and the political elite. Amid these electoral limitations, what becomes the source of agency for ordinary people to instruct change in governance?
"There is utility in showing the ruling party that the people are watching and taking account of the multiple ways in which the ANC is betraying its promises and thereby facilitating its own demise. But that project cannot be done sufficiently if the voices and actions of the people are not placed at the centre of the analysis that shows the party the ways in which the people are thinking about their futures beyond the ANC.
"The authors themselves state that intellectuals failed to predict the uprisings in North Africa and elsewhere precisely because little attention was given to the organising and thinking of ordinary people while scholars were fixated on the escapades of the leaders Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Muammar Gaddafi.
"Using the lives and thinking of ordinary people as a lens through which we arrive at answering “what next” after the ANC, none of us including the ANC, will be caught by surprise when they are eventually willed out of power by the people. After all, it is just a matter of time."
For me, the Xhosa citation is the whole article. What I have been saying above is that it is better that we begin to have an approach to our people and listen to them talk, for as I have said, their raw answers are a colorful way the express their misgivings and destabilized life, but they know how to answer the curious, and inform those seeking to know and understand their perspective-not according to some well-off person seating on a computer and not having a face to face encounter with the real and living ordinary people.
I also pointed out above that we, the voters, are regarded as just a percentage(say 63% of the voters will insert ANC into Power again).. We are nothing but that. In matters of how our wealth and rights are dealt with in our land, we are never consulted, and we really know nothing about the mal-administration Thuli pointed, that some of us are saying, investigate and purge the whole government. The problems for our inability to solve the present social ill in our "Nation" is that, for example, the articles I cited above are written by White authors for a White reading public. The White people are known to always talk amongst themselves, and this is not new. That schism, enables and empowers the present government to divide and conquer. there are many other examples of this divisive technique employed
Their SABC saga, for some Media Communication/Technology/Internet nerds, The ANC is trying to control the Internet, TV and with the help of the American investors, Radio and newspapers. Bills have been proposed to this effect of Censorship. This topic can be an article on its own, but suffice for now I will make mention of it in passing. With such a spirit of the times(some would crisply say "Zeitgeist"), we have to begin to wrap our heads around it all and begin to put it into focus and perspective. The elections that are upon us are nothing but a pacifier, to ensure the crooks get back into power, and can fleece, pillage and empty the public coffers for the next five years.
It is a fait accompli that our government is in the Deep pockets of Foreign and Local big Capital. It is also clear that our leaders are the small fries of the World leaders, and our(The Leader's) role is to gawk at them and obey. That is the diplomatic relations between Mzantsi and the much more powerful countries. In many ways, our leaders are lackeys of the governments that helped them in Exile, and their 'new' American friends (who used to label the ANC a terrorist organization, are now in cahoots with our handkerchief heads leaders.)
These elections like the four or so before them, are a fiasco, farce and a time to remind us how powerless we are. Things are purported to Change so that they can remain that way and the same. Whether the ANC is still learning on the job(if any learning on their part is evident?!), the way they have desecrated the Bill of Rights of their constituencies, who really do not know or aware of their rights and are 44% of the voters, is what will always hold us back.
I still believe people have some modicum of intelligence, although, collectively, we are still divided by the way Apartheid divided us, and are busy dividing ourselves into a myriad bits of pieces of no significance-that in a word. We are Being Disappeared as the Indigenous of Mzantsi. So then, it is either they(Crooks in government) are removed or we are 'disappeared' as the indigenous of South Africa. It is the 'removing' part of the ANC from power that has not yet satisfied the voters as being a real reason, and how to go about it, that is the conundrum
Our hope, I still believe, lies with our own people. If we can Master that, We will be able to form a Nation and control Our Country, Culture, History, and all its resources. But the main resources, still untapped, but ready to go, is our own People of Mzantsi.. We should raise our awareness and know-how on how to harness the power of the people-the people's power... And, there are many ways for us to achieving and attaining this power Through and with our people of Mzantsi..

eNsimbini Eviction: South Africa

24 April 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo – Urgent press statement Shooting by the eThekwenini Land Invasion Unit at eNsimbini Ward 30 Abahlali baseMjondolo members are being violently attacked at eNsimbini by eThekwini Land Invasion Unit. Two comrades – B
24 April 2014 Abahlali baseMjondolo – Urgent press statement Shooting by the eThekwenini Land Invasion Unit at eNsimbini Ward 30 Abahlali baseMjondolo members are being violently attacked at eNsimbini by eThekwini Land Invasion Unit. Two comrades – B | Source

Contemporary Struggles In South Africa Today...

Mike van Graan informs us In the following article titled:

"Lessons In Democracy From The Poor" that:

The decision by members of Abahlali baseMjondolo (AbM) in KwaZulu-Natal to endorse the Democratic Alliance in the 2014 election has not only raised many eyebrows, but has also unleashed stinging vitriol against this branch of the shack-dwellers’ movement. Started in 2005, AbM with its anti-evictions focus and its campaigns for decent public housing is recognized as one of the most effective social movements in the country. With its core struggle for land and housing, it has boycotted previous local and national government elections under the slogan of “No land! No Houses! No Vote!” Abahlali baseMjondolo has experienced severe repression from both ANC municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal and their DA counterparts in the Western Cape. It is against this background — and the strong anti-capitalist sentiment of the movement — that questions have been raised about the decision of AbM-KZN to call upon their members (estimated to exceed 25,000 nationally) to vote for the DA.

In making this choice though, AbM-KZN has taught us all some crucial lessons about the nature and practice of democracy in South Africa.

First, they have affirmed that the struggle against apartheid was not simply about the struggle for democracy; it was a struggle for social justice, for systemic (economic, political and social) changes that would correct apartheid’s iniquities and that would restore the human dignity of black South Africans in particular. That shack dwellers continue to live in sub-human conditions 20 years after the country’s first democratic elections — and especially in the light of Nkandla — is scandalous. While we have democracy (at least in the form of parliamentary elections), the struggle for social justice as exemplified by the living conditions and struggles of AbM’s members, continues.

Long before the “Sidikiwe Vukani” — or the “Vote No” — campaign, AbM had decided to boycott elections. There is much emotional — but essentially hollow — talk about our alleged “moral responsibility to vote since many have given their lives so that we can vote”. Secondly then, AbM has taught us that voting is not a “moral responsibility” but simply a tactic available to citizens to appropriate — whether by voting or choosing not to vote — in their strategic interests. As AbM itself says, “We will not take membership of the [DA] party, we do not endorse its policies … we do not love or trust the DA … we have made a purely tactical choice”. AbM clearly states that their decision to support the DA “is for this election … when the next election comes we will again decide whether or not to vote and, if so, which party to vote for”.

Third, AbM has shown that electoral politics is not the only, or necessarily the most effective means of pursuing or affirming democracy. Giving content to our democracy is also about seeking to hold accountable those who assume political office by advancing demands through organization, on the streets and by using the courts, which is what AbM has done on a daily — rather than five-yearly — basis. As a civil-society organization, AbM is exemplary in giving concrete expression to our democracy and in not allowing politicians to define democracy in their interests. They expressly forbid anyone who has joined a political party to hold an elected position in AbM to ensure that their policies and strategies serve the interests of their members rather than party political interests.

Fourth, that AbM members have been tortured, shot at, assassinated and victimized in pursuit of their goals, reflects the extent to which regular free and fair elections may give the illusion of democracy, while the struggle for real democracy continues.

Fifth, in arriving at their decision, Abahlali baseMjondolo employed thoroughly democratic principles. They did not leave their party leadership or membership in the dark as was the case with Mamphela Ramphele’s short-lived affair with the DA; it was not a decision made by the leadership of AbM. Parties were invited to address branch delegates to determine who would do “the best job in opposing repression and take the best position on shack settlements”. Delegates then reported back to and discussed the options with their branches and returned to a later meeting to vote on which party to support. AbM’s leadership refrained from voting with branch delegates voting in favor of the DA (146) with 2 delegates being undecided, 2 voting for the Workers and Socialist Party, 16 for the Economic Freedom Fighters and 26 for the National Freedom Party. The internal democracy and the related transparency are examples of grassroots, bottom-up democracy.

Sixth, while there are many who question their strategic choice in voting for the DA, AbM members displayed impeccable democratic maturity in making their choice in that they decided to vote, not on the basis of loyalty, racial solidarity or liberation history, but out of their direct experiences and immediate strategic interests in contemporary South Africa. AbM states: “Our politics puts people first. We cannot do nothing but wait for socialism to come one day … our children are dying of diarrhea now, our old people and disabled people are dying in shack fires right now, we are being evicted and disconnected right now and we are being beaten and shot … right now … we have to act to do what we can to make our members’ lives better right now.”

A final point is that the poor have agency. They are deciding by themselves, for themselves and are more than able to do so without external — patronizing or well-meaning — interventions. The AbM has asserted its right to make its own strategic choices, stating “over the last nine years we have protected our autonomy from NGOs very carefully even though we do work with some NGOs … many people and organizations on the left do not accept that we have the right to think our own struggle and to make our own decisions … these people see our decision as stupid and as a sell-out while they are nowhere to be seen in our times of great difficulty”.

Whether AbM’s decision to vote for the DA realizes their strategic intent or not remains to be seen; what cannot be doubted, are the lessons in, and about, our democracy with which they have challenged all of us.

TJ Ngongoma of Abahlali baseMjondolo: South Africa's Democracy Is Not for the Poor

Cry The "Not So" Beloved Country..

Not so long ago, South Africa was by far the most serious and economically successful country in Africa. At the turn of the millennium it accounted for 40% of the total GDP of the 48 countries south of the Sahara, whereas Nigeria, three times more populous, lurched along in second place with around 14%. The remainder, in raw economic terms, barely seed to count. Despite South Africa's loathsome Apartheid heritage(Gained from African slave labor), solid institutions girded and underpinned its transition to democracy in 1994; a 'proper' Parliament and electoral system, a good new constitution, independent courts, a vibrant press and a first-world Stockmarket. Nelson , whose extraordinary magnanimity helped avert a racial bloodbath, heralded a rainbow nation that would be a beacon for the rest of the world.

One thing that ought not be forgotten is the irony that in the rainbow colored nation of South Africa envisaged by Mandela, his dupes and their puppeteers, is that, in its manifestations, the color black in nonexistent, as are social services nonexistent; as are the peoples political rights and economic needs trampled and unmet in contemporary South Africa.

Since then, Africa, once harshly labelled as the "hopeless continent," (so named by the Economist), has begun to make bold strikes. Meanwhile South Africa, though still a treasure trove of minerals and the most sophisticated economy on the continent, is on the slide both economically and politically. By some calculations, Nigeria's economy, messy as it is, will overtake it within a few years.

Corruption Through Government And By Business And Politics

The scourge of corruption in South Africa has tightened its grip on our society over the past decade, threatening our democratic achievements, eroding the capacity of the state to advance serious socio-economic transformation, and often undermining the solitary culture of our broad movement. Those first formations to actively launch a mass campaign against the corrosive evil, men like Radioman Ntshangase, of Mpumalanga and Moss Phakoe of Rustenburg, were gunned down for their courageous stand against corruption.

One will find that what lies behind this terrible contagion various explanations are advanced in South African public debate. Often it is reduced to bad individual behavior calling for moral condemnation — a "few bad apples," of whom "an example" must be made of. Clearly this is not entirely wrong, those involved in corruption must be dealt with, regardless of who they are, regardless of their political affiliations. In fact, we should expect a higher level of conduct from those who are members of our broad democratic movement and especially those in public service.

This is how Njabulo Ndebele characterizes present-day corruption in South Africa:

"With the arrest and sentencing of Jackie Selebi, a highly credentialed 'big fish' of the new dispensation has been finally been put behind bars. But there is another question that deserves attention: just how far can the tide of this social and economic epidemic be significantly reversed by the arrest and imprisonment of the prominent corrupt and they are its viral agents?

"The scourge of corruption, as we all know, cannot be entirely eliminated. Keeping it at bay effectively is what most societies try to do at best. The successful ones keep it at bay through strong governance systems and highly professionalized institutions. These derive their mandate, authority and legitimacy from legal instruments founded on their respective national constitutions. Strong value-based institutions exert ethical and moral constraints over and above legal ones.

"Since 1994, Selebi's particular group, which Mbeki described as the "bureaucratic bourgeoisie" has been in control of the state and has managed its wealth, largely a social and economic legacy of South Africa's history of colonialism and racist oppression, [this means that the Selebi crew, mismanaged (people's coffers) and managed local and international finance([for the interest of those investors) very well. This accumulated wealth suddenly became available and accessible to Selebi's ascendent group through political power.

"It has wielded this power in conditions in which the genuine personal material needs of its members, shaped by historic deprivation, brutally compete with social commitment that once gave meaning to the struggle for liberation. In this tension, personal needs, with political power now at their disposal, will tend to trump social commitment.

"And the more that power yields material gratifications of all kinds, the deeper grows the impulse to hold on to it. Access to accumulated state wealth reduces any inclination there may ever have been to re-order society to create new conditions for new wealth. The wealth now available will be spent far more than it can be replaced or grown." (Njabulo)

Corruption Based On Herd Mentality

Njabulo continues: "In such situations, justifications to hold on to power abound. These may include messianic notions of permanent power, "Until Jesus returns: or, notions that no one else can bring about the necessary social transformations — only the leaders of the group in power can. For such consecrated leadership, constitutional rule soon becomes an impediment (As in the attack of the press by the ANC government). It imposes the requirement of effort that is often too demanding on personal and group capability. Indeed, the collective capability immediately available to the group sets the standards and the norms for maintaining group cohesion.

These norms and standards are then reproduced internally and become more and more distant from external realities and the pressures they may impose. The group then becomes prone to new solidarities that eventually become corruptive. Soon, group interest substitutes for constitutional rule. The once revolutionary commitment to radical social transformation is replaced by opportunisms of the moment. Selebi's social group further defined its character when it fractured into two sub-groups.

One sub-group negotiated with the moneyed asset holders who have historically built South African capitalism, to share its assets. Black Economic Empowerment(BEE) was designed as the preferred mechanism. The second sub-group successfully mobilized both the working class and the underclass of millions of the poor and unemployed to gain political power. With direct access to enormous state wealth, it began an unprecedented looting of the fiscus at various levels of fiscal management. Examples of splurging abound to indicate a looting well under way.

Meanwhile, traditional capitalists, overwhelmingly White, lost the buffer of the sub-group that first negotiated with them, and are now directly exposed to the sub-group in power. They are vulnerable to various forms of extortion. At this point, the political indulgence of personal material needs results in something far more deeply menacing for the body-politick. It results in corruptive collusions.

Corruptive Collusion as Raison d'être

These collusions become new foundations of group solidarity. They effectively replace the old solidarities of struggle. The latter, can continue to be invoked and retained more as a necessary mantra of commitment, and far less as an objective to be pursued. Corruptive collusions offer group protection and will be hostile towards any regular measures, whatever their merits, which emanate from outside the group. Even the national constitution is an outside phenomenon. Any guilt from abandoning struggle values the group will share through ritualistic recalls of past heroism and numerous political declarations of intent and a plethora of policies.

They deploy the mantras of "poverty reduction," "Job creation," "combating crime and corruption". These mantras have high appeal. But their effect weakens only because the more the sub-group in power asserts itself through a corrupted perspective, the less capability it demonstrates for solving social problems that require committed and principled effort.

Thus, the corrupted perspective achieves a defining outcome: it conceals the real power of personal material needs and its enormous capacity to violate a committed and principled attention to radical social transformation. Corrupt concealment becomes the primary mechanism by which corruption in general spreads throughout the body-politic. The impact on state governance is severe. Corruption becomes a principle of solidarity. It feeds and maintains solidarity.

The political party thus infected becomes itself the very agent of corruption. Corruption becomes its raison d'être, lived but never declared; condemned generally, never specifically; and threatened but never rooted outSo, no matter how many Jackie Selebi's can be jailed, many more are concealed under the cloud of the cohesive power of corrupted solidarities. Instead, it will work to evolve more inventive, and increasingly more invasive, ways of concealing their presence and their dark intention.

(These are, as the topic of this article has shown, some of the backwards looking ways of governance of those elected by Africans, are working assiduously for the extinction of Africans in South Africa.) And the corruption discussed above, is one of the myriad ways through which Africans are being eliminated, by their own elected leadership!)

Contemporary South African Predatory Vulture Capitalist

Corruption in South Africa then comes across as both transactional and then as a mode of perceiving the political and economic reality and the possibilities that reality offers. Concealment and obfuscation is its necessary method of operation or modus operandi. Indeed, corruption and concealment are two sides of the same coin. Seen from this perspective, South Africa may currently be moving through a dangerous transitional phase from the ad hoc practice of corruption, to its steady institutionalization through law and regulation. It is a phase that once crossed , will be difficult to reverse.

What we are dealing with then is corruption as a systematic phenomenon. This phenomenon involves more than stealing from the public purse, more than obtaining the underserved tender from colluding cronies in power. Rather, it becomes something more existential when it occupies the very thinking and affective processes people use in making survival decisions. All this does not mean that the vast majority of individuals in a corrupted system choose to live corruptly. Many may probably abhor the system. But it can mean that many fail to demonstrate an inclination to resist the system, and that by their failure they permit the system to taint them. Through such accommodation, the corruptive culture triumphs…

ANC: A Perfect Front For International Capital

It is important to note that the strength of the ANC is weakened by their poor rendering of services in the African communities. Bond and Mayekiso write: "The deterioration of municipal services and declining standards of infrastructure have become commonplace in post-Apartheid South Africa and housing has become a policy farce. All of this is not because South Africa is under "Black rule," as many conservatives would have it, but on the contrary, because of a combination of factors reinforcing residual White power remain.

"These factors are evident in the profoundly anti-redistributive, market-orientated policies on municipal services designed in the late 1994 by the World Bank and inexplicably adopted by the Reconstruction and Development Program [Or RDP] office in 1995 and Department of Constitutional Development [DCD] in 1996 once the RDP office was closed and local infrastructure became DCD's responsibility. Once again, the ANC outsourced local market-orientated processes to the World Bank, among the many other conglomerates.

"In my next deposition, I will try and caricature the real ANC and what it is up to in real time and concrete terms. For now, be it known that we are dealing with a dressed up "Uncle tom" government in Service of Imperial monied interests, and oppressing and killing-off its own people who resist, as Zuma said in his speech after Mangaung here on TV."

What could have been more clearer and affirming to what I have posted above than that speech-that anyone who opposes the ANC will be dealt with. If people did not understand that and know where it is coming from, then we are nowhere near trying to solve the problems that are facing our people in this country today.

Basic Real-Politik Of Mzantsi, Today.. Elaboration of Mzantsi Petty Politics

The Present existential problems in Mzantsi are spurred-on by ignorance. There are many self-styled political operatives and commentators on all the Social media and the present-day Television and radio/newspapers. These people, in reality, are sowing confusion and worse dumbing of the poor Africans in Mzantsi. Many are gaining a lot from the present governmental operation-i.e., Parliamentary system.

Malema is just a joker who knows how to manipulate the ignoramuses, who are very inept and exploitative of the existing state of blatant ignorance. If one cannot know nor understand/trace ones history: from the past to the present and the present future we are living in, headed towards some perceived future, then we have problems of so-called modern-types of leaders like Malema. Malema is a very dangerous wanna-be, and he has in his spin all the lazy and dumb Africans who are too, using him to clim their own perceived social ladder.

We have people running for power in Parliament, and when they get there, they plan a revolution, which is practically hurting the poorer and rendering them ignorant. Malema is just skating through his present position on the seat of his pants. He preys on the ignorance of the besieged masses under the jack-boot of the ANC, it its collusion with the past Apartheid rulers and their present Imperial handlers. I think what bothers me most is that, Malema, is seriously misinformed and ignorant, and he knows that. So, he creates confusion as to what's going on, and focuses all his admirers and followers and comes out as someone to be taken seriously. This is very important to note here.

Malema history and story has been that of malfeasance and greed/corruption heretofore unimagined here in Mzantsi whilst he was in the Youth League. He tore down his five million Rand to build a 16 million Rand castle with a bunker, and all the other spending binges he was involved in. Now, what he is doing, is going for his foe and nemesis, and accuses him of the Nkandla corruption. It's like the Kettle calling the pot black. Malema is still under investigation; on the other hand, Malema is attacking Zuma in order to defocus attention on himself and his corrupting ways. This is sad for the poor and the opportunistic clique feast upon such discrepancies, and four the attention of the poor on issues that really do not really matter.

There is rampant poverty; poor education and terrible housing and joblessness; health is quipped, along with schools, with badly untrained personnel; there is no accountability of anything, but all are in hot pursuit of money and personal enrichment… and Malema is leading a charge, with a thinly veiled false attempt as if he is trying to take over government. How and for what? For a better pay-day and power to be able to work hand in glove with the present Imperial handlers-he is known to have gone to London, and the like to weigh his prospects as to be becoming the new President. Who is he kidding? I guess all the political opportunists and johnny-come-latelies into the real politic of here in Mzantsi. Let's get into the meat meat-and-bones of this story…

In my humble opinion, I would like just to illuminate one seriously flawed untruth. The ANC, in exile, was one of the most dangerous forces in Africa. They made or help bring down governments-throughout Africa… They were fighting in wars that were not in our interests here in Mzantsi. They killed and created/buried in mass graves all those who wanted some 'democracy' in the movement, and incarcerated and murdered many of us in the prisons like Quatro and such enclaves.

They were in collusion with the Boers for all those who skipped the country, and reported their arrival in their ANC organization/camps(Check Out "Inside BOSS". That is why, nondescript and unimportant men and women/boys and girls who skipped the country in the 70s going into exile, we who were left behind and never left, would see the security police come to the houses of these people who had skipped the country-and many of these hapless run-aways many were apolitical and neither involved in any political activism in our Kasis.

Some of us were under heavy surveillance, and spies or Apartheid lookouts were put right across/opposite or next door to our homes; the ANC, from the reports on Wankie Wars fighters, told Smith about the Guerrillas who were headed down to South Africa to start fighting, and these were attacked by the Rhodesian forces-harassed, killed and those who survived, fought valiantly; the ANC named their prison in Angola, "Quatro(As in Number 4 prison in Johannesburg South Africa.

I have had friends who were in Mkhonto who fought in Wars as far as Nicaragua and throughout Africa; many girls in the ANC camps were abused, and many of our brothers, many of them, lived in fear and tight ANC reign in these camps, with its tribalist mind-set and division in their ranks and treatment of many people; many of these countries where these ANC cadres lived were very rigidly and tightly monitored in these camps by their host countries/and disliked intensely, for that matter; so that many of these cadres were under constant watch; many have been killed by the Boers in these camps because of the collusion of the ANC with the Boers.

Some of our brothers escaped from these camps and came back into the homelands like the Ciskei, where they were pursued and killed by Chris Hani and his Thugs; what is also not talked about was the wholesale murder of ANC soldiers, who were ambushed and shot to death by the ANC murder squads led by Hani and his killers-and buried in mass graves.

There was a lot of cronyism, favoritism, ass-licking of the higher-ups, gun-running and car theft for the comfort of these ANC leaders, nepotism, tribalism and outright and constant search of 'imi-Dlwembe'/presumed sellouts within the ANC, who were continuously subjected to Witch-hunts over the years in the ANC, within their 'Povo'; one cannot even start talking about the killings that took place in Quartro and the many of our brothers callously murdered by some ANC people now manning the NIA and other secretive organizations-today.

One could also look at or read about the struggles of the Abahlali base-Mjondolo-for example… There's a lot to be gleaned about the ANC's shenanigans and attacks of these groups and individuals in our country… Yes, what I am saying is that, Malema, as the leader of EEF, which I do not really care for nor think is credible, just like the ANC-in the same camp and similar modus operandi, and all these other quisling and turncoats organizations we see so many fall for or follow, is that, he, Malema, is not seriously informed, and is misinforming his followers and those desperate to listen to his flunky talk.

There's so much corruption in the EFF, that it is very hard to see them as being different from the ANC. I, as a Mzantsian who is not affiliated to all these crummy organizations, and not a follower of any handkerchief-head and tin-pot dictators, am saying, let us begin to recognize that the ANC is not necessarily what Malema is saying, it is a far more formidable and a deadly organization that is and has been working for so-called Communists/Socialist and Capitalists Imperial interests.

For one, the ANC was totally banned in the USA, and they were relegated to a small closet space-like office with a dubious observer status in the UN. Their housing was so seriously 'not' there, that they only had one apartment in some area in the poor neighborhood in NY. Those members of the ANC who had houses or their own apartment, did so because they worked in some form, but were not helped by the timid and well monitored ANC people in the US. We should stop creating a myth that is ill-informed about the ANC. We shall have to begin to tell our people what we are really dealing with here.

A very well organized motley crew of old timers who were very good at being International Paper Tigers/Pushers in Exile, and who worked assiduously very hard to delay, and make sure that there is no struggle taking place here in Mzantsi, except for a token blast of railway tracks, and such useless targets, and sending in people to areas inside South Africa where they have never been there before. If people really want to know the real ANC, read the accounts of the betrayed Wanki Wars Guerrilla…

Let's stop this whole farce of trying to paint the ANC as an inept organization. They are now in power 21+ years and counting… This is what we shall have to talk about as to how and why they are able to last this longer… Not mealy-mouthed retorts that they 'ain't shit'. They are the present gendarme government, and they are 'Fucking Us Really Bad' as the poor people of Mzantsi… We Better recognize… That's my two-cents and farthings...Hola!

Witihin The Eye Of To A Turbulent Storm: Service Delivery For Colonial Imperialists

Whilst we are at it, we now take a much more seriously in-depth look at our present day social miasma we are mire in. Many of us are adept at waxing political and ranting/blowing off steam, but merely playing the newly found political expressions commonly found on the Social Media. Some of us are have been using the social media to construct and compose-theoretically assemble a solid foundation about our story without pandering to, nor paying attention as to what our masters want to see.

The point I am making above is that man of us cannot even think out of the box we have been encased in from 1652, to the present, in all aspects and respects of our decrepit existences... Some of us have bought body and soul, also, they have been 'took', and are bamboozled by the exposure they now have, and are trying their darnest to show-off their newly acquired statuses; some are trying hard to use English in order to sound 'sophisticated' and very 'erudite'.

In the end, more confusion and untruth belligerent ranting sputters out their torn and mashed-up enslaved souls, that one is left wondering, what is going on? What are these people talking about? Why are so many not writing about us, but use dumb articles and 'blurbs' to try and talk about our present situation. Many cannot even articulate the issues that arise in their own streets! Be it in the Townships or the suburbs. It does not matter how and what we do, we will forever remain "Post Apartheid Poor" copies of white enslavement we are so apt to copycat… Shamelessly.

Many of us, having seen the signs and presence of Authoritarian Apartheid 'sort of' disappear in our lifetimes, think that it is gone. Now, we say, we are Free. We have to look at this much more closely.

Eric from informs us thus:

"There is one feature of the 'authoritarian' character which has led many observers: a tendency to defy authority and to resent any kind of influence fro 'above.' Sometimes this defiance overshadows the whole picture and the submissive tendencies are in the background. This type of person will constantly rebel against any kind of authority, even one that actually furthers his interests and has no elements of suppression."

"Sometimes the attitude toward the authority is divided. Such persons might fight against one set of authorities, especially if they are disappointed by its lack of power, and at the same time , or later on, submit to another set of authorities which through greater power or greater promises seems for fulfill their 'masochistic' longings.

"Finally, there is a type which the rebellious tendencies are completely repressed and come to the surface only when conscious control is weakened; or they can be recognized ex posteriori, in the hatred that rises against an authority when its power is weakened, and when it begins to totter."

What are we talking about? Us, Africans of Mzantsi.. Pretenders, many of us... Wanna be's.. The bulk of us; fake accents and lifestyles… It's like we are trying to fit a square into a circle. We all know what time it is. We all know that many of us have got nothing; are nothing, and in fact… die in lonely and poverty stricken obscurity. Meanwhile, our elite potentates show of their ill-begotten wealth; fattening on the theft from the public coffers. Spotting pot bellies and double chins… Yes, that is us, today's prosecutors of our own poor and downtrodden people. Comical caricatures of trying to present Western cultures, languages, mores and beliefs-absent and nothing of our own indigenous cultures, languages, values and morals.

Asa intones:

"The lasting challenge that we face is the absence of information and understanding of African culture. This has been by design. The enforcers of an oppressive system work to create a cultural disorder among the oppressed, In particular, they suppress the value of other cultures, while glorifying and fabricating the history of themselves. They understand that the resulting disorder will make it impossible for the oppressed to be truly independent.

Fanon put it this way:

"The unilaterally decreed normative value of certain cultures deserves our careful attention.... The Enterprise of deculturation turns out to be the negative of a more gigantic work of economic, and even biological enslavement... The doctrine of cultural hierarchy is thus but one aspect of a systematic hierarchization implacably pursued.

"For its systems of reference have to be Broken. Expropriation, spoliation, raids, objective murder, are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least condition such sacking. The social panorama is destructed; values are flaunted, crushed, emptied. ... The lines of force, having crumbled, no longer give direction. In their stead, a new system of values is imposed, not proposed but affirmed, but the heavy weight of canons and sabers.

"... This culture, once living and open to the future, comes closed, fixed in the colonial status, caught in the yoke of oppression. Both present and mummified, it testifies against its members. It defines them in fact without appeal. The cultural mummification leads to a mummification of individual thinking.

"The apathy so universally noted among colonial peoples, is but the logical consequence of this operation. Their approach of inertia constantly directed at the 'natives' is utterly dishonest. As though it were possible for a man to evolve otherwise than within the framework of culture that recognizes him and he decides to assume.

"... Thus, we witness the setting up of archaic, inert institutions, Functioning under the oppressor's supervise and patterned like a caricature of formerly fertile institutions…"

The reason, for those of us who still remember and saw, and are still seeing cultural assassination of our people, were the products and are cognizant of the removal of the British type of Education for us, which is still worse-off, are now witnessing the genocide being performed on us from angles imaginable.

This whole saga is captured very well by Walter Rodney for us, of which few really talk about this issue, for then, in this case, reading is really fundamental. Understanding is key. We are going to cull from Rodney on the clear role and definitions of Colonialism and Imperialism, and how these worked in tandem to put us in the position we are now in, today in Mzantsi. This might have happened elsewhere in Africa and the Diaspora, we were also affected, and still are, to date.


According to Frelimo:

"In the colonial society, education is such that it serves the colonialist. ... In a regime of slavery, education was but one institution for forming slaves."

We learn the following from Rodney:

"Faced wit the evidence of European exploitation of Africa, many bourgeois writers would concede at least partially that colonialism was a system which functioned well in the interests of the Metropoles(The West). However, they would then urge that another issue to be resolved is how much Europeans did for Africans, and that it is necessary to draw up a balance sheet of colonialism.

"On that balance sheet, they place both the credits and the debits, and quite often conclude that the good outweighed the bad. That particular conclusion can quite easily be challenged, but attention should be drawn to the fact that the process of reasoning is itself misleading.

"The reasoning has some sentimental persuasiveness. It appeals to the common sentiment that, 'After all there mus be two sides to a thing.' The argument suggests that, on one hand, there was exploitation, and oppression, but, on the other hand, they developed Africa. It is our contention that this completely false. Colonialism had only one hand-it was a one-armed bandit.

"What did colonial governments do in the interest of Africans? Supposedly, they built roads, railroads, schools, hospitals , and the like. The sum total of these 'services is amazingly small.'

"For the first three decades of colonialism, hardly anything was done that could remotely be termed a service to the African people. It was in fact after the last war that social services were built as a manner of policy. This was paltry. The statistics show that Africa is today underdeveloped are the statistics representing the state of affairs at the end of colonialism.

"For that matter, the figures at the end of the first decade of African independence in spheres such as health, housing, and education are often several times higher than the figures inherited by the newly independent governments. It would be an act of the most brazen 'fraud' to weigh the paltry social amenities provided during the colonial epoch, and to arrive at the conclusion that the good outweighed the bad."

This is one part of the history we know, most of us, generally. In this piece, I will defer to Rodney below who teaches us thus:

"Capitalism did bring social services to European workers-firstly, as a by-product of providing such services for the bourgeoisie and the middle class, and later, as a deliberate act of policy. In 1934, long before the coming of the 'welfare state,' to Britain, expenditure for social services in the British Isles, amounted to 6 pounds 15 shillings per person. In Ghana, the figure was 7 shillings 4 pence per person, and was high by colonial standards. In Nigeria and Nyasaland, it was less than 1 shilling 9 pence per head. None of the other colonizing powers were doing any better, and some much worse.

"The Portuguese stand out because they boasted most and did the least. Portugal boasted that Angola, Guinea, and Mozambique have been their possessions for five hundred years, during which time a 'civilizing mission' has been going on. At the end of five hundred of shouldering the White man's burden of civilizing "African Natives," the Portuguese had not managed to train a single African doctor in Mozambique, and the life expectancy in Eastern Angola was less than thirty years. As for Guinea-Bissau, some insight into the situation there is provided by the admission of the Portuguese themselves, that, Guinea-Bissau was more neglected than Angola and Mozambique[And in all cases, illiteracy was upwards of 95 percent].

"Furthermore, the limited social services within Africa during the colonial times were distributed in a manner that reflected the pattern of domination and exploitation. First of all, White settlers and expatriates wanted the standards of the bourgeoisie or professional classes of the Metropoles(Western Cities and Countries). They were all the more determined to have luxuries in Africa, because so many of them came from poverty in Europe, and could not expect good services in their own homelands. In colonies like Algeria, Kenya and South Africa, it is well known that Whites created an infrastructure to afford themselves leisured and enjoyable lives. It means, therefore, that the total amenities provided in annoys those colonies is no guide to what Africans got out of colonialism.

"In Algeria, the figure for infant mortality was 30 per 1,000 live births among the White settlers; but it jumped to 170 per 1,000 live births in the case of Algerians living in towns. In practical terms, that meant the medical maternity, and sanitation services were all geared towards the well-being of the settlers.

"Similarly, in south Africa, all social statistics have to be broken down into at least two groups - White and African - if they are to be interpreted correctly. In British East Africa, there were three groups, firstly, the Europeans, who got the most; then the Indians, who took most of what was left; and thirdly, the Africans,who came last in their own country(this was the case in South Africa under British rule, and worse under Apartheid rule).

"In Predominantly African communities, it was also true that the bulk of the social services went to Whites… The southern part of Nigeria was one of the colonial areas that was supposed to have received the most from a benevolent mother country. Ibadan, one of the most heavily populated cities in Africa, had only about 50 Europeans before the last war. For those chosen few, the British colonial government maintained a segregated hospital service of 11 beds in well furnished surroundings. There were 34 beds for half-million Africans. The situation was repeated in other areas, so that altogether the 4,000 Europeans in the country in the 1930s had 12 modern hospitals, while the African population of at least 40 million had 52 hospitals.

"South African's large African working class population was in a sad state. The Tuberculosis Commission of 1912 reported that in the shanty towns:

"Scarcely a single family exists in which at least one member is not suffering or dying from tuberculosis. Hospital services are so inadequate, that incurable tuberculosis and other cases are simply sent home to die-and spread the infection. In some cases, a single doctor had to attend to the needs of 40,000 people. The Africans must pay for medical treatment. There is no provision for pauper patients. About 6% of the African children die before reaching two years."

Rodney continues:

"That was as early as 1912, when the basis of South African gold and diamond Empire was already laid. After this, the shanty towns increased, the slum conditions grew worse, and the government committed itself to pursuing the odious policy of Apartheid-separation of the races so as to better exploit African people.

"Many African 'trekked' to towns, because [bad as they were] they offered a little more than the countryside. Modern sanitation, electricity, piped water, paved roads, medical services, and schools were as foreign at the end of the colonial period as they were at the beginning-as far as most of the rural Africa was concerned. Yet it was the countryside that grew the cash crops and provided labor that kept the system going. The peasants there knew very little of the supposed 'credits' on the colonial balance sheet.

"Because even the scanty social services were meant only to facilitate exploitation, they were not given to any Africans whose labor was not directly producing surplus for export to the Metropoles(The West). That is to say, none of the wealth of exploited Africans could be deployed for the assistance of the African left out of the money economy.

"The combination of being oppressed, being exploited, and being disregarded is best illustrated by the pattern of the economic infrastructure of African colonies: notably, the roads and the railways. These had a clear geographical distribution according to the extent tow which particular regions needed to be opened up to import-export activities. Where exports were not available, roads and railways had no place. The only slight exception is that certain roads were built to move troops and to make conquest and oppression easier."

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This dictum holds true as I am about to go into a discourse of what I mean, exactly, below.


Contemporary People's Struggles In South Africa...

Above, I have tried to carve-out the history of service delivery, and in so doing, am attempting to portray the origins of what we see as struggles for better service delivery and then some-today. Slowly this struggle is taking its own forms, tones, interests, and so on in order to bring to the front the most pressing and distressing/depressing complaints the man-in-the-street needs to have to be addressed, immediately.

We now begin to have a better grasp as to what has led to the present social malaise in terms of service delivery as so well expounded upon by Walter Rodney. It is therefore clear that this has long been put in place, throughout Africa and the Diaspora, that those who are expatriates of their lands, poor as church mouses, and would never have gotten the luxuries they demanded for themselves in the colonies, that, for us to now pretend and act like we do not know these facts as tabulated by Rodney above, is immoral and unconscionable.

Before we talk about the contemporary people's struggle regarding the Rain and Water… It would be appropriate here to give a bit of a background of the role and patterns of Colonialism and Imperialism in Africa today. For this part, I will cull from the Master Teachers ...

Upon reading from the writings of Rodney, one get a sinking filling how colonialism and Imperialism have embedded themselves in practically everything about us, as a dominated African people. One does not have to agree with my politics, point of view or whatever, but fat remain that-historical facts, and now we, as present-day Africans, are living with and through these set up social and economic arrangements. Walter duly noted this as I have cited above, this sense of entitlement of Europeans to African resources and lives.

It is a fact that our infrastructure was created and set up by the colonialists; it is true that our very lives are being controlled and dictated to by the colonialists and the imperialists; it is also a fact that we have no self determination/autonomy as a people, intellectually and academically; it is now well-known that the governments we are supposedly electing in a supposed Democratic fashion, are in reality on a tether from The Western Powers and Financiers, who have determined that they did for us, we owe them, so we are going to be perpetually indebted to them. Rodney addresses this in the citation above, fully.

Rodney states::

"The Royal Commission investigating the grievances found them so shocking that the full findings were not published during the war, lest they reveal that Colonialism was hardly any better than the fascism against which Britain was fighting. ... From the earliest days of colonial expansion, there were two kinds of explanations of motives coming out of the Metropoles(West). One was very frank, and appealed to various Chambers of Commerce in European towns. It said simply that Europeans were in the colonial game because it was damned profitable, and that was that.

However, there were other elements who thought it necessary to peddle a line about the welfare of the 'uncivilized Natives.' This was a continuation of earlier justifications of slavery on the ground that it carried the heathen Africans to Christian lands. As colonialism came under heavy criticism during the last decades, more deliberate efforts were made to whitewash it. Both DC&W and FIDES were part of the Public Relations(PR) propaganda of colonialism, striving to mask and deny its viciousness.

"Above all, both FIDES and CD&W were born of postwar conditions in Europe, at the time when Western European capitalist nations were desperately falling back on colonies to same them vis-a-vis socialism and even from the competition of the USA. Mr. Bevin, a noted labor leader turned traitor to his class and spokesman for British capitalism, made the observation that, "The other two world powers, the United States and Soviet Russia, have tremendous resources.

"If Western Europe is to achieve its balance of payments and to get a world equilibrium, it is essential that [African] resources should be developed, and made available." Any close study of the operations of the CD&W and FIDES reveals clearly that they had nothing to do with African development, but a great deal to do with the welfare of Capitalist Europe."

Rodney continues to inform us that both these entities above, were put in charge of agricultural industries from 1946-1956, in Nigeria(for which they had a Ten Year Plan for Nigeria). The British voted half a billion pounds for agriculture. Most of that agricultural grant was to be consumed by constructing an agricultural school and for providing salaries for British 'Experts.'

"The plans for this these disjointed projects drawn up by different government departments, as planned, could not and did not work or expected to break any new ground; and they completely ignored development features such as stimulating internal and intra-African trade.

The high proportion of the 'development' funds went into the colonies in the form of loans for ports, railways, electric power plants, water works, engineering workshop, warehouses, which were efficient and necessary for exploitation in the long. run In the short run, the construction works provided outlets for European steel, concrete, electrical machinery, and railroad rolling stock.

"One fifth of FIDES funds were spent on prestigious public works in Dakar, which suite the French industry and employed large numbers of expatriates. Even schools built under FIDES funds, were of the unnecessary high cost per unit, because they had to be of the requisite standard to provide job outlets for White expatriates. Incidentally, loans were 'tied' in such a way that the money to be spent on [was] buying materials manufactured in the relevant Metropoles(West).

"When DC&W funds were inadequate and even hopeless, the British government allowed and encouraged the colonial administrations to borrow the rest of their finances on the open money market. That was another way of insuring that African labor and resources dispatched surplus to greedy European moneychangers

"Barclays Bank was one of the first to seize the opportunity of lending to colonial regimes to supplement the CD&W grants. That bank set up a Special Overseas Development Corporation to "assist" Africa, the chairman of the bank assuring all that "The development of the colonial empire and the well-being of its inhabitants is a matter that concerns every citizen of [Britain]."

"That was the language of public relations, which fitted in very well with the sordid hypocrisy practiced by White men ever since they started killing and enslaving in the name of civilization and Christianity," Rodney adds.

"As part of the hypocrisy of colonialism, it became fashionable to speak of how Europe brought Africa into the twentieth century. This assertion has implication in the socio-economic and political spheres, and it can be shown to be false not in some, but 'all' respects.

"So often it is said that colonialism modernized Africa by introducing the dynamic features of capitalism, such as private property in land, private ownership of the other means of production, and money relations. Here it is essential to distinguish between 'Capitalist Elements' and 'Capitalism As A Total Social System.' Colonialism introduced some elements of 'capitalism into Africa.' In general terms, where 'Communalism' came into contact with the money economy, the latter imposed itself. Cash-crop farming and wage labor led away from the extended family, as the basis of production and distribution."

Inasmuch as this citation above is coughed up in Marxist terms, I like it for the fact that it gives us a clearer picture and link as to how we got to loose our labor power and natural resources. Many of us know this in general term obscure terms, but, Rodney above concretizes it for us. As we begin to see how the shindig was set up and tied up to our present-day suffering, reading about it, knowing and understand its machination, it is what will help us in our analysis and breakdown of the system as it presently Lords over us and being/natural resources included

If we are talking about service deliver, we should also remember we are interrogating our present infrastructure, inherited from the British, and the boers, and at the least, we should be able to discern certain particular and specific patterns that dog us to this day. The ANC, in bungling all over themselves in these matter of poor service delivery and labor exploitation, has take some pages if not all pages from the way the past British and Apartheid regime has been running these institutions as a dominating force. The ANC is poorly aping that.

We learn further from Rodney that:

"One South African saying put forward that:

"The White man has no kin, and his kin is money." That is a profound revelation of the difference between Capitalist and Pre-Capitalist societies; and when Capitalism came into contact with the still largely 'Communal Africa Societies', it introduced money relations at the expense of kinship ties. However, Colonialism did not transform Africa into a Capitalist society, comparable to the 'Metropoles'(West). Had it done that, one might have complained of the brutalities and inequalities of Capitalism, but it could not then have been said that, 'Colonialism failed to Advance Africa along the path to human historical development.'

On An Imperialistic Note

"Colonialism did not create a capital-owning and factory-owning class among Africans or even inside Africa; nor did it create an urbanized proletariat of any significance [Particularly outside South Africa]. In other words, Capitalism in the form of colonialism failed to perform in Africa the tasks which it had performed in Europe in changing social relations and liberating the forces of production.

"Capitalists did not set out to create other capitalists, who would be rivals. On the contrary, the tendency of capitalism in Europe from the very beginning was one of competition, elimination and monopoly. Therefore, Imperialist stage was reached, the Metropolitan(West) capitalists had no intention of allowing rivals to arise in the dependencies(Colonized Countries).

"However Capitalists , in spite of what as Metopes they wanted some local Capitalists did emerge in Asia and Latin America. Africa is a significant exception in the sense that, compared with other colonized people, far fewer Africans had access to the middle rungs of the bourgeois ladder in terms of capital investment.

"Part of the explanation for the lack of African Capitalists in Africa lies in the arrival of minority groups who had no local family ties which could stand in the way of the ruthless primary accumulation which Capitalism requires. Lebanese, Syrian, Greek, Italian, Portuguese and Indian businessmen rose from the ranks of petty traders to become minor and sometimes substantial Capitalists. Name like Raccah and Levants, were well known in West Africa, just as names like Maddhvani and Vikram became known along the whole coast of East Africa-up to South Africa.

"Taking Africa as a 'whole,' the few African businessmen who were allowed to emerge were at the bottom of the ladder and cannot be considered as 'Capitalists' in the true sense. They did not own sufficient capital to invest in large-scale farming, trading, mining, or industry. They were 'dependent' both on European-owned capital and on the local Capital of minority groups.

"The time working class of colonial Africa covered many jobs such as agricultural labor and domestic service. Most of it was unskilled, in contrast to the accumulating skills of Capitalism proper. When it came to projects requiring technical expertise, Europeans did the supervision-standing around in their helmets and white shorts.

"Of course, in 1885 Africans did not have the technical know-how which had evolved in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The difference was itself partly due to the kind of relations between Africa and Europe in pre-colonial period. What is more significant, however, is the incredibly small number of Africans who were able to acquire 'modern' skills during the colonial period. In few places, such as South Africa and Rhodesia(Zimbabwe), this was due to specific racial discrimination in employment, so as to keep the best jobs for Whites. Yet, even in the absence of Whites, lack of skills among Africans was an integral part of the Capitalist impact on the continent.

"Industrialization does not only mean factories. Agriculture itself has been industrialized in Capitalist and Socialist countries by the intensive application of scientific principles to irrigation, fertilizers, tools, crop selection, stock breeding. The most decisive failure of colonialism in Africa was its failure to change the technology of agricultural production. The most persuading evidence as to the superficiality of the talk about colonialism having 'modernized' Africa is the fact that the vast majority of Africans went into colonialism with aHoe and out with a Hoe.

Some Capitalist plantations introduced agricultural machinery, and the odd tractor found its way into the hand of African tractors; but the Hoe remained the overwhelmingly dominant agricultural implement. Capitalism could revolutionize agriculture in Europe, but it could not do the same for Africa.

"Failure to improve agricultural tools and methods on behalf of African peasants was not a matter of a bad decision by colonial policy-makers. It was an inescapable feature of colonialism as a whole, based on the understanding that the International division of labor aimed at skills in the Metropoles(West) and low-level manpower in the Dependencies(Colonized Countries).

"It was also a result of the considerable use of force[Including Taxation] in African labor relations. People can be forced to perform simple manual labor, but very little else. ... Capitalists under colonialism did not pay enough for an African to maintain himself and family. This can readily be realized by reflecting on the amounts of money earned by African peasants from Cash Crops.

"One reason why the African peasant go so little for his agricultural crops was that his labor was unskilled. That was not the whole explanation, but it is true that a precept such as cotton jumped in value during the time it went through sophisticated processes of manufacture in Europe."

Now, Rodney is cited extensively thus far because there's a paucity of his works, and even if his book could be brought, in countries like South Africa with the fledgling Rand, very low, the book prices are prohibitive, and many of those who can afford these books, hardly have time to really dig deeper into the.

I cull as heavily as I do from Rodney in order to establish the historical timeline that took place when colonialism and Imperialism too over control and looting of natural resources and exploiting cheap labor, that, for us to even begin talking about the problems that we are facing today in South Africa about lack of proper/reliable service deliveries', we would be better served if we really read and studied the accounts of Rodney above as to what happened when colonization intruded in Africa, socially, economically and politically.

Now, when it comes to contemporary struggles, one begins to get the picture from the historical renditions above by Rodney. We get to understand much more clearly what happened to us, why and how it too its shape and form that we are its victims todayIt is important to pay attention to what we are complaining about, and what that we are complaining abut came about. Rodney makes it clearer for us to understand our predicament, that, in effect, it's not new nor unique to us the poor peoples of Mzantsi. It is nonetheless a struggle we are presently witnessing and engaging in on many fronts.

This Is Our Story... Today....

Dysfunction is our first name, nowadays. Many of us decry the loss of our culture, languages, traditions, customs, music and the whole bit nonstop. Ever since the ANC took power, it has thrived on confusing and looting the public coffers and impoverishing/drugged the masses also ignorantly worse off than they were during Apartheid . They have taken a page out of the Aparhteidized-colonized-Imperilistc playbook, and are playing a loose and careless hand on the poor people of South Africa. That is an undisputed and an undeniable fact!

If one were to read very closely what I have cited from Rodney, it is then no wonder that we, today, the supposedly post-apartheid African collective, we'd find that we are instead thinking we fighting for 'better service delivery,' whose infrastructure was designed and patterned by the Apartheid goons, and the ANC did not improve Diddley! Squat! It would be apropos here to tell a bit of unknown or unwritten history of the sanitary systems in my Townships.

We use to have what we called "Passages", where at first, donkeys, and then horse-drawn tanks would pass between the houses, whose backyard had outside toilets, which were using the 'bucket' system, This means, every two days of so, these 'Baca"(Of the Xhosa stock) in their gumboots, would be running behind the tank, pulling the buckets from each yards' toilet,emptying it into the tank, and replacing it with a fresh one.

Our streets had one tap where we collected water in cans for our homes. Our houses were not electrified, and we used candles and lanterns(for those who could afford some). There was no internal heating, so we used coal stoves, of tin brazens filled with coal and lit, put outside until the smoke from the brazier simmered, and the hot coal filled can would be hauled into the house to warm us up,

Our streets were not tarred, and occasional a huge earth scraping tractor would be sent to re-scrape the rain-cracked and level the water-created gorges, and those services, though carried out, were but for poor people. Usually the whole township was smothered by a cloud of smoke from all these heating devices, stoves and braziers, and so on, that we live with the ominous black man made smoke cloud which choked us constantly, and had become part of Soweto… But never created any rain, but a lot of lung diseases.

As these amenities morphed from the Bucket system to the well plumbed sections of our townships, we still had to go outside the house for the Lavatory(Toilet). We had taps attached to our Toilets in our yards, and we could now flush the toilets. But at this time, service delivery, though designed for poor and oppressed Africans, was nonetheless functional and not what we are witnessing today under the under the corrupt and decrepit ANC government.

We are going to begin to look for information that not only inform, but puts us into some from of action. We can all regurgitate all the wise quotations and sayings here on this Hub, but so long that information is worthless, and lulls us into complacency and sell, it is not worth our while. I have culled and maxed information here from various sources to begin to give us a sense and enable us to wrap our heads around the shenanigans that are happening all around us, so that, this will equip and arm us with some form of holistic and coherent knowledge abut our situation, politics, economy and International intrigue.

These blood-sucking companies, are hidden from plain sight, and we keep on dealing with them as 'helpers', meaning, our governments and the useless leaders we see parading on the TV and other media outlets-are destroying us. We should not be distracted or made to take our eye off the ball-meaning, we should present to each other more coherent and user-friendly information that will benefit and inform us so's to rally the masses into some serious action.

Breaking News... What's Cracking?... Stats-View-Point…

During 1960-1980, Sub Saharan Africa’s GDP per capita grew by 36%; in the 1980-2000 period it actually fell by 15%. As the Center for Economic and Policy Research puts it, “These are enormous differences by any standard of comparison and represent the loss to an entire generation–of hundreds of millions of people-of any chance of improving its living standards.”Increased PovertyAccording to the World Bank, in 2003, over 350 million people (more than half of Africa’s population of 682 million) lived below the poverty line of U.S.$ 1 a day, a 75% increase over the 200 million figure for 1994

.Lower IncomesAfrica’s estimated per capita income in 1990 was at the same level it had been in 1960. Per capita incomes for most Sub Saharan countries fell by 25% during the 1980s and for 18 countries these incomes were lower in 1999 than in 1975. In 1960, Sub-Saharan Africa’s per capita income was about 1/9 of that in high-income OECD countries; by 1998, it had deteriorated dramatically to about 1/18.

Low Human Development IndicatorsAccording to the UN Development Program (UNDP), 80% of low human development countries–those with low income, low literacy, low life expectancy and high population growth rates–are in Africa.34 Average life expectancy for Sub Saharan Africa is only 47 years (the lowest in the world), a drop of 15 years since 1980.Forty per cent of the population suffers from malnutrition that causes low birth weight among infants and stunts growth in children.

In 2000, 30% of children under five were underweight in Sub-Saharan Africa; thirty-seven percent of such children were under height.35Increased Debt BurdensUnder SAPs, Africa’s external debt has increased by more than 500% since 1980 to $333 billion today. SAPs have transferred $229 billion in debt payments from Sub-Saharan Africa to the West since 1980. This is four times the region’s 1980 debt.

In the past decade alone, African countries have paid their debt three times over yet they are three times as indebted as ten years ago.Of Sub-Saharan Africa’s 44 countries, 33 are designated heavily indebted poor countries by the World Bank. Africa, the world’s poorest region, pays the richest countries $15 billion every year in debt servicing. This is more than the continent gets in aid, new loans or investment. Jubilee 2000 UK warns that, “Foreign indebtedness now poses a fatal impediment to Africa’s development.”

Gendarme Quisling ANC... Our Water Woes...

"Gordhan claimed the loan will help South Africa 'Build a relationship' with the Bank. He 'conveniently' forgets that the Bank co-authored the African National Congress(ANC) government's neoliberal growth, employment and redistribution (GEAR) Program, which led us to overtake Brazil as the world's most unequal major country, as African people's incomes fell below 1994 levels and White People's income grew by 24 percent, according to official statistics.

"Gordhan neglects that the World Bank itself regularly brags about its 'knowledge Bank' role here. In 1999, for example, after economist John Toome suggested to the then Minister Kader Asmal, that the government impose a "credible threat of 'cutting service' to the people who cannot afford water, the Banks Country Assistance Strategy reported that its 'Market-related pricing' advice was 'sentimental in facilitating radical revision in South Africa's approach'.

As a result, the Cholera epidemic the following year — catalyzed by water disconnection — killed hundreds."Similar misery will follow the Eskom Loan. Medusa will be built in a water-scarce is where communities are already confronting extreme pollution. Forty new Limpopo and Mpumalanga Coal Mines will be open to provide inputs to Medupi and its successor, Kusile.

"Meanwhile, the World Bank is trying to lend nearly $4 Billion to the Johannesburg-based State owned utility, Eskom, the world's fourth-largest Power Company and African's largest Carbon emitter [with 40% of South Africa's total emissions]. The loan is mainly for constructing the worlds fourth most CO2-intensive Coal-fired Plant, Medupi . The ANC-led government is in service of the IMF, World Bank, and the International and local Big Capital."

Deluded Grandiose False Consciousness Decrepit Existence..

Going Against The Grain

Bond further informs us thus:

"More worryingly, power-plant construction plans include a pay-off of $135 million profit for the ANC, whose investment arm own a quarter of Hitachi, which received a $5 billion Eskimo contract." So blatant is the conflict of interest that the government's Public Protector last month judged Valli Moosa - then chair of Eskom and an ANC finance committee member — to have acted improperly.

The potential sale of the ANC's shares in Hitachi within the next six weeks (announced and then retracted) doesn't mitigate matters, given Medupi's high cost escalations (from 5.5 billion to $18 billion) and the increased value of Hitachi's shares thanks to the improper and corrupt contract. Five dozen SA civic, environmental, church, academic and labor organizations began a campaign against the World Bank loan in February.

They are concerned not only that catastrophic climate change will be hastened, along with privatization of electricity generation, but worse, Medupi's main beneficiary will be the world's largest metal and mining corporations, which already receive the world's cheapest electricity thanks to multi-decade deals cut in the last years of Apartheid.

This was being pushed at a time of intense controversy surrounding Eskom mismanagement in its last annual reporting period. The caption above demonstrates clearly that the ANC is in Cahoots with Big International and local capital, and being advised/controlled by the IMF and the World among some of its many advisors and sponsors.

For us to completely understand the way the issues above work, I shall consult with Frantz Fanon who wrote:"Racism, as we have seen, is only one element of a vaster whole: that of the systemized oppression of a people. We witness the destruction of cultural values,of ways of life. Language, dress, techniques, are devalorized. Such attempts deliberately leave out of account the special character of the colonial situation.

In reality, the nations that undertake a colonial war have no concern for the confrontation of cultures. The enslavement, in the strictest sense, of the native population is the prime necessity. For this its systems of reference have to be broken. Expropriation, spoliation, raids, objectives are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least condition such sacking. The social panorama is destructed; values are flaunted, crushed, emptied.

Racism is not the whole but the most visible, the most day-to-day and, not to mince matters, the crudest element of a given structure.Here's Wilson's take:"To study the relations of racism and culture is to raise the question of their reciprocal action. If culture is the combination of motor and mental behavior patterns arising from the encounter of man with nature and with his fellow-man, it can be said that racism is indeed a cultural element.

There are thus cultures with racism and cultures without racism. The precise cultural element, however, has not become encysted. Racism has not managed to harden. It had to renew itself, to adapt itself, to change its appearance. It has had to undergo the fate of the cultural whole that it informed it.

"An outside observer might therefore limit his awareness to the generalized hope in the historic development of what has been called the objective process of decolonization, whereas Africans are being asked more or less explicitly to put their confidence in the good will of the former masters and not despair, in any case, of the historic necessities that dictate the tempo of the reconversion of colonial oppression.

"It is rigorously true that decolonization is proceeding, but it is rigorously false to pretend and to believe that this decolonization is the fruit of an objective dialectic which more or less rapidly assumes the appearance of an absolutely inevitable mechanism.

"When in the case where the political disposition of many Africans overlap those of Whites, these dispositions are alienated and restricted in such a way as to motivate such Africans to be supportive of the fundamental racial status quo, or at least, not to struggle for the complete reconstruction of the local/Global economic system and the neutralization of the White-African power differential. With economic institutions and their arrangements of control fully entrenched and dressed in appealing disguises, and therefore much harder to dismantle or shove aside, an anti-imperialist crusade would be much harder to revive.

"Thus, the only escape is for Africans to grow and develop under the umbrella of fear, uncertainty and makes them to try their best at appeasing their masters and detractors at the expense of the existence as an authentic African community. And with the new imperialist structures thus proofed against African petit-bourgeois assault, the imperialist presence in Africa could go on and on and on, into the far indefinite future, and possibly for all time. At present, this seems to be the reality and conditioned existence of Africans and other oppressed peoples throughout the world."(Wilson)

The World Bank is the Paymaster, and we are the employees on different levels of our being employed. We work for the White Master at different levels and commitment. The higher-up one rises in the echelon of neo-slavery, the more little pay is added, status given, and ones role as the bodyguard of the master's culture and economics is very much well assured. The IMF and the World Bank play a very good game of being the Paymaster, but they also control those who look over their properties(Countries) and its leaders and people.

We know today that we are being subjected to Load-sharing, as it is inopportunely dubbed. We are not sharing any load, but are making mega-profits for the Coal Companies being built, polluting out environment and depleting our rivers and aquifers, that today, whilst millions are raked through exploiting our ignorance, we still have not yet figured out the game being played on us.

The way our water is being used and manipulated against us, giving us Cholera and all sorts of lack of water diseases, our electricity is being used to churn out pollution and increase the super-profits illegally earned by our former and present detractors, it should be known that The ANC is deep into this morass and cesspool. We are going to have to really talk about the concrete ways through which we are being disempowered, and how many different Corporations and other entities are having a field-day with us here in Mzantsi. Our local elite and petty bourgeoisie has been brought and packaged to serve Western interests.

So, therefore, they are not a threat to Imperialism but a solid and perfect ally, which is working assiduously against the interests of its poor and hungry/jobless masses. The role of the present-day ANC government is to ensure that anyone interested in investing in South Africa, they are going to find business as usual.So that Wilson intones:"False beliefs held by an individual which are stubbornly retained and defended despite their logical inconsistencies with objective reality and valid evidence to the contrary.

Not only do such beliefs persist directly in the face of contradictory evidence, they persist in the face of continuous negative consequences resulting from their being held.""The self-hatred of middle-class Africans is often revealed in the keen competition which exists among them for status and recognition. This keen competition is the result of the frustrations which they experience in attempting to obtain acceptance and recognition by Whites.

Middle-class Africans are constantly criticizing and belittling poor Africans who achieve some recognition or who acquire status above them."They prefer to submit to the authority of whites than to subordinate to other Africans. For example, African scholars generally refuse to seek the advice and criticism of competent African scholars and prefer to return to White scholars for such co-operation.

In fact, it is difficult for Middle-class Africans to co-operate in any field of endeavor."This failure in social relations is, as indicated in an important study, because 'in every African he encounters his own self-contempt. It is as if he said, "You are only an African like myself; so why should you be in a position above me?' (Abraham Kardiner and Lionel Ovesey)

Self-hatred And Self-Delusion by the African Elite and their Sidekicks..

"The self-hatred often results in guilt feelings on the part of the African who succeeds in elevating himself above his fellows. He feels unconsciously that in rising above other Africans he is committing an act of aggression which will result in hatred and revenge on their part. The act of aggression may be imagined, but very often it is real."

This is the case when middle-class Africans oppose the economic and social welfare of Africans because of their own interests. In some American/[African] cities, it has been African bourgeoisie and not Whites who have opposed the building of low-cost public housing for African workers, and own some of the worst slums in the United States

"While their wives, who wear mink coats, 'Drip with diamonds' and are written up in the "society" of African newspapers, ride in Cadillacs and [Bentley's], whilst their African tenants sleep on the dirt floors of hovels unfit for human habitation. The guilt of the middle-class Africans is not always unconscious. For example, take the case of the African leader who proclaimed over the radio in a national broadcast that the Africans did not want social equity

.He was conscious of his guilt feeing and his self-hatred in playing such a role, for he sent word privately to the Africans that he never hated so much to do anything in his life, but that it was necessary because of his position as head of a state college which was under White supervision.

The self-hatred of the middle-class African arises, then, not only from the fact that he does not want to be an African, but also because of his sorry role in American[South African-my addition] society. (Frazier)

Delusion Of Grandeur...

Africans seek an escape in delusions involving wealth. This is facilitated by the fact that they have had little experience with the real meaning of wealth, and they lack a tradition of saving and accumulation. Wealth to them means spending money without any reference to its source. Hence, their behavior generally reflects the worst qualities of the gentleman and peasant from whom their only vital traditions spring.

Therefore, their small accumulation of capital and the income which they receive from professional services within the African (or White) community make them appear wealthy in comparison the low economic status of the majority of poor Africans.The delusion of wealth is supported by the myth of African business.

Moreover, the attraction of the delusion of wealth is enhanced by the belief that wealth will gain them acceptance in American[South African] life. In seeking an escape into the delusion of wealth, middle-class Africans make a fetish of material things or physical possessions. They are constantly buying things — house, automobiles, furniture and all sorts of gadgets, not to mention clothes.

Many of the furnishings and gadgets which they acquire are never used; nevertheless, they continue to accumulate things.The homes of many middle class Africans have the appearance of museums for the exhibition of American manufacturers and spurious art objects. The objects which they are constantly buying are always on display.

African school teachers who devote their lives to "society" like to display twenty to thirty pairs of shoes, the majority of which they never wear. African professional men proudly speak of the two automobiles which hey have acquired when they need only one. The acquisition of objects which are not used or needed seems to be an attempt to fill some void in their lives. (Frazier)

The delusion of power also appears to provide an escape for middle-class Africans from the world of reality which pierces through the world of make-believe of the African bourgeoisie. The positions of power which they occupy in the African world enable them to act autocratically towards other Africans, especially when they have the support of the White community.

In such cases, the delusion of power may provide an escape from their frustrations. It is generally, however, when middle-class Africans hold positions enabling them to participate in the White community that they seek in the delusion of power an escape from their frustrations."Our deluded African elite is the cause of our present-day decrepit existence and misery.

They will not listen to anyone who threatens their livelihood and positions. They are in fact guarding it with whatever means and ways necessary. The opening piece by Bond gives us an idea what has and is still happening to us concerning our electricity. Bond also clarifies, for us, the role that is played by the IMF, World Bank and the ANC.

We now are beginning to see a picture as to how our natural resources are used to pollute the planet and make billions for the investor company and countries-whilst we languish in poverty, joblessness, various sickness and still do not understand nor know where everything begun that we were not even told about. We can pretend that content of this piece are irrelevant, but when one starts reading up on Wilson quotes above, it becomes even much clearer as to how we have been conditioned and used to carry-out our own enslavement and be happy about it.

Toward a 21 Century Revolutioon

The Crypt That Is Soweto: Living And Dying Alive

The narrative about stories from the Crypt that is Soweto, is a collection of observation of what is happening to us. Something has, and is still happening to us as I am onto this piece. However one wants to cut it, it is all in front of our eyes to see… What I am onto at this juncture is our own demise and Genocide of our peoplehood, that I would like to highlight several points below.

Once we initiated the struggle in June 196, we started a whole ball rolling towards the emancipation of our people from the Jackboot of Apartheid. We did it. We died in multitudes, and the ANC safely and comfortably returned from Exile and assumed power through some rigged Democratically election process.

We had a whole jargon pop-up. Words like 'Codesa.,' South African Constitution, The right to vote the supposed end of Apartheid. We were delirious; we lost our cool and went bonkers; we envisioned ourselves living in the Sandtons, Norwoods and such like enclaves with mansions and the whole bit to our satisfaction. We Were Free At Last! ... So we thought and believed.

The ANC was bold and came out forcefully and told the Post-Apartheid Africans that we are going to get Basic Services for free, Electricity and water will be free along with education and such like goodies... The people became inebriated by the deluge of new words, conceptions, hopes, and brighter future than we could have ever imagined since Apartheid ruled, then the ANC came and told the people that this is a new day, a new era, a much more better beginning for all of us.

Yes, euphoria reigned supreme… many people were still dying and being killed by the boer Death Squads in droves. But, we figured, we are now Free, and no more Apartheid... So we thought.... and felt... Well, what really happened is where we are today... Something dreadful happened to us… and it's not abating…

This Is Our Story....

The ANC began to map-govern… from the get-go, people started noticing and talking about what they called the 'Gravy Train'. We saw the whole fiasco of the 'Truth' and "Reconciliation" become a farce and we were sold for a song to competing interests. The ANC took care of its 'cadre' and began posting them in their sectors of interest, and by so doing, undoing what the locals had created, and sowed confusion by redesigning different areas and creating even more useless jobs for their cohorts and so on.

Corruption gained currency and ended up becoming the norm. Nepotism became a new and real new, and unqualified people were inserted into sensitive position for exorbitant pays. Cronyism gained credence and became the modus operandi for giving access to these hangers-on of what ultimately became known as "Tenders". There was lot of confusion as to how to design and create our education system, which is still at its peak, even as we speak… meaning, the miseducation of our people began in ernest.

Health providing went down the hill; hospitals became overcrowded without medicine to give to the poor and sick. Sporting activities drew to a halt, and many facilities rotted and were subsequently destroyed; there was also extensive job-loss for millions of the poor working Africans in all spheres of endeavor; only a motley crew of select ANC favorites, hangers on, demagogues, opportunists of all types, and ass-lickers saw substantially growth in their ill-begotten wealth, greased on them by their ANC Ngangaras/Nkokelis/Bosses-(Some Pseudo African Baas)…

The dawn of the petty African vulturistic potentates was careening down towards us in a very fast and hazardous moves and zig-zagging that left us staring agog and in awe, as the Very ANC, morphed into a gendarme, quisling, turncoat. cut-throat, cabal tight and sell out entity, whilst we descended into the abyss of the present Crypt we are mired within, today... Our State Of The African Condition Is Critical, today... We are going to have to recognize that... We are going to take some serious action… What ever that means and take us to do so…

Then came the World Cup. We Africans were sideswiped from the event in a big way. The ANC, Blatter and some crooks swayed the electing of the whole saga of the World Cup South Africa's way. It was a helluva event that left the poor even more poorer, some were moved from their proximities of the World Cup Stadiums in the Cape, and elsewhere. Still, the poor never saw the army of tourists that serviced the White establishments and B&B's and were redirected away from the poor Township hovels-except for a few adventurers, the people got zilch for the enactment of the World Cup 2010(I have blonde extensively on this issue).

Intermittently we witnessed the massacre of the Marikana Miners, and the suffering their families had to go through. Cyril Ramaphosa has been held accountable and responsible for this massacre, because he is a shareholder of the mines. Whilst we were at it, we got the Nkandla Scandal; now Zuma now wants a R4-billion Airplane, on top of that. We have the young upstarts of EFF derailing parliament and contributing nothing to the process of nation-building and national unification.

We have see so many trials of corruption take place, have born witnessing the affluence of the new nouveau African rich elite, and a preponderance of evidence abound that showcases the life-style of the Rich and opulent Africans in Mzantsi. Meanwhile, the masses toiled and labored under various oppressive measures that are the subject of this piece. I have not really summed up on the host of other ground-shaking events, just so that I get to the point I am trying to make in this article. Our Story has just about begun...

The Dearth Of Our[African] Oppression Today In Mzantsi...

There have been and continues to be many strikes and protests throughout the country, and these are gaining in steam, and the situation is tense and precarious, to put it mildly. One of the most interesting issues contested is service provision and electricity along with water. In tandem with these issues, is joblessness. This has really put the poor in a tight squeeze and corner that they cannot seem to get out of. The outsourcing of everything in South Africa, has exposed the unprotected masses to Capitalist Imperialist Vultures and Mega-Monopoly Capitalist of all types, that, whilst we are being fleeced in all manners imaginable, we are dying in droves, and are a very sad people, today....

One other thing, totally ignored, is doing quality reportage of our decrepit existence in real-time and true terms. What is presently going on in our Townships is heartbreaking and very much deeply troubling. One cannot really escape the reality of our people's condition in the Townships… It is stressful, distressing and discouraging. This is true as I will try to put together today my impression of what is happening in the Kasie....

In The Trenches With The Poor

Local governance is worse for wear. For instance, the Minister of Cooperative And Traditional Affairs, who was formerly in SARS, Gordan Pravin, does not really have an idea why he is in that position. This is one to the ways the ANC operates, appeasing its cadres and other notable in their crooks-only organization, and yet, he is Boss of this outfit. He does not live nor has any sense of what he is lording over, and therefore, his underlings have carte blanche decision-making and so forth in their raping and destroying our people.

As for Nomvula Mokonyane being a Kahuna for the Water Department, is so inept, arrogant and very dumb, that as the present drought raked over the land with bowels of Dust parched and chocked us, she had taken a trip to Iraq! She has the knack of not dressing her respectable age, and has some illicit affairs that are questionable… In the meantime, we are stuck with such a leader(really), who has abdicated her post, and goes galavanting all over the world, without a care in the world about her job-they call int junkets... paid and sponsored by the Tax payers monies. She lost her son to Drug abuse, and has never worked to ameliorate this condition in our communities.

The Minister of the Police, Nathi Mthethwa, just a symbolic figure of no consequence because the corruption in his police Department is on display for all to see. This is no secret… Out police force is useless, incompetent, corrupt and very nasty and evil, that the state of anomie prevailing is not a surprise. Nathi Mthetwa has no control over his employees(Cops). Whenever people protest, he instructs them to use rubber and live bullets. Raw force is this policy, and he does not even have what one would call 'Riot Squad' just to make my point. Many people have been injured and shot at in these demonstrations, and that's that.

As for our Councilor, Bonging Dlamini, a total and corrupt egg-head who cares only for his friends and squandering the poor's public coffers, and is involved in the Water scandal. His term is ending, in the next coming election… and is hoping to fill his seat with one of his favorite sidekicks, all the while, poor people are never a consideration in all these sectors. As the poor, we are supposed to marvel at our own oppression, genocide, and never complain or the hoodlums of the ANC will deal with the 'thug' element, a throwback the Apartheid menticide of our people

The hospitals are a sad case of chaos run amok. The nurses are badly trained by 'private agencies', and many are callous and inconsiderate, and very mean-spirited. Health care is bad care for the poor, that the Health Department is trying to carry-out workshop to try and partly retrain the existing health inept givers. There is no medicine for the ill, and health coverage is sparse and expensive at best, and the people resort to some of these so-called private medical doctors with surgeries, who scalp their patients savings, and give some of them experimental overdose of drugs, sickening their patients ever more. The hospitals are overburdened, staffed with some really mediocre nurses, and badly managed and affected by nepotism and all sort of social ills we have touched a bit above.

We thus begun to see a mushrooming of fake traditional healers and Sangomas of the fly-by-night. People are robbed off their livelihood by some of these Traditional sharks without mercy. Bogus and deadly concoctions are paddled to the gullible poor people, that many of the same clique of false African Traditional doctors and their type are in on this ruse. Our people are running around these hacks like headless chicken, leaderless, and directionless... Exposed and vulnerable...

The View Within Ourselves...

Resistance from the people is still sparse, disjointed, uncoordinated and sporadic. The police are always called in to protect all those that the people are complaining against. Whether it's the foreign merchant in the Townships Sphaza Shops, of the contractors installing electric or water meter boxes without consultation and consent of the denizens of these Townships, so that, as the people start to fight back, police raw-force is called in to protect foreigners against the local disgruntled African people. This pattern has repeated itself too many time to even count, that, this has created a certain amount of anger, which is compounded by the anger from seeing themselves as being sidelined and harshly oppressed. Yes,.. This is Mzantsi of today...

The present government does not want to be criticized, and want to drag all this filth under the carpet by threatening Media/Press/Internet with draconian Censorship, so that all these shenanigans they are immersed-in should not see the light of day. The NEC leaders, safely tucked in their fiefdoms of 'greater ANC' control and power-seat of power... have too many fingers in their cookie jars and are pilfering without let up of the poor's public coffers and natural resources. We have a 'commissioned' government in the deep pockets of Mega Monopoly Capitalists and Countries, that are not going to yield power that easily. They do so by really repressing their polity.

The people try to regroup, try to go about electing their own chosen provincial and local leaders. But this has received some serious push-back from the ANC, and up to this writing of this piece, many of the lackeys appointed by the ANC, are servicing their leaders well and helping themselves to the handsome loot like glutton. These people shine and have a healthy sheen, pot bellies and double chins.

The poor see this, they strike back… Burn Escom's car, the newly installed electric boxes, and chase away these workers. The police come back, armed to the teeth, and protect these installers, guns ready, and the whole offensive militaristic look to go with it… Awesome power. The Local ANC Bosses wanted to suspend this installation of electric boxes for just after the next year's Provincial elections. Now, because there's no such normal coordination between the Departments, the installers finished with the installation.

Now, they are saying that they are training an army of people to go out into the township to teach the people about the installed electrical gadgets. That, some people have been saying, they will only be charged what they use from the reading in the newly installed boxes, and if the people, wish, they can install pre-paid boxes and purchase electricity. What's still remains to be seen is whether these electric 'explainers' will get access to the angry people here in our townships. But, that's not only the problem laying ahead for Escom, people have been stressing and noting that they have never been informed nor consulted about this electrical matter.

Yes, meetings have been called over the years, and discussions were taken up, but with poor attendance, and a community not really persuaded to accept this forced deal upon the, One of the things the people wanted to know was what happened to the promises made by the ANC? The same question is asked today by the striking University students, that why is it that education is not free and of quality? Such questions linger, persist, fester and I can aver that they do burst and pandemonium will see the demise to the ANC.

What am I talking about? Well,... About 80 to 90 percent of the people in my Township are not employed; the police force is considered as useless by the citizens of the Township, and they do not really trust them, for they see their carrying-on with the drug dealers, and ignoring and disrespecting the public they are serving. People feel like reporting anything to them is a waste of time, for they never come, and the cops would complain that they had no cars or such drivel… Meanwhile the people see them driving around in their posh BMWs, cruising and collecting bribes, in plain sight and view, and it is in fact how one gets around, be able to grease their grubby greedy hand with some coupla chocolates. That is how we ride and live here in our country of our birth, today.

The police and many government sectors are plagued by 'tribalism' in hiring and functioning of these institutions. There's so much corruption, that many people are left bamboozled, gawking in horror as our bothers and sisters give themselves to selling out their people, and not caring a rat's ass about their actions and their outcomes. We have a very callous elite which feeds on its own vainness and carries on like they are foreigners to us. It is sad to watch our bothers and sisters pining and working hard not to be Africans of Mzantsi, they want to be anything but themselves-Africans of South Africa.

Living in Crypt that is Soweto and such like places, is very disconcerting and many people have died and are still dying from a myriad of things. Poor people all over the country of Mzantsi are fighting against the pre-paid electricity, water, poor services, corruption, invasion of their space and palaces by crooked merchants from other lands, a very mean and bad government which chooses its favorites and those they wanna take of, and this is done at the expense of the poor Africans of South Africa.

Family Destroyed

Living In The Crypt That Is Soweto: Watching Our Own Demise And Genocide Enveloping us...

The narrative about stories from the Crypt that is Soweto, is a collection of observation of what is happening to us. Something has, and is still happening to us as I am onto this piece. However one wants to cut it, it is all in front of our eyes to see… What I am onto at this juncture is our own demise and Genocide of our peoplehood, that I would like to highlight several points below.

Once we initiated the struggle in June 1976, we started a whole ball rolling towards the emancipation of our people from the Jackboot of Apartheid. We did it. We died in multitudes, and the ANC safely and comfortably returned from Exile and assumed power through some rigged Democratically election process.

We had a whole jargon pop-up. Words like 'Codesa.,' 'South African Constitution,' 'The right to vote' and the supposed end of Apartheid. We were delirious; we lost our cool and went bonkers; we envisioned ourselves living in the Sandtons, Norwoods and such like enclaves with mansions and the whole bit to our satisfaction. We Were Free At Last! ... So we thought and believed.

The ANC was bold and came out forcefully and told the Post-Apartheid Africans that we are going to get Basic Services for free, Electricity and water will be free along with education and such like goodies... The people became inebriated by the deluge of new words, conceptions, hopes, and brighter future than we could have ever imagined since Apartheid ruled, then the ANC came and told the people that this is a new day, a new era, a much more better beginning for all of us.

Yes, euphoria reigned supreme… many people were still dying and being killed by the boer Death Squads in droves. But, we figured, we are now Free, and no more Apartheid... So we thought.... and felt... Well, what really happened is where we are today... Something dreadful happened to us… and it's not abating…

This Is Our Story....

The ANC began to map-govern… from the get-go, people started noticing and talking about what they called the 'Gravy Train'. We saw the whole fiasco of the 'Truth' and "Reconciliation" become a farce and we were sold for a song to competing interests. The ANC took care of its 'cadre' and began posting them in their sectors of interest, and by so doing, undoing what the locals had created, and sowed confusion by redesigning different areas and creating even more useless jobs for their cohorts and so on.

Corruption gained currency and ended up becoming the norm. Nepotism became a new and real new, and unqualified people were inserted into sensitive position for exorbitant pays. Cronyism gained credence and became the modus operandi for giving access to these hangers-on of what ultimately became known as "Tenders". There was lot of confusion as to how to design and create our education system, which is still at its peak, even as we speak… meaning, the miseducation of our people began in ernest.

Health providing went down the hill; hospitals became overcrowded without medicine to give to the poor and sick. Sporting activities drew to a halt, and many facilities rotted and were subsequently destroyed; there was also extensive job-loss for millions of the poor working Africans in all spheres of endeavor; only a motley crew of select ANC favorites, hangers on, demagogues, opportunists of all types, and ass-lickers saw substantially growth in their ill-begotten wealth, greased on them by their ANC Ngangaras/Nkokelis/Bosses-(Some Pseudo African Baas)…

The dawn of the petty African vulturistic potentates was careening down towards us in a very fast and hazardous moves and zig-zagging that left us staring agog and in awe, as the Very ANC, morphed into a gendarme, quisling, turncoat, cut-throat, cabal tight and sell out entity, whilst we descended into the abyss of the present Crypt we are mired within, today... Our State Of The African Condition Is Critical, today... We are going to have to recognize that... We are going to take some serious action… What ever that means and take us to do so…

Then came the World Cup. We Africans were sideswiped from the event in a big way. The ANC, Blatter and some crooks swayed the electing of the whole saga of the World Cup South Africa's way. It was a helluva event that left the poor even more poorer, some were moved from their proximities of the World Cup Stadiums in the Cape, and elsewhere. Still, the poor never saw the army of tourists that serviced the White establishments and B&B's and were redirected away from the poor Township hovels-except for a few adventurers, the people got zilch for the enactment of the World Cup 2010(I have blogged extensively on this issue).

Intermittently we witnessed the massacre of the Marikana Miners, and the suffering their families had to go through. Cyril Ramaphosa has been held accountable and responsible for this massacre, because he is a shareholder of the mines. Whilst we were at it, we got the Nkandla Scandal; now Zuma now wants a R4-billion Airplane, on top of that. We have the young upstarts of EFF derailing parliament and contributing nothing to the process of nation-building and national unification.

We have see so many trials of corruption take place, have born witnessing the affluence of the new nouveau African rich elite, and a preponderance of evidence abound that showcases the life-style of the Rich and opulent Africans in Mzantsi. Meanwhile, the masses toiled and labored under various oppressive measures that are the subject of this piece. I have not really summed up on the host of other ground-shaking events, just so that I get to the point I am trying to make in this article. Our Story has just about begun...

The Dearth Of Our[African] Oppression Today In Mzantsi...

There have been and continues to be many strikes and protests throughout the country, and these are gaining in steam, and the situation is tense and precarious, to put it mildly. One of the most interesting issues contested is service provision and electricity along with water. In tandem with these issues, is joblessness. This has really put the poor in a tight squeeze and corner that they cannot seem to get out of. The outsourcing of everything in South Africa, has exposed the unprotected masses to Capitalist Imperialist Vultures and Mega-Monopoly Capitalist of all types, that, whilst we are being fleeced in all manners imaginable, we are dying in droves, and are a very sad people, today....

One other thing, totally ignored, is doing quality reportage of our decrepit existence in real-time and true terms. What is presently going on in our Townships is heartbreaking and very much deeply troubling. One cannot really escape the reality of our people's condition in the Townships… It is stressful, distressing and discouraging. This is true as I will try to put together today my impression of what is happening in the Kasie....

In The Trenches With The Poor

Local governance is worse for wear. For instance, the Minister of Cooperative And Traditional Affairs, who was formerly in SARS, Gordan Pravin, does not really have an idea why he is in that position. This is one to the ways the ANC operates, appeasing its cadres and other notable in their crooks-only organization, and yet, he is Boss of this outfit. He does not live nor has any sense of what he is lording over, and therefore, his underlings have carte blanche decision-making and so forth in their raping and destroying our people.

As for Nomvula Mokonyane being a Kahuna for the Water Department, is so inept, arrogant and very dumb, that as the present drought raked over the land with bowels of Dust parched and chocked us, she had taken a trip to Iraq! She has the knack of not dressing her respectable age, and has some illicit affairs that are questionable… In the meantime, we are stuck with such a leader(really), who has abdicated her post, and goes galavanting all over the world, without a care in the world about her job-they call int junkets... paid and sponsored by the Tax payers monies. She lost her son to Drug abuse, and has never worked to ameliorate this condition in our communities.

The Minister of the Police, Nathi Mthethwa, just a symbolic figure of no consequence because the corruption in his police Department is on display for all to see. This is no secret… Out police force is useless, incompetent, corrupt and very nasty and evil, that the state of anomie prevailing is not a surprise. Nathi Mthetwa has no control over his employees(Cops). Whenever people protest, he instructs them to use rubber and live bullets. Raw force is this policy, and he does not even have what one would call 'Riot Squad' just to make my point. Many people have been injured and shot at in these demonstrations, and that's that.

As for our Councilor, Bonging Dlamini, a total and corrupt egg-head who cares only for his friends and squandering the poor's public coffers, and is involved in the Water scandal. His term is ending, in the next coming election… and is hoping to fill his seat with one of his favorite sidekicks, all the while, poor people are never a consideration in all these sectors. As the poor, we are supposed to marvel at our own oppression, genocide, and never complain or the hoodlums of the ANC will deal with the 'thug' element, a throwback the Apartheid menticide of our people.

The hospitals are a sad case of chaos run amok. The nurses are badly trained by 'private agencies', and many are callous and inconsiderate, and very mean-spirited. Health care is bad care for the poor, that the Health Department is trying to carry-out workshop to try and partly retrain the existing health inept givers. There is no medicine for the ill, and health coverage is sparse and expensive at best, and the people resort to some of these so-called private medical doctors with surgeries, who scalp their patients savings, and give some of them experimental overdose of drugs, sickening their patients ever more. The hospitals are overburdened, staffed with some really mediocre nurses, and badly managed and affected by nepotism and all sort of social ills we have touched a bit above.

We thus begun to see a mushrooming of fake traditional healers and Sangomas of the fly-by-night. People are robbed off their livelihood by some of these Traditional sharks without mercy. Bogus and deadly concoctions are paddled to the gullible poor people, that many of the same clique of false African Traditional doctors and their type are in on this ruse. Our people are running around these hacks like headless chicken, leaderless, and directionless... Exposed and vulnerable...

The View Within Ourselves...

Resistance from the people is still sparse, disjointed, uncoordinated and sporadic. The police are always called in to protect all those that the people are complaining against. Whether it's the foreign merchant in the Townships Sphaza Shops, of the contractors installing electric or water meter boxes without consultation and consent of the denizens of these Townships, so that, as the people start to fight back, police raw-force is called in to protect foreigners against the local disgruntled African people. This pattern has repeated itself too many time to even count, that, this has created a certain amount of anger, which is compounded by the anger from seeing themselves as being sidelined and harshly oppressed. Yes,.. This is Mzantsi of today...

The present government does not want to be criticized, and want to drag all this filth under the carpet by threatening Media/Press/Internet with draconian Censorship, so that all these shenanigans they are immersed-in should not see the light of day. The NEC leaders, safely tucked in their fiefdoms of 'greater ANC' control and power-seat of power... have too many fingers in their cookie jars and are pilfering without let up of the poor's public coffers and natural resources. We have a 'commissioned' government in the deep pockets of Mega Monopoly Capitalists and Countries, that are not going to yield power that easily. They do so by really repressing their polity.

The people try to regroup, try to go about electing their own chosen provincial and local leaders. But this has received some serious push-back from the ANC, and up to this writing of this piece, many of the lackeys appointed by the ANC, are servicing their leaders well and helping themselves to the handsome loot like glutton. These people shine and have a healthy sheen, pot bellies and double chins.

The poor see this, they strike back… Burn Escom's car, the newly installed electric boxes, and chase away these workers. The police come back, armed to the teeth, and protect these installers, guns ready, and the whole offensive militaristic look to go with it… Awesome power. The Local ANC Bosses wanted to suspend this installation of electric boxes for just after the next year's Provincial elections. Now, because there's no such normal coordination between the Departments, the installers finished with the installation.

Now, they are saying that they are training an army of people to go out into the township to teach the people about the installed electrical gadgets. That, some people have been saying, they will only be charged what they use from the reading in the newly installed boxes, and if the people, wish, they can install pre-paid boxes and purchase electricity. What's still remains to be seen is whether these electric 'explainers' will get access to the angry people here in our townships. But, that's not only the problem laying ahead for Escom, people have been stressing and noting that they have never been informed nor consulted about this electrical matter.

Yes, meetings have been called over the years, and discussions were taken up, but with poor attendance, and a community not really persuaded to accept this forced deal upon the, One of the things the people wanted to know was what happened to the promises made by the ANC? The same question is asked today by the striking University students, that why is it that education is not free and of quality? Such questions linger, persist, fester and I can aver that they do burst and pandemonium will see the demise to the ANC.

What am I talking about? Well,... About 80 to 90 percent of the people in my Township are not employed; the police force is considered as useless by the citizens of the Township, and they do not really trust them, for they see their carrying-on with the drug dealers, and ignoring and disrespecting the public they are serving. People feel like reporting anything to them is a waste of time, for they never come, and the cops would complain that they had no cars or such drivel… Meanwhile the people see them driving around in their posh BMWs, cruising and collecting bribes, in plain sight and view, and it is in fact how one gets around, be able to grease their grubby greedy hand with some coupla chocolates. That is how we ride and live here in our country of our birth, today.

The police and many government sectors are plagued by 'tribalism' in hiring and functioning of these institutions. There's so much corruption, that many people are left bamboozled, gawking in horror as our bothers and sisters give themselves to selling out their people, and not caring a rat's ass about their actions and their outcomes. We have a very callous elite which feeds on its own vainness and carries on like they are foreigners to us. It is sad to watch our bothers and sisters pining and working hard not to be Africans of Mzantsi, they want to be anything but themselves-Africans of South Africa.

Living in Crypt that is Soweto and such like places, is very disconcerting, and many people have died and are still dying from a myriad of things. Poor people all over the country of Mzantsi are fighting against the pre-paid electricity, water, poor services, corruption, invasion of their space and palaces by crooked merchants from other lands, a very mean and bad government which chooses its favorites and those they wanna take of, and this is done at the expense of the poor Africans of South Africa.
Prof.

Witihin The Eye Of To A Turbulent Storm: Service Delivery For Colonial Imperialists

Whilst we are at it, we now take a much more seriously in-depth look at our present day social miasma we are mire in. Many of us are adept at waxing political and ranting/blowing off steam, but merely playing the newly found political expressions commonly found on the Social Media. Some of us are have been using the social media to construct and compose-theoretically assemble a solid foundation about our story without pandering to, nor paying attention as to what our masters want to see.

The point I am making above is that man of us cannot even think out of the box we have been encased in from 1652, to the present, in all aspects and respects of our decrepit existences... Some of us have bought body and soul, also, they have been 'took', and are bamboozled by the exposure they now have, and are trying their darnest to show-off their newly acquired statuses; some are trying hard to use English in order to sound 'sophisticated' and very 'erudite'.

In the end, more confusion and untruth belligerent ranting sputters out their torn and mashed-up enslaved souls, that one is left wondering, what is going on? What are these people talking about? Why are so many not writing about us, but use dumb articles and 'blurbs' to try and talk about our present situation? Many cannot even articulate the issues that arise in their own streets! Be it in the Townships or the suburbs. It does not matter how and what we do, we will forever remain "Post Apartheid Poor" copies of white enslavement we are so apt to copycat… Shamelessly.

Many of us, having seen the signs and presence of Authoritarian Apartheid 'sort of' disappear in our lifetimes, think that it is gone. Now, we say, we are Free. We have to look at this much more closely.Eric from informs us thus:"There is one feature of the 'authoritarian' character which has led many observers: a tendency to defy authority and to resent any kind of influence fro 'above.' Sometimes this defiance overshadows the whole picture and the submissive tendencies are in the background.

This type of person will constantly rebel against any kind of authority, even one that actually furthers his interests and has no elements of suppression.""Sometimes the attitude toward the authority is divided. Such persons might fight against one set of authorities, especially if they are disappointed by its lack of power, and at the same time , or later on, submit to another set of authorities which through greater power or greater promises seems for fulfill their 'masochistic' longings."

Finally, there is a type which the rebellious tendencies are completely repressed and come to the surface only when conscious control is weakened; or they can be recognized ex posteriori, in the hatred that rises against an authority when its power is weakened, and when it begins to totter."What are we talking about? Us, Africans of Mzantsi.. Pretenders, many of us... Wanna be's..

The bulk of us; fake accents and lifestyles… It's like we are trying to fit a square into a circle. We all know what time it is. We all know that many of us have got nothing; are nothing, and in fact… die in lonely and poverty stricken obscurity. Meanwhile, our elite potentates show of their ill-begotten wealth; fattening on the theft from the public coffers. Spotting pot bellies and double chins…

Yes, that is us, today's prosecutors of our own poor and downtrodden people. Comical caricatures of trying to present Western cultures, languages, mores and beliefs-absent and nothing of our own indigenous cultures, languages, values and morals.Asa intones:"The lasting challenge that we face is the absence of information and understanding of African culture. This has been by design.

The enforcers of an oppressive system work to create a cultural disorder among the oppressed, In particular, they suppress the value of other cultures, while glorifying and fabricating the history of themselves. They understand that the resulting disorder will make it impossible for the oppressed to be truly independent.Fanon put it this way:

"The unilaterally decreed normative value of certain cultures deserves our careful attention.... The Enterprise of deculturation turns out to be the negative of a more gigantic work of economic, and even biological enslavement... The doctrine of cultural hierarchy is thus but one aspect of a systematic hierarchization implacably pursued."For its systems of reference have to be Broken. Expropriation, spoliation, raids, objective murder, are matched by the sacking of cultural patterns, or at least condition such sacking.

The social panorama is destructed; values are flaunted, crushed, emptied. ... The lines of force, having crumbled, no longer give direction. In their stead, a new system of values is imposed, not proposed but affirmed, but the heavy weight of canons and sabers... This culture, once living and open to the future, comes closed, fixed in the colonial status, caught in the yoke of oppression. Both present and mummified, it testifies against its members. It defines them in fact without appeal.

The cultural mummification leads to a mummification of individual thinking."The apathy so universally noted among colonial peoples, is but the logical consequence of this operation. Their approach of inertia constantly directed at the 'natives' is utterly dishonest. As though it were possible for a man to evolve otherwise than within the framework of culture that recognizes him and he decides to assume."...

Thus, we witness the setting up of archaic, inert institutions, Functioning under the oppressor's supervise and patterned like a caricature of formerly fertile institutions…"The reason, for those of us who still remember and saw, and are still seeing cultural assassination of our people, were the products and are cognizant of the removal of the British type of Education for us, which is still worse-off, are now witnessing the genocide being performed on us from angles imaginable.

This whole saga is captured very well by Walter Rodney for us, of which few really talk about this issue, for then, in this case, reading is really fundamental. Understanding is key. We are going to cull from Rodney on the clear role and definitions of Colonialism and Imperialism, and how these worked in tandem to put us in the position we are now in, today in Mzantsi. This might have happened elsewhere in Africa and the Diaspora, we were also affected, and still are, to date.

According to Frelimo:"In the colonial society, education is such that it serves the colonialist. ... In a regime of slavery, education was but one institution for forming slaves."We learn the following from Rodney:"Faced wit the evidence of European exploitation of Africa, many bourgeois writers would concede at least partially that colonialism was a system which functioned well in the interests of the Metropoles(The West).

However, they would then urge that another issue to be resolved is how much Europeans did for Africans, and that it is necessary to draw up a balance sheet of colonialism."On that balance sheet, they place both the credits and the debits, and quite often conclude that the good outweighed the bad. That particular conclusion can quite easily be challenged, but attention should be drawn to the fact that the process of reasoning is itself misleading.

"The reasoning has some sentimental persuasiveness. It appeals to the common sentiment that, 'After all there must be two sides to a thing.' The argument suggests that, on one hand, there was exploitation, and oppression, but, on the other hand, they developed Africa. It is our contention that this completely false. Colonialism had only one hand-it was a one-armed bandit."What did colonial governments do in the interest of Africans?

Supposedly, they built roads, railroads, schools, hospitals , and the like. The sum total of these 'services is amazingly small.'"For the first three decades of colonialism, hardly anything was done that could remotely be termed a service to the African people. It was in fact after the last war that social services were built as a manner of policy.

This was paltry. The statistics show that Africa is today underdeveloped are the statistics representing the state of affairs at the end of colonialism."For that matter, the figures at the end of the first decade of African independence in spheres such as health, housing, and education are often several times higher than the figures inherited by the newly independent governments.

It would be an act of the most brazen 'fraud' to weigh the paltry social amenities provided during the colonial epoch, and to arrive at the conclusion that the good outweighed the bad."This is one part of the history we know, most of us, generally. In this piece, I will defer to Rodney below who teaches us thus:"Capitalism did bring social services to European workers-firstly, as a by-product of providing such services for the bourgeoisie and the middle class, and later, as a deliberate act of policy.

In 1934, long before the coming of the 'welfare state,' to Britain, expenditure for social services in the British Isles, amounted to 6 pounds 15 shillings per person. In Ghana, the figure was 7 shillings 4 pence per person, and was high by colonial standards. In Nigeria and Nyasaland, it was less than 1 shilling 9 pence per head. None of the other colonizing powers were doing any better, and some much worse."The Portuguese stand out because they boasted most and did the least.

Portugal boasted that Angola, Guinea, and Mozambique have been their possessions for five hundred years, during which time a 'civilizing mission' has been going on. At the end of five hundred of shouldering the White man's burden of civilizing "African Natives," the Portuguese had not managed to train a single African doctor in Mozambique, and the life expectancy in Eastern Angola was less than thirty years. As for Guinea-Bissau, some insight into the situation there is provided by the admission of the Portuguese themselves, that, Guinea-Bissau was more neglected than Angola and Mozambique[And in all cases, illiteracy was upwards of 95 percent].

"Furthermore, the limited social services within Africa during the colonial times were distributed in a manner that reflected the pattern of domination and exploitation. First of all, White settlers and expatriates wanted the standards of the bourgeoisie or professional classes of the Metropoles(Western Cities and Countries).

They were all the more determined to have luxuries in Africa, because so many of them came from poverty in Europe, and could not expect good services in their own homelands. In colonies like Algeria, Kenya and South Africa, it is well known that Whites created an infrastructure to afford themselves leisured and enjoyable lives. It means, therefore, that the total amenities provided in annoys those colonies is no guide to what Africans got out of colonialism.

"In Algeria, the figure for infant mortality was 30 per 1,000 live births among the White settlers; but it jumped to 170 per 1,000 live births in the case of Algerians living in towns. In practical terms, that meant the medical maternity, and sanitation services were all geared towards the well-being of the settlers."Similarly, in south Africa, all social statistics have to be broken down into at least two groups - White and African - if they are to be interpreted correctly.

In British East Africa, there were three groups, firstly, the Europeans, who got the most; then the Indians, who took most of what was left; and thirdly, the Africans,who came last in their own country(this was the case in South Africa under British rule, and worse under Apartheid rule)."In Predominantly African communities, it was also true that the bulk of the social services went to Whites…

The southern part of Nigeria was one of the colonial areas that was supposed to have received the most from a benevolent mother country. Ibadan, one of the most heavily populated cities in Africa, had only about 50 Europeans before the last war. For those chosen few, the British colonial government maintained a segregated hospital service of 11 beds in well furnished surroundings.

There were 34 beds for half-million Africans. The situation was repeated in other areas, so that altogether the 4,000 Europeans in the country in the 1930s had 12 modern hospitals, while the African population of at least 40 million had 52 hospitals."South African's large African working class population was in a sad state. The Tuberculosis Commission of 1912 reported that in the shanty towns:"Scarcely a single family exists in which at least one member is not suffering or dying from tuberculosis.

Hospital services are so inadequate, that incurable tuberculosis and other cases are simply sent home to die-and spread the infection. In some cases, a single doctor had to attend to the needs of 40,000 people. The Africans must pay for medical treatment. There is no provision for pauper patients. About 6% of the African children die before reaching two years."Rodney continues:

"That was as early as 1912, when the basis of South African gold and diamond Empire was already laid. After this, the shanty towns increased, the slum conditions grew worse, and the government committed itself to pursuing the odious policy of Apartheid-separation of the races so as to better exploit African people

"Many African 'trekked' to towns, because [bad as they were] they offered a little more than the countryside. Modern sanitation, electricity, piped water, paved roads, medical services, and schools were as foreign at the end of the colonial period as they were at the beginning-as far as most of the rural Africa was concerned. Yet it was the countryside that grew the cash crops and provided labor that kept the system going.

The peasants there knew very little of the supposed 'credits' on the colonial balance sheet."Because even the scanty social services were meant only to facilitate exploitation, they were not given to any Africans whose labor was not directly producing surplus for export to the Metropoles(The West). That is to say, none of the wealth of exploited Africans could be deployed for the assistance of the African left out of the money economy.

"The combination of being oppressed, being exploited, and being disregarded is best illustrated by the pattern of the economic infrastructure of African colonies: notably, the roads and the railways. These had a clear geographical distribution according to the extent tow which particular regions needed to be opened up to import-export activities. Where exports were not available, roads and railways had no place. The only slight exception is that certain roads were built to move troops and to make conquest and oppression easier.

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This dictum holds true as I am about to go into a discourse of what I mean, exactly, below.

Cry The "Not So" Beloved Country..

Not so long ago, South Africa was by far the most serious and economically successful country in Africa. At the turn of the millennium it accounted for 40% of the total GDP of the 48 countries south of the Sahara, whereas Nigeria, three times more populous, lurched along in second place with around 14%. The remainder, in raw economic terms, barely seed to count.

Despite South Africa's loathsome Apartheid heritage(Gained from African slave labor), solid institutions girded and underpinned its transition to democracy in 1994; a 'proper' Parliament and electoral system, a good new constitution, independent courts, a vibrant press and a first-world Stockmarket. Nelson , whose extraordinary magnanimity helped avert a racial bloodbath, heralded a rainbow nation that would be a beacon for the rest of the world.

One thing that ought not be forgotten is the irony that in the rainbow colored nation of South Africa envisaged by Mandela, his dupes and their puppeteers, is that, in its manifestations, the color black in nonexistent, as are social services nonexistent; as are the peoples political rights and economic needs trampled and unmet in contemporary South Africa.

Since then, Africa, once harshly labelled as the "hopeless continent," (so named by the Economist), has begun to make bold strikes. Meanwhile South Africa, though still a treasure trove of minerals and the most sophisticated economy on the continent, is on the slide both economically and politically. By some calculations, Nigeria's economy, messy as it is, will overtake it within a few years.

Corruption Through Government And By Business And Politics

The scourge of corruption in South Africa has tightened its grip on our society over the past decade, threatening our democratic achievements, eroding the capacity of the state to advance serious socio-economic transformation, and often undermining the solitary culture of our broad movement. Those first formations to actively launch a mass campaign against the corrosive evil, men like Radioman Ntshangase, of Mpumalanga and Moss Phakoe of Rustenburg, were gunned down for their courageous stand against corruption.

One will find that what lies behind this terrible contagion various explanations are advanced in South African public debate. Often it is reduced to bad individual behavior calling for moral condemnation — a "few bad apples," of whom "an example" must be made of. Clearly this is not entirely wrong, those involved in corruption must be dealt with, regardless of who they are, regardless of their political affiliations. In fact, we should expect a higher level of conduct from those who are members of our broad democratic movement and especially those in public service.

This is how Njabulo Ndebele characterizes present-day corruption in South Africa:

"With the arrest and sentencing of Jackie Selebi, a highly credentialed 'big fish' of the new dispensation has been finally been put behind bars. But there is another question that deserves attention: just how far can the tide of this social and economic epidemic be significantly reversed by the arrest and imprisonment of the prominent corrupt and they are its viral agents?

"The scourge of corruption, as we all know, cannot be entirely eliminated. Keeping it at bay effectively is what most societies try to do at best. The successful ones keep it at bay through strong governance systems and highly professionalized institutions. These derive their mandate, authority and legitimacy from legal instruments founded on their respective national constitutions. Strong value-based institutions exert ethical and moral constraints over and above legal ones.

"Since 1994, Selebi's particular group, which Mbeki described as the "bureaucratic bourgeoisie" has been in control of the state and has managed its wealth, largely a social and economic legacy of South Africa's history of colonialism and racist oppression, [this means that the Selebi crew, mismanaged (people's coffers) and managed local and international finance([for the interest of those investors) very well. This accumulated wealth suddenly became available and accessible to Selebi's ascendent group through political power.

"It has wielded this power in conditions in which the genuine personal material needs of its members, shaped by historic deprivation, brutally compete with social commitment that once gave meaning to the struggle for liberation. In this tension, personal needs, with political power now at their disposal, will tend to trump social commitment.

"And the more that power yields material gratifications of all kinds, the deeper grows the impulse to hold on to it. Access to accumulated state wealth reduces any inclination there may ever have been to re-order society to create new conditions for new wealth. The wealth now available will be spent far more than it can be replaced or grown." (Njabulo)

Corruption Based On Herd Mentality

Njabulo continues:

"In such situations, justifications to hold on to power abound. These may include messianic notions of permanent power, "Until Jesus returns: or, notions that no one else can bring about the necessary social transformations — only the leaders of the group in power can. For such consecrated leadership, constitutional rule soon becomes an impediment (As in the attack of the press by the ANC government). It imposes the requirement of effort that is often too demanding on personal and group capability. Indeed, the collective capability immediately available to the group sets the standards and the norms for maintaining group cohesion.

These norms and standards are then reproduced internally and become more and more distant from external realities and the pressures they may impose. The group then becomes prone to new solidarities that eventually become corruptive. Soon, group interest substitutes for constitutional rule. The once revolutionary commitment to radical social transformation is replaced by opportunisms of the moment. Selebi's social group further defined its character when it fractured into two sub-groups.

One sub-group negotiated with the moneyed asset holders who have historically built South African capitalism, to share its assets. Black Economic Empowerment(BEE) was designed as the preferred mechanism. The second sub-group successfully mobilized both the working class and the underclass of millions of the poor and unemployed to gain political power. With direct access to enormous state wealth, it began an unprecedented looting of the fiscus at various levels of fiscal management. Examples of splurging abound to indicate a looting well under way.

Meanwhile, traditional capitalists, overwhelmingly White, lost the buffer of the sub-group that first negotiated with them, and are now directly exposed to the sub-group in power. They are vulnerable to various forms of extortion. At this point, the political indulgence of personal material needs results in something far more deeply menacing for the body-politick. It results in corruptive collusions.

Corruptive Collusion as Raison d'être

These collusions become new foundations of group solidarity. They effectively replace the old solidarities of struggle. The latter, can continue to be invoked and retained more as a necessary mantra of commitment, and far less as an objective to be pursued. Corruptive collusions offer group protection and will be hostile towards any regular measures, whatever their merits, which emanate from outside the group. Even the national constitution is an outside phenomenon. Any guilt from abandoning struggle values the group will share through ritualistic recalls of past heroism and numerous political declarations of intent and a plethora of policies.

They deploy the mantras of "poverty reduction," "Job creation," "combating crime and corruption". These mantras have high appeal. But their effect weakens only because the more the sub-group in power asserts itself through a corrupted perspective, the less capability it demonstrates for solving social problems that require committed and principled effort.

Thus, the corrupted perspective achieves a defining outcome: it conceals the real power of personal material needs and its enormous capacity to violate a committed and principled attention to radical social transformation. Corrupt concealment becomes the primary mechanism by which corruption in general spreads throughout the body-politic. The impact on state governance is severe. Corruption becomes a principle of solidarity. It feeds and maintains solidarity.

The political party thus infected becomes itself the very agent of corruption. Corruption becomes its raison d'être, lived but never declared; condemned generally, never specifically; and threatened but never rooted outSo, no matter how many Jackie Selebi's can be jailed, many more are concealed under the cloud of the cohesive power of corrupted solidarities. Instead, it will work to evolve more inventive, and increasingly more invasive, ways of concealing their presence and their dark intention.

(These are, as the topic of this article has shown, some of the backwards looking ways of governance of those elected by Africans, are working assiduously for the extinction of Africans in South Africa.) And the corruption discussed above, is one of the myriad ways through which Africans are being eliminated, by their own elected leadership!)

Contemporary South African Predatory Vulture Capitalist

Corruption in South Africa then comes across as both transactional and then as a mode of perceiving the political and economic reality and the possibilities that reality offers. Concealment and obfuscation is its necessary method of operation or modus operandi. Indeed, corruption and concealment are two sides of the same coin. Seen from this perspective, South Africa may currently be moving through a dangerous transitional phase from the ad hoc practice of corruption, to its steady institutionalization through law and regulation. It is a phase that once crossed , will be difficult to reverse.

What we are dealing with then is corruption as a systematic phenomenon. This phenomenon involves more than stealing from the public purse, more than obtaining the underserved tender from colluding cronies in power. Rather, it becomes something more existential when it occupies the very thinking and affective processes people use in making survival decisions. All this does not mean that the vast majority of individuals in a corrupted system choose to live corruptly.

Many may probably abhor the system. But it can mean that many fail to demonstrate an inclination to resist the system, and that by their failure they permit the system to taint them. Through such accommodation, the corruptive culture triumphs…

ANC: A Perfect Front For International Capital

It is important to note that the strength of the ANC is weakened by their poor rendering of services in the African communities. Bond and Mayekiso write:

"The deterioration of municipal services and declining standards of infrastructure have become commonplace in post-Apartheid South Africa and housing has become a policy farce. All of this is not because South Africa is under "Black rule," as many conservatives would have it, but on the contrary, because of a combination of factors reinforcing residual White power remain.

"These factors are evident in the profoundly anti-redistributive, market-orientated policies on municipal services designed in the late 1994 by the World Bank and inexplicably adopted by the Reconstruction and Development Program [Or RDP] office in 1995 and Department of Constitutional Development [DCD] in 1996 once the RDP office was closed and local infrastructure became DCD's responsibility. Once again, the ANC outsourced local market-orientated processes to the World Bank, among the many other conglomerates.

"In my next deposition, I will try and caricature the real ANC and what it is up to in real time and concrete terms. For now, be it known that we are dealing with a dressed up "Uncle tom" government in Service of Imperial monied interests, and oppressing and killing-off its own people who resist, as Zuma said in his speech after Mangaung here on TV.

"What could have been more clearer and affirming to what I have posted above than that speech-that anyone who opposes the ANC will be dealt with. If people did not understand that and know where it is coming from, then we are nowhere near trying to solve the problems that are facing our people in this country today.

Elaboration Of Mzantsi Petty Politics

The Present existential problems in Mzantsi are spurred-on by ignorance. There are many self-styled political operatives and commentators on all the Social media and the present-day Television and radio/newspapers. These people, in reality, are sowing confusion and worse dumbing of the poor Africans in Mzantsi. Many are gaining a lot from the present governmental operation-i.e., Parliamentary system.

Malema is just a joker who knows how to manipulate the ignoramuses, who are very inept and exploitative of the existing state of blatant ignorance. If one cannot know nor understand/trace ones history: from the past to the present and the present future we are living in, headed towards some perceived future, then we have problems of so-called modern-types of leaders like Malema. Malema is a very dangerous wanna-be, and he has in his spin all the lazy and dumb Africans who are too, using him to claim their own perceived social ladder.

We have people running for power in Parliament, and when they get there, they plan a revolution, which is practically hurting the poorer and rendering them ignorant. Malema is just skating through his present position on the seat of his pants. He preys on the ignorance of the besieged masses under the jack-boot of the ANC, it its collusion with the past Apartheid rulers and their present Imperial handlers. I think what bothers me most is that, Malema, is seriously misinformed and ignorant, and he knows that. So, he creates confusion as to what's going on, and focuses all his admirers and followers and comes out as someone to be taken seriously. This is very important to note here.

Malema history and story has been that of malfeasance and greed/corruption heretofore unimagined here in Mzantsi whilst he was in the Youth League. He tore down his five million Rand to build a 16 million Rand castle with a bunker, and all the other spending binges he was involved in. Now, what he is doing, is going for his foe and nemesis, and accuses him of the Nkandla corruption. It's like the Kettle calling the pot black. Malema is still under investigation; on the other hand, he is attacking Zuma in order to defocus attention on himself and his corrupting ways. This is sad for the poor and the opportunistic clique feast upon such discrepancies, and four the attention of the poor on issues that really do not really matter.

There is rampant poverty; poor education and terrible housing and joblessness; health is quipped, along with schools, with badly untrained personnel; there is no accountability of anything, but all are in hot pursuit of money and personal enrichment… and Malema is leading a charge, with a thinly veiled false attempt as if he is trying to take over government. For what? For a better pay-day and power to be able to work hand in glove with the present Imperial handlers-he is known to have gone to London, and they likelyhood to weigh his prospects as to be becoming the new President. Who is he kidding? I guess all the political opportunists and 'johnny-come-latelies' into the real politic of here in Mzantsi. Let's get into the meat-and-bones of this story…

In my humble opinion, I would like just to illuminate one seriously flawed untruth. The ANC, in exile, was one of the most dangerous forces in Africa. They made or help bring down governments-throughout Africa… They were fighting in wars that were not in our interests here in Mzantsi. They killed and created/buried in mass graves all those who wanted some 'democracy' in the movement, and incarcerated and murdered many of us in the prisons like Quatro and such enclaves.

They were in collusion with the Boers for all those who skipped the country, and reported their arrival in their ANC organization/camps(Check Out "Inside BOSS"). That is why, nondescript and unimportant men and women/boys and girls who skipped the country in the 70s going into exile, we who were left behind and never left, would see the security police come to the houses of these people who had skipped the country-and many of these hapless run-aways many were apolitical and neither involved in any political activism in our Kasis.

Some of us were under heavy surveillance, and spies or Apartheid lookouts were put right across/opposite or next door to our homes; the ANC, from the reports on Wankie Wars fighters, told Smith about the Guerrillas who were headed down to South Africa to start fighting, and these were attacked by the Rhodesian forces-harassed, killed and those who survived, fought valiantly; the ANC named their prison in Angola, "Quatro. As in Number 4 prison in Johannesburg South Africa.

I have had friends who were in Mkhontho who fought in Wars as far as Nicaragua and throughout Africa; many girls in the ANC camps were abused, and many of our brothers, many of them, lived in fear and tight ANC reign in these camps, with its tribalist mind-set and division in their ranks and treatment of many people; many of these countries where these ANC cadres lived, were very rigidly and tightly monitored in these camps by their host countries/and disliked intensely, for that matter; so that many of these cadres were under constant watch; many have been killed by the Boers in these camps because of the collusion of the ANC with the Boers.

Some of our brothers escaped from these camps and came back into the homelands like the Ciskei, where they were pursued and killed by Chris Hani and his Thugs; what is also not talked about was the wholesale murder of ANC soldiers, who were ambushed and shot to death by the ANC murder squads led by Hani and his killers-and buried in mass graves.

There was a lot of cronyism, favoritism, ass-licking of the higher-ups, gun-running and car theft for the comfort of these ANC leaders, nepotism, tribalism and outright and constant search of 'imi-Dlwembe'/presumed sellouts within the ANC, who were continuously subjected to Witch-hunts over the years in the ANC, within their 'Povo'; one cannot even start talking about the killings that took place in Quartro and the many of our brothers callously murdered by some ANC people now manning the NIA and other secretive organizations-today.

One could also look at or read about the struggles of the Abahlali base-Mjondolo-for example… There's a lot to be gleaned about the ANC's shenanigans and attacks of these groups and individuals in our country… Yes, what I am saying is that, Malema, as the leader of EEF, which I do not really care for nor think is credible, just like the ANC-in the same camp and similar modus operandi, and all these other quisling and turncoats organizations we see so many fall for or follow, is that, he, Malema, is not seriously informed, and is misinforming his followers and those desperate to listen to his flunky talk.

There's so much corruption in the EFF, that it is very hard to see them as being different from the ANC. I, as a Mzantsian who is not affiliated to all these crummy organizations, and not a follower of any handkerchief-head and tin-pot-head dictators, am saying, let us begin to recognize that the ANC is not necessarily what Malema is saying, it is a far more formidable and a deadly organization that is and has been working for so-called Communists/Socialist and Capitalists Imperial interests.

For one, the ANC was totally banned in the USA, and they were relegated to a small closet space-like office with a dubious observer status in the UN. Their housing was so seriously 'not' there,' that they only had one apartment in some area in the poor neighborhood in NY. Those members of the ANC who had houses or their own apartment, did so because they worked in some form, but were not helped by the timid and well monitored ANC people in the US. We should stop creating a myth that is ill-informed about the ANC. We shall have to begin to tell our people what we are really dealing with here.

A very well organized motley crew of old timers who were very good at being International Paper Tigers/Pushers in Exile, and who worked assiduously very hard to delay, and make sure that there is no struggle taking place here in Mzantsi, except for a few token blast of railway tracks, and such useless targets, and sending in people to areas inside South Africa where they have never been there before. If people really want to know the real ANC, read the accounts of the betrayed Wanki Wars Guerrillas…

Let's stop this whole farce of trying to paint the ANC as an inept organization. They are now in power 21+ years and counting… This is what we shall have to talk about as to how and why they are able to last this longer… Not some mealy-mouthed retorts that they 'ain't shit'. They are the present gendarme government, and they are 'Fucking Us Really Bad' as the poor people of Mzantsi… We Better recognize… That's my two-cents and farthings...Hola!

The narrative about stories from the Crypt that is Soweto, is a collection of observation of what is happening to us. Something has, and is still happening to us as I am onto this piece. However one wants to cut it, it is all in front of our eyes to see… What I am onto at this juncture is our own demise and Genocide of our peoplehood, that I would like to highlight several points below.

Once we initiated the struggle in June 196, we started a whole ball rolling towards the emancipation of our people from the Jackboot of Apartheid. We did it. We died in multitudes, and the ANC safely and comfortably returned from Exile and assumed power through some rigged Democratically election process.

We had a whole jargon pop-up. Words like 'Codesa.,' South African Constitution, The right to vote the supposed end of Apartheid. We were delirious; we lost our cool and went bonkers; we envisioned ourselves living in the Sandtons, Norwoods and such like enclaves with mansions and the whole bit to our satisfaction. We Were Free At Last! ... So we thought and believed.

The ANC was bold and came out forcefully and told the Post-Apartheid Africans that we are going to get Basic Services for free, Electricity and water will be free along with education and such like goodies... The people became inebriated by the deluge of new words, conceptions, hopes, and brighter future than we could have ever imagined since Apartheid ruled, then the ANC came and told the people that this is a new day, a new era, a much more better beginning for all of us.

Yes, euphoria reigned supreme… many people were still dying and being killed by the boer Death Squads in droves. But, we figured, we are now Free, and no more Apartheid... So we thought.... and felt... Well, what really happened is where we are today... Something dreadful happened to us… and it's not abating…

This Is Our Story....

The ANC began to map-govern… from the get-go, people started noticing and talking about what they called the 'Gravy Train'. We saw the whole fiasco of the 'Truth' and "Reconciliation" become a farce and we were sold for a song to competing interests. The ANC took care of its 'cadre' and began posting them in their sectors of interest, and by so doing, undoing what the locals had created, and sowed confusion by redesigning different areas and creating even more useless jobs for their cohorts and so on.

Corruption gained currency and ended up becoming the norm. Nepotism became a new and real new, and unqualified people were inserted into sensitive position for exorbitant pays. Cronyism gained credence and became the modus operandi for giving access to these hangers-on of what ultimately became known as "Tenders". There was lot of confusion as to how to design and create our education system, which is still at its peak, even as we speak… meaning, the miseducation of our people began in ernest.

Health providing went down the hill; hospitals became overcrowded without medicine to give to the poor and sick. Sporting activities drew to a halt, and many facilities rotted and were subsequently destroyed; there was also extensive job-loss for millions of the poor working Africans in all spheres of endeavor; only a motley crew of select ANC favorites, hangers on, demagogues, opportunists of all types, and ass-lickers saw substantially growth in their ill-begotten wealth, greased on them by their ANC Ngangaras/Nkokelis/Bosses-(Some Pseudo African Baas)…

The dawn of the petty African vulturistic potentates was careening down towards us in a very fast and hazardous moves and zig-zagging that left us staring agog and in awe, as the Very ANC, morphed into a gendarme, quisling, turncoat. cut-throat, cabal tight and sell out entity, whilst we descended into the abyss of the present Crypt we are mired within, today... Our State Of The African Condition Is Critical, today... We are going to have to recognize that... We are going to take some serious action… What ever that means and take us to do so…

Then came the World Cup. We Africans were sideswiped from the event in a big way. The ANC, Blatter and some crooks swayed the electing of the whole saga of the World Cup South Africa's way. It was a helluva event that left the poor even more poorer, some were moved from their proximities of the World Cup Stadiums in the Cape, and elsewhere. Still, the poor never saw the army of tourists that serviced the White establishments and B&B's and were redirected away from the poor Township hovels-except for a few adventurers, the people got zilch for the enactment of the World Cup 2010(I have blonde extensively on this issue).

Intermittently we witnessed the massacre of the Marikana Miners, and the suffering their families had to go through. Cyril Ramaphosa has been held accountable and responsible for this massacre, because he is a shareholder of the mines. Whilst we were at it, we got the Nkandla Scandal; now Zuma now wants a R4-billion Airplane, on top of that. We have the young upstarts of EFF derailing parliament and contributing nothing to the process of nation-building and national unification.

We have see so many trials of corruption take place, have born witnessing the affluence of the new nouveau African rich elite, and a preponderance of evidence abound that showcases the life-style of the Rich and opulent Africans in Mzantsi. Meanwhile, the masses toiled and labored under various oppressive measures that are the subject of this piece. I have not really summed up on the host of other ground-shaking events, just so that I get to the point I am trying to make in this article. Our Story has just about begun...

The Dearth Of Our[African] Oppression Today In Mzantsi...

There have been and continues to be many strikes and protests throughout the country, and these are gaining in steam, and the situation is tense and precarious, to put it mildly. One of the most interesting issues contested is service provision and electricity along with water. In tandem with these issues, is joblessness. This has really put the poor in a tight squeeze and corner that they cannot seem to get out of. The outsourcing of everything in South Africa, has exposed the unprotected masses to Capitalist Imperialist Vultures and Mega-Monopoly Capitalist of all types, that, whilst we are being fleeced in all manners imaginable, we are dying in droves, and are a very sad people, today....

One other thing, totally ignored, is doing quality reportage of our decrepit existence in real-time and true terms. What is presently going on in our Townships is heartbreaking and very much deeply troubling. One cannot really escape the reality of our people's condition in the Townships… It is stressful, distressing and discouraging. This is true as I will try to put together today my impression of what is happening in the Kasie....

In The Trenches With The Poor

Local governance is worse for wear. For instance, the Minister of Cooperative And Traditional Affairs, who was formerly in SARS, Gordan Pravin, does not really have an idea why he is in that position. This is one to the ways the ANC operates, appeasing its cadres and other notable in their crooks-only organization, and yet, he is Boss of this outfit. He does not live nor has any sense of what he is lording over, and therefore, his underlings have carte blanche decision-making and so forth in their raping and destroying our people.

As for Nomvula Mokonyane being a Kahuna for the Water Department, is so inept, arrogant and very dumb, that as the present drought raked over the land with bowels of Dust parched and chocked us, she had taken a trip to Iraq! She has the knack of not dressing her respectable age, and has some illicit affairs that are questionable… In the meantime, we are stuck with such a leader(really), who has abdicated her post, and goes galavanting all over the world, without a care in the world about her job-they call int junkets... paid and sponsored by the Tax payers monies. She lost her son to Drug abuse, and has never worked to ameliorate this condition in our communities.

The Minister of the Police, Nathi Mthethwa, just a symbolic figure of no consequence because the corruption in his police Department is on display for all to see. This is no secret… Out police force is useless, incompetent, corrupt and very nasty and evil, that the state of anomie prevailing is not a surprise. Nathi Mthetwa has no control over his employees(Cops). Whenever people protest, he instructs them to use rubber and live bullets. Raw force is this policy, and he does not even have what one would call 'Riot Squad' just to make my point. Many people have been injured and shot at in these demonstrations, and that's that.

As for our Councilor, Bongani Dlamini, a total and corrupt egg-head who cares only for his friends and squandering the poor's public coffers, and is involved in the Water scandal. His term is ending, in the next coming election… and is hoping to fill his seat with one of his favorite sidekicks, all the while, poor people are never a consideration in all these sectors. As the poor, we are supposed to marvel at our own oppression, genocide, and never complain or the hoodlums of the ANC will deal with the 'thug' element, a throwback the Apartheid menticide of our people

The hospitals are a sad case of chaos run amok. The nurses are badly trained by 'private agencies', and many are callous and inconsiderate, and very mean-spirited. Health care is bad care for the poor, that the Health Department is trying to carry-out workshop to try and partly retrain the existing health inept givers. There is no medicine for the ill, and health coverage is sparse and expensive at best, and the people resort to some of these so-called private medical doctors with surgeries, who scalp their patients savings, and give some of them experimental overdose of drugs, sickening their patients ever more. The hospitals are overburdened, staffed with some really mediocre nurses, and badly managed and affected by nepotism and all sort of social ills we have touched a bit above.

We thus begun to see a mushrooming of fake traditional healers and Sangomas of the fly-by-night. People are robbed off their livelihood by some of these Traditional sharks without mercy. Bogus and deadly concoctions are paddled to the gullible poor people, that many of the same clique of false African Traditional doctors and their type are in on this ruse. Our people are running around these hacks like headless chicken, leaderless, and directionless... Exposed and vulnerable...

The View Within Ourselves...

Resistance from the people is still sparse, disjointed, uncoordinated and sporadic. The police are always called in to protect all those that the people are complaining against. Whether it's the foreign merchant in the Townships Sphaza Shops, of the contractors installing electric or water meter boxes without consultation and consent of the denizens of these Townships, so that, as the people start to fight back, police raw-force is called in to protect foreigners against the local disgruntled African people. This pattern has repeated itself too many time to even count, that, this has created a certain amount of anger, which is compounded by the anger from seeing themselves as being sidelined and harshly oppressed. Yes,.. This is Mzantsi of today...

The present government does not want to be criticized, and want to drag all this filth under the carpet by threatening Media/Press/Internet with draconian Censorship, so that all these shenanigans they are immersed-in should not see the light of day. The NEC leaders, safely tucked in their fiefdoms of 'greater ANC' control and power-seat of power... have too many fingers in their cookie jars and are pilfering without let up of the poor's public coffers and natural resources. We have a 'commissioned' government in the deep pockets of Mega Monopoly Capitalists and Countries, that are not going to yield power that easily. They do so by really repressing their polity.

The people try to regroup, try to go about electing their own chosen provincial and local leaders. But this has received some serious push-back from the ANC, and up to this writing of this piece, many of the lackeys appointed by the ANC, are servicing their leaders well and helping themselves to the handsome loot like glutton. These people shine and have a healthy sheen, pot bellies and double chins.

The poor see this, they strike back… Burn Escom's car, the newly installed electric boxes, and chase away these workers. The police come back, armed to the teeth, and protect these installers, guns ready, and the whole offensive militaristic look to go with it… Awesome power. The Local ANC Bosses wanted to suspend this installation of electric boxes for just after the next year's Provincial elections. Now, because there's no such normal coordination between the Departments, the installers finished with the installation.

Now, they are saying that they are training an army of people to go out into the township to teach the people about the installed electrical gadgets. That, some people have been saying, they will only be charged what they use from the reading in the newly installed boxes, and if the people, wish, they can install pre-paid boxes and purchase electricity. What's still remains to be seen is whether these electric 'explainers' will get access to the angry people here in our townships. But, that's not only the problem laying ahead for Escom, people have been stressing and noting that they have never been informed nor consulted about this electrical matter.

Yes, meetings have been called over the years, and discussions were taken up, but with poor attendance, and a community not really persuaded to accept this forced deal upon the, One of the things the people wanted to know was what happened to the promises made by the ANC? The same question is asked today by the striking University students, that why is it that education is not free and of quality? Such questions linger, persist, fester and I can aver that they do burst and pandemonium will see the demise to the ANC.

What am I talking about? Well,... About 80 to 90 percent of the people in my Township are not employed; the police force is considered as useless by the citizens of the Township, and they do not really trust them, for they see their carrying-on with the drug dealers, and ignoring and disrespecting the public they are serving. People feel like reporting anything to them is a waste of time, for they never come, and the cops would complain that they had no cars or such drivel… Meanwhile the people see them driving around in their posh BMWs, cruising and collecting bribes, in plain sight and view, and it is in fact how one gets around, be able to grease their grubby greedy hand with some coupla chocolates(R20 notes). That is how we ride and live here in our country of our birth, today.

The police and many government sectors are plagued by 'tribalism' in hiring and functioning of these institutions. There's so much corruption, that many people are left bamboozled, gawking in horror as our bothers and sisters give themselves to selling out their people, and not caring a rat's ass about their actions and their outcomes. We have a very callous elite which feeds on its own vainness and carries on like they are foreigners to us. It is sad to watch our bothers and sisters pining and working hard not to be Africans of Mzantsi, they want to be anything but themselves-Africans of South Africa.

Living in Crypt that is Soweto and such like places, is very disconcerting and many people have died and are still dying from a myriad of things. Poor people all over the country of Mzantsi are fighting against the pre-paid electricity, water, poor services, corruption, invasion of their space and palaces by crooked merchants from other lands, a very mean and bad government which chooses its favorites and those they wanna take of, and this is done at the expense of the poor Africans of South Africa.

The Crying, Dying And Not So Loved Poor Africans Of Mzantsi

The state and condition of Africans in our Township and throughout the land is not good. This is very important to talk about here in tis article. This means many things that have already been discussed above. But it also means there's still so much more to be said of this condition, that I think time has come to closely give my own prognosis of our decrepit state of existence here in South Africa.

When we talk of the tire meeting the road, we are talking, in my case and sense, about being and taking-in/feeling the vibe, mood and energy of our people as one walks amongst them. This is important, and there is no theorist nor historian who can talk about this, but ourselves who are chronicling our life and reality. I am talking about 'being with and amongst the people'. The humdrum life we have to live through, daily, and the state of mind and emotions of the people.

In the Townships today, people have a very sick, defeated, discouraged, hungry, sick, bored, sad and very lonely look in their faces, and physical demeanors. This immediately informs one that the people are unemployed since they are loitering in the Ghetto of Soweto… Armies of the poor and unemployed, youth and adults, loitering and having nothing to do, nor hope to look forward to.

When one looks at their bodies, one can discern poverty, they are, many, unkempt, not washed, sick-looking, forlorn, desolate and spaced out-literally and figuratively. This is borne out of the fact and reality that food commodities are very expensive and hard to buy. I have seen people go to the Super Market just to 'look' at food, and unable to buy any. We have a serious problem which we often do not talk about. Expensive food, and the trite and cheap food that our people have to try buy, not having any nourishment, and of a very cheap and low quality. This is happening daily, and the people in the street corners, standing by their home gates, or on the storefront/or sitting next to Sphaza's, nothing to do, no hope and very much downtrodden. Yeah.....

The Economic Powerlessness Of The Poor And Downtrodden

I made mention of people going into Supermarkets just to look at the foods on the shelves. This is what they see:

Some packaged meat, weighing 10 kg would be about R60; Many often resort to buying the rotten Braai packs, with some pungent odor; for example, a semi fresh(people say it's rotten) 2 kg, is bought at Shoprite for R30. Some people have spoken about the tin fish with the Shoprite loge as tasteless and half rotten, and had no fish-like smell; A tin of Lucky Star quality caned fish, 410 grams costs R18.

In the street, a full but small chicken, halved, costs R60; and half of it one has to eke out a heft sum of R30. And if you add Pap(Cooked Mielie meal to it, you have to pay an extra R5). The Pick & Pay 5 kgs is R35; 10 kgs is R60.Washing soap like surf and Omo (and now there are many varieties of very cheap and low quality brands), is only brought when it is on special it is R32; otherwise, one has to pay regular price of R40 Rand for either Omo or Surf.

Many people have resorted to buying cheaper foods from stores like Boxer in Downtown Jozi. These store are run by the Indian people. There's also another shop called Mizans having a lot of 'specials,' and advertise on the Radio, newspapers and TV. People go and buy there because there are many weekly specials, of low brand and low quality foods.

Pick & Pay and Shoprite do have specials too, but in general, their food stuff is quite exorbitant for the poor and unemployed people. For example, 30 eggs cost R60, and if one buys the Shoprite brand, on special, sells for R37 for 30 eggs. People have complained that many of these cheaper brands from Shoprite and so on, are low quality food items and not really fresh(Some past their due date-this phenomenon can be seen carried out by the Pakistanis who own a lot of the Townships Sphaza shops, selling outdated food, and low quality bread and so forth… very cheaply).

One person talked about funny smelling fish oil like D'Lite; these old and decrepit foods can also be found abound in the Shoprite and Pick & Pay stores. The old brand that we had in the areas yonder, can no more be afforded by the poor. People have to share and reuse Tea-back, if they have any, so's not to deplete them quickly. So, people frequent stores like boxer for cheaper Brands… And There's been an e-mail circulating in different sectors about the fact that people should stop buying Coca Cola because it is tainted.

Just to add, people are supposed to get the first 6,000 liters of water, and they came to find out that they are going to have to buy water at 1 Liter for R40. People cannot afford to buy the water, and the reason I have pointed above as to why people are not clean looking, and at times water gets shut down, and now with water load-shedding, things can even get worse than they are now.

Catching The tiger By The Tail... The Slumbering African Giant Is Slowly Awakening...

African People are frustrated, and as one looks deep into their eyes, when passing them, or as they go past one, one sees sadness, utter-dejection, anger, somber loneliness and listlessness. They stand in corners, gates, stores, or just sit anywhere with nothing else to do. They see their brothers and sisters passing by them in flashy cars, new clothes, whiles for the poor Africans, Poverty Has Grown Into them… The Poor personify and signify Poverty in Plain View and Sight; many of us pass among these people oblivious to the pain, forsaken and empty look in their eyes and blanks tired, sick, dirty and aging(young many of them) right in front of our eyes.

Many have no hope of finding jobs, and a whole generation has been swooped by the Nyaope epidemic, and the rich elite throw scorn at them, and deride their condition. Crime like theft, robbery, house break-ins and homicide have risen alarmingly. One cannot really find a job today in Mzantsi because one has to either pay a bribe or know somebody who knows somebody, and so on, just to get a job. Of course, deposits, cronyism, claims and ANC selective "Apartheid" rules supreme. I have once written an article about the ANC being the same like the Broederbond, it's just that, the ANC is an amateur and inept at creating such organizations. They only are a poor copy of the Broederbond, and they are malfunctioning.

Walking through the streets of the Townships, one see the 12 to 20+ year olds asking for money, and many are at a school-going age, no jobs, hanging around the streets and anywhere, dirty, hungry, sick-looking, distance, spaced-out, drugged and very much unhappy and lonely. The hospitals, as I have briefly touched up on them above, are malfunctioning, nurses are mean, the teachers are frustrated to come see, and their relations with students are at a dangerous low ebb, and from what I can ascertain, and from many informants on this issue, many of these students are not learning anything... Illiteracy is high amongst our children in a devastating way.

If one were to just cite one place like an RDP township in Nigel, one finds a very ghostlike town, people are not filling the streets, they stay in their houses; there are many industrial giants in this area, and large commercial farmers. Without rain, these farmers of land and stock farmers have incurred loses, and people have been helping themselves with the dying crop due to lack of rain. Many cannot find jobs anywhere else in this Hub and Heart of South African economic Monopoly Capital…

Many of the youth here, now adversely affected by Nyaope, have no hopes of finding jobs anywhere because they say their only chance for jobs in Secunda. Going to find a job in the Johannesburg, is a lifetime trip. The train has to wait many hours to get filled before it moves, and by the time these job-seekers get to Johannesburg City, it's six and a half hours, later, having woken at six, they get to the City around twelve.

Taxi drivers are mean and rude to ordinary passenger and have resorted to force against them, and fight amongst themselves and so on. Many of this Taxis have overturned, crashed and many such accident, where people have had broken limbs, disabled and even killed straight out. Getting a license to drive here in Mzantsi, you had better have a bribe, from the time you go for a learners, to the getting of the actual license. So that, many people are not roadworthy and seriously licensed drivers, that is why we have such a high accident rate in our country.

There's a lot of tensions, fights in the homes, amongst families and for workers in their respective workplaces. In some of the many employment places of the workers, are subjected Apartheid relation which is still alive and well, and many of our bothers and sisters are slaves and kowtowing to anything their white employers want them to do, or behave like. Many use all destructive and bad means and ways to get rid of their co-workers, some see the foreigners doing security work and the like, and intense dislike of these Africans from north of South Africa builds, mounts and grows. As we have recently seen the attack on Africans from north of Africa by the locals, and some killed, stabbed and such like atrocities.

Meanwhile, the ANC is basically at war with its own voters, and it is submitting to local and International fiscally deep pockets and carries out their bidding. The NC has outsourced water, electricity and prisons, just to name a few, to foreign governments. One person called in to Jozi FM, a mother, complaining to the host that her son has been taken to Pretoria Central Prison, and he told her that the nightshift prison guards, who have dubbed themselves as "Boko Haram", come in and torture them the whole night, as the mother was calling, she divulged, it was going on, whilst she was on Air with the Jozi FM host. There are so many videos, articles and information about the condition of our jailed people, that this too needs to be looked at, closely.

Chaos And Confusion As the New Normal, Today

As I have mentioned and will sum up a bit here, Our youth is drugged and frustrated, very unhappy and angry and hungry, too. Present-day worker decry the abhorrent working conditions in the places of employment; people, many of them, women, at home, are bored to death with the redundant housework, and being unemployed, and in many cases, her husband and grown up children, too, are not able to contribute anything to housekeep of their families-Except for Government Grant(Mdende).

We as an African collective are fighting with each constantly and seriously; drug addicts steal from houses, gates, taps, TVs, phones, rob people anything just to buy themselves a dose of Nyaope. The take these scrap and copper metals and sell it to the "Maningi" as it is know scrap buyers… Crime is rising, and the denizens of the Townships are feeling very uncomfortable, insecure and unsafe as it is of and for now. The government that the people keep on re-electing, is the same government that is seriously alienating them, and sidelining them in every aspect of their existence.

Some pregnant women talked about being given brown pills to drink, forcefully, in the hospital and clinics so that their babies can grow in their stomachs. What has happened is that these babies become too big, and the women are in the end given a caesarean section to give birth, thus limiting their number of babies they will bear in the future. This is the same tactic that was used during the Apartheid era, where women who were giving birth for the first time, had the cesarean operation performed on them, some crude and very devastating way to control birth and number of children the woman can give, which limits them mostly to three children or less. women are given about 60+ pills of this in a bottle, and expected to drink them three times a day. Many people do not know much about this, and it is going on as we speak.

One time I heard some egg-head young aspirant girl advocating for Ritalin to be given to our children because of their hyper activities, and attention deficit disorder. She was on Jozi FM, trying to persuade the local mothers to allow these to be administered in the lower grades children. This is akin to the same drugs given African American children, by the school nurse, every morning, knocking them out, for the better part of the day, and this has affected many children adversely.

Crying, dying and being eliminated(genocide) of the local African populace is in full swing as we speak. Many of our people are really ignorant, and even if one tries to show them what is happening, they say, you see, when I go and vote in the booth, it is automatic, I have no other choices, because DA is ill-treating Africans in the places like Cape Town and Eastern Cape, where they are in control. As for EFF, people point out and question as to what it is that they have done for the youth, as I have described those affected by Nyaope, using Parliament to achieve these ends? People think that all these parties are not really doing anything now, and so, even if in power, they will still do nothing…

Some reckon the ANC is ding something, even if it means no jobs, no functioning clinics, sorry and sad state of Service Delivery, malfunctioning schools, local administrative offices, general corruptions all the way to the top: Cops, Parliamentarians, Provincial and local leadership... All of these sectors and leaders, under the ANC, are really terrible, and the people keep on saying, who is any better/worse than the worst devil they know[ANC]?... They always answer: "Nothing And Nobody".

In the Crypt world, decrepit poverty stricken and downtrodden masses have no recourse and no one is really listening to them, only when the elections come, the poor are given crumbs, and for one day, forget their misery and dreaded lives-In the end they Vote for the ANC.

Our African Past In Mzantsi, Matters...

Facing Our Past and Refurbishing the Present- For a United National Pride in the Future...

Theoretical Revolutionary Theory Will Come from the Assessment and Concrete Reality of the Poor Masses

I am an ardent advocate of Anything South African culture and its and am not backing off my stance. Why? It seems like few people really understand what is happening to us here in Mzantsi [A place down South of The Continent Of Africa] as the Africans fondly call their country. Well, I am editorializing about things South African and why it is so importantt to air these points of view On the Web and Social Media. Africans are currently facing a crisis amongst in their midst as African South Africans. I am not talking on behalf of those who have taken the responsibility that they are the middle class of South Africa. I am talking on behalf of the army of the poor and ignored. In the Townships, there are people who drink bails of water just to go to sleep; people who cannot receive medical help or never know when the next meal is coming from.
People are still suffering the devastating effects of alcoholism, malnutrition, mental illnesses; freezing and unheated houses; drug abuses and multiple devastating diseases. People used to bury on weekends only-now they do so everyday- the cemeteries are already full and other space is being sought; they suffer unemployment, messed-up education; they live with rats, rodents and some big and larger than cats; there are still many people living in shacks; the government is not taking care of the meek, weak, sick and poor as it should; Africans in Mzantsi are jeered at by everyone as being lazy, won't works; they still have to fight against the undercurrent maneuvers of their past enslavers who are manipulating foreign labor at the expense of local workers; enforced ignorance; women being raped; men being killed, drugged- In sum, Africans are worse-off than during the Apartheid era- and the people themselves say so too. Then, when I defend the defenseless of South Africa, some people who are African accuse me of being only about South Africa. Well, Africans in South Africa are about to loose their current population and land, humanity, and facing extinction-albeit creeping up slowly, but consistently wiping them out in a myriad ways...
They see their land being parceled away to the highest bidders, amidst corruption. I am talking here, not about the rich and comfortable, but what is going on in the poor's lives... everything that they thought was theirs, is not. At the same time they have to fight against a relentless and determined enemy which has all the resources available like those with money, so that when the oppressed raise their voices in disgruntlement they are told that they have to remember that they are more free than the whole of Africa(An old Apartheid logic-trumpeted by the presently ANC-lded government today. But we forget that Africa was not liberated in one swoop. It went on over many years, and still those that were free such a long time ago, still have not resolved their internal contradictions in their respective countries.
South Africans are talking here of a mere 20 years and instead, they, the supposed-owners of South Africa and its wealth, are the wretched of the earth. How can Africans talk in terms of the continental unity when they still have to battle the West and the rest of those who think Africans in Africa and African South africans should not complain, protest in trying to push their national agenda, [of which none of these things have been accomplished], and should not protect themselves and their lands with their a natural wealth and abundance. Africans are still reeling from the 48 straight years of the worst form of Naziism(Apartheid) with its presently continuing effort to eliminate, confuse, and oppress/depress/suppress and dehumanize Africans..
Africans in South Africa are facing a predatory and gendarme rogue government bent on fleecing and enriching/deepening their pockets at the expense of the locals. Some people think that South Africa is New York, and they have the right to do as they please... Others act like they're fighting for issues and that South African is not fighting for Africa! Preposterous!. Some of our South African brothers think that they are white, and you can tell from the way they are talk, act, behave and plan their lives and ignore their culture, tradition,customs, practices,languages and sacred rites. They quickly run away from the present morbid and dreadful conditions of their bleak existence with the hope that if they concentrate elsewhere, they might find respite from the present harsh realities of their witnessing and facing their extinction.
Thus far, what the people of Mzantsi see there is nothing that they can be proud of or claim as theirs - therefore, my insistence on the preservation of South Africa culture, custom, traditions, languages and practices and rites is not because they have any handle on it, but because they are barely recognizable, nor most of them acknowledge it. Poor education is disempowering people, that is, unless one has money to send their child to better schools, those who cannot afford it are doomed are doomed.
Without knowing,practicing and respecting their cultures, customs, traditions, history, music and dance, there is now a proliferation of mental illness and total amnesia about what as Africans they should be doing, or what their identity means to them and how to move on with it into the burgeoning future, the 21st century and beyond. This calamity and dysfunction is eroding the true social fabric of our people; its disappearing millions of people due to HIV-AIDS, TB; cholera; high blood pressure, sugar diabetes, kidney failure; depression, repression; genocidal attrition... Everyday of their liver lives... Ignoring Culture and all else I mentioned above are the real course of the present dysfunction and working towards elevating the cultures, traditions, customs, history, languages, practices of sacred rites will alleviate the suffering the africans are facing today in Mzantsi.
South Africa is in Africa but it is run by everybody except the African masses of Africans in South africa. You cannot talk of fixing your neighbors houses before you put yours in order. One cannot overlook the importance of building ones' Street, Township, Province without first taking care of and hold of all that which is local. How can these leaders talk of fixing Africa which has so many different countries run by the West and the East? Why pretend like we can take on this mammoth task whilst the city states within Africa are dependencies of the West and the Rest of the Capitalist vultures lurking within and owning African and Africa's mines, farms, railway system, African land, all the metropolitan towns and our labor power? It really does not add up.
How can this lack of control and ownership help in the reunification of Africa if the Africans of South Africa are not even having a smidgen of unity; a semblance of a nation; neither controllers of their economy, media, sports, arts, dance,music, culture, tradition, custom, practices, languages manufacturing, you name it. Africans in South Africa, as a collective, are not holders of rights to everything that is enclosed within the borders of that country as a nation or the indigenous rightful owners of all that is in and within South africa?. These questions still linger on, and African people are dying by their millions from a myriad of ailments in this putrid and decrepit South Africa.. yearly... all the time.. And they are going crazy in many numbers than before; and their cultures, customs, traditions, history, languages, dance,music and all is not in their service nor made to work for them-instead it is owned and controlled by outsiders more than the African people themselves. Some of these foreign Cultural hawkers claim that they have Intellectual property ownership and rights to what is not theirs but that of Africans in South Africa.
Nobody has asked Africans of South Africa as to what is really going on here in Mzantsi. Everyone knows that they can get a piece of action, but as to the locals, they are dismissed and are not even listened to.. I am raising this issue knowing that it is going to raise the ire of some people- so be it. What do I have to loose but raise pertinent issues of nation, custom, culture, traditions, languages, practice and rites and their being African South African and for them and should be run and controlled and owned by Africans of South Africa-I see nothing wrong with that.... What do Africans have to lose but their already lost land, its resources and all that is contained in it. Africans need to fight even harder, irk some people, maybe find some allies, if possible, but fight this war which has morphed into many differentiated fronts.
I am identifying those fronts here, and I do not want any compensation for it. But I will use this viral media to get my point across- and I am using many new technologies to get this type of message- through Blogs, Internet radio, journal posts and writing; FM and Television-Worldwide to make our concern to be at the forefront of the global purview. Below I will be going deeper and making the points above more clearer and I embarked on a project which I will be discussing in a short while below
Everyone comes to South Africa and African South Africans cannot go out as they please for many reasons. African People have been purposefully kept ignorant, penniless, poor and oppressed up to this day; books are hard to come bye; the media is white-owned; Malls are white-owned; Whites still own 83% of the land; if you ask the locals what's going on, they will tell you that the sad thing is that really nothing is going on, or nothing has changed, but instead, they are now living in hell without a choice of changing the order of things inside the country.
The say, as matter of fact and conviction that "Our brothers are our enemies; our children disrespect us elders; our social mores and norms have been sacked, flaunted and discarded. We really never had 'freedom of speech', economic self sufficiency nor educational development where teaching and learning should take place; we do not own our own businesses and are attacked from any imaginable angle; we are the most deprived on knowledge, information and at the tail-end of this modern era as a technologically come up as a disempowered people," and they always answer in one or the many ways I have pointed out above and more.
To have people decry the fact that they should not be living under such coditions in the land of their birth, and have begun to see their lives ebb away because of currpution and other things, is to see how disconcerting it is for them; but mainly because they see to be lsoosing the "The Cultural War", and it has never be attaked in a way that utilizes the present technology and relaying information that can get to the people; or conversely, get under the skin of the roving capitalists vulture of all stripes and ethnicities within their midst. The people have stopped being proactive, and have not had time to ameliorate their present condition; or to seriously begin to mount a revolutionary path towards addressing and setting all these social maladjustments and maladaptive societies and individuals. If I have to advocate for South Africa, I will do so with gusto and much energy. I approach the issue of Africa from many points of view, and will mostly attack it, as in the case of this Hub, from a historical cultural point of view.
Some of us are fake..

We still cling to the past era of our disempowerment by apartheid.. Many of us still abuse the word culture, to further there own ends.. Others are using culture to hide their being vulture capitalist.. Many claim to belong to "Tribes, what I have been arguing now for years on the Viral stream that it;'s all Rubbish. Some use the word culture to oontracit themselves, using double-speak- On e end they are are cultural purists; whilst on the other end of their mouths they are modernized Africans.. They want to have their cake and eat it. I do not care for such glib utterance and I attack them mercilessly and relentlessly. some of our brothers want to claim that we use the english language, which is the Masters Language and address this issue using the English language. Many people when they realize they they cannot hack it intellectually-in an african centered way.. resort to trying to uphold the values which run contrary to their present existential reality. the sad and worst one are those who claim to have a culture and and a lineage and come from a cultural place that really does not exist anymore.. what am I talking about here? Well..

I f one were to go, for instance into the Eastern cape, many houses hanse been abandoned, in the North and west of ur countries, our so-called village lie fallow and empty and houses and land are unoccupied. Many people come to the Areas of Gauteng(mainly present-day Johannesburg and Tshwane, present-day Pretoria and such like metropolis escaping the poverty of the rural areas, and when they get settled, and buy cars and computers and live a lavish life-style in these centers, the they, her on the web, claim that they still have those farm areas, which is a lie, and that their communities are still intact, another lie, face and hypocrisy.

They have followers on these social media like Twitter, Facebok and so forth wherein they sell these bogus claims, and these followers are just the same groupie who want to reinforce a lie and none-existent cultures. They really ignore their own culture, languages, music, and all what that entails. for instance, post anything America of=r european, they flock with false 'likes' to that a article or post. Post anything, as in my case south Africa.. Only few respond, but the false howlers of culture themselves, you'll never see them comment or 'like' anything that has to do with South African Culture. Al these educated Africans who know not their history culture, customs traditions and so fort, especially the men, they are the one who abuse women, who claim to be men because , according to, that is our culture, and many falsities that are the bane of their modus operandi.

Then we have this very opportunistic and unconscious class who say that they are 'workers' whilst employed in whet people's establishments of all type.. these sell-outs, cabals, turncoats, and quislings, hosts about their accumulated wealth, their acquired technological toys, and ability to travel overseas to import all the cute things thy purchase overseas, houses in suburban enclaves, they are even scared to visit the Townships-Even those who were born in tees ghetto hovels now living in opulence!!, they say, "Oh! hen I get off work, I will back home to the 'village' and live my culture.. Na! This is all handkerchief head talk. They go back there to show off, talk like big shots(small 'b')..

I am not going to castigate White people on this pice, but us African people. A lot of us quote Biko(hardly even understanding either him or Biko, and myriad books just for show off not having read a sentence of those books. we are living a lie, many of us here in Mzantsi and want to be given accolades here on FB by our similarly misled followers and hangers on/groupies. Many wax political even when they do not even know jack! A lot of these people who are employed are the stabling block to the progress of Africans in south Africa.

A Review Of The Posted Cultural Videos Of The People Of Mzantsi..
I have just finished a series of videos that I had started by posting first with an article articulating my objectives(See Older Posts): to create a format and structural form of our music and culture and frame it such that it has a National body and appearance. What I mean by this is that, I made some means of collating our 'different,' 'variegated,' 'variable' and 'diverse' culture, which up to the point before I started posting it in that manner, and having written a preface to my intentions, had never been done like so. Also, what I did was create the bios or small histories of each of the musicians, performers and bands so's to lay out a matrix that most of the South Africans on FB, might get a glimpse of it holistically.
This exercise in Cultural defense is not a "practice in Promoting My music " as has been claimed by those who are left behind in what I was doing. It seems there is culture of obfuscating the 'right' things for our people in order to "Dumb Them Down". Our people of Mzantsi are prohibited by a new species of "Censurers" and "Gatekeepers". Not on the TV and radio only, but viciously here on these social media that can reach millions of people in Mzantsi and the world over.
Some of us are patently ignorant of these new, burgeoning, emerging, converging, moving-at-the-speed-of-viral-data phenomenon and gizmos. Our people who are in different privileged position are scared of an Independent African South African, who has the potential to learn, and become better, if not different from the. Some of these leaders are cloaked in Pan Africanism of a "Type". The Pan Africanism that cannot even recognize Africanism in the efforts some of us are trying to disseminate, without us being crass and ignorant about what we are posting and how we are posting it-as African peoples.
The response might not have been an earth shaking event when I posted all the videos, short histories of the 11 people of Mzantsi, namely: The Zulus, Pedis, South Sothos, Shangaans, Vendas, Ndebeles,Swazis, Xhosas, Tswanas, Vendas, Colored and the Khoisan. The main thrust of posting such music, was not, and I still emphasize, to "Promote My music/videos" on the Pan African Sites on FB. Apparently there are people working as spooks and moles of the FB owners, and the present ANC government, of which they are on its pay and beckon-and-call. The aim of laying these viral videos was specifically to, in a coordinated and structured way(that of choosing relevant 'cultural ' videos with as much 'authentic' dances and live videos as such as possible), to help us beggining to learn much more better and in a 20/20 way the breadth and depth of our cultural matrix and mosaic as it has manifested itself in our daily realities; and, undergirding this first aim, was the second one, wherein I was trying to parlay an ideas, way of seeing, and conceptual ability of our people to begin to see that we are really one people, as opposed to the apartheidized way of seeing, thinking and being that we are a different disunited collectives of "TRIBES". A Term I have consistently rejected, until we end up having a "French Tribe", "British, Italian, Danish," and so forth tribes, then I might reconsider.
But, since that is not what I am talking about, we need certain perceptive ways and perspective of beginning to realize ourselves not as a collection of different "Tribes", but a nation with a diverse, vibrant,energetic, similar and one culture. Even if we were to try and interrogate or investigate the notion that our languages are different and not the same, and that they emerged from our trekking South from the north, is utter balderdash! We have always been here in Mzantsi for eons, and now there is proof of 'supposedly' disappeared civilization of here in Mzantsi, andit can be traced back to 170,000 B.C, and there is a lot of physical material proof that we have been here since the formation of the earth! So that, when I use our music, culture, customs, dances, languages and their practices, techniques and uniqueness, I am working toward reconstructing our Nation (through all the mentioned building blocks, and making them real through our Music, Dance and interpretation of our Culture) and that they should be viewed as being one,, not different or unrelated to one another-but one National Culture, etc..
For us to see ourselves as a Nation of Africans in Mzantsi, we need to see ourselves, in some shape of form, as one people who are having a diverse culture, which is in essence, one culture. It is one culture when one starts listening to the music, which we can group into Mbaqanga and those songs unique to different groups in various regions throughout South Africa. We need to have a sense and way of seeing our different cultures as they seemingly are different, but see them for their commonalities, originality, energy, similar dances, hand-clapping, rhythmic foot-stomping, movements of all kinds, from the gyration of the Shangaan women, to the active and energetic synchronic dances of their men
; to the smooth foot-shuffling ad gentle stepping Batswana , Swazis mass singing, and for the men Zulu-type of dancing; up to the easy, steady and deliberate dance of the Basotho men, with their "kotos" always held high and the foot-stamping well calculated and seemingly off rhythm, but on the beat; to the 'mokgibo' of their women kneeling on the ground, chest-vibrating to their musical rhythm-along with the Xhosa mix of the Batswanas, khoi, Zulu and Sotho cultural dance nuances, as in the case of the "Xhosa" who perform the "Mtjitjimbo" same as the Basotho women, but in a Xhosa male stylistic fanfare(and of the older Xhosa women generation, more akin to the the Basothos) in dance, actions and technique; and the Khoisan animistic dance, projecting the action of different animals(they hunt) in a dance form and which too is related in style and presentation to the Zulus, Xhosas, Pedis and all the other groups. We saw children put up their best efforts, imitating their parents, in dance and song and style(which promises continuity). That in the final analysis, what I am saying here, is not quoted or cited from some book, but what we are creating through viewing the Music I have been posting, and I do not get paid a cent, and do not own these videos, nor composed anything in them, or am I gaining in any way, shape or form. This is part of my contribution to our struggle, and am using much needed innovative ways of teaching all and reaching all-through creating, form the old, new ideas and ways of seeing for our self on our own.
I intensely dislike our detractors, whether they be Africans of Mzantsi or from anywhere else. I have a passionate and offensive attitude when it comes to us and now we are blocked by those ignoramuses who are in service of deep vested fiscal pockets. Nobody said I should do what I am doing. I am doing it because we need many different ways of executing and making sure our struggle survives, but we will not get this from those who Police The Pan Africanist Walls, which are humming and howling for revolution, and the truth is that there is not one way to making a revolution: ask the Zimbabweans with their Chimurenga; learn from the Angolans and their MPLS; Frelimo; I mean, from all revolutionaries if whether in executing their revolutions, they listened and worked on one single idea. That is an inexact way of making a revolution. A revolution uses all that is relevant to it to succeed. Not a prescribed panacea from some Facebook revolutionaries who are really out of touch with the people in the country, and how we should be trying, our darnest, to liberate them- By Any Means Necessary [a la Malcolm X).
I have been viciously attacked here on face book on different sites and in my in-box. I can be just as vicious too, but I do so tactfully. I cannot stand Bullies and Ignoramuses. Most of us are in position that prevent our people from dreaming big, and bettering themselves. It does not mean that posting here on FB is not "Free". No, according to the minions that are in service of Big Capital and they themselves vulture-capitalist and self-serving-morons, they do so at the expense and to the detriment of people learning and yearning to becoming much more better. I beg down to no such quislings! These gendarmes tell us of "Bottom Line" as they have been instructed to trumpet that by their handlers in various places, institutions and the whole bit! They attack our culture that I am working on here on FB with venomous vengeance, and multiple 'exclamation marks" to drive their point home. The Defend the Master's wish that our people should remain dumb, not made to be awake, by anyone. If some os us remember, when the ANC and some of the PAC people came out, I have the press cuttings, many of the revolutionary ANC cadre and PAC cadre were mercilessly murdered by goons of the Death and torture squads of the mode of the Vlakplaas executioners, and they worked with some of our brother(terrorists) who made it their business to eliminate all fierce and what they considered to be vexatious elements amongst our worthwhile and erstwhile stalwarts. Is it not then a wonder that some of them(african quislings) have morphed into the FB police, when we should now be working with our people to create a Sane Society and an independent and well -self-willed and developed polity. No! we have people telling us that they are "Guarding some Walls", and they are the first ones to eat up what they claim to dislike.. I am not really scared of such quirks, but I will use the FB too, to go for their tainted and fattened jugulars.
Our African Cultures, Customs, Traditions, Languages, Rites, Histories and Practices, they too need Warriors. They need fearless and very culturally self-loving and defending Warriors. It is not only the gun "revolution" that has have to be monitored, but our cultural revolution, too. This methodology I have carved up in laying out our culture Bare and bringing them to the fore, with their own structure they already have, but am giving form, meaning and dignity, is what ought to preoccupy us. Or attaining power will be the one way that will be made realistic by relearning, and developing 'new ways of seeing and looking', shedding off the Apartheid blinkers in the process, will be what might do for us in moving the struggle forward our own culture of which we live-daily-by our knowledge, control and ownership of our culture.... Our struggle is lined to the International African diaspora and Africa itself. I have posted music of Africans from Cape to Cairo; from South America to North America-and throughout the world, to show how same its its matrix and mosaic-in all genres- that in actual reality(in the Garvey-ite mode and sense).
I posted all the different nations of Mzantsi to show the 'similarities', 'commonalities' and 'converging' points of performance, technique and style(both musically and dance-wise) to be of one people-one nation. We are one nation, but we have not yet even ready to energetically defend and protect it, if not develop what we have as a culture because, as I usually say say, most of us have been 'edumacated into ignorance', and 'we are running away from ourselves'. If fact, there are still people in our midst who are still ashamed of, and deride our culture as backward, because they have been conditioned to be so by their masters whom they now serve with zeal and gusto.
They go out of their way to please the master-they might as soon take the disease plaguing their controllers/master and have it manifest itself on them-on his behalf. There are some who attack the way I use this foreign language of English. Well, my take is that, if we ever do anything, we better do it well, and good. This will not and does not take away from me being an African of Mzantsi. It is just like presenting the videos that I have been posting or have posted thus, I still hold on to the belief that we need to do our own things right. We need to taken control, shape and form, mold and design our cultures, customs, traditions, history, music, dance and all its styles and techniques fully and correctly.
It is amazing that going through YouTube, one discerns the way the Cultural imperialists are using all manners of obfuscation, censorship, and licensing and holding on to information pertaining to our music, cultures, dances-pattened to be released at their own discretion. When researchers like me come and look for the music, artist, it's either there's limited information of the bio, or the music has not yet been uploaded or are ignored, or we have not yet developed ourselves to be in a position to really own, control and disseminate our culture as we see fit: to be able and be also in a position to disseminate our data in any form we wish to.
I hope the thrust of the small idea I have implemented on all the PAC Walls should be seen as me 'showcasing our music. I put a lot of short history for the listener/reader to get an idea about what they are listening to, and I posted it en-masse as I did because I was swelling the viral stream with positive vibes and dances. On some other far flung and rare FB Walls, our music rules; our music rocks; our music makes people all over the world come back wanting more- whether it is contemporary music, or traditional/cultural music we make. For people who think that I have backed off from posting music and originally written articles about various, they have got another think coming..
We are much better than this- Ons is nie 'Moegoes', and have never been di-Bari, never! For me, I post what I like, and like what I post, and if anyone on any site needs to block me, go ahead, make my cultural day! I will post, if not create my own Wall on various topics and keep on working for our people for no Renumeration.. None at all..
All I have done was collate a culture of music and dance that has already survived for itself without me doing what I am doing, so what I did was that I made sure that it becomes well structured and well-formed for the world to see that we are who we say we are; we have a powerful, colorful, variegated, diverse and same and one culture here in Mzantsi. And I thought that my presenting it as I did by posting it on the Pan Africansts Walls, will be seen for what it is-and yet, what does one see, cultural quislings who have no regard or use for their own culture, and personalize their dimwitted-myopic and narrow-minded selves and work assiduously to prevent its being made too look as great as it is. Look for yourself, without ass-licking anyone, at all the different posts I have brought forth.. Is that a culture that should be oppressed(apparently this has not worked with the Boers-but our brothers are working around the clock to suppress and depress it). Well, so long as I do not have arthritis, I will type and post; I will use "Word" and "Image" to put out Culture of Mzantsi of the Glogal Cultural Map-and put it up to speed with the spreading and speed of the viral stream. For me, to Date! ... there is no other better culture than our culture in Mzantsi...

More by this Author


Comments 16 comments

tonymac04 profile image

tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Yes indeed! The test for South Africa's young democracy is still in the future. I ampersonally quite optimistic that we will succeed as a country, but the ruling elite need to take serious notice of the glaring, and widening, gap between the haves and the have-nots which is going to lead to some really violent revolts if it is not dealt with soon and decisively.

A very interesting read.

Love and peace

Tony


ixwa profile image

ixwa 6 years ago Author

Tony! True that! There is a glib handling of the insecurities, fears and concerns of the majority poor Africans and the growing number of poor whites in South Africa. I concur that we are closer than the ANC might acknowledge to the some form of catastrophe engendered by the frustrations the poor of all races are feeling because of the wealth flaunted by the African elected fat-cats who are also constricting open dialogue in the country and are not so concerned about the the domestic problems within South Africa. Makes me wonder what's going to happen after the World Cup is Gone...? Thanks for your responses, they are greatly appreciated.


Francois 6 years ago

Funny how this article concists only of Africans (Blacks) and what they went through. Looking at the last 16 years and listening to people like Malema singing "kill the boer", it makes me realise that this country is going nowhere, simply due to the fact that under APARTHEID, Life was valued more than it is today, just looking at the crime stats and how brutally people are being murdered and mutilated. How babies are being chopepd up to produce African Muti etc and how young black men disrespect woman by gang raping them.

You do not need a degree to see which side of SA was better, more controlled and produced a better "HUMAN" society.


ixwa profile image

ixwa 6 years ago Author

Francois: I will only answer your probe because I am aware that you have hardly read the article above and do not even understand its contents and thrust. You are right about one thing: "This article consists only of Africans(Blacks) and what they went through". That is your quote. Yes, the article is about the oppression, repression and depression of African South Africans from 1652 to the late 90s. That is a historical fact and reality. I take umbrage with your assertion that life under Apartheid "life was more valued than it is today". And your pointing out that crime is rife in South Africa whereby people are being mutilated and brutally murdered in contemporary, goes to show how little you know about South Africa and its history. Malema is not what the article above is about, but the atrocities committed by the Afrikaner regime in destroying a whole people for nearly four hundred years. This article goes to the extend of delineating the history of this repression and the players that were involved in planning and applying these callous and inhuman acts making the Apartheid regime to be labelled a Pariah and committing crimes against humanity. You are also using the same approach that was trumpeted by the regime and its minions to paint an ugly picture of and blaming African victims of Apartheid from apartheid cruelty and, practically speaking, genocide of the African people.

Malema is not the 'whole' of African people, and am not going to be goaded into talking about the present regime, which in effect is oppressing and depressing its own people. The song "Dubula Amabunu" were the words used or sung during the harshest repression against the Africans by the Afrikaner soldiers. If Malema said so, it was political posturing, and I am aware that around 3,000 Afrikaners have been murdered to-date. That Malema uttered those words cannot be borne by the whole African society. That the murders of the Afrikaners has happened, cannot be laid on the door of the African society. If the African people of South Africa intended to "shoot the Boers("Amabunu"), why then is it that during the two weekends of the 22nd of May and 29th of May were Fans of the "Blue Bulls" and the "Crusaders" Rugby teams, who held their Semi-Finals and Finals in Orlando Stadium not shot, murdered or chased-out by the denizens of Soweto? In fact, the Fans were greeted warmly by the Soweto Citizens, and they came along with their wives, children, and entire families, waking on foot into the Townships, and walking into any houses, where they drank beer, after the match, held a 'boerewors' braai in the backyards and "Mekhukhus" Throughout Soweto, without a single incident, or shooting of the "Boers" and their children and families. For your information, the citizens of Soweto protected the Rugby fans from any mugging, and those who did so, were severely beaten-up by the residents of Soweto.

Your problem is that you have not even attempted to go into places or Townships like Soweto, nor met its peoples. You make destructive and injurious statements about people you do not even have friends amongst, or went to sleep into their houses, nor "walked in in their moccasins for six moons". You depend on stereotypes, and vile and egregious statements by people like Malema who are serving their political interest and as you should know, who is now being opposed and threatened with expulsions from the ANCYYL but other youth members. Malema is not part of the article above, you are merely trying to paint African people, as a whole, who are not responsible for the atrocities committed presently in South Africa, and you seem not to know, they are a carry-over of the social life under Apartheid, and you, without knowing this, you aver that these are the issues of latter ANC rule. No, you are simply a Johnny-come-lately into the South african political scene and historical reality. Your accusations are ahistorical and opportunistic, and using contemporary 'talking-points' to discredit a whole people who still suffering from the Apartheid 'After-Effects' which you conveniently overlook, and pretend that the social miasma Africans find themselves in is only 16 years old. No...! you need to read the article fully and remember, "Reading is Fundamental", and you cannot use this comment box to propagandize what is untrue and unreal about the African People of South Africa. Just like the Farmer who wants to take Malema to the World Court for genocide(which one, by the way), the Africans in South Africa created the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to resolve the past atrocities. The Genocide perpetrated onto the African people during Afrikaner rule call for a Genocide against the Apartheid regime. The Afrikaners boycotted and tried very hard not to participate in the TRC. You are being arrogant and dishonest and disingenuous by claiming that Apartheid was HUMAN, you surely had a human existence under Apartheid, but Africans had a dehumanized, repressed and depressed existence as clearly elaborated in the article above. You have done nothing to improve life in South Africa, you have not read the article and understood it, you have never been with Africans in their domiciles or lived with their families, and yet you make such careless statements such as "controlled" and "produced" ignorantly, and I take it you are not well versed about the History, Politics and Societies of Africans in South Africa. APARTHEID WAS A CRIME AGAINST THE HUMANITY OF AFRICANS!!! There is no other way out of this true and historical correct statement I have made. They made a Beloved People to Cry, and still killed them in an inhuman way, through draconian laws and social apparatus designed to eliminate and keep them ignorant and backward, repressed, depressed and oppressed. NO!!! you are wrong and you need to apologize to African people and start recognize that your "type" in South Africa, are fast becoming extinct Dinosaurs. Your ideas are tired and irrelevant.

Read the article above and comment on the issues it highlights and rises. The better side of South Africa today, is the one that took place on May 22nd and May 29th in Soweto, when the Afrikaner people first came into Soweto and nothing happened to them, but they partied all day and night into the wee hours of the morning, and nothing happened to them. You need to come to Soweto and become acquainted with the Denizens of the Greatest Ghetto in the whole continent of Africa. You need to have have African connections and friends, and at this point, you still yearning for an era that past, that of blaming the victims, vilifying Africans and spreading jingoistic lies and presenting them as facts. The article above has taken care of all that, and your task is to learn and begin to learn to respect African people. This is ridiculous that since you have access to the Web, you sprout vitriol about a people you do not even know nor understand. Yo!, Reading is fundamental, and you need to read the article above and respond to it without hurling insults and disinformation about a people you have so far destroyed and do not know nor understand. Your need to correct and compare your perception about the nature of Apartheid and ANC's contemporary rule into a more informed way,will be helped if you Read The Article Above! At this juncture, you are just wasting a lot of time and are exposing your ignorance. African people are not responsible for what Malema says, and all those who rape and mutilate. Blame should be put onto those individuals, and not the African society as a whole. And by the way, it is "Not Funny" what this article is about. Read it! As the sub-heading attests, you, as one of the former apartheid desciples, you are Blaming the Victims of Apartheid as you 'exists' in Contemporary South African Society. The article is about your 'type', and you are doing exactly what the article is about...


samantha tesner 6 years ago

@Francois

Being of the belief that one cannot possibly reason with someone incapable of reasoning, all that is left to be said is "Your arrogance, ignorance and conscientious stupidity astounds me!" and has left me wondering how it is that you, taking into consideration the fact that you were able to take advantage of a quality education, one which I may add, was denied to those you now condemn, has left you at such a disadvantage?

@Ixwa

I am in awe not only re: your writing but, amongst others, your patience (I refer to the likes of Francois, above).


ixwa profile image

ixwa 6 years ago Author

sensoryza: Welcome to HubPages and also, welcome to the Hub above, and thank you for your graceful comments. It is not usual I receive such accolades and someone honestly facing historical facts and seeing through the thin veil of bias and vitriol. There is a lot of this hype and type of talk within South Africa of putting down African people, and trying to convince the world that Africans are bad, backward, prone to criminal mischief and the whole bit. I wanted to make @Francois aware of the damage he and his 'types' are doing to a whole nation of poor people, that is why I wrote the Hub. I am very happy to see that you have nailed his pattern to a "T", that is, he is the one at a 'disadvantage' and he is yet to see that. That is the life in South Africa, where Africans are so poor, that their majority cannot afford laptops, or computers, let alone have the internet to express how and what they feel about what is being done to them and said about them. That is why I have said I am writing these articles from an African point of view, to counter-balance the overwhelming attack on the Web against African South Africans. Thank you very much for your comments and I appreciate your input very much.


ike 6 years ago

thanks ixwa for telling the real story which is seldom told while white racists and apartheid revanchists constantly put their hate and lies all over the internet!


ixwa profile image

ixwa 6 years ago Author

@ike: Thank you for visiting the Hub above with positive and informed comments. As you can see, this topic goes to the heart of the the mater, namely, how the Internet is used by former Apartheidizers to paint an ugly and very negative picture of Africans in South Africa. The Internet today is abuzz with such negativity about Africans by White South Africans, that one, without knowing, would believe such 'mean spirited' comments. I think from reading thousands of sites and stuff and comments made there-in, I felt it would be important to write an alternative view, from the African perspective. Media accepts the fact that there are two sides to any story, and one side was being presented overwhelmingly on the Web: that of White South Africans. After being named a pariah, Apartheid went into a high gear and on the Web begun distorting the truth about Africans. Those who went to the World Cup, although most did not go to the Townships because of what they read about Africans in the Ghettoes, were similarly shocked when the managed to come into the Townships. They found the humane and human-side of Africans in abundance, and forever welcomed wherever they went. It would be important for tourist to South Africa, find their way into ghettoes like Soweto, and meet people there without being influenced by the divisive and racist Tourist Industry of post Apartheid rule today. The Africans in South Africa are a very nice people, and despite the negative picture painted about them, it would be worthwhile to try and find comments made by those who went into the World Cup and read what they saw about these kind folks. Thank you for commenting positively about the article above, I really do appreciate it. Thanks, again.


Ike 6 years ago

I have to thank YOU! i share your analysis of the problem of information about Apartheid on the Internet where the right-wing and pro-Apartheid view is overproportional pushed by those who are still often overpriviliged today: former benefitters of Apartheid who have access to modern means of communication more likely than the majority of black South Africans. I therefor try to bring in some balance with a Youtube channel which you are welcome to visit:

http://www.youtube.com/user/Hendrik44987

I am also a bit frustrated about the level of ignorance and arrogance of former benefitters of Apartheid (and even some active perpetrators). Personally i wish the democratically elected government would have dealt with Apartheid murderers and torturers in a way more similiar to the Nuremberg trials (but without death sentence) so that it would be undoubtedly clear to the society that those killings of children, women and activists were illegitemate, injust and crimes against humanity which have to be prosecuted inside of a legal framework. I am not totally convinced, that the TRC was a complete success in making sure the Apartheid crimes were recognised as gross violations of human rights by the former benefitters.

just my thoughts - thanks!


ixwa profile image

ixwa 6 years ago Author

Ike: Thank you for visiting and reading the Hub above. Also, thank you for your relevant thoughts and your YouTube video which buttresses one of the Hubs I wrote, called: "Apartheid's Genocide on Children: "The Killing of African South African Kids from 1985 to Beyond Y2K". It is sad and perplexing to read the arrogance and exaggeration perpetrated by the former oppressors of African people on the Web, using lies to besmirch an entire people. It is also a wonder to read how sort-of 'intelligent' most of the ignorant Boers begin to sound in trying to show how much they know about Africans; also, how they go on-and-on about how Apartheid lasted for only 16 years from 1948; how the ANC is more murderous than Apartheid; how apartheid civilized Africans, and that Apartheid was a Humane system?!; how Africans are living-off better than whites in contemporary South Africa; and how Boers are dying in "greater numbers under ANC-led government, forgetting to tell the world that Africans are dying in droves, and burying in thousands people dying from AIDS, High Blood Pressure, Sugar Diabetes, Dysentery, Cholera, Kidney failures; poverty, malnutrition, environmental apartheid and disasters, and so forth. All these are left-overs from Apartheid repressions, depression and oppressions and apprehensions created by the Apartheid-led Government from 1948 and beyond. It is important to look at two of my articles on: "Apartheid's Colonial Health and Mental disorders: Fractured Consciousness and Shattered Identities" and another one called: "Apartheid's Mental Diseases: An Educative Social Psychotherapy - Reintegration of African's Health and History". What the racist White South Africans are doing, is to hide the truth about Africans who are being buried everyday(Monday to Monday), and the African cemeteries are filling up and there is now a need for new cemeteries to accommodate the Dead who are now being buried everyday, not only on weekends. During the World Cup, there were more deaths from what I have listed above and from stress, anxiety, Ghetto Bleakness and pneumonia(resulting from cold and frigid houses and AIDS); TB is on the rise, and Africans are still dying from pink eyes, alcoholism, car accidents and so forth. That is why your YouTube Videos are important and I hope people reading this articles, could click on your response and see the videos you are suggesting as links themselves. The lies about Africans in South Africa by Whites on the Internet, will not go unchallenged. Thank you too, very much 'Ike' for the videos. I am very much appreciative. Compared to the 3,000 or so murdered Boers, Africans are dying in hundreds of Thousands in South Africa today - the world and those on the Web ought to know that! Thanks, again.


Noor 4 years ago

White colonialism never had so much cake to eat and ate it. It was never so sweet - to get away with murder and still display arrogance and superiority. Thanks Mandela, they should say.


ixwa profile image

ixwa 4 years ago Author

Noor: Thank you for reading the Hub and succinctly responding to its contents with a few words but loaded and cogently straight to the point and clearly captures the theme of this Hub. You have captured the essence and gist of the article above, and am very appreciative of your deep knowledge of the reality that still has to be pointed out about the Aparheidizers, and you encapsulated it in such a few words, but potently spot on. Thanks, again..


Khanyi12 profile image

Khanyi12 3 years ago

I am not a history major at all, but this is amazing. I've never had such detailed information about SA before 1990. To be informed is liberating indeed, keep up the good work ixwa.

To the note of amabhunu or Boers, I might not be in SA at the moment but I realize that most people are not aware of what that name means. As a Zulu girl I was told that amabhunu were white people who were for the apartheid law and had no intension to make SA a democratic country. As you see on this article, there was a strong movement against Natives Africans and the purpose and the mission of Amabhunu was to totally eradicate Africans.

But if you look up for the meaning of umulungu, you'll understand that it referes to a white person regardless of whether they are for the apartheid law or not. Meaning that is how Native South Africans refer to white race. I am not saying Malema is justify to sing this song, since it's been about 2 decades since the apartheid law has been removed from the judicial branch. But what I am saying is that Amabhunu song was referring to those who favored the apartheid law and wanted to enforced it in everyway. Therefore natives felt powerless under the regime ruled SA and the only way to get rid of this regime was to just kill. The irony of this is that Afrikaners or British migrants (very few) use to sing this song with us, but today Afrikaners or white people think this song is against them. Amabhunu are not referring to white people as such, ubelungu or umlungu does. So white people should not be offended by this song, unless they are for the apartheid law and want to enforce it by killing and oppressing the native Africans. And for anyone who want to sing this song today, I will say that they are misinformed because today as native Africans we have a justice system that supports every South African by not favoring anyone based on race. So if you feel like you've been discriminated against go to court, don't kill people...


ixwa profile image

ixwa 3 years ago Author

Khanyi12: Thanks for responding as you did to the Hub above. Well, you see, the thing about the Hub above is that it needs to be read and studied very closely. There's a lot of information which I think can help you come to grips with the history of Africans in Mzantsi and help you understand the contemporary times Africans exist in within the Hub above... As an African historian, my job is to work very hard to cover as much ground about the problems that have befallen and brought upon the African people over a long time. So that, I write with the hope that those that read it, whether they were present in the past or just coming across the information no, will grow and learn their history without having to struggle to put it together themselves. You answer and response above is well taken, but I think you should go back and re-read the 'whole' hub, and I think in it you will find a lot of things which you briefly alluded to. But at least be aware of one thing, whatever I write I do so from an African Centered Historical perspective-and there is more to be gleaned from the Hub above. That is important to bear in mind as you read this article. I hope you go back and re-read the entire article and maybe when you want to respond from your reading it, you are free to. But for now, I advise you revisiting the Hub above, and am looking forward to your response from reading the whole article. Thanks, and hope to hear from you again...


MartieCoetser profile image

MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Very insightful, profound and objective report of South Africa and Apartheid. It will take many years to correct the harm that was done. I believe corrections should start at home; so many wrong perspectives to be changed. Eventually we will succeed in becoming a true democracy, questing justice and equality, condemning all that is wrong such as crime, fraud and incompetent governance.

Brilliant hub!


ixwa profile image

ixwa 3 years ago Author

MartieCoetser: Thank you for reading the Hub above. My thing is that, inasmuch as I point out the errors of Apartheid, I will not hesitate to call out the ANC, which too, is violating Basic Human Rights in South Africa of all the poor and in many ways, is practicing some form of covert oppressive tactics, but they are not good at it. For us to have a true democracy and a well-developed country, we shall have to come to terms with our past ghosts and present nightmares. eruditely and honestly. I still believe that our country has potential, but I think we need to get along and respect each other, and help develop our people, in all their different cultures and Skins.. I concur we have to promote justice, equality relating to all that is wrong as crime, fraud and incompetent governing.. We are on the same page here, and I appreciate your comments and there being a person such as you are, MartieCotser... Thanks a lot...

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.


    Click to Rate This Article
    working