Destroying the ANC
An intentionally misinformed and strategically misguided psychological claim that South Africa’s ruling ANC Congress is led by a corrupt, immoral, indecisive and fraudulently elected President and officials is part of a right-wing strategy to destroy the party’s credibility.
It means a racist, Afro-pessimist perception is being fomented, which claims that indigenous black Africans cannot rule and, therefore, are not fit to run their own affairs in their country of origin.
In the run-up to the provincial elections in 2014, most political opposition parties, with the assistance of academia, churches, civil society, the owners of the corporate mainstream media, industry, capital and mining, continue to try and form a united front against the ANC and its voter-base.
Former Bantustan military leader, General Bantu Holomisa – currently heading the United Democratic Movement (UDM), has pushed for some time to unite the political opposition.
The Democratic Alliance (DA) leader, Helen Zille, has picked up on it and now runs with it. This is done by sowing the seeds of disunity in the country among a host of strategies.
The new platform, Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA, would most likely form the unifying entity to structure this new coalition under its umbrella.
There would be no surprise.
Over the years we have seen emergence of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) in KwaZulu Natal Province; the break-away Congress of the People (Cope)party from the ANC immediately after the conference in Polokwane in 2007; the Congress of the People (COPE), and the UDM in the Eastern Cape Province.
We have also seen the DA in a joint effort with the Independent Democrats (ID) in the Western Cape Province and some pockets in other parts of the country; as well as attempts to unite the African Christian Democratic Party, the all-white right-wing Freedom Front Plus, the new trade union AMCU (with a possible further break-away by disgruntled members of the COSATU affiliate), the National Union of Metal Workers of South Africa, and the South African Democratic Teachers Union.
The idea is to bring all of these in a new coalition to oppose to the ruling ANC.
In all likelihood, many members of civil society could enter the political fray through Ramphele’s Agang SA, too.
There has been much speculation about the possibility that senior political leaders – such as former Minister of Finance and ANC National Executive Council member Trevor Manuel, and South Africa’s fomer Ambassador to Argentina, Tony Leon – would be part of the opposition coalition.
Further, the speculation is that Dr Ramphele and her colleagues will be able to lure the black middle class to their coalition.
The biggest recruitment drive for Agang SA would be to sign up the restless, unemployed youth, estimated at 10 million “born-frees” without any direct link to the history and experience of apartheid.
Dr Ramphele offers her new “platform” for a “national democratic debate” in the hope that these people will join the broad political opposition coalition.
Once all this is achieved, Agang SA plans to contest next year’s provincial elections. And once the coalition has been formed, the lobby within would most likely nominate Dr Mamphela Ramphele as its new overall leader, as its first president.
In the meantime, the aforementioned coalition will work harder at breaking the ANC both from inside and outside the party.
A senior group consisting of a former judge, now Senior Council and an advocate, two respected attorneys with political and economic interests, and a globally well-known political leader met with this writer and discussed “a plan of action to discredit the African National Congress”.
They told this author, “One of the planned moves to weaken the African National Congress is, to serve Constitutional Court papers on the ANC’s National Executive to have the Mangaung Conference declared ‘null and void’ and the election of Jacob Zuma as ANC President defined as ‘fraudulent and undemocratic’.”
In an attempt to discredit and weaken the ruling party, this is planned for immediately after the conclusion of the Marikana hearings in Rustenburg.
A victory for the legal team concerning the actions of the South African Police Services at Marikana Mine in North West Province would be a victory not only for the legal team of the mine workers, but also for the new trade union movement, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.
“It would strengthen them in their bid to seek to attack the ANC in the Constitutional Court. Such attempts could also split Cosatu,” the group explained.
The group further explained, “The above-mentioned plan for legal action to be rolled out against the ANC will be followed up with an all-out push for a new ANC Conference in December this year, in 2013.
“The strategists behind that move would try to push for Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to become the next ANC and country President.”
The chances of that concretising, however, are slim.
By 2014, the above-analysed political coalition hopes to win not only the Western Cape Province, but also the Gauteng and the Northern Cape Provinces.
By its own admission, the DA as part of this new coalition, will strive to take over government by 2019.
• Udo W Froese is a political and socio-economic analyst and columnist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.