The Dirty Game
“There is a phenomenon in Africa that is unexplained and has not been identified, a Third Force that sees key strategic African countries undermined and destabilised by conflicts and civil wars. South Africa is not immune to this.
It is only three countries south of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) where the conflict takes place.”
This was the powerful statement of South Africa’s Minister of Defence, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, when addressing a special sitting of the joint standing committee on Defence in Parliament in Cape Town on Thursday, April 4, 2013.
Meanwhile, President Jacob Zuma withdrew the South African troops from the Central African Republic (CAR) after severe clashes with “rebel forces” and the subsequent loss of 13 soldiers. At the same time Tshwane announced it does not recognise the new government of the CAR.
Governments around the world have their own agendas and interests for occupying foreign lands.
South Africa maintains that it was a “neutral force” in the CAR. The SANDF was not an occupying armed force, as for example the US/UK/EU soldiers on the ground in Afghanistan and Iraq remain, so too in many African countries through their US African Command (AFRICOM).
NATO was an active military force in Libya, committing “humanitarian bombing”. One should not forget North Korea in the 1950s and Vietnam later in the 1960s and ‘70s.
This writer was assured that South Africa did not act on her own. The country communicated its military role in the CAR with the SADC, the AU and the UN.
The sophisticated “rebel” army was aware of such. It had an agreement with the SANDF that they would meet unarmed to discuss the role of “technical support”.
The truth of the continuous “rebel wars” and the Rwandese “genocide” in the Great Lakes District of Central Africa is not yet out.
According to informed sources from that region, it seems that the continuous destabilisation of that district is due to oil deposits much larger than those in Saudi Arabia.
The same well-informed sources went as far as to claim that many of the “rebel forces” actually work for big corporates with interests in the Great Lakes area, similar to those in Libya and Syria.
According to senior military officers, the so-called “rebel forces” in the Great Lakes district of Central Africa all wore high-quality uniforms and were equipped with an arsenal of high-tech arms and ammunition.
A military analyst and author in South Africa, Stuart Sterzel, wrote in the The Star newspaper that, “The rebels’ sponsors appear to want the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) out of the Central African Republic (CAR) and it is a tried and trusted methodology in crude geopolitical fights for influence and resources to create an incident that will cause such shock in the home country of soldiers that they will pull out.”
Sterzel further observed, “The people whom the SANDF forces fought in the CAR were no mere militia, or rebels. The type and quantity of new weapons and equipment that they have can only be provided with the tacit approval and assistance of a nation-state.”
He added, “Only people who have received formal training to a reasonably high standard are capable of initiating an L-shaped ambush, such as executed outside Bangui, CAR.”
Immediately thereafter the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) met with South Africa’s Head of State and Commander-in-Chief in Ndjamena, the capital of Chad.
At that impromptu Summit some of the leaders requested President Zuma to retain South Africa’s military presence in CAR. Others however, wanted the SANDF out of the CAR.
President Zuma withdrew the SANDF troops forthwith.
The change of government in Bangui with “rebel” leader Michel Djotodia at its helm seems to be the real reason. Djotodia does not seem to be friendly towards South Africa, as Pretoria has not recognised his new guard.
France announced that it is unlikely that its troops will leave Mali soon.
The war in the north of Mali has led to France supporting a weak and unpopular President in that country. Observers therefore ask, who is actually in charge?
Recently France assisted the putsch-leader in Cote d’Ivoire to topple the critical History Professor, Former President Laurent Gbagbo.
Cote d’Ivoire was the world’s largest cocoa bean and coffee producer.
However, its producers did not profit much from their harvests.
Francophone Cameroon is the biggest producer of the strategic mineral, bauxite, but its people see little, if anything of its profits.
When the term of office of the head of the African Union (AU) ended, France and its Francophone countries in Africa, its “former” colonies on the continent lobbied hard and fast to retain Dr Jean Ping at the helm, of the organisation against South Africa’s Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.
But, Dr Ping eventually lost out to Dr Dlamini-Zuma.
Close monitoring and research lead to logical analysis and observation that particularly the Francophone states in Africa are kept dysfunctional.
Their people are kept at war and the countries are being ravaged by so-called “civil and rebel wars”, toppling governments and maintaining chaos.
A very dirty game is being played indeed.
• Udo W Froese is a political and socio-economic analyst based in Johannesburg, South Africa.