SA: The Winds of Change
“As it is not clear whether revered, Former President Nelson Mandela at the age of almost 95 years will pull through, there is generally open fear on the ground, particularly in the townships about an increasing nationwide ‘xenophobia’.
“Our security cluster has been alerted. We now need to rely on our police and military forces countrywide to stop such evil strategy, before it gets off the ground.
“The problem is not the foreigners living in the townships and doing business there. It is the system that currently seems not to recognise the destabilising efforts.”
Those are the cautionary words of some of the country’s most senior military, police and intelligence officials.
They fear “xenophobia” could be rolled out if and as soon as the former Head of State and global icon, Nelson Mandela, passes away.
That sad event would be the signal to ignite such treasonous so-called “xenophobia”.
The plan seems to be to start a covert operation before the national elections in 2014 in order to manipulate regime-change in the country.
“Xenophobia” would develop into another highly treasonous operation – that of a so-called Arab Spring in South Africa and then the wider Southern Africa region.
The “system” referred to would be a covert Third Force, or Fifth Column, similar to the structures that created urban warfare from 1992 to 1994. Senior members of the local media closely cooperated with the dissolved covert operations arm (CCB) then, labelling that covert urban warfare as “black-on-black violence” in South Africa’s townships.
A couple of weeks ago, SABC TV news footage showed a Pakistani family that had been shot at in one of the townships. The bloodied shop owner said on camera, “The people did not come to rob. They came to kill us.”
Over the last two months the ugly face of a so-called xenophobia showed up in some of the townships.
Former colonial-apartheid’s ex-“super spy”, Craig Williamson, explained at a Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s hearing in Johannesburg that, “The urban warfare between Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Inkatha army and the ANC on the ground was a covert operation of the former military intelligence’s covert arm, the Civil Co-operation Bureau.”
That “war” lasted from 1992 up to the elections in May 1994 and it cost thousands of black African lives.
South Africa’s incumbent President, Jacob Zuma, vented his concern in Cape Town’s Parliament when he expressed his awareness of that threat.
President Zuma blamed “shadowy international elements and movements without naming them (such as possibly a “Social Democratic Movement”, SDM)” for destabilising the platinum mining areas of the country, aiming to stoke up opposition to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).
The ruling ANC party’s Secretary-General, Gwede Mantashe, blamed the anarchy in the country’s platinum mines partially on foreign nationals with covert interests, explaining,
“What is happening in Marikana … I can give you what comes out of that information. Anarchy, anarchy, anarchy driven by people who are from far away … Sweden, Irish. They are a force behind the anarchy that is happening in the platinum industry.”
This statement was recorded in one of South Africa’s Sunday newspapers.
Mantashe added, “The reality is that it is the Swedish citizen, who is at the centre of anarchy in the platinum belt. I did not suck it out of my thumb.”
He was referring to a Swedish woman, Liv Shange, who is married to a South African and masquerades as a political activist in the country.
On her entry into South Africa, she used a tourist visa instead of a spousal visa. Back in December 2010 Shange then just “lost” her passport.
The new miners’ union, AMCU, seems to have their role cut out for them.
During the time of the strikes, AMCU had sent out a request to Bantu Holomisa and Julius Malema to address them.
Re-enter former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema. He showed his ambitions – an economic freedom-fighting platform for the youth. And, the other new political party on the block, Dr Mamphela Ramphele’s Agang SA, denied having met and held lengthy talks with Malema in Polokwane in Limpopo Province.
Together with the Democratic Alliance, Bantu Holomisa’s United Democratic Front, Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s Inkatha Freedom Party and the African Christian Democratic Party, they share a mutual interest – to take as many votes away from the ruling African National Congress as possible in next year’s election.
Would Julius Malema be made South Africa’s “Saddam Hussein”, attempting to turn the country into a dustbowl for the architects of apartheid to buy the jewels of the economic crown with the blood and the hunger of the destabilised majority?
Meanwhile, the DA actively campaigns in the townships throughout the country; holding barbeques, serving meat and handing out their blue t-shirts and hats, all for free.
Who is setting the agenda for the next elections? Why does it seem that the country is in reverse, always reacting from a back foot?
Do the insurrectionists – another description of a Third Force, or Fifth Column – bring in the winds of change as a counter revolutionary force, funded by the architects of apartheid (the self-appointed captains of industry and rightwing elite) through “xenophobia”, leading to a so-called North African-style Arab Spring?
This would be similar to the fall of the Russian Empire under Tsar Nicholas, who was supported by his family that made out the ruling elite of Europe then, known as the Mensheviks.
The Mensheviks supported the status quo, implying the minority. They were known as the “counter-revolutionaries”. They fought the Bolsheviks, who led the masses against the imperial exploitation and oppression.
South Africa has a clear law against high treason. So-called xenophobia, North African-style Arab Springs and foreign-induced regime change are no part of democracy.
Those attempts are indeed high treason and need to be dealt with as such. They have crossed the fine line of democracy.
It is hoped that South Africa’s state machinery is well informed and in control to fend off those unsavoury elements and their hidden agendas before it is too late.
• Udo W Froese is a political and socio-economic analyst and columnist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. You can read his blog at theotherafrika.wordpress.com, and follow him on Twitter handle: @theotherafrika.com