Capitalist democracy haunts SA


South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling African National Congress are made out to be a party of cronies, gatekeepers and rentseekers, consisting of filthily corrupt individuals.

Yet, if one takes just a small peep into the private sector, which promotes itself as paragons of virtue, they are the nexus of evil and the source of all corruption and theft in South Africa’s political economy.

Corruption in government only exists because of private sector corruptors. Whether it is the construction industry; the bakeries and dairies; the banks; or the mines; the vehicle manufacturing and distribution industries and the automotive and tyre manufacturers; or agriculture, the truck and transport industries – South Africa’s economy is not a “free market economy”.

It is a hostile, exclusive cartelised oligopolistic and rent-seeking economy, based on unmitigated avarice and crony capitalism. Their lobbyists, or influence peddlers will stop at nothing to deliver what they have been set out to do. This has bred laziness and an attitude of entitlement since 1994.

A sociologist, John Dewey, recorded, “Politics is a shadow cast on society by big business.”

A Tory MP observed, “A little hush money can do a lot of talking.”

Just recently, senior Swapo Party and government members in Windhoek, Namibia, observed, “Ever since Namibia became independent from colonial apartheid South Africa on 21 March 1990 with Swapo having won the elections, our party rallies and our national events have been ignored by the whites living in this country. Yet, when the Swapo-led government issues tenders, most of the people present then are Caucasians. In reality, there are two Namibias, one poor black majority and one well-to-do white minority.”

And in South Africa, economic history will be made within the next 12 months, or so. A host of minorities will take class action against Investec Bank and KPMG. It will also provide unparalleled insights into the events that led up to Brett Kebble’s murder.

Author and journalist Barry Sergeant provides a factual expose of theft and fraud around murdered Brett Kebble, Investec Bank, KPMG, JCI, Randgold, Western Areas and Harmony Gold mines and their shareholders. His book, “The Kebble Collusion – 10 Fateful Days in a R26 Billion Fraud”, gives a factual insight into the dealings of South Africa’s private sector.

So does Sergeant’s book, “The Assault on the Rand – Kevin Wakeford and the Battle to Save a Currency”.

Both books expose the private sector’s white-collar crime amounting to billions of rand with little and intricate legal action taken to bankrupt those, who dare challenge such crime in court. This, however, is just the tip of the iceberg.

The media, on the other hand, will underreport this matter. It is not in the owners’ interest to reveal fraud and theft of R26 billion committed by the owners of a bank and auditing firm.

The right-wing fascist, racist opposition in South Africa’s parliament plays to the public gallery on live television, attacking the ruling party, the president and his deputy in the most infantile manner. It also relies on media, academic, judicial and big business platforms to confuse and stir up the emotions of the electorate. It further serves the tactic to divide the president from his deputy and the ANC.

South Africa has succumbed to a ‘capitalist democracy’ based on ‘crony capitalism’ where a handpicked miniscule black middleclass, consisting of indigenous Africans and Indians, benefit on the back of the black masses.

By observing the historic owners of the country’s economy, it has become clear that they continuously harass the state in an attempt to discredit and create national disrespect and eventually anarchy among the masses. They work as architects-of-apartheid who hide behind the constitution and the rule-of-law. Many of South Africa’s laws as followed today have an apartheid history.

Are all those nebulous and abusive efforts attempting to prepare the grounds for a coup d’état and a regime change?

In all emerging democracies corrections will have to take place.

Joe Slovo and FW de Klerk’s secret “Sunset Clauses”; the hidden agenda of the “Demarcation Board”; the intentional and deliberate compromising of senior strategic key personnel and a high level of inefficiency have put rulers into a straightjacket.

The judiciary as well as the rule-of-law, media-ownership and the role of the owners of the economy in South Africa’s capitalist-political landscape will have to be revisited. A decisive political will has to take the necessary steps to correct the above-mentioned.

What led to the hidden right-wing fascist agenda to bare its teeth the way it does? Who sits in the think-tank and manipulates from the shadows? When did history come to delay?

The turning point came in Polokwane, Limpopo Province in December 2007. Recalled Thabo Mbeki was president then. He and his inner circle used every dirty trick in the book; the full might of the state, the academia and the media to assure his “third term” in office. But, it did not work out.

The tide had turned against Mbeki and his strategy to destroy the ANC from within. Hardly anyone in his inner circle had the interests of the ANC, or of South Africa at heart. 

The recalled, former president tried to rush his hidden strategy through. This included to first get rid of his challenger, Jacob Zuma, as he would stand in his way.

The second strategic move was to make the unknown, unelected and challenged Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka the next president. This would have meant that those in the shadows behind Mbeki would have succeeded hijacking and destroying the ANC.

Mbeki’s network included Phumzile’s husband; former head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Bulelani Ngcuka; Leonard McCarthy; and various retired ministers and premiers such as Tokyo Sexwale; Mosiuoa Lekota; Ronnie Kasrils; Paul Mashathile; Jabu Molekethi and his wife, Geraldine Fraser-Molekethi; Sydney Mufamadi, Saki Macozoma, Reuel Khoza, Mzi Kumalo, Barney Pityana, to name a few.

Bulelani Ngcuka, heading the NPA under Mbeki, called Leonard McCarthy, then head of the Directorate of Special Operations (Scorpions), now vice president of the World Bank Group for integrity, when the ANC Conference in Polokwane showed its support for Zuma, saying, “The game is over”. McCarthy was known as “Mbeki’s man from hell” who is “economic with the truth”.

As the ruling party’s branches had been neglected by not being paid and being isolated, Thabo Mbeki ruthlessly centralised power under him, strengthening his position as ANC and country president. Cloak and dagger tactics had become the order of the day. But, Mbeki’s men in the shadows misread the situation. 

Their shenanigans eventually cost Mbeki his support and brought his downfall.

Mbeki’s dealings backed by his inner circle, the state’s intelligence at that time and the media, set their plans to destroy and control the ruling party back by at least ten years. It is in that context that the right-wing racist-fascist forces and their paid agents in the opposing political front as explained above, turned their anger and frustration against ANC and country president Jacob Zuma, deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa and the ANC. History had come to delay.

A damningly realistic message is and always will be – Western imperialist Judea-Christian civilisation is a different mindset, a different un-African thinking and a different approach to life. 

The imperialist West’s history of genocides, mass killings, exploitation and manipulation with no respect for human life, tradition and culture, of an immoral and unscrupulous media, should have shown the West that it is the last to preach morals and ethics. – Afrika: The Other Side

December 2014
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