‘National democratic revolution picking up steam’

2011-09-16 00:00

MINING rights in South Africa were being eroded long before anyone had heard of Julius Malema and the ANC Youth League’s call for the nationalisation of mines.

This was said by the chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Dr John Kane-Berman, at the congress of the KwaZulu-Natal Agricultural Union (Kwanalu) held at the Royal Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.

Kane-Berman said the ANC has done a fair job in managing a capitalist economy as an organisation allied with the SA Communist Party and trade union federation Cosatu, especially when measured against fiscal crisis in the U.S. and Europe.

However, he said, since the ANC’s conference at Polokwane in 2007, the ANC’s intended outcome of national democratic revolution (NDR) began to “pick up steam”.

“More and more state planning and regulation is coming in; there is renewed talk of land reform as an anti-colonial struggle, mining rights are being eroded; employment equity, empowerment and other goalposts are being shifted, attacks on the press and judiciary are increasing and foreign policy seems the antithesis of what one would expect from a liberal democracy.”

Kane-Berman said when the ANC took over in 1994 it realised that it could not implement the NDR because, among other things, it did not seize power through arms and the collapse of communism in major countries meant that NDR was destined for defeat as it is rooted in failed Marxist-Leninist principles.

“The more the state fails … the more the private sector will have to come to the rescue.

“Commercial farmers are a whipping boy, but the government want their help.”

He said that to meet its goals the ANC has to fix black education, fully exploit the skills of whites, liberalise immigration, professionalise the civil service and make SA friendlier for business, including farming.

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