heard on a number of occasions when the talk was politics that the 2014
national elections are the most anticipated since the historical ones
of 1994. Not only that, but also that they will be the most decisive –
as if the three previous ones have not been.
What specifically makes these elections most interesting is the
emergence of two new political parties on the scene, namely Agang SA and
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The ANC as a ruling party had been
bossing comfortably over the existing opposition (DA, COPE, IFP, etc)
until these two showed up – EFF in particular.
For a little while, it appeared as if Agang SA would replace DA as
the official opposition, snatch up the black voters within the DA, and
present a grave challenge at the ANC ruler-ship. But when it became
gradually apparent that policy-wise, Dr. Ramphele’s party wasn’t
offering anything different to the already pro-western ideologies of the
ANC, DA, and COPE, interest waned significantly.
It was pretty clear that what South Africa needed was much more than a
‘corrupt-free government’, which was one of the key rallying points of
Agang SA. What South Africa needed desperately was decisive and radical
policy changes in Land Ownership, Economic Distribution, and Government
EFF did not invent or mastermind a foreign concept in its formation
less than a year ago. Neither was it a personally or vaguely conceived
movement. But it was more like the abrupt discharge of a deeply
suppressed want or ideal. Perhaps Julius Sello Malema was just at the
right place and the right time to turn the knob open and release the
Nationalisation is not a theme that was coined and developed by
Julius per se, but a deeply contested and emotional issue within the
ranks of the ANC leadership for the past 20 years or so. EFF was
particularly born the day Mandela abandoned the policy of
Nationalisation in favour of the Globalised alternative of the Jewish
Cartel and their subsidiaries. That was in 1992.
Prior to Mandela shunning Nationalisation, he had sworn by earth and
sky in 1990 that he would never change from this noble and just ideal.
In February 1990 he had said, “The nationalisation of the mines, banks
and monopoly industries is the policy of the ANC, and the change or
modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable.”
It’s no secret that the European Union and the United States had been
plundering the wealth and labour of South Africa along with the Whites
and Boers for centuries. When the time for change came, these did not
change but they simply changed the face of their game, so to say. There
was no way that South Africa could start afresh on a new slate without a
total review of economic, social, and cultural authority.
Had the former offenders been truly repentant, in no way would they
have been so vehemently opposed to Nationalist reforms, I think. They
would have been glad to shake Mandela’s hand of Reconciliation and
Nationalisation, because what they deserved was much worse, in the eyes
The so called black savages didn’t say to the former oppressors, ‘Go
and drown in the sea’, but they said, ‘Let’s share everything and start
afresh’. But alas, all this proved too hard for the whites to even
consider. In their own eyes they were the best thing that had ever
happened to this land.
So how can we have peace when the same people who benefitted
from injustice still own the means of production, and are opposed to
drastic reforms from their places of comfort? How can Capitalism still
be a solution in a land where Capital is privatised and in the hands of
the few – pitted against a deprived and neglected majority?
Indeed, Socialism or Communism is not the problem. The problem is the
Capitalist Gang, which is undemocratic in its opinions about Socialism.
Then how free are we in our relations with the west, if we become their
sworn enemies the minute we decide to nationalise our Reserve Bank and
our industry? How free are we, if threats of disinvestment are made the
moment we make drastic changes in working class conditions?
Another problem I see here is the black man with a defeated
mentality, who does not believe in his own independence. This is the
black man Steve Biko spoke about, who believes order and innovation are
synonymous with White presence or authority in Africa. This is the black
man who sits on his white master’s table, and receives a fraction of
the spoil for all it’s worth.
Most people choose to identify corruption and all that is wrong with
the ruling ANC, but the puppet master is hardly ever visible. The master
is undeniably untouchable, because he plays both Criminal and Judge.
The same Europe that destroyed our cultures and stole from us is the
same one that is now providing us with therapy. The same Europe is also
our advocate and mentor, because we are a ‘developing nation’ that needs
Whether it’s moral for people to import our precious minerals at next
to nothing to furnish their First World Nations while our children
attend school under trees is not for me to judge. Whether it’s right
that the same people who acquired land through apartheid still own and
enjoy its benefits while black children live in congested squatter camps
is for the voters to judge.
Time For Change
As they say, there is nothing that can stop an ideal whose
time has come. The plump and shiny ANC leaders speak from sheer comfort
when they say change takes time. For them, change has already happened.
The white beneficiaries of apartheid also speak from privileged
precincts when they say change should not be abrasive or revolutionary.
For them too, change has already happened.
Africa is known to be the home and source of humanity. This is why we
are called ‘Bantu’ and we adhere to the philosophy of ‘Ubuntu’. More
often than not, it will be people of European descent who will
thoughtlessly vilify Communism/Socialism. Socialism and Nationalism are
philosophies deeply imprinted in our DNA’s as Africans, and as in the
words of Madiba, ‘change or modification of our views in this regard is
Not only is it plausible to overhaul and Nationalise the Economy, but
it is also essential and fundamental. Nationalisation, especially as
envisioned by the EFF, will bring unity, productivity and dignity to the
disregarded majority. Undeniably, there is also considerable
intellectual depth and spiritual consciousness in the ideology itself.
The fact that this futuristic ideology is driven by the spirit of
Youth is symbolic of the epoch of change and rejuvenation gripping the
archaic world at the moment. As Bob Marley sang – quoting from Biblical
Scripture – ‘What has been hidden from the wise and the prudent will be
revealed to the babes and the suckling’.
Obviously, some have raised concerns over Julius Malema’s corruption
charges, while others have charged the new party with inexperience,
radicalism and vagueness. But what is undeniable is South African masses
have warmed up to EFF and its manifesto in an exponential pattern,
which has been more than alarming to the ruling ANC. Considering the
fact that voters don’t spring up from nowhere, the majority of EFF
supporters will come from the ANC itself.
From where I stand now, it appears as if the majority of the 25
million-plus registered voters will put their crosses on EFF. In 2009,
out of 17,919,966 votes, 11,650,748 went to the ANC, while Julius and
Zuma were still good friends. But if the comments we hear in the streets
and on social media are anything to go by, then the ANC is no longer a
majority. But of course, ‘credible’ statistics establishments might
One thing that has become blatantly clear is that the ANC has reached
a dead end as an organisation. Only the leadership stubbornly clings to
ideals and organisations of International Totalitarianism, while its
allies and members have visibly detached and redefined their positions
in disregard and discontent. It’s in this spirit that the credibility
and transparency of the elections and the IEC specifically have been
Should the ANC win these elections, despite all the obvious signs
that it won’t, then an unprecedented unrest and insubordination in the
history of our democracy would ensue. This might be negative in the
meantime, but in the long run it will definitely prove worthwhile in my
view. What we have come to recognise is that South Africa is burning up
for change, and the ANC is not that change.