I cannot believe that the ANC have so easily fallen into a trap of their own making but they have. I should also be laughing, but I’m not.
The ANC came to power in ’94 on the back of understandably massive support from the previously disadvantaged, this we all know. None were surprised, they being billed as the party of the people and anything less would have stumped all and sundry.
In doing so they also – to ensure that their victory was a landslide with no credible opposition – used the unions, and therefore union members - the workers - to enforce this victory and, lamentably for them it now seems, forgot – or ignored – that fact thereafter.
For years now analysts have been saying that the triple alliance – ANC, SACP, unions – was okay for obtaining power but would not work in government for obvious reasons.
The ANC are nationalists, the SACP communists and the unions basically socialists.
Together - in order to win an election and gain power - this alliance made a formidable force as their supporters were now all the blacks, even some whites, Indians, coloureds and any liberals, disaffected Nats, socialists and even communists still hiding out after the cold war. Forgive me for being straightforward here but we need at the moment to call a spade, a spade, if we’re to get out of this mess. A lot of our current problems still revolve around race, and colour, but that’s because many are not seeing the bigger picture.
The big picture is this. In the early ‘90’s BEFORE the ANC came to power certain key players were identified as being the future leaders of the economic freedom still to be obtained, many of these players at that time being union leaders, senior cadres and high ranking communist party figures. These would be the future generators of jobs, opportunities, equality and common purpose in the Rainbow Nation.
It was for this reason that the triple alliance proved so useful, and powerful, in that all previously disadvantaged sectors of the country were united against a common foe, this common foe being the whites and land owners with, most importantly, the goal being ownership of the economic driver, and major employer, of the economy – the mines.
Thus it came to pass that Cyril Ramaphosa, Tokyo Sexwale, Patrice Motsepe, and others like the Zuma and Mandela offspring of late, were suddenly elevated to the peaks of power, becoming very, very wealthy at the same time incidentally. All of this was achieved with the cooperation of big (white) business, the banks and the owners of the mines – both locally and internationally - to ensure that the economy - whilst going through the inevitable turmoil that occurs when a complete political change takes place - would continue to operate, in the hope that this economic freedom – in the hands of a select few – would eventually empower the rest of the disadvantaged people of South Africa.
A noble - if inadequate - plan in that the intentions were good, also the implementation, but nobody thought to look ahead and visualise what would happen in the long-term should some get too greedy or should times change.
Times have changed - and many did get way too greedy - and now we sit in a pretty pickle, don’t we?
We now have the following situation: We have wealthy black businessmen, and women, sitting on the boards - some as outright owners - of mines, other conglomerates and industries where the workers are being underpaid, abused, victimized and humiliated whilst these owners/shareholders also hold positions of power within the ruling party. A real conundrum if you ask me and not one the ANC, or its alliance partners, seem to have thought about.
We are not talking here about people who have worked hard - in mines, or even in jobs - but about people who have amassed massive fortunes, people who make it onto the lists of the world's wealthiest people. This is not nickel and dime stuff – some of them being billionaires - and essentially they were given these chunks of the economy so that the country could survive a radical change in government. The country has survived, just, but the people who were supposed to benefit haven't and that is wrong.
The question must therefore now arise as to whether the ANC, and its alliance partners, can continue to govern the country, given that many of the highly placed individuals within the party and these organizations are also mine owners, bankers, industrialists and wheeler-dealers within the economy? How can they balance their positions within diametrically opposing forces and how can they be unbiased and “working for the people” when they are being all things to all men - capitalists and socialists, union leaders and mine magnates, bankers and communists?
They cannot and thus they are playing both sides of the fence - both sides against the middle as it were - and just taking from us all to cement their positions of power and influence.
They are not contributing to the country, or its people, but merely reaping benefits from taxpayers, shareholders, workers and all within the country and spending it freely with no thought for you or I.
This, I am afraid, is what the ANC and its partners in crime have become. Scoundrels, perpetuators of misery and common thieves who have turned their backs on their followers - their supporters - and attempted to both have the cake and eat it.
Can any be surprised now that the waft of “an Arab spring” permeates the air? I think not, personally I think it’s overdue.
For all those in denial out there, and there are many I’m sure, perhaps glance at what others – more informed sources than I – are saying.
We are at a dangerous junction here and we need direction, leadership and diplomacy. Is there any?
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