People always have been the foolish victims of deception and self-deception in politics, and they always will be until they have learnt to seek out the interests of some class or other behind all moral, religious, political and social phrases, declarations and promises.
Champions of reforms and improvements will always be fooled by the defenders of the old order until they realise that every old institution, however barbarous and rotten it may appear to be, is kept going by the forces of certain ruling classesCapitalist forces in South Africa have been regrouping and rebranding themselves since the dawn of democracy in 1994. Through the so-called Democratic Alliance (DA), these forces which were highly respected and supported by the apartheid regime have managed to stay relevant in the eyes of some sections of the population and the mainstream media.
In true capitalist fashion, the DA has continued to swallow other smaller parties, sometimes using the term "merger" to define such take overs if not acquisitions. In pursuance of such, it has not shied away from the working class in general, the black working class and poor in particular, in its campaigns, whilst its core white-rule and pro-business principles remains intact.With the formation of Agang SA in 2013, which was nothing but another amalgamation of businesspersons especially at the top, the stage looked set, at least in the eyes and minds of the DA, together with other international imperialist forces, for a bitter rivalry and competition for capitalist resources and middle class votes.
Agang SA intimidated the DA which hoped by fronting some black faces to its essentially racist agenda will win it sections of the black middle class or black votes. Here was a new capitalist agent this time led by a black middle class cum capitalist woman, sneaking in to steal the DA's thunder. The DA and its capitalist sponsors would never let that happen.The capture of Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele into the DA, followed by an immediate split finally revealed what had been said all along: that the DA and Agang SA are nothing but agents of capitalism and imperialism fighting for monopoly control over resources.
The revelation of some London-based "people" who are reported to have forced the DA-Agang merger is a clear sign that these two organisations are controlled by imperialist forces. They are both not interested in representing workers' interests but to suppress them whilst at the same time using the working and middle classes as a campaign tool. At the end of the day it is in fact the working class that will remain casualties whilst the capitalists toast to a well-deserved victory over the same working class which supported them throughout. Let no one forget that the DA's agenda on the working class is mainly to make it easy to workers to be fired from work.
The DA has continuously refuted that it is using black people as its marketing faces. The Agang SA's less than a week marriage with them has exposed the DA. The day Dr Ramphele got incorporated into the DA it effectively meant that Agang SA had come to an abrupt end and she would be the new black face of the DA. This was confirmed by Helen Zille when announcing Ramphele as a candidate for a position the DA does not stand to win - the presidential candidate. "Race matters in SA politics", said Zille when announcing the capture at a press conference last week.Without consultation whatsoever but driven by imperialist funder, members of Agang SA were expected to follow their rich shepherd, throw away their dull, green t-shirts, and join the DA. One need not remind everyone about what happened to the so-called Independent Democrats (ID) after the incorporation of Patricia De Lille into the DA some few years ago.
The ID died instantly; it was led by Patricia De Lille, who sold out an ever vanishing Pan Africanist Congress.On the other hand, the DA side, members of the DA also had to follow suit and accept the unelected Ramphele as their presidential candidate ahead of them. The likes of Lindiwe Mazibuko, if they have any brains beyond their skulls, should have realised that they, and other black people within the DA, are merely being used and can be replaced any time the imperialist forces feel it is to their interest.Lenin's words remain true today. Disappointed Agang SA members were fooled by Dr Ramphele, and will continue to be fooled unless and until they form part of a reliable revolutionary movement as led by the EFF in alliance with a tried vanguard party of the working class the AMCU and NUMSA which will champion their interests instead of some fly-by-night parties.
Poor, especially black people joined Agang SA under the illusion that Dr Ramphele was looking out for their interests.Today it has been proved beyond reasonable doubt that they were merely being used. Dr Ramphele practically jettisoned them together with their green and dull t-shirts and moved to the DA for a position the DA knows very well they will not win. This exposed the right-wing liberal opportunism in which Dr Ramphele is embedded in. She will continue to try and use those who can easily be fooled among others but not least limited to the lumpen proletariat and vagabonds that Karl Marx talked about when he was analysing the class struggles in France in the 19th century.
As embarrassing as it may seem, those who have awakened up must swallow their pride and join the EFF to make the difference.In the final analysis, the working class must be warned that the attack on South Africa by capitalist forces, obviously funded by imperialists, will not stop. Such attacks will sometimes come in subtle ways such as the use of democracy, when the people are made to believe that some members of society, like Dr Ramphele, are merely exercising their democratic rights by joining the DA - and thanks to the split of the less than one week old DA-Ramphele's marriage that the truth is not hard to see.
As we have seen with the Ramphele case, the aim was to front a black face as a deeply racist agenda to consolidate the white and monopoly capital dominance that is ruling in the DA. This individual, touted as "changing South Africa's political landscape" and a "messiah", would then be used to attract black vote. South Africans cannot simply be fooled by colour or tribe.
Zille missed the point! It is, however, important to be alive to the fact the imperialist "donors" will not let go of their agenda. The DA- Ramphele split is a minor hurdle after which they will attempt another route and explore new methods.The working class must be ready all the time to combat racism, fronting, and imperialism whatever their manifestation at a given point in time.
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