This week the ANC almost completely erased any pretense of supporting a free market, respecting private property or living up to its claims that it is striving to achieve a democratic dispensation in South Africa in two separate, but related, outbursts.
Firstly, its spokesman, Jackson Mthembu condemned the parliamentary leader of the opposition, Lindiwe Mazibuko as ‘ignorant’ of ‘African culture' when she pointed out that certain statements made by president Jacob Zuma could be interpreted as promoting corruption.
Secondly, mining minister Susan Shibangu, became enraged at the fact that Anglo American may close down certain shafts and shed fourteen thousands jobs in the process. The ANC’s language became more bellicose and reminiscent of Soviet Russian rhetoric as the issue has unfolded. Both of these incidents, unfortunately, find themselves exposing the fascist undergarments of our frighteningly inept government.
In the first instance, we have a political movement claiming that it has some kind of inner knowledge of what constitutes an ‘ideal’ (or ‘master’) culture. The ANC has set itself up as the arbiter of ‘African’ (or ‘Black’ - it is high time to acknowledge that 'African' is an ANC codeword for 'Black' -) culture. In a process that can only be considered as ‘revelation’ the leadership has seen fit to pronounce on how current events and trends are to be interpreted in accordance with this master-race ideology. Of course, the ANC gets to define that exemplary super-mensch Jacob Zuma as the de facto, as well as de jure, Fuhrer that all ‘true Africans' should emulate. The perfect African woman raises children and is married off for 'extra training'. She protects the nation and raises strong, militant revolutionaries. The African house is her domain; she does not stand up and question the leadership of her husband, or of the statements that her leaders make – nor does she think about how others may interpret certain aspects of her culture. She does not straighten her hair, or talk back to her elders who have power over her based on nothing but their age and/or gender. Lindiwe Mazibuko is the antithesis of this ridiculous ‘ideal’ African woman in that she dares to violate those most sacrosanct of tenets that lie at the foundation of the ANC’s expedient definition of ‘African’ culture. To counter her arguments against Jacob Zuma’s statements that business must support the ANC in order to prosper, the ANC refrains from using logic, instead showing what they consider to be most important to them – compliance of all black African people to the ideological regime of their Fuhrer and His warped ideas of the ideal African. In order to make her a non-person they attack her right to make her own choices and judgments by mocking her as ignorant of her own culture and accusing her of treachery and betrayal of the Race. These are not sporadic mishaps or clumsy public relations faux pas, but the real spirit and philosophy of the ANC as expressed by increasingly bold elements in the party, and indicate a worrying trend to which the logical conclusion is fascism.
The statements that Zuma made in regards to merging business and state power are ripped from the mind of Benito Mussolini, who declared that, ‘Fascism should rightly be called Corporatism, as it is the merger of corporate and government power’. By calling for a sycophantic relationship where business supports a political party in order to secure political patronage, Zuma makes it very clear that he believes in the totalitarian notion of consolidating, centralizing and concentrating all economic and political power in the hands of the state in general and the ANC in particular. Thus, in both terms of what constitutes a master race as exemplified by Zuma and the ANC’s high command, and economic philosophy the warning lights on the road to fascism are beginning to flash.
To issues surrounding the second outburst bring the ANC’s fascist tendencies into sharp focus and present, in my opinion, the most important test to date of the ANC’s future intentions for the so-called ‘commanding heights’ of the South African economy. The outlook is not good. Anglo American recently made its intention to shut down several shafts and lay off some fourteen thousand workers. On national radio, prominent ANC member and Mining Minister Susan Shabangu berated the CEO of ‘Amplats’ as ‘arrogant’. Other party members called the move ‘dangerous’, and labor unions offered more of the same action that led to the closures and attendant job cuts in the first place. Once the dust settles, and the government has coerced Amplats to the ‘negotiating table’ with the threat of canceling their mining license, there will be several important questions that will probably go unanswered. Most important of these is, ‘What respect does this current ANC government still hold for private property and the free market?’ It appears that a light reading of the government’s statements this week would indicate that the ability that companies have to manage their own business operations is compromised at a fundamental level. If the government wants to use the ‘red tape’ of licensing and quotas as a club to wield over the heads of businessmen whenever they make a decision that is not to their liking, it is not too long until they decide to ‘save a step’ and engage in direct administration - a move which has gained significant popularity over the last half decade. As it stands, South African companies are already strictly regulated as to who they can hire (AA/BBBEE), how they go about firing people, how much they can pay (Minimum Wage) and, now, how they are to distribute their resources (threatened with license cancellation based on executive decisions that first have to be ‘cleared’ by the government). All of this leads one to the conclusion that the ANC is not so much interested in ‘nationalising the factories and mines as it is in nationalising the people that run, and work in, them.’ This gem of fascist doctrine was espoused by Adolf Hitler himself.
To conclude, these past two weeks have seen an equal number of watershed moments for the ANC. Not only have they shown through their frighteningly ‘race’ based attack on blacks that do not agree with them, that they consider themselves to be the arbiters of the ideal African master-race, but also that they consider those people to be less than human to the point of irrelevance when making statements that affect the country as a whole. The president has called for the fusion of corporate and state power at the highest levels, and refuses to cast it in any light that may mitigate the fascist implications of what he actually said. The way that the ANC has handled Anglo American’s announcement displays a startling lack of understanding or the business cycle, cause and effect, and the limits which government has to respect in regards to private property. The ANC is a fascist organization that has no future ruling South Africa.