Only yesterday the words “There is a Ruling Class which is using us as canon fodder” were used on these forums. Today's newspapers appear to have confirmed it.
It is alleged that South African troops were deployed to protect personal assets in the CAR. If these allegations prove to be true then the country is at a precipice where the Military may want to take command of an out-of-control government. The political leadership would want to counter this by re-structuring the Military command to ensure that the Military leaders that are in place are fully supportive of the regime or that they can be somehow placated.
If newspaper reports are to be believed then it appears that ANC heavyweights have negotiated lucrative deals for themselves in the CAR. Amongst these are several judges and the names of Zuma, Langa and Moseneke are prominent.
There is also a discrepancy between what the Military says there mission was and what the regime now claims. According to the regime, the Military was protecting Military investments. The Military denies this, saying that they were put there to protect business assets. The rift is widened further by the Military's insistence that (at least some of) the SANDF troops were killed by revolting CAR troops. The government denies this, saying that our troops were killed by rebel fighters. It is self-evident that there has to be more to the story than just who did the shooting. It is, after all, not a criminal investigation.
It is a dangerous situation when the Military gets at odds with the Government. Even if the Generals are in the regime's pocket, the evidentiary landscape leans towards ordinary soldiers having been murdered by a cronyist regime for personal, financial gain.
The regime, Langa and others have declined to comment and Mac Maharaj reportedly said “I will not give credibility to wild unsubstantiated allegations”. Under normal circumstances this (bombastic and haughty) reply would have been expected but people have been murdered here...and the implication is that it happened by the hand of the regime. Good heavens! The callousness...
Who the hell does he think he is! The indignation...
People should remain calm and remember these events when they vote in 2014. Ordinary citizens would also not want to see the Military interjecting itself into the fray.
The fact is that the regime has no more credibility left. Ask yourself: who would you rather believe?
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