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What Mangaung is really all about

16 December 2012, 08:04

If one wants to understand what is happening at the ANC elective conference in Mangaung, then one has to understand that within the ANC there is a government within a government. This is a broad sumisation but would make a good book.

How this developed was prior to 1994 there was an external branch of the ANC, and an internal branch of the ANC. There was those who were in exile and and those who were living in South Africa, including those in prison for their opposition to Apartheid. Many of the external members of the ANC had their own ideas about how "liberation" could be achieved. They were prepared to provoke violence in South Africa and make it ungovernable. They did this with the co-operation of the internal branch of the ANC.

At the same time they were provoking violence in South Africa, the external members of the ANC were being lavishly entertained by governments in the UK, USSR and many other communist and non-communist countries. Many of them enjoyed the privileges of the upper classes of the countries that they lived in, and emerged highly educated. During this time they learnt that the peasants must be controlled, in order to achieve political and economic power. This is the politics of the super-rich. They listened and learnt from their masters.

At the same time, the internal ANC were being battered by the security police of the Apartheid government but were brave and cunning enough to carry out many acts of sabotage, terrorism and strikes and general unrest. The internal ANC was led by a group of individuals, divorced to a large externt from what was happening in the external ANC, but nevertheless formidable.

The ANC at that stage had no racial identity. It was made up of blacks, coloureds, Indians and whites. All who worked toward the ideal of liberation, of equality and unity.

Then history created a convolution of forces that determined that Apartheid South Africa would end, but had not determined what the alternative would be. There was an external ANC and an internal ANC, many of whom had never met each other, or knew anything about each other.

Respect for Mandela

However, the decision had been taken by the external community, influenced by the international community, that the ANC needed a benign and beneficial "face" to lead it into a unified political force. So the spin doctors created this illusion that if the benign and beneficial face of Nelson Mandela was to become the President, then bloodshed could be averted, particularly, amongst the members of the ANC itself. 

I would like to state here, that I have the greatest respect for Nelson Mandela. I admire him as a person, and if I was the Catholic Church (which I am not), he would be sanctified. I met him once on a plane trip where we sat next to each other (before he became president and he has a presence that I was awed by).

Nevertheless, the ANC, at that time were divided. There were many in the ANC leadership who opposed the proposed election of Nelson Mandela as president. There was a vocal group that wanted a totally socialist society, and those, who were in the minority at the time, wanted a negotiated democratic compromise. With the assassination of the leader of the vocal socialist group, the group who wanted a negotiated democratic "solution", prevailed.

As history records, Nelson Mandela became president. An appointment that was universally lauded, including white South Africans, of all persuasions, including right wing Afrikaners.

Nelson Mandela, true to his conviction that all people were equal, played his part perfectly. He was the head of government, but gradually the neck that turns the head began to emerge. His favoured son to lead the country, Thabo Mbeki, rose to the prominence as deputy president, and all but ran the country, in the latter term of Nelson Mandela. Nevertheless, Nelson Mandela remains an inspiration to us all, but as far his guardianship of the ANC ideals leaves much to be desired.

During this time, another force began to emerge. These were the external members of the ANC, who had no allegiance to the vile electorate of uneducated South Africans. They were not masters but doing the bidding of their external masters, to whom they had become ingratiated.

They made a mistake however. The National Party, prior to 1994 had begun negotiation of a multi billion arms contract, that may have served the NP but knowing that their existence was short-lived, and being cunning guerrilla fighters, they planted a time bomb. The time bomb was the bribes that were on offer, more than R 100 million.

Corrupt ANC leaders 

Unfortunately, the relatively new politicians amongst the ANC fell for this. Together with the wealth they could accumulate with BEE deals, they accumulated extraordinary wealth with no value added. Unfortunately the PIC is not willing make this information available.

What this did do, is corrupt the ANC, together with their alliance partners.

Since then the ANC leaders have been trying to cover their asses. All of them. There is not one of them that can hold their head high. including Cyril (the squirrel) Ramaphosa.

What the corrupted ones have done since then is to cover their collective asses. They are in it together. 

So what they have done is try to perpetuate this cycle of corruption on you and I. At the head of this is one Jacob Zuma, who has been described by a High Court judge as having a "thoroughly corrupt relationship" with his "financial advisor".

What Manguang is all about is those corrupt ANC leaders (the government within the government) who want to preserve their ability to steal from the fiscus, the taxpayers, the poor and impoverished, without being caught out.

So they will pass "Secretive Information Bill". They will do all in their power to keep South Africa as part of their personal treasury and will rape it as long as they can.

If I was Jacob Zuma I would feel gratified that I have have been able to facilitate the continuity of this systemic corruption, and to cover the asses of my comrades who are complicit in this rape. You have done well. Maybe those who were assassinated in your death camps will applaud but I doubt it.

There is a government within our government. These are those who have participated in corruption and as we have seen, some of them are expendable, like Julius Malema.

The lead up to Manguang has shown that those in the inner government will not honour those whom oppose them but will vilify and support only those who support their corruption.

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