Checkmate: Sorry South Africa, you lose

2017-03-31 11:14

It is understandable that as a young democracy, the people of South Africa required a honeymoon period of adjustment. During that period many people remained largely loyal to their political parties, with some of the disenfranchised finding a voice with splinter groups such as the EFF. While the past twenty three years have not been all plain sailing, it had been steady until the rise of Jacob Zuma, or more poignantly, the rise of the string pulling Gupta family. When South Africa spent R80 billion buying unneeded arms, the people took little notice. Much of the population was still revelling in their new found freedoms.

In all, the country was moving forward nicely, so there was no cause for alarm. When Jacob Zuma took office, there were stirs and apprehension, but no-one foresaw the sheer scale of the destruction which lay ahead.

South Africa has, for the past eight years, been under a sustained and persistent attack by a corrupted president and his foreign allies. With bags of cash, they have bought their way through half of the cabinet, their focus always on the big prize – the treasury. Sides formed in the struggle to defend South Africa’s coffers. Like a game of high stakes chess, the two sides have lunged and parried for more than a year, until now. With the clock fast counting down Jacob Zuma’s time in office, and with the distinct possibility that he will be recalled after the ANC elective conference in December, it was time for a bold move. One so audacious that it would not be expected.

It was time to implement Operation Checkmate. Knowing that the Finance Minister and his deputy were out of the country on a state sponsored and sanctioned investment tour, Jacob Zuma issued a dramatic recall of the pair. Under the banner of Operation Checkmate, and without a shred of evidence, Zuma levelled accusations tantamount to treason against Pravin Gordon and Mcebisi Jonas.

Despite failing to secure the support of the ANC’s National Executive Committee, Zuma was ordered to act and to act swiftly. A careful and cunning plan had been devised at the highest levels of the Gupta ranks. Smoke and mirrors, sleight of hand and misdirection. Shuffle the cabinet like a deck of cards, misdirect, no one will see as we slide our men into the treasury. Victory! We have our hands on all of your money South Africa and there is not a damned thing you can do about it; because we own your President, we own half your government and your people are powerless to act against us. Who are the Guptite puppets charged with overseeing the looting of the treasury? Malusi Gigaba the former minister of the Department of Public Enterprises, the man who oversaw the demise of SAA and Eskom and the wholesale plundering of State Owned Enterprises by Gupta owned companies. His second in command Sfiso Buthelezi, the man central to the PRASA train debacle and the inevitably squashed investigation into the related financial irregularities that, yes, involved Gupta owned companies.

We know as a country what is going on. We cannot deny, deflect or refute any longer. In order to placate the masses Jacob Zuma is simultaneously promising, as he has for the past eight years, that there will be major social-political-economic transformation, which will redistribute the country’s wealth and raise the poorest among us from the slums. The disenfranchised still hear this message and believe it, because they feel that it is the only chance they have.

To finally see through the lies and deceit would be to forego their last vestige of hope. Through Zuma, the coup leaders are using the poorest and the weakest among us as pawns, helping him cling to power like a leech. Jacob Zuma is nearing eighty years of age, and the inescapable end to his time on earth. The damage he is doing now, will be felt by generations of South Africans to come, and long after he is gone. The Gupta’s know that time is short; they have already relocated the major portion of their wealth and assets abroad.

This is their swan song in South Africa. Plunder the treasury and board their ready fuelled and waiting private jets. Leave Jacob Zuma to fight for the rest of his days to stay out of prison. Now South Africa has a choice. Believe the lies and propaganda spread by the Gupta led government. Become entrenched in the racial divides which they have stirred for years. Believe that “white capital” is the cause of all of the country’s’ problems, and not the wanton greed and corruption that has consumed the upper echelons of the ruling party and the South African government. Believe that it is right for the South African government to seize 80% of the country’s farmlands without reparation and without a plan to ensure that these lands are used to grow sorely needed crops.

There is nothing wrong with social transformation. There is nothing wrong with land re-distribution. These are key issues which need to be and must be addressed in South Africa. However, if we submit to the government’s use of unrealistic measures to implement these actions, measures taken only as a smokescreen to mask the reality of what is happening in South Africa, then the country is doomed.

It is time for South Africa to grow up and to take back control of its destiny. Support for political parties must be measured against the performance of that party in governing the country and providing for its people. Support should not be conferred by nostalgia and history. Leaders must be held to account. Right now the leadership of the African National Congress needs to be held to account. There is no time to wait until 2019; by then the Gupta’s, along with the country’s financial resources, will be long gone and what will remain will be only dark days. The leadership and membership of the ANC needs to act now and to act decisively. South Africa needs to show that it has matured as a country and that it will no longer be led by a foreign family, dedicated to the wholesale pillaging of the country’s resources. It is time for the blind to see, for the doubters to stop doubting and to see the reality of the South African predicament.

In the late eighties, the future of South Africa was in the hands of its white leaders. Working with the ANC, they made the right decisions and finally steered South Africa on the correct course, after many years in treacherous seas. Now the future of South Africa is rightfully is in the hands of its black leaders and its black majority population. Unless these leaders and the people they serve, stand up and say no, we will not allow our future to be stolen, we are witnessing the final nails being driven into the coffin of the Rainbow Nation. The struggle would have been for nothing. Many fought and died to be free from oppression. Now those who have seen freedom, must witness their country being torn away by the insatiable greed and absolute corruption of one Indian family and a President who has placed the enrichment of that family far above the needs of his own people.

My brothers and sisters, my countrymen and friends, have we all become so blinded that we don’t see where this ends? Unless we take action, stand together as a nation, forget colour and religion, and show our determination to ensure that our country fulfils Madiba’s dream, South Africa will succumb to these devils evil schemes.

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