Is ANC divided between America and Russia?

2016-11-20 13:16

Whether one supports the ANC or not, the level of disunity within the historic movement bears a negative effect. Some people have attempted to reduce this factional hailstorm to domestic ‘stomach politics’, which I think is both simplistic and misleading.

One self-defeating weapon the ANC has eternally employed to deal with scrutiny is denial. Even during the Thabo Mbeki era, when it was clearly visible there was major conflict within the party, its leadership repeatedly assured the public that there was ‘no crisis’ and ‘no factions’.

It was through the events leading up to the ANC’s Polokwane elective conference in December 2007 that it became irrefutable the ANC was divided – and still in denial. Some leaders within the tripartite alliance and the youth divisions began openly calling for the head of then ANC president Thabo Mbeki, in support of then embattled Jacob Zuma.

After the ousting of Thabo Mbeki and the ascent of Jacob Zuma, many comrades from the Mbeki ‘faction’ left the ANC to form COPE. Some stayed within the party, sitting silently on their discontent. And some of those who left eventually began trickling back as Zuma led both the ANC and the country.

One key reason given for the overthrowing of Thabo Mbeki by the perpetrators was the former’s adherence to capitalist or neo-liberal policies. Jacob Zuma was as such seen as the champion of the working class, and the one who would resurrect the ANC’s defining principles of common wealth and nationalism.

But it quickly became apparent that Zuma was not a solution, but the same problem of expansionism under a new name. Jacob Zuma promptly presented his arsenal of socialist imperialism, in the form of a multilateral organism embodied by Russia, China, India and Brazil. With Zuma came the revelation of this new giant in global politics called BRICS, South Africa being the only African country in the set up.

BRICS was supposedly formed as an alternative or arch-rival to Western imperialism, and signalled a further rift between the US and Russia since the start of the ‘Cold War’. As much as the BRICS countries are still part and parcel of G20 - which represents Western powers - there is apparent brewing animosity within the group. This could allegedly lead to the dollar being ousted as the international currency of exchange, and the East becoming the new America. At worst, the rift could lead to a devastating world war.

Russia’s interest in South Africa goes back to the so called liberation struggle, wherein the ANC was to a large extent allied with the Soviets in intelligence, ideology and military training. Within the country, socio-economic influence was under both the Afrikaner Nationalists and British-American entities associated with Zionism, or globalism.

The ANC was allegedly still adamant about Nationalisation towards the unbanning of political organisations around 1990, but were foiled by the fall of the Soviet Union about the same time. It was under those conditions that Russia and other socialist states humbly submitted themselves to the West and its allies. Neo-liberalism reigned supreme as such, through to the millennium and beyond.

Locally, the ANC failed to negotiate for wealth redistribution with colonial White Capital, and were content with an administrative government in an economy and globe ruled by private capital. This transgression made the entire reconciliation and renewal process a fraud, since the logic behind reconciliation was correcting the iniquities imposed by colonialism on social, geographic and economic scales.

While wealth was being extracted from the country through businesses and organisations associated with globalism and/or Zionism, the ANC comrades were equally embroiled in corrupt activity at government level, squandering the honour of leadership and milking public coffers dry. Whether it was via a West or East leaning faction, the ANC leaders became a serious liability to the country and Africa as a whole.

While some high profile ANC members are associated with G20 businesses and organisations, others are associating and forming links with the Eastern and supposedly socialist BRICS. But one does not need a degree or masters in political science to realise both America and Russia do not have South Africa’s best interests at heart. Whether it’s Socialism (Russia) or Capitalism (U.S.A), the common factor here is gluttonous imperialism.

Speaking at an ANC rally in Mpumalanga yesterday, Zuma said Western powers were determined to destabilise the ANC. He then praised Russia and other socialist countries for supporting the ANC during ‘the struggle’, at a time when western countries refused to help. But Zuma's preferred allies are also the same countries which, although bearing the noble ideal of socialism, are themselves imperialists and colonists over other weaker countries.

Read More: The West Has Captured Some ANC Members - Jacob Zuma

As fate would have it, it seems our mineral-rich country is caught up in a tug of war between two opposing world powers. ANC members have contrarily been associated with both the Soviets and the Americans, which might explain the current division. While some leaders might find the West a more appropriate partner, the latter can never be viewed as a friend of South Africa, since South Africa never needed investors but proper reforms, its own industries and a much lesser wealth gap.

Neither is the new friend in the form of socialist BRICS going to be beneficial to our country in many respects. One sign that Russia harbours only selfish interests for our country is the controversial R1 Trillion nuclear deal currently being processed. Hardly has the ink dried on the BRICS agreement and already we are entering into a record breaking energy deal with the Russian State.

This makes one wonder if that era of load-shedding wasn’t merely a convenient means to an end, which would be malicious of the culprits. It makes one wonder if the so called help extended to us by the Russians and others wasn’t a mere future economic debt that rose from indebtedness.

With regard to safety and other basics, not only is nuclear power potentially hazardous and extremely costly to build, but South Africa has every opportunity to produce and generate various forms of alternative/renewable energy sources at a much lesser cost. There are countless alternative solutions to nuclear energy which are well known by the ANC and its subsidiaries, which are obviously being overlooked for political reasons.

On the Western side of the fence, certain comrades have equally been involved in controversial and highly questionable deals with Western powers. This stretches back to the very beginning with the notorious arms deal, right to the recent contentious ‘chicken cuts’ agreement with USA (AGOA). Based on this, it seems the comrades have been selling us out left and right, and no pun is intended.

What the ANC leaders need to realise is they (we) all have a common enemy in the form of globalist, imperialist White Supremacy. Whether it comes in the form of G20 or Brics, the end –result is the same and not beneficial. For Jacob Zuma to stand on a public platform and accuse ‘some people’ of conspiring with foreign forces while he sits on a controversial Nuclear power deal with Russia is nothing short of hypocrisy.

I think I can identify with the sentiment behind ANC chief-whip Jackson Mthembu’s  recent statement, when he suggested the entire ANC National Executive Committee should just do the honourable thing and resign because they failed the people. That’s unless they decide to do something radical and positive for a change, which nonetheless is very unlikely.

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