This is a New Year's resolution for most South Africans

2017-01-02 17:28

President Zuma was correct when he told the then Public Protector Thuli Madonsela that: “The issue of the Guptas, the capture, State, etcetera, is a big issue in the country. It is not a small matter”.  (Page 52 of the transcript: Hearing Held between the Public Protector South Africa and President Zuma).

A new year brings freshness and the desire to improve life in the most critical areas that matter. The hope is to become better by mostly eliminating things that distract or sabotage one to a path of greatness and success.

Going through social media, and generally reading and listening to what people say, there is this vague aspiration on the air, the determination to see the menace of state capture as it stems from the Guptas confronted and dealt with. That aspiration or resolution is for the majority of South Africans. It is there in the air, and you can read it between the lines of what people generally say. The point is that South Africans are heartily sick of this issue and even the President of the country is aware how “The issue of the Guptas, the capture, State, etcetera, is a big issue in the country”.

It is a central topic in the country, it affects how we view and interpret political actions in the country.

We have moved towards a critical mass on the issue. The country has reached a tipping point.

Stories from newspapers and Twitter and other social media sites reveal that the attitude of people in general to the Guptas has hardened. The attitude is that of detestation and revulsion.

This attitude continues despite an army of people been hired to fight for and defend the Guptas, that is to say there are some people who conduct the work of image laundering on the Gupta family mostly on the Twitter social media site.

Image laundering is the branch of public relations that serves as deodorant or detergent to wash off the odour or dirt on a person or organization or family caught in a web of scandals, scams and scheming.

We know the Gupta image laundering team. And if you don’t know the Gupta image laundering team, it is fairly easy to spot them. They mostly operate on Twitter but also on other media platforms. So how do you spot these people? It is very simple really.

Here is how to spot them:

Every time another scandal of the Guptas and state capture rises up, they take that scandal and juxtapose it with White Monopoly Capital. They have already adopted a poetic acronym for white monopoly capital, they call it WMC. So any Gupta scandal is compared with WMC, and then they say: you see this here is worse than the Guptas! And they make that statement with a kind of Goebbelian zeal.

Sometimes they pin their trick on Rupert, in a rather psychologically hidden technique they through down a gauntlet to you, that if you are against the Guptas you are a Rupert stooge. They reduce the country to Guptas vs Rupert stooges.

It is a little simple trick that they perform which in the context of South Africa, with its history of white capital dominance, is supposed to persuade and convince the majority. But if ever there is convincing and persuasion with this trick that convincing or persuasion does not go very far, it is not skin deep.

No one is buying it. In spite of the sheer volume of their outpourings of verbosity the contextual fact remains that the South African public reject and detest the Guptas. It is as if people can understand and tolerate the notion of white monopoly capital but hardly can they tolerate the issue of state capture. State capture go very far, it attacks the psyche of people who have voted for the historic ANC. People feel as if they were scammed for voting ANC to be in power only to find it is not the ANC in control of the state.

White monopoly capital has a historic legacy and there is general believe that this thing is part of our history but not state capture. It is like a sickness or disease that has been historically running in a family. You are aware of the disease and you can kind of tolerate it by managing it better than the previous generation.  But other sicknesses and diseases you attack them and get rid of them.

People have been fighting for liberation to deal with white monopoly capital, its continual presence only make people to realise that a luta continua – the struggle continues. State capture, the issue of Guptas is wholly foreign to the fabrics of this country – and that’s the reason it is detested. That is the reason it is attacked. There is no point in bringing the numbers and comparing them with white monopoly capital, the truth is that people want the issue of state capture gotten rid off once and for all, and the president is aware of this that this the very thing that affects the lives of people.

It is like if I am unable to finish building my own house, it is my problem that I accept and live with, but please do not give me further headaches, further problems. We accept the issue of white monopoly capital as our continual problem, but please, don’t give me another headache.

What it comes down to is that white monopoly capital is part of the consciousness and make up of South Africa. Is a problem we are familiar with and there is a general sense that we are concern with and that all right thinking South Africans are working against it. So life can go on as the problem is tackled. But with the Gupta problem and the issue of state capture, it seems that South Africans are prepared to stop everything else to deal with the menace, life would rather stop than continually living with it.  The motto in the air seems to be: This Nonsense Must Stop.

And so the white monopoly capital discourse and the decolonising project both have failled to erase or cleanse the dirt. Both have failed and there is no prospect that they will overturn the hardened attitudes of South Africans.

In the process, the Gupta Image Laundering Team have transformed from being a niche interest to becoming comic amusement. Their tweets are now seen as a form of entertainment. Others see their tweets as just pure form of desperado.

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