War Room: Influence of ANC's Intelligence Culture Plain to See

2017-01-31 18:40

Revelations into the ANC’s “War Room” have revealed nothing more than Jacob Zuma’s penchant for espionage and misinformation. State security clusters, under his guiding hand, have become entities capable of dismantling proper streams of information & misguiding public thoughts and sentiment. These are powerful tools if one considers their application across a wide range of public arenas (including last year’s local elections). Shaka Sisulu’s boastful (yet absurd) claims aside, one has to take stock of how state intelligence organs have grown in their reach, even tapping into different streams of public thought and sentiment. These include public relations, media and evidently, political campaigning. Under the guise of defense and national security, one man in particular, proceeded to combine the energies and capacities of various intelligence organs into one cohesive whole.

Then Deputy President Jacob Zuma decided in 2001 to amalgamate security and defense organs into a more coherent and responsive security cluster. Organs like military intelligence, police crime intelligence, the then National Intelligence Agency (NIA), former South African Secret Service, National Communications Centre and National Intelligence Co-ordinating Committee had their head executives briefed and trained accordingly for this ambitious project. The results of this have precipitated multitudes of questionable events tied to government's activities over the past few years

Recent calamities tied to an overgrown intelligence presence include:

Such is the hubris of the state security cluster, that minister of intelligence, David Mahlobo is now facing inquiries about his alleged friendship with Rhino Poacher Jian Guang. During his as MEC in Mpumalanga, business deals and other such nefarious connections could well serve the man who now has ears and eyes placed over most of the country. The ethos of spying subterfuge indeed permeates throughout the ANC, where secrecy and unconcern for the rule of law grows larger each day. Even the releasing of results Sabotaging political opponent’s campaigns harks not only to this hubris but to a larger concern.

That we should expect yet more underhanded tactics from this once proud symbol of African national resistance in its bod to retain power. 2019 will herald a decisive moment in this country's government and it's people's will to move the country forward. The lust for power and the perks which come with it has become glaringly obvious. The only question remaining is - to what lengths will the ruling ANC go in order to retain them. As 2017 bellows an even longer shot in the dark to reclaim any legitimacy it has left in an attempt to lick its self inflicted wounds, we move closer toward a precipice. One which will determine whether government has the backbone to step down, or whether a moribund state will utilize any and all of its tools to retain power.

At the heart of this lies a state intelligence community which has permeated its ethos and underhand strategy throughout government and the ANC itself.

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