Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Africa Addio

Once again South Africa's Teaboy Mbeki has shamed his country by his failure to stop Mugabe's violent thuggery.

But is Mbeki alone in his 'silent support' of this madman and his henchmen?

In a statement released by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ANC ( ) they have been quite clear where their support lies.

  • It has always been and continues to be the view of our movement that the challenges facing Zimbabwe can only be solved by the Zimbabweans themselves. Nothing that has happened in the recent months has persuaded us to revise that view. A lasting solution has to be led by the Zimbabweans and any attempts by outside players to impose regime change will merely deepen the crisis.

  • The political programme of the national liberation movement in Zimbabwe consequently centred on the right of national self-determination to be attained through democratic elections in which all adult citizens of the country would have the untrammelled right to elect the government of their choice. Restoration of the land seized during colonialism to the indigenous people was a central plank of that programme as well. It was a shared objective of all the liberation movements in this region of Africa...

  • The ANC is very mindful of the obligations Britain assumed in relation to Zimbabwe at the Lancaster House Talks. Chief amongst these was resolution of the Land Question, i.e. undoing the consequences of well nigh 100 years of British colonial domination. A large measure of responsibility for the current crisis is attributable to the ex-colonial power because it has reneged on that undertaking.

  • In our efforts to assist Zimbabweans resolve their problems the ANC has consistently supported the efforts of the South African government and the SADC region. After the SADC Summit appointed President Mbeki to act as mediator amongst the parties in Zimbabwe, he has enjoyed the ANC's unstinting support. We were consequently very pleased when, owing to his mediation, a relatively peaceful and free election was held on 29 March 2008.

  • While the ANC was sceptical of the feasibility of a run-off, we deferred to the judgement of the SADC leadership and that of the political parties in Zimbabwe and lent our support to the process.

But have added a small sop to democracy by alluding to the violence in Zimbabwe.

  • However, compelling evidence of violence, intimidation and outright terror; the studied harassment of the leadership of the MDC, including its Presidential candidate, by the security organs of the Zimbabwean government; the arrest and detention of the Secretary-General of the MDC; the banning of MDC public meetings; and denial of access to the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, all have convinced us that free and fair elections are not possible in the political environment prevalent in Zimbabwe today.

  • We wish the MDC, ZANU (PF) and all the other parties in Zimbabwe the moral courage, strength and determination to urgently seek a viable solution to the profound problems facing their country.

    Meanwhile the ANC government has shown its true colours and is trying to pass an Expropriation Bill through their Parliament which will enable them to take all the movable assets as well as the farm as they continue their own drive to disposses white farmers and destroy the food producers in South Africa.

Even the future SA President, Jacob Zuma, ( ) at an International Investment Congress held in South Africa, showed that the Marxist Ideology of the ANC is still very much alive and well when he said:-

  • As the ANC, we are calling for a mixed economy, where the state, private capital, cooperatives and other forms of social ownership complement each other in an integrated way to eliminate poverty and foster shared economic growth.

  • Our view is that the State must play a central and strategic role in the economy, by directly investing in underdeveloped areas and directing private sector investment.

  • The State should also mobilise society to take part in the implementation of those priorities and direct resources towards realising these objectives.

  • There still exists skewed patterns of ownership and production in our economy, a legacy of the apartheid past. Change will not happen automatically. Decisive action is required to transform the current economic patterns in order to realise our vision for the future.

  • This regulation should take into account the country's commitment to land reform, restitution, redistribution and access to land. The ANC has also resolved that we should discard the market-driven land reform and immediately review the principle of willing-seller, willing-buyer so as to accelerate equitable distribution of land.

This the future of South Africa - Central control of the Economy while it runs unsuccesful collective farms on previously vibrant farming land - yet another Failed State, yet another unsuccesful Post Colonial African Democracy.

If you have the stomach, watch the original, uncut version of 'Africa Addio' recorded by an Italian TV crew in 1964.