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AFRIKA: The other side of the coin

South Africa’s owners of the economy, academia, media and heads of civil society circulated before the ruling ANC’s National Executive Committee meeting  on May 27, 2016, that its president and head-of-state, Jacob G. Zuma, would be asked  to step down immediately.

This will however, not happen. President Zuma will finish his term of office when the next elective ANC Conference in December 2017 takes place. Zuma being recalled, or pushed out of his position and the ANC, is not likely to be part of the ANC NEC agenda.

The above-mentioned have gone out of their ways to force Zuma’s early retirement from office, building their attempts of character assassination him up to the ANC NEC’s gathering.

Meanwhile, the forthcoming local government elections are under threat of being hijacked. This could lead to a split of the  ANC.

All political parties campaign for as many votes, as they can muster, be it local government,   presidential or national elections.

A leading member of the ruling ANC in the local government explained, “The Gauteng Province’s ANC MEC for Human Settlement, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Mr. Paul Mashathile, plans to have his face copied on to the ballot papers in stead of that of Zuma,even though  Zuma is  the president of the ANC and head-of-state of South Africa.

“It would mean that Mashathile attempts to split the ANC into two, with the Democratic Alliance (DA) thus capturing some of the metros in the Gauteng province. Would the ANC NEC have the courage to fire Mashathile? Mashathile clearly works outside the ANC’s framework.”

They observe that State Security Minister, David Mahlabo seems to be doing a good job. Particularly his analysis of the threats South Africa is currently debated. There are about 453 foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) andadditional foreign foundations operating in South Africa. Some 68 NGOs are being registered daily in this country.

At the same time there are “service delivery unrests”, students’ protests and unemployment. A restless youth has been infiltrated and has become the catchment area for opportunistic political anarchists and anti-democrats. They instigate destabilisation and threaten civil war.

It is important to repeat what State Security Minister, David Mahlobo observed regarding political and other destabilisation efforts that require “a deep understanding of the actors and tactics involved”:

“Stateand non-state actors are hard at work in certain parts of the globe, using various role-players to promote their agendas while undermining the national security of various countries. These actors are in the mass media, non-governmental and community based organisations, foreign multi-national companies, funders of opposition, religious and student organisations, prominent and influential persons running covert intelligence networks to destabilise other countries, who do not share a similar view as them.”

The role of highly skilled intelligence officers has been raised, as former Mbokodo operatives express their fears: “If covert forces can bring down a president, ANC operatives in South Africa would be compromised. They would be vigorously pursued. Those covert forces would stop at nothing, using every possible means to hunt them down.”

“Those enemy agents have infiltrated many levels of government, the ruling party, judiciary,  armed forces and the police services, as well as environmental affairs and other departments. They recruited young people and infiltrated them into environmental affairs to destroy the development of the country.At the moment some of those criminals are dormant. Even the US’s Donald Trump attacked America’s environmental affairs for allowing those criminals for hampering development”, senior Mbokodo operatives pointed out.

Corporatists tried in their arrogant, heavy-handed way to dictate who should be South Africa’s minister of finance and who shouldn’t.

The Minister in the President’s Office, Minister Jeff Radebe re-confirmed what Pinky Khoabane documented and Johan Rupert denied.

According to the minister’s confirmation , Radebe and ANC Treasurer General Dr. Zweli Mkhize met with Neil Coleman of Goldman Sachs, Martin Kingston of Rothschilds, Maria Ramos of Barclays Bank and Bobby Godsell of ‘Leadership South Africa’ to discuss  Jacob Zuma’s appointment of David van Rooyen as the new minister of finance. The group then strongly recommended that Pravin Gordhan, should occupy the position.

The South African Revenue Services (SARS) however, seemed to be a thorn in Gordhan’s flesh, as a “rogue unit” had been created under his watch. It has been repeatedly asked, what was the reason for the creation of a “rogue unit”. “It is an unlawful unit, an act of crime, as it is an assault on civil liberties”, former deputy finance minister Jabu Moleketi explained.

Senior ANC NEC members and observers in the financial industry are quite sure, that Gordhan will not survive the above-mentioned criminal scandal.

Finally,  the ANC will see to it that Zuma serves out his second term as President of South Africa.

Udo W. Froese, non-institutionalised, independent political and socio-economic analyst based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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