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ZIKALALA'S DISTORTED VIEW OF AFRICA’S HISTORY - posted 26 May 2020
One of the perks of being in power is to present propaganda as history, a task KZN premier Sihle Zikalala carries out with panache (Mercury, May 25).
In his tribute to Africa Day, Zikalala predictably places the blame for Africa’s plight on the legacy of colonialism. The fact that colonialism ended 60 years ago and was replaced by despots like Nkrumah, Mugabe, Mengistu, Machel and a dozen others who plundered and waged war against their own people is peripheral to Zikalala’s view of history.
So it is risible for Zikalala to talk about a “vision of integration” as long as millions in Africa have refugee status because of the internecine warfare that has plagued this continent since the demise of colonialism. Xenophobia which prevails in South Africa proves that the brotherhood of which Zikalala boasts is a figment of his imagination.
Africa has more failed states than any other continent, so for Zikalala to endorse the idea that “our fortunes are linked to those of our fellow African nations,” is rather disturbing if not something of a death wish for South Africa.
For sheer hypocrisy it hard to beat Zikalala’s invitation“for skilled workers from all over the world to ply their trade” here. Yet skilled workers who happen to be white, coloured and Indian in South Africa are denied the opportunity to ply their skills because Zikalala’s ideology practises racial discrimination. His celebration of the contribution of communists to South Africa's history is also misplaced. It is the result of implementing their economics that South Africa's economy has declined. The sad history of Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Tanzania, amongst others, stands in testimony to the failure of socialist economics.
Zikalala’s concluding appeal for Africa to “rise again” is another distortion of history. The only aspects of Africa that are in the ascendant are unemployment, poverty and debt all of which are flourishing under ANC rule of South Africa.
COVDID COMBAT PROMOTING ALINSKY PLAN - posted May 6, 2020
Gerry Nelson (Mercury, May 5) is quite correct in stating that in combatting the Corona virus the ANC is advancing socialism.
The lockdown is in fact proceeding in lockstep with the eight- phase strategy Saul Alinsky proclaimed in 1971 by which a country can be transformed into socialist dictatorship.
Already, despite its unaffordability and impracticality, the ANC is forging ahead with the imposition of NHI. State control of health is the first step followed by increased levels of poverty and dependence on state aid. With 18 million people dependent on state grants, up from 2,4 million in 1994, the Alinsky plan is on track.
Allied with that is food control. Under the ANC’S Covid-19 combat regulations, only provincial and local government may distribute food. Anyone else has to apply for a permit to do so. And of course permit application, inevitably, is tied up in red tape and delays so as to frustrate and discourage private initiative. Yet ironically, the government happily accepted billions of Rand in welfare aid from the private sector.
Besides, as everyone knows, service delivery from all levels of government is corrupt and inefficient. Worse still, by insisting on controlling food distribution to the needy, the ANC has politicised a fundamental of life, a strategy Stalin understood very well in the 1930s, which is fifth on the Alinsky list.
Promoting debt is third on the Alinsky programme. The squeeze put on private enterprise by inflexible labour regulations and B-BBEE has already flat-lined economic growth. The lockdown is having a terminal effect on even more business ventures, thus increasing debt, poverty and ultimately state dependence.
Gun control, at number four, is already mired in swathes of red tape aimed at disarming the law-abiding. And suddenly we have 73,000 militia out protecting the government from those who may challenge its authoritarian regulations. Education at number six has progressed well in lowering standards and churning out illiterates. Religion at number seven may be a hold-out in securing all eight of the Alinsky plan. But the eighth phase, class warfare, is a firm favourite of socialists.
Between the likes of Malema who has promised the slaughter of whites at some future point, discrimination against whites in terms of demographic representivity and now discrimination against whites in terms of food parcel distribution and business aid, the demonization and marginalisation of whites is on track.
Adroit appeals to the Concourt seem to be the only avenue left to head off the worst of the Alinsky socialist dystopia.
The Mercury/ Witness/ Star
ANC PROMOTING RE-COLONISATION - posted 27 April 2020
It is a reality that adversity provides opportunity. The economic meltdown as a consequence of combatting the corona virus has provided China with a golden opportunity to exploit shattered economies so as to advance its aim of being the dominant world power by 2049 – the centenary of Communist power in China.
Mineral-rich but economically weak countries like South Africa are prime targets within China’s strategy. In July 2018, on his visit here, China’s political boss Xi Jinping promised $14,7 billion in investments (R220 billion). Now with President Ramaphosa’s announcement of a R500 billion stimulus package, China is set to contribute half the package.
Already China has substantial stakes in our metallurgical industry. It has a 20% share in Standard Bank while the likes of Telkom promote its IT arm, Huawei. Put bluntly, China is buying up South Africa. It is also busy doing that across the Western world.
In the UK, as the Gatestone Research Institute points out (22 April 2020), the BBC receives funding from Huawei. As the Australian government has belatedly discovered, China has been buying up real estate, particularly farms. China is a major sponsor of the US National Basketball Association. When the manager of one of the teams, the Houston Rockets, tweeted support for the pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong, China demanded an apology from the Basketball Association.
The ANC government is naïve if it thinks China’s financial interests in South Africa are altruistic. The reality is that by accepting Chinese aid and investment, the ANC is promoting the re-colonisation of South Africa.
The Mercury and The Witness
VIRUS VICTIMS’ RIGHTS DENIED - posted 21 April 2020
History shows that crises are exploited by governments to extend authoritarianism. When that occurs, civil liberties suffer. The peremptory declaration by the KZN premier Sihle Zikalala that all those who test Covid-19 positive will be forced into government isolation facilities, is a case in point (Mercury, April 20).
Compelling those who have become infected to be placed under state isolation is the equivalent of being detained. In terms of section 35 of the constitution, detainees have rights, one of which is to challenge the lawfulness of that detention - section 35 (2) (d).
Already the extension of the lockdown beyond the 21 day period is in conflict with the constitution which requires the assent of the National Assembly to extend a state of emergency. That did not happen.
So now we have, without any democratic discussion, a provincial mandarin unilaterally suspending provisions of the Bill of Rights and dictating the terms and conditions by which virus victims will be treated. In a previous era that was called baasskap.
What is particularly disquieting about this situation is that it conforms to the eight point socialist Alinsky plan of how to extend complete lockdown of state control over every aspect of life. Controlling healthcare is the first priority and accords fittingly with the ANC’s long term national democratic revolution strategy.
CUBA IS A POLICE STATE - posted April 8, 2020
Having just resumed my subscription of the Mercury after almost four months in protest against the excessive preference given to SACP/ANC propaganda news and views, it is shameful that despite the Mercury’s historic tradition in support of liberal democracy it continues to publish communist falsehoods exemplified by the article eulogising Cuba as a “beacon of hope to the world” (April 6).
The sycophantic outpourings of the likes of Phatse Piitso praising the educational and medical services available in Cuba can in no way mask the reality of life in Cuba. As a recent article in the left-leaning Guardian newspaper of London conceded, Cuba remains a one-party police state.
The communist Cuban regime does not tolerate dissent or democracy. Human rights of freedom of speech, the press, association and mobility that conflict with communist ideology are brutally repressed.
If Cuba was truly a “beacon of hope,” the question to be asked is: why do Cubans continue to try to escape from it? The ANC is entitled to delude itself about Cuba. But in publishing those delusions, the Mercury should feature counter articles in the interests of factual balance and truth.
PREFERENCE FOR TAXIS A THREAT TO ALL - POSTED 4 APRIL 2020
ANC government’s capitulation to the taxi bosses as to how many passengers taxis may transport has several negative implications (Mercury, April 3).
Every business and industry is losing money as a result of the lockdown. In this regard, why should the taxi industry be treated any differently from all other businesses? Why is their financial predicament more pressing than that of others?
Making an exception to the taxi industry by relaxing the taxi passenger quota has significant implications:
· It makes a mockery of the President’s fervent appeals to comply with the need for personal isolation.
· It will expedite the spread of the Corona virus and consequently compel the lockdown to be extended beyond the 21 day period;
· It questions the capacity of the ANC government to impose its authority. Are we being ruled by the elected or by the unelected?
For too long the taxi industry has been a law unto itself. It is a rogue element that disregards the rules of the road, is colour blind as regards traffic lights and treats the safety of its passengers with indifference. Failure to compel this rogue industry to comply with the road rules now poses a threat to the health of the whole country.
ANC IS A FRONT FOR THE SACP - posted [and published]4 March 2020
The editorial comment in Post of February 26 concerning the SACP’s negative influence on South Africa is to be applauded for daring to expose the truth about South Africa’s economic stagnation and decline.
As any diligent student of the history of communism knows, wherever Marxism-Leninism has been imposed, human rights, democracy and individual enterprise have been suppressed and proscribed. Communist totalitarian tyranny cost the lives of over 100 million people in Russia and China during the 20th century and many more millions in South East Asia, Eastern Europe and parts of Africa such as Ethiopia and Mozambique.
Since 1950, following the banning of the SACP by the Malan government, the SACP has been an incubus within the ANC. The Freedom Charter was drawn up in 1955 by communists - Joe Slovo, Ben Turok and Ruth First. It is a blueprint for communist state control of all aspects of life and is now being applied via the Leninist programme known as the National Democratic Revolution (NDR).
Refusal to privatise SAA, Eskom and other state-owned entities reflects SACP ideology which is for state control of all resources, manufacturing, land and banks. Refusal to abolish B-BBEE and inflexible racist labour legislation and to apply merit as the sole criterion for eligibility for posts, promotions and procurements is a result of SACP control of the ANC. Expropriation of land without compensation and the imposition of the totally flawed and unaffordable National Health Insurance are core NDR and Freedom Charter policies.
Economic growth and prosperity can occur only when state strictures on the economy and resources are minimised as President Trump has demonstrated in the US. But, as you rightly stated in your editorial, Mr Editor, “as long as the SACP is shaping our country’s policies, that won’t happen here.” Well, not until voters wise up to the reality that the ANC is simply a front for the SACP.
PENSION FUNDING DEPENDS ON TAXES - posted 19 Feb 2020
While one sympathises with the plight of pensioners dependent on the state for their old-age grants, Julie Smith’s plea for those grants to be increased by almost 30% (The Witness, February 18) suggests a lack of realism as to how governments acquire money.
Governments don’t create money –unless they print it like in Zimbabwe and destroy its value in the process. Without taxation, no government can function legitimately. The R6,2 billion the government currently provides for old age pensions is derived from taxes. To increase that by 30% would require increasing taxes or finding new sources to tax.
In any event, the effect of tax increases would be reflected in price increases which, in turn, would soak up the increase in pension funding. As Harold Wilson once said, “one man’s pay rise is another man’s price rise.”
With our economy flat-lining and the army of unemployed increasing, a tax hike is not in the interests of anyone as it would push up prices and cause more business failures.
To afford more funding for pensioners, the economy needs to be stimulated so that more tax revenue can be generated. And that can only occur if prescriptive labour legislation is repealed along with the costly effects of B-BBEE and the Luddite influence of trade unions is brought to heel.
The political v alue of electricity - posted 15 Jan 2020
While striving to transform South Africa into a socialist state, what is remarkable is the ANC’s failure to appreciate the historical role electrification played in the transformation of Russia into a communist state.
Within two years of seizing power in Russia, on Lenin’s orders an electrification commission was established. Its 500 page report in 1920 detailed plans for the construction of a network of 30 regional power stations.
Electrification was regarded as a priority for the industrialisation of the USSR. Lenin also understood the political value of bringing electricity to farms and villages across Russia. Bare light bulbs, called “Ilyich lamps” after Lenin’s second name, illuminating peasant homes conveyed a very tangible message to the masses of the achievement of communism.
By not only failing to expand the capacity of the Eskom grid but hastening its demise through lack of maintenance and mismanagement, the ANC is committing a huge political mistake. For there is only negative propaganda value in load-shedding because, for once, that cannot be blamed on apartheid.
Nothing can be more damning for a regime than its failure to keep the lights on. The transformation message the ANC is propagating through Eskom’s failure is one of de-industrialisation, disinvestment, further unemployment, further social distress. Hardly reasons to vote ANC or to celebrate its vintage.