Simply put, the ANC (African National Congress) lacks testicles. Last year December in Nasrec, Soweto the ruling party held their 54th national elective conference where they resolved to expropriate land without compensation and nationalise the South African Reserve Bank, amongst other policies that were adopted. Of course, these two policies I mention are not new to the ANC. In fact, after his release from prison and prior to occupying the highest office on the land, the late former president of the ANC, Nelson Mandela had vowed to take the land without compensation and nationalise mines and banks, before he was quietly reprimanded to never say such things again. Like an obedient schoolboy he complied and became the biggest trumpeter of reconciliation since that little racist prick Mohandas Gandhi. It was here when the ANC backpaddled on their own policies, thus officially changing tack and morphing from an assertive Pan-Africanist movement into a docile liberal party that takes orders from unscrupulous powerful men who lurk in the shadows like thieves and rapists.
Before they were kicked out of the ANC in early 2012 for allegedly bringing the ruling party into ‘disrepute’, Julius Malema and his erstwhile comrades in the ANC Youth League had begun to make noise about the expropriation of land and the nationalisation of key sectors of the economy, which include, but are not limited to mines and banks. Those who have eyes to see and ears glued to the ground state as a matter-of-fact that the reason the likes of Malema, Ronald Lamola, Floyd Shivambu, the late Sindiso Magaqa and company were in fact suspended from the ANC was because their radical statements about the transformation of the economy had begun to irritate the ruling party’s handlers – the dodgy powerful men who lurk in the shadows like thieves and rapists.
In the two months since their 54th national elective conference, the ANC is proving that they cannot be trusted with the hopes and dreams of the ordinary masses. Despite the progressive policies they adopted in December and constantly yapping like parrots in public about how things are about to change, in reality nothing is about to change. In fact, it looks we are about to regress as society due to the ANC’s greed, arrogance, megalomania and delusions of grandeur.
In his maiden state of the nation address, a day after he was elected 5th president of the democratic Republic of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa had this to say about the land programme. He stated: ‘We will accelerate our land redistribution programme not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation.’ From this statement one can already conclude that the ANC will never return the land to its people or make any meaningful changes in the lives of the masses. Typical of a slick politician, Ramaphosa cleverly invokes the ANC resolutions to pull one over the masses. He says: ‘Guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party, this approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation. We are determined that expropriation without compensation should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.’ Once again Ramaphosa is not clear in his statement. Like a snake oil salesman trying to trick an unwitting customer, the president employed sophisticated language to pacify the masses while he assures his handlers that they are not about to lose their loot.
Cyril Ramaphosa is both president of the ANC and South Africa. His reluctance and refusal, and in extension that of his party, to ‘redress a grave historical injustice’ is no more clear than in the budget speech delivered by his comrade and minister of finance, Malusi Gigaba. In his speech, delivered under a cloud of confusion about his future, Malusi made it abundantly clear the ANC does not care for the black masses of this country, and that under Ramaphosa the little progress we made would be reversed. He said: ‘Accelerating land reform has become urgent and the Department of Rural Development and Land reform has set aside R4.2 billion for the acquisition of about 291 000 hectares of strategically located land.’ One would ask: if the ANC resolved in Nasrec, two months ago, to expropriate land without compensation, why is it that its government ‘has set aside R4.2 billion for the acquisition of about 291 000 hectares of strategically located land’? Is the ANC government not confusing its policies? Do they actually know what they are doing? I believe they are not confusing their policies as much as they are intent on confusing the black masses. They know exactly what they are doing – they are politicking at the expense of the oppressed majority of this country.
In the state of the nation address, on Friday, 16th February 2018, two days after kicking his predecessor to the curb, Ramaphosa made it clearly that the ANC would not be bothered with the land programme when he further pronounced thus: ‘We make a special call to financial institutions to be our partners in mobilising resources to accelerate the land redistribution programme as increased investment will be needed in this sector.’ What Ramaphosa was doing is reassuring his friends and pals in the banking sector from the national podium that there is money to be made and big profits to be gained, while he uses the words ‘expropriation’ and ‘redistribution’ interchangeably like the two are synonyms that mean the exact same thing. The ‘great masses of our people’ would do well to be cautious of the silver-tongued Ramaphosa and his dodgy ANC.
Ladies and gentlemen, the ANC has been around for hundred and six years. In over a century in existence, the ANC has failed to deliver on its primary mission: restore land back to its rightful owners. In a practical world such decimal failure is rewarded with dismissal. Thus, the ANC, the once venerated movement of the ‘great masses of our people’ should be recalled. When the late great African leader, Thomas Sankara, assumed power at the age of 33 in the modern-day Burkina Faso, he took a mere four years to set his homeland on a course for progress. Under Sankara the people of Burkina Faso regained their pride and confidence. In a short period of four years, Sankara had restored power to the people. Unfortunately for Sankara, an ‘upright man’, his friend and second-in-command, Blaise Compaore, had the spine of an infant, and conspired unsurprisingly with the devious French to sell out Burkina Faso and murder his own pal. However, in that short stint under President Thomas Sankara, ordinary Africans, and particularly the people of Burkina Faso, had seen the possibility of an Africa governed by upright and honest men and women.
In South Africa, under the ANC, that dream remains that – a dream. This year the ANC government will mark 24 years in power. What have they done with that power? Only they know, for we the ordinary masses have not seen any significant change in our lives except being bribed with a food parcel, an ANC printed t-shirt or an RDP house the size of a bird cage. The economy remains in the hands of the minority, while we, the rightful owners of the land have to wake up at three o’clock in the morning to catch four taxis only to be told by our white employers that we are late, and therefore lazy. Dear reader, this happens, shockingly, under the ANC government, and not the apartheid government.
What is the solution? Vote the ANC out of power? I have mulled over that question for the past two months and have concluded that voting the ANC out of power only to have it replaced by another lousy political party will not solve our problems as an oppressed people. If one takes a hard look at South Africa, you would note that our political framework is fraught with foundational problems. The entire political framework that keeps meek political parties like the ANC in power serves the status quo. This current system that keeps economic power in the hands of the few will need to be completely overhauled if we are to make way for a new system that guarantees accountability and honesty, and most importantly the delivery of economic liberation by those we elect to represent and carry out our mandate. In such a modern political framework, it will be mandatory that politicians live among the masses, eat what the masses eat and travel in the transport used by the masses. No politician should be seen hurtling down the highway with fifteen BMW X5s while the people are squashed like sardines in a Toyota Siyaya. How do you expect to effect meaningful change in the lives of our people, the very people you claim to serve, when you don’t live among them?
In South Africa, the telecommunications sector is dominated by a few companies who are run and owned mostly by white men. Multichoice, a subsidiary of the Stellenbosch born Naspers, has increased their monopoly ever since a new South Africa was birthed. As for the privately owned South African Reserve Bank, they have the license to say who can and who cannot own a bank operating in South Africa. These pressing issues were discussed at the ANC national elective conference and yet they did not make it into the state of the nation address delivered by our new president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ladies and gentlemen, I repeat: recall the ANC. Recall the ANC because they continue to fail you at every turn. Presently, Kenny Motsamai, a struggle stalwart, is not sure of his status in the new South Africa, but F.W de Klerk, the apartheid butcher, strolls our streets like a demigod. We even cheered him on the occasion of the state of the nation address. Surely, we cannot be that dumb as a people; applauding a man who thinks so little of us? The ANC has made it acceptable that the denigration of black people is not so bad while it lays a red carpet for our oppressors. Recall these clowns and overhaul this exploitive political system. Now! Kgotsong!