It’s no secret anymore that the current ruling party in South Africa, the Marxist African National Congress (ANC), received tremendous support from communist China and the Soviets in the form of military training as well as military arms during their years of terrorist activities in our beloved land before the elections in April 1994.
While working as a Forensic Ballistic Expert for the police, part of my job requirements was the identification of the various types of AK-47 assault rifles and ammunition that came pouring in across our borders. It was not only the USSR who manufactured the AK-47 assault rifle. Other countries such as Bulgaria, Poland, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Finland, China, North Korea, Yugoslavia, and Czechoslovakia, were all making different models and variants of this hated weapon. The true origin of the firearm was mainly established by examining the markings found on the “auto” and “single-shot” selector of the rifle. The majority of these weapons came from the USSR but, considering the amount of spent cartridge cases ejected at countless crime scenes all over the country, and especially in the last few months leading up to the elections in April 1994, it was quite apparent that communist China was supplying all the ammunition.
Tibet, an independent country the size of Western Europe, was invaded by China during 1949 and 1950. Today, Tibet is strictly governed by the Chinese Communist Party with the active support of the military, which maintains the occupation with a presence of at least one quarter of a million troops. Simply saying the words “Free Tibet” or displaying a Tibetan national flag can result in arrest, torture and imprisonment. Religious freedom has been increasingly restricted: monks and nuns continue to be beaten, arrested and imprisoned for refusing to denounce the Dalai Lama, their spiritual and temporal leader.
Tibet has many similarities with the current situation here in South Africa. Although I do believe that the situation in Tibet is far worse, the white minority in South Africa could be heading for a similar state of affairs if the ANC is not stopped dead in their tracks soon. Like South Africa, Tibet also has rich natural resources. These resources are diverted to the Chinese mainland, and the fundamental rights of Tibetans continue to be denied. Tibetan culture has been severely restricted, and hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have died as a result of torture, execution, suicides and starvation.
The ANC and the Communist Party of China (CPC) have been enjoying a traditional friendship for years. Today, South Africa is China's largest trading partner in Africa, with 2008 trade standing at 100bn rand ($10bn; £7bn). There is no doubt that communist China is calling the shots here, and that the ANC government will do everything in their power not to upset the friendship-balance with their communist buddies in China. The fact that the ANC authorities have recently denied the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a peace conference linked to the 2010 Football World Cup, which the country is hosting, is sufficient proof that the ANC’s priorities do not side with peace and happiness for all, but rather with their own selfish greed and hunger for power. And they have the audacity to deny the fact that Chinese pressure had nothing to do with the ban!
It was a foolish mistake not to allow the Dalai Lama an entrance visa, but on the positive side it has made millions of South African’s aware of the plight in Tibet. I feel somewhat shameful to admit that I too was never aware of the extent of Tibet’s plight, but now thanks to yet another political “ANC” blunder I am now more informed.