Wednesday, September 1, 2010

South Africa’s striking foot soldiers

One of the biggest strikes in South Africa’s history took place on the 1st of May, 1986, when 1.5 million black workers "stayed away" in a demand for recognition of an official May Day holiday. The action was an obvious test to see how the ‘apartheid’ government was going to deal with the issue. What did the government do? They declared a state of emergency and arrested all the troublemakers, - mainly trade union officials!

Much has happened in South African politics since 1986, and much has already been written on the subject. Of all the books I’ve read, Anthea Jeffery’s People's War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa, probably explains it best!

Trade Unions played an important role during South Africa’s political conflict by utilizing true military-style tactics. They were exceptionally good at mobilizing the masses, -- in other words, making foot soldiers from ordinary civilians.

Today, the majority of South Africans believe that they are finally free. The chief terrorists who helped fight for their freedom, and who are now referred to as freedom fighters, have been duly honoured and rewarded. In fact, the process of compensation appears to be an ongoing practice. Towns, streets, airports, and numerous other structures, built during the apartheid era, have been renamed in their honour, and the process is still continuing.

Trade unions are now officially recognized within the 1996 Constitution, which provides for the right to join trade unions, and for unions to collectively bargain and strike. Strikers, many wearing a uniform dress (red t-shirts and red caps), are becoming more and more militant in their approach. While their criminal actions such as, damaging and looting of property, kidnapping, assault, threats, and intimidation of teachers and hospital staff, are all aimed at provoking the authorities, and have absolutely nothing to do with the so-called ‘wage dispute’, the liberals among us perceive the behaviour of these ‘poor’ people as a reflection of their frustration. What a load of utter nonsense!

These latest strikes we are witnessing is purely Marxist-Socialist warfare in progress. That’s all it is, nothing more and nothing less! The people on the streets are mere pawns in the game, but they’ve long past the stage where they can be called ‘innocent’ pawns. Their actions replicate the exact same behaviour normal foot soldiers demonstrate during warfare. The only difference between the two is that soldiers carry weapons, fire bullets, and are usually disciplined, while strikers carry placards, shout slogans, and are rather undisciplined, downright reckless, and also selfish.

These people who strike for higher wages, whether it is sanctioned by our ungodly constitution or not, must then surely be addicted to money, for normal people don’t behave in this manner! Which ever way you look at it, whether they are addicts, fanatics, or pawns in the game, innocent people have suffered as a result of their actions, but yet these strikers will still get what they demanded and will soon be back in their cushy jobs, from where they’ll start preparing for their next strike action. AND, don’t tell me that the unholy ANC - COSATU - SACP alliance are not part-and-parcel of this cunning deception, because with each and every planned strike action over wages we see come and go, this unholy alliance is getting better and better at it!


A report by Athol Trollip on politicsweb points out that it is no coincidence that these latest strikes are being staged just before the ANC's National General Council (NGC) is due to meet in Durban next week. This report, as well as many others I’ve read, also tend to create a picture of internal strife (a power struggle) within the ranks of the Tripartite alliance. It also appears from these reports that the nationwide strikes are aimed at reminding Zuma who exactly placed him in his current position as ANC president. In the end, everything points to the fact that Zuma is not running the country at all, and that orders are coming from another sinister and more intelligent force. The fact that the Eastern influence keeps popping up in the equation, is already an indication that devil himself has a hand in all this madness.

Striking for the love of money…

The more people there are earning more money, the more money the shrewd merchants of this world will make. It is a fact of life that people will buy things they don’t even need, -- if they only had the money!

“For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.”
I Timothy 6:10

During the apartheid era, millions of Africans were cut off as consumers of worldly goods. The majority of rural folk believed that electricity was a dangerous and wicked type of magic. Television sets, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners, - any apparatus that required electricity to function, were all looked upon with much scepticism. The cunning merchants of this world realized long ago that there was a massive potential market of clients out there, and that those people needed to be ‘uplifted’ and ‘educated’, - whether they liked it, or not! In other words, an addiction (love) for money needed to be created.

The shrewd campaign they instigated took several years to progress and develop, but in the end their campaign managed to successfully create the false impression that millions of black (potential customers) were being oppressed, and deliberately kept in a state of poverty. Obviously there were other hidden agendas behind the whole scam, but in the end one must accept the nasty reality that South Africa, with its superbly developed infrastructure, was SOLD, for one purpose, - and that was to create millions of eager consumers for new emerging markets. Vodacom’s cellular products is but one prime example. Most adverts on television are targeting black consumers. What’s the bet that civil servants will be making up the bulk of black consumers!

The government cannot simply give its civil servants more money without creating some sort of Hollywood-style drama that will convince people that the government was left with no other option but to increase their salaries. This in short, is why our constitution sanctions legal strikes and why trade unions can legally hold the government ransom.

A quick search using Google’s Timeline function will reveal that the current wave of public service strikes is not the first attempt by an organized mass group of people to demand higher wages.

During June 2007 public sector workers mounted major protest actions across the country, demanding a pay raise of 12 percent. It was the biggest strike action since the end of apartheid. Seventeen trade unions were involved with memberships totalling close to 1 million. Services across the country were severely disrupted, and most of the country’s schools and hospitals were closed. Nurses and doctors who joined the strike were threatened with disciplinary action. Source

During July 2009 the country faced a wave of industrial action with unions demanding pay increases above inflation. Construction workers paralysed work on 2010 World Cup soccer stadiums and on the mass transit Gautrain high-speed rail project serving the area around Johannesburg. Several other sectors were also affected. Even doctors went on a wage strike that lasted about two weeks. The doctors were demanding more than 50 percent in pay rises! (Click here to see all the sectors involved)

On August 26, 2009, Bloodshed erupted on Pretoria's streets outside the Union Buildings as police and protesting SANDF soldiers, who were unhappy with their wages, openly clashed in running street battles. (Click here to view the previous posting)

During May 2010 the Transnet strike cost the country about R7 billion. Workers demanded a 15% wage increase, and planned the strike to take place a few weeks before the Soccer World Cup was due to kick off.

During the month of June 2010, while the Soccer World Cup event was in full swing, the ANC-controlled media conveniently forgot to report on issues that placed the country in a negative light. Although I cannot report on what chaos was happening in other parts of the country, I do know for sure that chaos was reigning, - practically on my doorstep here in Pretoria. I was aware of the fact that Mamelodi, a black township not to far from my home, was in a state of mayhem, because I travelled the main road to that township on a daily basis, but the reality of the madness hit me square between the eyes when I arrived at my local pharmacy to find that the place had been burned down, - apparently because of a wage dispute! During that same period the University of South Africa's (Unisa) also experienced protests over wages. (See the posting: Striking News from Pretoria)

There is no doubt that the current mass strike action over wages promises to break all previous records. Although the current strikes will soon end, it will in all probability erupt again in varied waves of unpredictable intensity, in the exact same fashion that hostilities during warfare tend to do. In warfare foot soldiers are normally the first to die in battle, but our Marxist-Communist government have them covered. This is indeed a real messy state of affairs!

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