About 3 years ago (April 2009) I published a short article on this blog titled, The ANC is going down. It was posted soon after the last national and provincial election results were made known, and when the ANC obtained 65.90% of the votes, thereby failing to secure two-thirds of the vote and therefore two-thirds of the seats in parliament. They also lost the Western Cape Province to the opposition.
Although there’s been 16 amendments to the current constitution since August 1997, bearing in mind that it only came into effect on 4 February 1997, there were only 4 Amendments during the 5 year period when the ANC held a two-thirds majority, after winning 270 of the 400 seats in the national assembly in the 2004 elections, when they obtained 69.69% of the votes.
While the ANC held a two-thirds majority the most contentious amendments dealt mainly with redefining the boundaries of the provinces in terms of the district and metropolitan municipalities. The other major amendments during that time, the 14th and 15th, repealed the floor-crossing provisions added by the 8th, 9th and 10th Amendments, making it impossible for a legislator to cross the floor without losing his or her seat. It was passed as two separate acts because of the special procedures for provincial matters which applied to some of the changes.
The 16th Amendment was made on 25 March 2009, hardly a month before the April 2009 elections, and dealt with the transfer of the Merafong City Local Municipality (old West Rand) from North West province to Gauteng, reversing a change made by the 12th Amendment.
So why did the ANC not make any drastic changes to the constitution in the 5 years when they had the ability to do so?
Well, first of all - the ANC themselves were major role-players in drafting the final constitution. They were also confident that they were going to hold on to their two-thirds majority in 2009, and that they would thus have another 5 year-long ‘spell’ (pardon the pun) to push through constitutional changes they desired -- with the assistance, of course, of their ‘Comrade Brothers in Arms’ namely: the ANC Youth League (ANCYL), the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
President Zuma and his cronies were also reasonably convinced that they would remain in power long enough to wholly destroy the South African Justice System. In fact Zuma was convinced that the ANC would remain in power forever… This was noticeably exemplified when he publicly made the arrogant and boastful remark that, “the ANC will rule South Africa until Jesus comes.”
Above and beyond the constitutional crisis South Africa went through between the years 2005 to 2009, so much has happened on the political scene since the last national elections were held that it’s hard for a blogger like me, who doesn’t consider himself to be a political commentator, to actually keep up with all the frivolities related to the subject.
However, one fact that stands out like a lighthouse in a stormy sea is that a growing number of intellectuals, many of whom who are somehow involved in Race Relations or the Human Rights Commission, are beginning to see the ANC for what they really are, namely: a pack of conniving, thieving, merciless, racist TERRORISTS.
Anthea Jeffery, is probably one of the most well-known figures involved with the Institute of Race Relations who refused to let sleeping dogs lie in several well-researched books, of which the most recent are: People's War: New Light on the Struggle for South Africa (Feb 2010), and Chasing The Rainbow: South Africa's Move from Mandela to Zuma (June 2010).
Rhoda Kadalie, whose articles I’ve occasionally featured on this blog, is another outspoken author and columnist who has repeatedly expressed her disillusionment with the ANC government on numerous occasions. At one stage, probably in a split-second of extreme irritation, she even used the flamboyant Afrikaans expression “GATVOL” to get her point across.
It’s a real pity this courageous lady is planning on quitting South Africa to settle in the United States… Let’s hope she continues her good fight against these ANC gangsters while living in the U.S., and that she hopefully bonds with other distinguished writers who have also gone to great lengths to expose the ugly truth about democratic South Africa - such as Ilana Mercer, for example.
The ANC’s past atrocities have even been exposed by individuals who were political prisoners in the apartheid days and who had close ties with the Communist Party.
Paul Trewhela is one of these individuals who in his book Inside Quatro: Uncovering the Exile History of the ANC and SWAPO (Sept 2010), revealed some rather nasty details about human rights abuses in Quatro prison camp. One incident described in the book reveals a death with possible ties to Jacob Zuma.
Moeletsi Mbeki, the younger brother of former President Thabo Mbeki, is another vigilant adversary whose writings have boldly showed dissatisfaction with the so-called "African elite" who are bleeding South Africa dry.
John Kane-Berman, who was at one point in time at the forefront of student demonstrations against apartheid, and now the Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, has also become an ardent critic of the ANC. His most recent writings have exposed the true colours of South Africa’s so-called ‘democratic’ government. In an article, dated 28 May 2012, he states as follows:
“It is now clear that one of the key objectives of the African National Congress (ANC) and the South African Communist Party is to put all aspects of the criminal justice system and security under political control. This has already happened with the police, the intelligence services, and prosecutions. The courts, the bar, and the sidebar are next.”(Click here for the full article).
Kane-Berman’s most recent article, dated 11 June 2012, reveals how the ANC is performing an “unedifying striptease before a global audience.” He explains the meaning thereof as follows:
“What is now on show before a global audience is straightforward intolerance by an organisation whose long-term objective seems to be to destroy all opposition, whether in Parliament, on the streets, from the press, or from the judiciary.”
He further mentions:
“There is nothing new about this. Before coming to power in 1994, the ANC and its allies often used terror to enforce political stayaways and consumer boycotts — as part of its revolutionary strategy.”
And further on…
“One element of the "people’s war" adopted as part of that strategy was to eliminate black political rivals, notably supporters of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), the Azanian People’s Organisation, and other black consciousness groupings. Critical black journalists were also a target of this campaign in the late 1980s and early 1990s. They were too scared even to name the ANC, referring to it only as "a certain organisation". And a month or two before the 1994 election, the ANC gunned down IFP marchers in the Shell House massacre.” (Click here for the full article).
So what logical predictions can we draw from the ramblings in this posting?
My guess is that we can expect a flurry of violent turbulent storms the closer we get to the general elections of 2014, because the ANC government will not go down without one hell of a fight.
PS: Thank you Boertjie, for bringing Kane-Berman’s latest article under my attention! It gave me the inspiration to draft this post.