OPINION / SPEECHES

SO FAR, THE PLOT TO DESTROY ANC HAS FAILED BY KWAME BIKO

Date Posted: May 05, 2014

By KWAME BIKO

Email: info@uhuruspirit.org




On Wednesday, South Africans of voting age who are registered to vote will elect a new government in the fifth general election since independence in 1994.

The election is yet to take place, but the winner is already well-known. While some polls have predicted that the ANC will win two-thirds, all the polls agree that the ANC will win over 60%. The latest of the polls saw the ANC winning over 63% of the votes. As things stand in South Africa, and given the difficult condition under which the ANC government has functioned since 1994, anything above 60% should actually be seen as an overwhelming victory.

Indeed, the news of the upcoming ANC victory at the polls must be a source of embarrassment to those who have played active roles in the past few years to sully its integrity. More so, when many had predicted that the demise of Nelson Mandela would result in a major catastrophe not only in the ANC, but in South Africa as a whole. Worse still, the ANC has not done anything extra-ordinary during this campaign. All they have done is to follow their normal campaign format – similar to the ones they have used since 1994.

Therefore, going by the polls and other indicators, it is clear that, so far, the plot to destroy the ANC has failed.

When Africans took up the struggle against colonialism in all its forms, their major objective was to recover all that were stolen by the invading colonialists and their agents. But after independence, the departing colonisers changed tactics in order to find means to retain control in our independent countries. In countries where they managed to use tribe and religion to tear the people apart, like the Congo and Nigeria, the neo-colonialists succeeded in imposing their stooges, who went on to destroy the countries. But in other countries where the liberation movements had managed to overcome their tribal differences, the colonialists had to find other means to undermine the new order.

In Guinea, the French had to use various economic and political means to ensure instability after the people of Guinea voted to opt out of French rule. They even recruited many Guineans who were used as destabilizing agents inside the country. When the then President Sekou Toure moved against the saboteurs, the West then denounced him as a dictator. The same goes with Ghana where Nkrumah was economically frustrated by Western powers in order to make him unpopular. Obviously, Nkrumah’s crusade for a united and powerful Africa posed a serious threat to the neo-colonialist designs for Africa. And when efforts to incite a popular uprising against his government failed, the neo-colonialists had to take matters into their hands and organised a military coup that brought about his downfall.

In Angola, after the Marxist MPLA achieved independence with the help of Cuba, the neo-colonialists used their quislings in UNITA to unleash a 27 year war in the country. Indeed, the people of Angola continue to suffer the effects of that war till today.

In Zimbabwe, we saw the Machiavellian method applied by the neo-colonialists to turn the liberation movement into a laughing stock. First, at the Lancaster House negotiations, they promised to provide financial support to the country in dealing with land reform after independence. The promise had encouraged the liberation movements to sign a deal that prevented them from using radical means to expropriate what were criminally taken from the people in the first ten years of independence. But when ten years expired, the former colonizers started denying there was any such agreement. To make matters worse, Mugabe had so much trusted them that he even embraced many of their retrogressive and destabilizing economic models – like the austerity measures he had introduced in the 1990s. In effect, those measures made life more unbearable for Zimbabweans, who instead of calling for reparations of the colonial-era injustices, began to see Mugabe as the enemy. This helped to undermine the liberation movement and to catapult people like the MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai and other Western stooges to prominence.

In South Africa, the ANC has been under constant attack since the defeat of apartheid in 1994. Unlike many other former liberation movements in South Africa, the ANC works on the principle that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”, but that is not enough to calm the nerves of the neo-colonialists who fear that a popular ANC is dangerous to their evil designs in Africa. So, they have been hard at work to weaken the ANC.

When former President Thabo Mbeki raised some fundamental questions about HIV-AIDS, they attacked him and called him an “AIDS denialist” who was insensitive to the plight of his people.

While it is obvious that legacies of apartheid are to blame for the widespread poverty in the new South Africa, the Western media and their outlets in South Africa instead want us to believe that there is poverty in South Africa because the ANC and its government have become very corrupt.

Their strategy is to undermine and weaken the ANC so that the party loses its mass appeal and support to the extent that it becomes unable to address the various structural defects that were inherited from the apartheid era.

Since Mbeki’s exit as the president, the focus of attack has shifted on President Jacob Zuma. In fact, what one has witnessed is a total onslaught on the person of the president of the ANC. Everything about him has been questioned and scrutinized since he came to power five years ago. Truthfully, there is a well-orchestrated campaign to tarnish the image of the ANC in such a way that it loses the confidence of the majority of voters in South Africa. First, attempts were made to reduce President Zuma to an object of ridicule with regards to his marital life. Even though polygamy is not illegal in South Africa, the anti-ANC campaigners tried to present Zuma’s polygamous lifestyle as a problem. When that failed to work, they shifted to other irrelevant issues that do not affect Zuma’s capacity to govern. We saw many Zuma-mocking and other idiotic paintings and cartoons elevated to works of art.

To show that the anti-ANC project would stop at nothing to sow seeds of discord, they even attempted to provoke a post-Mandela apocalypse. While the world was earnestly in mourning over the passing of the great revolutionary spirit of Nelson Mandela, the anti-ANC plotters who are always first to proclaim love for Mandela, did not deem it fit to join in giving him a befitting burial. They rather tried to use the occasion of his funeral to settle political scores by booing President Zuma in the presence of other world leaders. But once again, the objective of those that sponsored and organised the booing of President Zuma did not elude the ANC. It was clear that the whole campaign was about projecting President Zuma as a very unpopular leader so as to force the ANC into a crisis. The ANC saw the signs and remained calm. Zuma himself showed maturity and even pronounced that “booing is a form of political expression.”

Lately, the issue of the security upgrades at Zuma’s homestead at Nkandla has been used to project him as the most corrupt leader in the world. But what is clear is that, in spite of the report by the public protector, there is no evidence to show that President Zuma had interfered with the processes for the reason of personal enrichment. Again, the ANC saw the signs and avoided the trap of falling into a major crisis.

Finally, it’s cheering news that the ANC still has the support of the majority of the people of South Africa. It’s good to see that the ANC does not need to resort to vote rigging to retain power. It’s also good to see that the plot to destroy the ANC has so far failed. But the ANC must realize that time is not on its side and that it can no longer afford to be complacent. One therefore hopes to see the incoming ANC government embarking on more radical measures to drastically improve the living condition of the people as that is the only way to thwart the plot to destroy it.



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