SWAPO United, SWAPO Victorious, Now hard work...

Get Involved

Sign Up Donate Networking Have Your Say

Join my SWAPO online community, to share your vision of a better Namibia, participate in discussion forums, and receive regular updates by e-mail.Make your voice heard: Tell the world about your views and suggestions. Write to newspapers, call in to talk shows, share your experiences of the first fifteen years of freedom, and how working together we can do more.


The ANC's Struggle Continues - So Does Africa's.

By Udo W. Froese
Mozambique's former, slain president, Samora Machel, was clear about his country and Africa's future -political freedom does not mean free from economic slavery. Machel coined the cry-of-resistance - "A Luta Continua!" - the struggle continues.And indeed, it is a struggle, as the new South Africa simply was not allowed to start on a clean slate. The country still has to grapplewith the cruel oppressive past.

In pre-election South Africa and Namibia, certain pockets of the population seem more undermined than others. For a while now, South Africa's media show demonstrations by a host of trade unions and township dwellers. Those, living in the townships fear a new surge of so-called xenophobia that could even lead to a 'North African- style Arab Spring' ending in an imperialist 'regime change'. Shops and homes of S o m a l i s , Pakistanis,Mozambicans and Zimbabweans in the Black living areas are being looted, burnt down and their owners get killed. Television footage from as recent as May 2008 tells the gruesome story of people, so-called foreigners, being murdered through the imported method of necklacing under apartheid South Africa.

Political non-entities, hooligan armchair academic analysts, businessmen and bankers regurgitate the threat of a "North African-style Arab Spring" followed by a "regime change" to bring the ruling ANC, its president and government down.

Research has shown, people do not alwaysprotest against the absence of service delivery. There are other reasons too. Restlessness seems to be ignited by a Third Force, exploiting the socio-economic woes based on poverty. These planned strategies are further intensified by demarcations of existing areas, splitting them up and re-aligning them with other more, or less densely populated areas, which do not have a record of supporting the ANC.It seems therefore, that those include mainly ANC supported living areas. Hidden agendas of 'divide and rule' are a recipe for unrest. People fight back through protests.

Add unemployment and structured poverty with masses of people lingering through the days of their liveswithout any hope of finding a job. It is a powder keg in the making.An old, but wise saying describes it well - "An empty mind is the devil's playground", as hope and self-esteem haveby now been eroded.

The reasons are obvious. First, it is not and was never ANC policy to create a chaotic democracy that relies on dependence, eventually exploding into anarchy. Protests and service delivery marches, looting and xenophobia have never been part of ANC policies, nor of the movement's making. Those are the agendas of the warlords in the shadows, the hostile owners of the economy, hailing themselves as 'captains of industry'.

The African National Congress used mass rallies until 1994 to make their indigenous African base understand the movement, its goals and its plans for the future of the country. Those included continuous efforts to work hard and take charge of one's own life, of the land and of the economy. At the same time the baggage of South Africa's colonialapartheid past, including its hostile oligopolistic economy, keep the majority of the population shackled in abject poverty. One example is the current 'Demarcation Board' of South Africa and its top structures.

Others arethe 'Sunset Clauses', drawn up jointly by the last apartheid president F. W. de Klerk and the late, former head of the South African Communist Party (SACP), Joe Slovo. The 'Sunset Clauses' will most certainly come to their legal end before next year's elections and will find their way into the social media in order to allow the general public an insight into those clauses before they will be dissolved. Another bone of contention is South Africa's 'judiciary'.It is still influenced by colonialapartheid judges, their networks and their understanding of their laws. It is a powerful lobby.

The foreign funded and owned 'civil society' and its influence on the day-to-day running of this country needs to be addressed too. All of these mentioned will be analysed in the next columns.

Meanwhile, one cannot expect the former racist rulers to demarcate the country correctly.And, the former rulers are not only white. Former Bantustan administrators were trained and guided in a certain way, which would fit into the 'grand apartheid plan'.

Therefore, they are indeed unfit to demarcate South Africa and should never have been tasked with such responsibilities. It would be advisable that the 'Demarcation Board' shouldbe made to resign forthwith and hand over to a fully trained, professional team without any criminal historical background of 'grand apartheid' and other such prejudices, if the ANC does not want to be taken by a nasty surprise rather sooner than later.

A senior member of the ANC NEC explained, "This strategy of demarcating South Africa could eventually leave the ruling ANC without much of a voters' base. It would be whittled away slowly, but surely, until some form of political opposition would have smuggled the power away from the indigenous African majority. Their planned date of transfer of power seemsfocused on 2019, as the Democratic Alliance (DA) seems hard at worktowards the take-over of the Union Buildings in Pretoria."

The above also demonstrates how the 'Truth and Reconciliation Commission' (TRC) underthe archbishop Desmond Tutufitted into the 'grand apartheid plan'. It almost seemedto be set up to retain the power of the exclusive and secret Boer Brotherhood, the 'Afrikaaner Broederbond' and its ownership of the status quo and the economy. Together with Israel and the imperialist West's overt and covert support, they drove colonial-apartheid.

But, why would this still be allowed to happen twenty years into the new democracy? This needs to be urgently corrected to prevent racist right-wing structures to destablise the country and collapse the Rand currency value.

So the struggle continues.


SWAPO Headquarters Mandume Strt
Windhoek, Katutura