THE HISTORY GAME
They say that history has the horrible habit of repeating itself, yet given the sordid apartheid history of South Africa, one fervently hopes this doesn’t happen in that country. Surely minority rule will never return to South Africa, it’s inconceivable the country has not learned that rule by a minority is unworkable, let’s play a History Game to see if it could possibly happen again? What the game does is to take 1948 and counterpoint it against 2010, then you match players and game rules, and see if any lessons can be learned. Firstly let’s take the leaders, they would be Jan Smuts of the United Party and Jacob Zuma of the African National Congress, both party leaders and government heads of South Africa. Now we get to the advisors, the Smuts advisor is Hoffie Hofmeyr and the Zuma advisor is Julius Malema, Hoffie is an advocate of a Keynesian economic system but Julius favours wholesale nationalisation of mines. There is an eerie similarity in the scholastic achievements of the two, in that neither did well in woodwork in Matric, although it must be admitted Julius was 21 and Hoffie was 12. Hoffie is a Smuts man and they are part of the Fusion Government, Julius is a Zuma fanatic and they belong to the ANC Alliance, leaders and advisors are in place so we can move to the partners. Partners in the Fusion Government are segregationists Barry Hertzog and Daniel Malan, partners in the ANC Alliance are the communist party head honcho Blade Nzimande and Zwelinzima Vavi who leads the even more rabidly communist Cosatu union, now we come to game rules. Jan Smuts must choose between the segregationist Sauer Commission or the non segregationist Fagan Report, while Jacob Zuma must choose between the communist Patel Portfolio or the free market Manuel Manifesto, then the History Game begins. Jan Smuts does the moral thing and chooses the non segregationist Fagan Report, so segregationists Barry Hertzog and Daniel Malan leave the Fusion Government and form the Nationalist Party, which trounces Jan Smuts in 1948 elections. Therefore the lesson learned by the History Game is clear, Jacob Zuma must choose the communist Patel Portfolio in order to keep Blade Nzimande and Zwelinzima Vavi in the Alliance, or they will leave the Alliance and form a combined Communist/Union Party which will trounce Jacob Zuma in elections.
It’s really that simple except for two minor problems, did the segregationist policy of the Nationalists work, and are the communists strong enough to take Jacob Zuma out? Although he lost the 1948 election Jan Smuts goes down in history as having chosen the right course, because Barry Hertzog and Daniel Malan started a vile system named apartheid, which came to be reviled throughout the entire civilised world. So the History Game ends and we must arrive at conclusions, what did we learn whilst walking through history, that is relevant to the political situation today. This is what Jacob Zuma must decide, is his ANC Party strong enough to choose the free market Manuel Manifesto, and still manage to defeat a breakaway Communist/Union Party in elections. In order to gauge this we must study the strengths of the component parts of ANC Alliance, the African National Congress of course are well known, Nobel Peace Prize winners Chief Albert Luthuli and international icon Nelson Mandela were past leaders of the ANC. It’s interesting to note that despite the long time blandishments of red-socks Joe Slovo, Nelson Mandela never became a communist, because he never believed in the practical viability of communist theory. If you read the various biographies of Nelson Mandela, you will note that in the early years Mandela was reluctant to associate with communists, but later turned to communist countries for military and logistic help. Mandela never viewed communism as a future system but rather as a useful tool, while Chief Albert Luthuli was more forthright, he believed that communism was the work of the devil. Yet there are increasing fears that the new kids on the block, are beginning to dominate the 100 year old African National Congress, an insidious creeping communism is beginning to overtake the traditionally centrist Alliance. ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is consistently reprimanded, for attempting to force communist polices of nationalisation onto the Alliance, while Cosatu leader Zwelinzima Vavi seems far more interested in communist domination than in worker conditions. There is a growing concern that South Africa is once more moving toward a system of minority rule, below is an overview of the Alliance by two highly respected South African columnists, so you can judge for yourself if the Communist/Cosatu block truly represents the social majority.
Terry Bell is a labour columnist for Business Report, and an acknowledged expert on South African labour, this is his view of the ANC Alliance partners. “Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has made it clear, that the prime allegiance of Cosatu is to the SACP, as the vehicle to achieve the goal of a “socialist” South Africa. According to the medium-term vision adopted in 2005 by the SACP, this “socialist” vision would be achieved by seizing control of all aspects of society, including Parliament. Although the claimed membership of the communist party at 73 000, is less than 4 percent of the claimed membership of Cosatu, SACP members already dominate the leadership of Cosatu and of the Big Four unions in the federation. Communists comprise just 11 percent of the latest audited ANC membership figures, yet SACP members are also very well represented in the leadership structures of the governing party. SACP chairman Gwede Mantashe is the secretary-general of the ANC, while Blade Nzimande the party’s general secretary, is now a cabinet minister, along with one of his central committee members, Noluthando Mayende-Sibaya, while Deputy general secretary Jeremy Cronin is a deputy minister.” Terry Bell has made some interesting but deeply disturbing observations, because the claimed membership of the SACP is only 73,000 while the South African electoral roll is 23 million, how is it possible that such a small group has so much influence? The spectre raised at the beginning of this article returns to haunt us, surely minority rule could not return to South Africa, it’s inconceivable that the country would walk that insidious path again. How could it come about that a country that fought so long for democracy, can return to a system where it is dominated by just 73,000 people, what could have expedited this aberrant prostitution of democracy?
Ferial Haffajee is the editor of the City Press newspaper, Ferial is widely respected for her “pull no punches” brand of journalism, and in her News 24 column Ferial has made some startling revelations recently on the South African media. “Some of my best media friends are Marxists and often unreconstructed ones too. Others are a mostly socially-conscious bunch, near obsessed with where the country is at and where it is headed to. At Business Day, editor Peter Bruce runs a ship that all of us read for many reasons, but of late it has been because we wanted to understand the left of the Polokwane front that propelled President Jacob Zuma into office. Nzimande has had acres of space in that publication, as does his deputy Cronin who is a media darling. Cronin, we must remember, managed to swing the entire media fraternity behind his anti-Gautrain track. At Business Report, a key voice is that of labour analyst Terry Bell, a writer for whom a worker-led economy still holds much sway. Do a Google search on employment, the left, the Youth League, public transport, Alliance politics and a lot else besides in the past decade and a half and you will find that the media has been an obedient Pravda to the comrades of the SACP.” So there it is in black and white newsprint, the medium-term vision adopted in 2005 by the SACP has come about, they have seized control of all aspects of society including Parliament and the media. The old South Africa was controlled by 4 million whites, the new South Africa is controlled by 73,000 communists, the “socialist vision” of the SACP has been ruthlessly implemented. The fact that the ANC government were unable to settle the recent nationwide strikes, with a wage offer of more than twice the inflation rate, represented an extraordinary moment in the life the Alliance. Nurses attacked and critically injured by strikers and babies left to die in incubators, such actions are not about worker conditions but rather about ruthlessly stamping communist control, and finally sidelining the “useful idiots” that the ANC and Cosatu have become.
Communism has killed over 100 million people worldwide in attempting to work, one can only wonder how many more it will kill in South Africa, the History Game has come full circle. In 1948 the segregationists Barry Hertzog and Daniel Malan left the Fusion Government and formed the Nationalist party, which introduced apartheid and shamed South Africa throughout the world, yet the country does not seem to have learned that minority rule is unworkable. In 2010 Blade Nzimande and Zwelinzima Vavi have sidelined the ANC, and are pressuring President Zuma to ignore the free market Manuel Manifesto and accept the communist Patel Portfolio, will South Africa wander in the wilderness for another forty years? The putsch by 73,000 communists appears to be unstoppable, with the liberal media backing them they are invincible, the marriage of liberalism and communism has at last been consummated. There has always been an air of awful inevitability about it, a future union seemed somehow ordained, it was obvious that the communists and liberals would someday unite. Because communism and liberalism share a common penchant for minority rule, Ken Owen once described South African democracy as “rule by an intellectual elite”, and I assure you that the past Sunday Times editor Ken Owen was referring to a “media elite”. Think Castro and Kim Sung, compare Madman Mugabe to Mussolini Makhanya, communists all who thirst for Stalinist totalitarian dictatorship. Mondli Makhanya describes himself as a liberal, but his tenure as Sunday Times editor bought him the nickname “Media Mussolini”, on the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall Mondli wrote this. “In some quarters there will be some mourning of the event which drove a knife into the heart of Karl Marx’s dream of an egalitarian society. I must confess I am one of those who does not have fond memories of that November of 1989. It was with horror that I and my friends watched those scenes of Germans dancing on top of the wall and merrily chipping away at it. We found it inconceivable that people would be celebrating the end of their socialist Utopia and that they were handing themselves over to the evil ways of the capitalist West. The German Democratic Republic (or GDR as the freedom songs we sang said) was dying a very dramatic death. Little did my friends and I know then that the fall of the wall was only the beginning of our trauma. Over the next few months and years communist governments would fall, to loud cheers in western capitals. Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria – models of Utopia – fell like dominoes. This was to culminate in the overthrow of Gorbachev and the break- up of the Soviet Union.”
A deep longing for the return of communism permeates that piece wouldn’t you say, yet Mondli Makhanya amazingly goes on to claim that he has since changed his stance, Mussolini Makhanya expects us to believe he no longer considers communism the panacea for all the worlds ills. Yet if that is truly the case then why did editor Mondli Makhanya fire columnist David Bullard, one of the fiercest defenders of the free market system in South Africa today, and a constant thorn in the flesh of the South African Communist Party? Racism was the reason given for the dismissal of David Bullard from the left leaning Sunday Times, Bullard’s outspoken capitalist columns had nothing to do with his sacking, racism can be a convenient cover for a ruthless communist agenda? The vicious and completely fabricated stories printed about David Bullard, bore all the hallmarks of another coordinated communist campaign, and most observers have no doubt they emanated from SACP headquarters. Yet the firing of David Bullard has lit a fierce fuse, that has flared into a last ray of hope for democracy in South Africa, for David Bullard has thrown his weight behind an alternative regulatory body to the South African National Editors Forum. This mad hatter organisation has proved that liberalism and communism make fine bedfellows, these two wonderland philosophies have combined marvellously into an impractical mismatch, the South African National Editors Forum seems to be the spawning ground for a new age type of thinking. Nationalisation is the new buzz word doing the rounds, some prominent businessmen are insisting it must be considered, and Mondli Makhanya is known to be a avid backer of mining magnate Tokyo Sexwale. Could it be that the novel Hero of the Struggle is not just a wild fictional dream, but may contain elements of prescient prophecy that South Africa would do well to heed, carefully read the following excerpt from the novel before you decide.
The chairman and commies had not quite worked out finer details, but the basic idea was for the SACP to nationalize mines and industry, and then hand them over to Hiroshima Holdings for distribution to the downtrodden and needy.
“I did not join the struggle to be poor,” was the favorite liberation slogan of chairman Harry Hiroshima, it had a nice revolutionary ring about it, and it was the duty of editor Pen Powers to ensure that Harry never became poor again.
Mondli Makhanya has recently been made editor-in-chief of Avusa media, he has also been appointed chairman of the South African National Editors Forum, no doubt in recognition for his performance as the Sunday Times editor. During this imperial reign editor Mondli was dubbed the Media Mussolini, because of his fanatical belief in the powerful position the media should occupy in society, “journalism is the forerunner to history” was the war cry of the Media Mussolini. Under the fascist rule of their editor the Sunday Times became not only a tool for a communist/liberal agenda, but also an instrument of vengeance against those who would oppose the impractical ideas of the Media Mussolini. David Bullard can attest to this, David was the courageous Sunday Times journalist who objected to the Mugabe style management of his editor, to this day David Bullard battles in the courts to clear his name of vile allegations levelled against him. There is little doubt that Mussolini Makhanya now intends to use the South African National Editors Forum, to impose his brand of media fascism on South Africa, and there is also little doubt that Mondli has banded together with influential businessmen. “We will not be the first to nationalize, many people have done well with it.” Were the recent ominous words of mining magnate Tokyo Sexwale, who is also a member of the ANC National Executive Committee, and incidentally a good friend of editor Mondli Makhanya. The ANC are being remorselessly manoeuvred into nationalising the economy, this pressure is emanating not only from the communists and their media vassals, but increasingly of late from obscenely wealthy ANC businessmen. A Zimbabwe type scenario is relentlessly unfolding in South Africa, where the wealth of the land will be divided between a powerful ruling elite, and Mondli Makhanya and Tokyo Sexwale are determined to be a major part of this elite. Under the chairmanship of Mussolini Makhanya, the South African National Editors Forum has become a tool to achieve this end, yet there remains the last ray of hope that I mentioned. An alternative media regulatory body may be the only way to prevent history repeating itself, to stop South Africa from returning to the minority rule of the past, this time rule by 73,000 money grubbing communists. A Media Appeals Tribunal with real bite, may dampen the love affair between the communists and the journalists, which will have the effect of strengthening the ANC position in the Alliance. This may give President Zuma the courage to reject the impractical communist Patel Portfolio, and adopt the more workable free market Manuel Manifesto, which would put the skids under the impractical communist/liberal agenda Mondli Makhanya is attempting to impose on South Africa. There is a powerful lobby in South Africa pushing for the implementation of a new Media Appeals Tribunal, David Bullard and Steve Hofmeyr are amongst the many famous personalities, who have raised their voices in support of this tribunal. I have described the battle in the parable titled Fiefdom of the Press, I advise you to read it before you embark on a kneejerk liberal reaction, of defending freedom of speech for a press who censor the free speech of others.