The Economist of 3 September 2016 is running an article under the title “Uncivil War“. It would seem the news magazine is starting to show some nominal insight into the country and the nature of the ANC government pretending to run it. It correctly states that South Africa is a country where “corruption has become endemic” and that the ANC under Jacob Zuma (below) is a party that “relies on patronage for support“. Both comments qualify as understatements of the century.
What The Economist does not yet quite comprehend, is that the ANC is not there to govern the country. It is there to rape it and steal what it can from as many as it can; all this under the pretense that it is somehow the “liberator” of the “masses”. What has in reality happened, is that the ANC has been “liberating” taxpayers’ money before it can be given to the masses who would like to have it. The actual taxpayers worth mentioning form a rather small percentage of the population, including the majority of white people.
All this was initially acceptable to its voting base consisting almost totally of black South Africans. And so, this ball of corruption, graft, patronage, and larceny kept rolling and gathering “moss” as it was rolling. Given a continent on which a leader is morally and culturally expected to be corrupt and is often considered an idiot if he is not corrupt, the ANC could not lose. All they had to do was to blame white people for all the woes of black people and their sheep would follow. And blame the whites they certainly did…. with gusto. And all the time the Western media mindlessly chirped along in agreement.
In 2007 Martin Meredith published Mandela’s biography, in which he aptly summarised the situation at that time as follows,
ANC leaders treated the public sector, in effect, as a spoils system. They set up a secret network of front companies, called Chancellor House Group, to acquire state contracts in order to channel funds back to the party. By 2007, the party’s investments had risen to 1.75 billion rands, much of it funded through such practices. The objective was to ensure that the ANC elite had the means to entrench themselves in power forever or, as Jacob Zuma put it memorably, ‘until Jesus comes back’.
All this went just fine, until black people started noticing that they were not really getting rich in the process. In fact, with the exception of those in the inner circle of the ANC, black South Africans were starting to find they were demonstrably worse off economically than “under Apartheid“.
While one swallow maketh not a summer, one could see hints of this awareness as far back as 2007 and 2008. In THIS clip from that era, a BBC reporter is desperately trying to convince a black South African man of what he is supposed to say on the basis of the usual rigid liberal doctrine. The man, however, was having none of it, and preferred to answer honestly.
The winners have been the so-called amaBenzi (people of the Mercedes Benzes) and black “tenderpreneurs” exploiting the ANC’s anti-white Black Economic Empowerment Laws. It started to become clear to the ordinary black South African why endless hordes of black people always tried to cross the borders of the “old South Africa” to flee “into apartheid”. The borders were never geared towards keeping people in, but toward keeping people out. A perfunctory visit to the sisal barriers on the banks of the Limpopo river near Beit Bridge and to the electric fence on the Mozambique border will confirm this.
At first, starting around 2008, the “liberated” black population turned on immigrant blacks, attacking them physically and burning them alive. It looked, sounded, and smelled remarkably like South Africa in 1986-1988 at the height of the civil unrest. At the time, the whole world demanded the blood of the South African government of the day. But the West that screamed in outrage in 1988 basically just stared stupidly at the horror below in 2008. Perhaps something in their conscience started telling them they had the story wrong all along.
Instead of recognizing the ANC for what it was, the majority black population of the country voted for the ANC in the next election and made Jacob Zuma the president of the country. They certainly got what they voted for.
By 2012 all we now know was already abundantly clear. However, when black South Africans had an opportunity to get rid of the ANC as government in 2014, they elected not to use that opportunity. They returned this larcenous lot to power, and the wheel of graft, corruption, and thinly veiled theft continued to roll. However, with 20% of whites having left the country and the economy seriously damaged, the numbers were not working anymore. Ordinary Black South Africans were not really benefiting anymore from the ANC tearing at what remained of the carcass of Western Civilization and its institutions in South Africa. Borrowing a term from Martin Meredith, the “spoils” were getting depleted.
And so we find ourselves in 2016, after local elections in which the ANC lost its controlling majorities in all the biggest cities in the east of South Africa with the exception of president Zuma’s Zulu-dominated Natal. In that province, Durban remained in ANC hands. The ANC lost Johannesburg, Pretoria, and Port Elizabeth. Of the country’s large cities, only Bloemfontein is still in its hands; Cape Town has never been under its control. That city is demographically dominated by thinking Coloured people, South Africa’s rather unique group of people of Non-Black mixed descent. The ANC’s share of the national vote dropped from 60-70% down to 54%. It would seem black South Africans have finally woken up. Perhaps, with some luck, they have finally realized that hating white people at the behest of the ANC, yelling “Kill the whites” and blaming apartheid for everything short of Global Warming is not making them rich.
The country’s president has managed to date to survive a charge of rape and has squirreled out from under charges on no fewer than 783 counts of corruption, fraud, money-laundering and tax-evasion. All those who have benefited from the “rolling wheel” described above are rushing to his side to protect their own skins and gravy. That is how it works in Africa. The ANC even voted to shut down the South African FBI when the latter found too many ANC Members of Parliament to be involved in criminal activities.
The man who has become the central figure in the fight against the institutionalized corruption of the ANC appears to be Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Finance, better known as “Flash” Gordhan. In this respect, it is good to see the robust sense of humour of South Africans is still intact. When even the South African Communist Party turns against Zuma, matters are getting interesting in the extreme.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to see how the polygamous Africanist Zuma, given his savage tribal view of life and society, will give up his hold on power without bloodshed or serious destruction of the civil systems of the country.
And so we watch as a country that once had a highly developed economy that was by far the biggest in Africa and one of the strongest on Earth lurches closer to a cliff under a government that would be hard put to manage an elementary school. In the process, South Africa, which has now slipped further to being only the third largest economy in Africa, its credit rating courting junk status, is looking ever more like a classic African Basket Case.
Americans had better watch closely. This is the future they have been courting for the past 8 years under an Obama Administration that is infatuated with the ANC. The two leaders pose together for the “Zubama” photo above. Perhaps the rise of Donald Trump suggests Americans have sensed the impending doom.