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    South Africa Has Now Gone Fully African

    "Rich whites must pay.” “They must give back the land”. “White monopoly capital must go.” “Zimbabwe is an inspiration”. “Take power with a gun.”

    Economic Freedom Front (EFF) leader Julius Malema’s recent pronouncements and incantations at the launch of his party’s election “manifesto” before more than 40 000 supporters at the Orlando stadium in Soweto have been described by even the most magnanimous South African media practitioners as erratic, delusional, dangerous, insane, crazy, seditious, hypocritical and racist, inter alia.

    But who of the 40 000 and the thousands who stood outside the Soweto stadium are listening to the media, or to any other voice of reason?

    Notwithstanding that all these adjectives are entirely apt, who will stop Malema and who indeed will stop President Zuma and his ANC government in its rush to out-Malema Malema? The democracy foisted upon South Africa by the West and the so-called “international community” has become a parody which has thrown up the likes of Malema and Zuma who, while enjoying the accoutrements of Western life, whip up their supporters with unrealistic promises that can’t be kept but which are meat and potatoes to the have-nots. The Western way of life is seductive, yet those responsible for bringing it to the dark continent are paradoxically castigated and slandered.

    Yes, South Africa is now just another African country. Director of the Centre for Politics and Research Prince Mashele says in the Sowetan (9.5.16) that “we must thank President Zuma for revealing our true African character, that the idea of the rule of law is not part of who we are, and that constitutionalism is a concept far ahead of us as a people. How else are we to explain the thousands of people who flock to stadiums to clap hands for a president who has violated the country’s constitution?”

    “In a typical African country”, he continues, “people have no illusions about the unity of morality and governance. People know that those who have power have it for themselves and their friends and families. The idea that the state is an instrument for people’s development is a Western concept but Africans and their leaders don’t like to copy from the West. They are happy to remain African and do things ‘the African way’. Asking a ruler to be accountable is a foreign –Western – idea. In a situation where there is conflict between a ruler and laws, Africans simply change the laws to protect the ruler.”

    Mashele believes a future South Africa will not look like Denmark but it might look like Nigeria. He says Zuma remains an African. He is suspicious of educated people whom he calls “clever blacks”. The idea that a president can resign simply because a court of law delivered an adverse judgment is Western. Only the prime minister of Iceland does that: African rulers never do that. He says South Africa today is not an “outpost of European values”, but a real African Republic of South Africa.

    Evidence of South Africa’s metamorphosis to this “African” state of affairs is conspicuous. Ignoring court orders by government officials is not unusual, and criticism of judges whose decisions do not suit the political aims of whatever functionary or hanger-on is complaining is vociferous and unambiguous. Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s retort that her smuggling of a Burundi national with false documents into South Africa in an Air Force jet was just fine with her: the girl “grew up in an abusive home”, so that was that. This attitude reveals a complete lack of understanding of (and contempt for) her duties and responsibilities. The air plane is not the minister’s, it belongs to the people of South Africa.

    Unable to manage and grow the country they inherited, Prince Mashele’s Africans will simply take what’s available, what is there. This attitude is seeded in history and we explain later.

    One example is the country’s health care shambles. The fact that we have “transformed” from the best to one of the world’s worst state systems is apparently not even discussed in government circles. Government’s proposed National Health Insurance envisages a universal health system to which “everyone contributes according to their ability” (Business Day 26.5.16) and this is supposed to provide everyone with free services. Who will define this “ability” to pay is moot: clearly private hospitals will be dragooned into providing care to those who do not have the “ability” to pay.

    There doesn’t seem to be any introspection within those who will take what others created. As in history, Mr. Mashele’s Africans will use what is there and when it’s destroyed, they will move on. This is happening throughout many sectors of South Africa – agriculture, schools, municipal structures, universities. Destruction, burning, looting, striking, street protests –is there anything creative from Africa? Yet there’s a lot of talk of racism when criticism is levied.

    Mr. Mashele has lifted the lid on a conundrum in the minds of many white South Africans: why don’t Mashele’s Africans worry about the dirt and filth where many of them live? Why aren’t they concerned that they have destroyed the country’s first world cities? Why do they want to take productive farms which ultimately become fallow, even degenerating into squatter camps? And despite this abject failure of policy, why do they continue to take farms and accept land claims when they know these farms will never be productive?

    Why do they cheer Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe when he comes to South Africa, a cruel dictator who cares nothing for his starving people? Is care and accountability and compassion and morality solely symptoms of Western thinking? It would appear they are, given Mr. Mashele’s succinct assessment of the African lifestyle now becoming manifest in official behavior. The precariousness of trying to hold the line against this locust-like corrosion of South Africa’s Western modus vivendi is clear. The dominos are falling and some official attitudes to the law are capricious in the extreme. Public complaints and concerns are waved off, and an unwarranted sense of entitlement has become so pervasive that the country is becoming the personal fiefdom of the ruling elite. “Asking a ruler to be accountable is a foreign –Western – idea”, says Mashele. We are a dichotomous state, a glaring and lamentable example of the folly of throwing SA’s first and third worlds together into something called a rainbow nation, and giving Mr. Mashele’s Africans the reins of power.

    History exposes the origins of this peculiarly South African political and social dichotomy. A Dr. Andrew Smith arrived in South Africa in 1921, aged 24. In addition to being a medical doctor, he was a botanist, an historian and a student of zoology and natural history. He was sent by the British government on a mission of discovery.

    In 1824, Major Henry Somerset, commander of the Cape Corps, posted Dr. Smith to Fort Wiltshire as medical officer of this frontier post, with specific instructions to make friends with and study the customs, attitudes and way of life of the African people.

    The huge volume which resulted from his assignment included details of his explorations throughout South Africa as far north as the Tropic of Capricorn. He had no political agenda, and reported on what he saw. If anything he started out with a rather magnanimous attitude towards the African people.

    He identified two genetic types, the Bushmen and the Africans. In a nutshell, he saw they had achieved little by way of self-generated development. He was then posted to the Eastern frontier. He travelled from there and met the Zulu chief Dingane. His observations were not politically correct, a phrase not in use at the time. Many chapters are devoted to the state of the tribes, their dress, their habitation, their wars and their attitudes. What is manifest is that there was no inquisitiveness to find out more, no spring within to change anything, to make something better. Land was simply there, to be used or plundered. Tribal warfare was endemic. He found the lack of a desire to improve matters strange, coming as he did from a European civilization on the cusp of great exploration and discovery.

    He sketched what he saw- clothing was in the main animal skins and rudimentary, dwellings consisted of huts where women ground their corn and men hunted with spears. Trees fueled fires and Africa for them was a land to be used and taken and moved across. Private property was unheard of. There was no wheel, no written word. A clash of civilizations was already underway and it continues today.

    While Mr. Mashele’s Africans today avail themselves of everything Western civilization has to offer in South Africa (including expensive European cars for the president’s five wives), the mentality is not Western.

    Perhaps regression is on the cards for South Africa, a return to the African way. Mr. Mashele says people who talk about the “end” of South Africa are misled. “Analyzed carefully” he declares, “the notion of SA coming to an “end” is an expression of a Western value system, of accountability, political morality, reason and so on. All these are lofty ideals of Socrates, Kant, Hegel and so on. They are not African”.

    Under all of this lies the tectonic plate which threatens to erupt as an African mindset seeks to impose its will on the first world value system it inherited and which it now desires to “transform”. Who dares, wins. South Africa’s future as a first world entity is at stake.

    So there you have it folks Europe for Europeans, send them coons packing...

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