Why Can't Africans Measure Up to the Job of Leadership?
South African Blacks Struggle With White Superiority

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Johannesburg Sunday Times

Johannesburg, South Africa -- [LSN: Note the descent into fantasy near the end]:
"And yet Africans were not always like this. The forefathers and mothers who built Zimbabwe and the pyramids of Giza, who taught the Greek mathematicians the basics of algebra and trigonometry were great people."

[The Zimbabwe ruins were built by Arabs, and they are not the remains of a great city, but the remains of warehouses where the Arabs would store the gold that they directed their black slaves to mine from them from the nearby mountains. The idea that there eve was a mythical kingdom of Zimbabwe is ridiuclous.

White Egyptians built the pyramids of Giza. There were less than 13 black Pharoahs over the course of 10,000+ years of recorded and mythical Egyptian history, and all of their reigns were failures.

Blacks did not teach mathematics to the Greeks. In fact, Blacks have never, even to this day, developed a general understanding of mathematics at the level it was understood by Europeans twenty five hundred years ago. As one scholar has noted, if Africans truly had their ideas "stolen" from them, then they are the first group of people to have lost possesion of their ideas as a result.

Otherwise, this essay deals with the obvious -- that blacks, particular in Africa where they aren't very intermixed -- are a vastly inferior to whites on almost every level, and can't compete even in a system run by blacks for the distinct purpose of anti-white discrimination. It doesn't really matter though -- the black race is dying, and by the end of the century, there won't be many of them left to complain.]

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Why Can't Africans Measure Up to the Job of Leadership?

Mathatha Tsedu

Sunday Times (Johannesburg)

July 13, 2003

THERE are many definitions of an African. Some say it is anyone who lives in Africa and owes their loyalty to the soil of the continent. Others say residence is not enough and should include a higher calling that would encompass cultural heritage and language.

This is not an article about that definition, but about the kind of African whose roots are in Africa, the indigenous African.

These issues arise as one tries to deal with painful realities of our time.

A group of researchers led by well-known thinker Eric Mafuna, grouped under the name Africa Now, has been researching the problem of African leadership. The thesis is simple: African communities are in crisis and the leadership of many institutions run by Africans is in turmoil.

President Thabo Mbeki tried two years ago to call people to his home and feed them and say "come forward and provide leadership in your areas of expertise", but nothing is coming of that effort.

In my home area of Nzhelele, in Limpopo, virtually all the general dealer shops, which number more than 20, are now run by Indians after the African owners went bankrupt.

Two weeks ago, I had lunch with someone who runs a 3 500-strong company, the most Africanised section of which had been fired en masse for fraud and dereliction of duty.

A white replacement has been appointed and work is going on.

"That kills me," he said.

A member of Cabinet told me about the frustrations of getting into government and hiring African people because that is the right thing to do, only for them not to deliver in the majority of cases.

"When you come from where we come from and you then have to realise that if you want something done quickly you have to rely on whites, it is really debilitating. You bleed internally, but our very own comrades do not work.

There is generally no work ethic. Documents will not come on time or they will be sloppy. That is the painful truth."

[LSN: Note the same is true of every government in America that has been handed over to blacks; you have a layer of black bureaucrats and front man politicians who are totally incompetent and whose main job is to stay out of the work of the government and collect a check, and then you have a layer of whites -- usually contractors in places like DC -- who actually complete all of the jobs.]

Africa Now has been grappling with this issue on behalf of Eskom, which spent more than R6-million funding the research. They have looked at the Jewish experience of leadership, asking what it is that makes Jews such a successful group everywhere, able to integrate but also remaining distinct.

[LSN: Jews are united by a common hatred of mankind. Its a model that other peoples should avoid. We're wondering how much the Jews are getting the blacks to pay them for participation in this study.]

Community structures, religion, history, culture and all other things that make Jews who they are, are intact.

Indians are by and large the same as Jews, sticking together and supporting each other in their business ventures, and also ensuring strong community structures.

Afrikaners built their own communities and businesses and, despite the loss of political power, are still a community - distinct and thriving.

The African structures, on the other hand, are all gone, and those that are still around are being ridiculed each day, from circumcision and cultural practices to religion and the medicines of our forefathers.

And yet Africans were not always like this. The forefathers and mothers who built Zimbabwe and the pyramids of Giza, who taught the Greek mathematicians the basics of algebra and trigonometry were great people.

[LSN: As noted, the final refuge of the African, faced with the real tradgedy of the nature of his own people, is imagination and fantasy. Not something you can build a culture on.]

The leaders of the kingdoms of Monomotapa, Timbuktu and Mapungubwe were great leaders. They could never have succeeded in doing what they did if they were selfish.

[LSN: Again, a fantastic rendition of the history of real "kingdoms" -- note that these are only considered "civilizations" in Africa because of the dearth of anything else resembling one.]

The reality today is that people in this country who are indigenous Africans are prone to irrational behaviour fed by greed and irresponsibility. The numerous corruption and fraud cases involving esteemed African leaders are worrying issues.

Africans are not the only ones fingered for corruption, but the rate and level of occurrence is worrying.

What about patriotic fervour? Would the Afrikaans-speaking white rugby players of yesteryear have ever refused a call-up to the Springbok team as we see in soccer?

This is a painful reality. We need to confront the legacy of colonialism and racism and its effects on African people, in particular.

[LSN: Colonialism and racism didn't make Africans greedy, dishonest and lazy. Every account of the continent in pre-Colonial times describes Africans as having been that way when we found them.]

Africa Now's research goes back to pre-colonial times to try to find the lost moorings that made the ancestors tick.

[LSN: In others words, they are looking for fantasy and trying to revive things that never existed. Brilliant.]

The question is whether African leaders are today forced by the legacy of colonialism to operate outside their cultural heritages and what effect this has on the underlying principles of their leadership styles.

[LSN: You can't find the answer if you won't ask the question ...]

This Wednesday Africa Now's results will be handed to Eskom executives.

This newspaper has committed itself to making its pages a forum for debate on this issue. Is Africa Now's premise right or wrong? Is there something that can actually be done?

[LSN: Something can be done, but Africans won't do it as long as Jews dominate their white populations. What will happen instead is that disease and famine will kill Africa, and then whites and anyone else -- Indians, Arabs, etc -- who hold on there will repopulate it.]