Tuesday, September 18

The Hypocrisy of ANC-ruled South Africa towards Israel

Nelson Mandela
Cover of Nelson Mandela
Boycott Israel-poster
Boycott Israel-poster (Photo credit: Creap)
English: Malema
English: Malema (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Lonmin Mine disaster that has caused the loss of many lives last month must be viewed as a danger call in South Africa. There are various trade union groups independent of the COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) which is affiliated to the African National Congress. The dissatisfaction is only rising to the surface now and it will only get worse. The strikers were gunned down in a brutal fashion by the ANC-controlled police.

The annoying thing about all this including the tragic loss of life is the hypocrisy of the ANC Government. An issue that concerns many of us is the cruel tactics used to quell protest. The ANC is not the ANC of Nelson Mandela and wonderful people of the calibre of Oliver Tambo, Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and Duma Nokwe as well as a host of other wonderful people who had sacrificed so much in order to achieve the demise of the evil apartheid regime. They had suffered torture in white South African ruled prisons and their determination to achieve justice for their people was unwavering. I am sure that that the deceased ANC fighters for freedom are turning in their graves today if they knew what a disappointment the ANC is today. The ANC MPs have become rich, arrogant, self-righteous and corrupt on the backs of the South African taxpayer. The massacre of strikers of the Lonmin Platinum Mines of Marikana will cause a crack in the ANC power base which is being exploited by the ex-leader of the African National Congress Youth League, Julius Malema – an arrogant, wealthy, charismatic rabble-rouser, who is taking advantage of a tragic situation to score points. He has his own agenda and that is to grab power and to be a threat to the ANC. Both Malema and the ANC have similar allies ranging from the tyrants Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Bashar el Assad of Syria and Mahmoud Ahmadinajad of Iran not to mention Hezbollah of Sheik Nasrallah and Hamas of Haled Mashal - "great benefactors of human rights issues".

Where are the human rights groups of South Africa? Those who remain silent on the refugee crises in Darfur, the xenophobia of those who attack refugees from Zimbabwe, the brutal slaughter of innocent men, women and children in Syria.

These same hypocritical left wing human rights groups of South Africa are the first to jump the anti-Israel bandwagon, shooting their mouths over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. There is a lot of room for criticism on the occupation of Israel in the West Bank. I have made this clear in all my posts on this blog and I have not changed my attitude on that issue. South Africa’s policy of hostility towards Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and support of BDS (boycott,divestment and sanctions) is hollow; reeking of ignorance of the issues involved which are very complex. What the ANC is doing to its own people is far worse. The combating of crime is poor and South Africa has the highest crime rate in the world. Poverty, housing shortages, the collapse of the education system are a failure of the ANC to deliver the goods to its people. Surely South Africans must reach the right conclusions as to the performance of the ANC.

The added problem of Julius Malema with his competing agenda will only exacerbate the situation. We must remember that Malema is homespun from the ANC. He shares the same love of wealth and corruption as the ANC. The ANC by their impotency on vital issues because of severe corruption in their ranks is paving the way for future Malemas whose hero worship of despots of Mugabi’s ilk could be the death knell of democracy in South Africa and and the beginning of black apartheid with disastrous consequences.

The double standard ANC is condemning Israel for its treatment of the Palestinians which is out of all proportion when compared to the way it treats the poor and the mineworkers of South Africa. 

 South Africa is sliding down the abyss of disaster and the ANC is becoming South Africa’s tragedy and another chapter in its bloody history. South Africans of all colours, creeds and religions must heed the wake up call and vote against the ANC at the ballot box before it is too late.

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