From a dispassionate historical point of view, the 'struggle' for Apartheid
wasn't very successful. At all. Yes they got power, but look at the time
it took - for a movement to start in around 1918 - and get essentially
nowhere until 1994, tells you something. Namely that the ANC wasn't a
very good liberation army, and the majority of people weren't that interested
in what it had to say.
Especially seeing as it was deals made with local business where the ANC
promised NOT to nationalise industries, that finally got them given the
country - as pressure was put on the State by local business to negotiate
deals to handover power/hold free elections. (I was at the airport watching
the rightwingers scream 'traitor!' at the various business people when they
came back from that meeting. It was very funny - I was a lefty then
People with memories might recall the clear statements before that meeting,
where the ANC and affiliates were clear on the takeover and nationalising of
key industries, to fund reconstruction. Suddenly all those statements
Apartheid ended because local business began to feel their profits being
threatened and too much global bad PR. The ANC, in turn, likes to paint the
struggle for liberation as 'all their own work' and a glorious manifestation of
the will of the people. Truth is, from when it was decided to use violence as
a means - to the final handover, took so long (around 30 years) its clear
the ANC were incompetent even with their self-described 'liberation'.
Generally speaking, if a true majority of people are in support of something
- a crisis point is reached rapidly in a Revolution, for the State opressing the
people. That never happened here, regardless of how the ANC tries to
rewrite History in its own image.
Even the shootings during the uprisings of Soweto '76, beginning with Hector
Petersen, and rippling through the year of '76 - has been tarted up and held
up as a chilling and frightening example of how lethal the State was (and by
inference, who incredibly tough and brave the ANC were to even fight it)
Lets look at the figures. For the entire year of 1976, aproximately 1300
activists lost their lives in the fight against the Apartheid Regime.
Now let's look at the daily unnatural death toll in this supposedly better and
free democratic South Africa. Remember the recent announcement by police
that 20 000 people were murdered last year? I saw no media bothering to
do the breakdown of what that means on a daily basis. 20 000 divided by
365 - gives you 50+ murders a day. That's the 'official' figure - unofficially,
I've been figuring the daily death toll to be around 80 -120.
So just by the official death tolls, every 20 or so days, more of our citizens
are murdered, in our glorious 'better' South Africa, than died in the whole of
the 1976 Soweto Uprisings - that are held up as some kind of supreme sacrifice.
If you want to include the daily deaths from AID'S - which is 600 corpses
a day, according to the Treatment Action Campaign - then we equal and
better the entire 1976 death toll, every 2 days.
That's what our 'democracy' looks like. A massively daily higher unnatural
death toll - putting us into close on first place as the most violent country
on Earth. This in combination with a 40% unemployment rate, that can
never be remedied.
And suspiciously, there is clearly no rapid emergency planning and action
being taken, to stop this. Therefore, this situation is more or less exactly
what this State wants to have happen.
Crime, death and terror - used as a form of social control. The previous
Regime used 'real' policemen to enforce its will. The ANC, I'd suggest, uses
the withdrawal of civil control, to enforce its will.
Few citizens are now able to walk anywhere, for any great distance, come
nightfall. The society itself, locks itself into its own prison-cells each night.
That's social terrorism, created by the State deciding to withdraw social
security, as a means of authoritarian control of the population. Don't use
secret policemen, riot cops or death squads - just reduce the effectiveness
of the existing police, allow massive influxes of foreign immigrants, and - to
aid the removal of large daily quantities of citizens that the State will never
be able to house, feed, or employ - allow the massive spread of a killer disease, which kills off a minimum of 600 people a day, mostly from the
poorest and (to the State's view) most useless citizens.
Overlay this agenda of social terror and bio-genocide, with much patriotic
rubbish, much PR about how wonderful this country is - despite no citizens
being able to stroll freely within it at night - and much illusion about 'the
glorious future' (despite no logical evidence, based on the foundation of the
present reality, of this being ever being possible or able to in fact be created)
And you have a fascist, murderous, corrupt and socially evil Government in
power, that has killed more people, in just 11 years - than 40 years of the
previous neo-Nazi Regime combined - and is doing it while paying offensively
false lip-service to the ideals of 'democracy'.
As elsewhere in half-hearted and barely competent revolutions, the majority
of people just wanted to be left alone to make a living, and it was a minority
of political activists who decided to operate on behalf of everyone.
Look at the stats of percentages of people who bother to vote in current
elections, that gives you you a more real story about the actual reality of
the minority 'politicals' who keep trying to represent themselves as being
representative of 'everyone'.
Nope, they just represent that tiny minority of people who voted.
Welcome to the false illusion and murderous society of the 'new' South Africa.