DA exposes ‘top secret’ government document that suggests a massive ANC power grab

Chris_the_Brit

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) is in possession of what appears to be a government document that describes the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity for the “macro re-organisation of the state”, and proposes to make the Command Council system a model for government beyond the lockdown.

The document discusses the financial ruin in municipalities that it says is due to South Africa’s credit downgrade and the lockdown, and uses this as a gap to extend and consolidate central state control.

The credit downgrade and the lockdown did not result in municipalities collapsing, the ANC did.

The fundamental reason for the collapse of many municipalities across South Africa has been the ANC’s cadre deployment policies and the wholescale mismanagement, corruption and criminalisation of the state that followed. Municipal officials were not appointed for competency, but rather political expediency.

Apart from relying on bad government to solve the problems caused by bad government, the DA is most concerned by the constitutional implications of what is being proposed. The document seems to reveal an ANC plan to slowly roll back the powers of democratically elected local and provincial government.

This is nothing short of a coup d’état. The document literally invokes the phrase “Never waste a good crisis” and describes the response of government to the Covid-19 pandemic as “exemplary”, and proposes using the District Development Model and the Command Council system as a means of centralised government policy-making.

This model, it argues, “should inform South Africa’s economic response and it will do so in a way that will disrupt current and old ways of how government has been working”. It will also “bind” all spheres of government.

One of the specific proposals in the document has already been adopted: government ministers will be appointed as “district political champions” to oversee the other spheres of government. This presumably includes ministers like Lindiwe Zulu who can hardly manage her own department.
 

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The changes proposed would require constitutional amendments but don't see anything new there in the way the ANC behave or plan. It's just more centralisation like their communist self.

Suppose the DA are concerned that such a change would encroach in places they govern. The ANC would probably love that if they start losing more municipalities and provinces.
 

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I feking knew it.

Literally said this on this very forum when this whole COVID lockdown started. This pandemic is the best thing to happen to the ANC.

The ANC are never to be trusted. Ever.
Wait, you aren't wasting time hearing all three sides to the story?
 

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The changes proposed would require constitutional amendments but don't see anything new there in the way the ANC behave or plan. It's just more centralisation like their communist self.

Suppose the DA are concerned that such a change would encroach in places they govern. The ANC would probably love that if they start losing more municipalities and provinces.
Except I wonder whether the constitution is of any concern to them. After all, they've just had a wonderful experiment in how little it matters just as long as there is a sufficient crisis to justify it.
 

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The changes proposed would require constitutional amendments but don't see anything new there in the way the ANC behave or plan. It's just more centralisation like their communist self.

Suppose the DA are concerned that such a change would encroach in places they govern. The ANC would probably love that if they start losing more municipalities and provinces.
But as long as we are in a "state of disaster" they can continue as long as they want. And that could be well into next year...
 

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But as long as we are in a "state of disaster" they can continue as long as they want. And that could be well into next year...
Yes, but as things stand today they are not encroaching into the running of provinces and municipalities. They also seem totally unwilling to hold non-performing municipalities and provinces to account. Accountability in the ANC is proportional according to political muscle. Don't see that changing anytime soon. If you have a strong constituency you are near guaranteed a job for life in the party because "votes over people/country"/
 

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What must the ANC do for you not to trust them? They have essentially destroyed this country already, what else?
Who said I trust them? Does my lack of panicking and running around spreading stories about some top secret power grab make you think I trust them? I am usually very cool when it comes to this fear mongering stuff, I also did not believe that Zuma was going to be a dictator or unleash the might of thousands of Zulu warriors on us when forced to step down.
 

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But as long as we are in a "state of disaster" they can continue as long as they want. And that could be well into next year...
It will all depend on the COVID-19 numbers and whether manipulations applies. The court would need a reason to overturn the conditions in which the state is rendered. In order to turn it around in urgency would require the public interest which is unlikely since there is a chance that the ANC controls said perception over interest. Bell Pottinger was once appointed to be the public interest indicator ;)

The courts need to be cautious, they themselves can imply that the National Command Council is a necessary institution. As I have said previously, the NCC is a vehicle to legally institute state capture especially under the conditions where cooperation between state organs are diminished to the point where cooperation is abandoned.

All eyes on the upcoming municipal election.
 

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and people think the ANC isn't working behind the scenes using the chaos to enrich themselves or their friends.

just like Stalin and his 5 year plans,
wonder if we will ever have a "great leap forward" like communist China?
 

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3.2.2. Design and implement social and solidarity economic reforms in municipalities

Problem: our urban and rural economies are a legacy of Apartheid, initiatives to support SMME's, increase labour intensive employment have been unsuccessful, because the macroeconomic conditions have favoured a top down neo-liberal economic approach, as opposed to a bottom up, community and entrepreneurial driven approach. The lessons from the Asian tigers shows that benefits of a small business community driven approach to economic development. This means that the barriers to access to market opportunities need to be eliminated through decisive policy and action. Moving away from the current exploitative and consumptive economy in many of our townships and rural communities to an equal, productive and entrepreneurial community driven economic development model. This requires a revision of the role of the state and local government away from the direct responsibility of service delivery, towards a shared model for service provision where communities can play a part in the delivery of services.
The Four Asian Tigers... odd lesson. Their economic growth gave them resilience to the Chinese economy. More so odd to blame it on Apartheid, anyhow, same old.
 

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Cloak and dagger stuff.
These days. take anything that comes out of the DA, with a moerse knippie sout.

Note, when the DA wants deflect from its own internal kak...top secret/highly placed government officials gets taken out of the , let kill this news cycle cupboard. The highly critical views of the DA of late, must be touching a nerve/fanning descent..
 

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I feking knew it.

Literally said this on this very forum when this whole COVID lockdown started. This pandemic is the best thing to happen to the ANC.

The ANC are never to be trusted. Ever.
They aren't shy.

The adage goes "Never waste a good crisis", during this time, we can harness the urgency of our predicament to address the most persistent structural economic inequities that have existed for too long in post-Apartheid South Africa .
 

thechamp

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These days. take anything that comes out of the DA, with a moerse knippie sout.

Note, when the DA wants deflect from its own internal kak...top secret/highly placed government officials gets taken out of the , let kill this news cycle cupboard. The highly critical views of the DA of late, must be touching a nerve/fanning descent..
I am happy for them, maybe they are finally getting to grips with how to play the game.
 
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