AZAPO Voice Volume 1 Issue Number 32



Not for the first time, Westbury in Johannesburg is on fire as the community is protesting against the take-over of their townships by drug lords and gangs.  The protests flared up after a gang gunfight resulted in stray bullets killing Heather Peterson (45) and wounding her daughter (10).

This is not the first time that innocent residents have been killed by stray bullets from gang skirmishes.  It has been happening for decades in the townships.  And it was by the white racist design to bring black people down.  Once the apartheid laws ensured that Blacks were separated from the whites through the Group Areas Act, the Black communities were targeted as the dumping grounds for all sorts of drugs.  The aim was to cause chaos and violence that would bring human development to a halt in the Black communities.  The young people would drop out of school and spend the rest of their shorted lives in gang-related violence.  They would also reign terror and harass Black people in the trains, in the busses and their homes.  They rob them of their small change, cell phones and sound systems to be able to feed the addictive and destructive habit.

By deliberate design, the Black communities would be plunged in never-ending wars, which result in self-destruction.  This is a clever design.  The colonialists and racists are not visible.  So how do you blame their system for what appear to be a black problem created by Black people?  Yet we know that the drug problem in the townships is the creation of colonialism, capitalism and white racism.  That is the reason why it was never policed during the settler-colonial and apartheid era.

Fast forward to post-1994.  Is the drug problem policed now?  No.  And there is unfortunately no political will to do so.  To those who have internalised white racism, a problem is a problem only when it affects the white people.  No wonder that the ANC-led government is feeling no urgency to act and save the Black Soul that is destroyed by drugs.  It took the Black community of Westbury’s taking to the street for the government to but reluctantly respond.  Even when that tongue-in-cheek response was performed, it was performed with the sole objective of electioneering for 2019, rather than solve the chronic problem that has destroyed the social fabric of our communities.  Yet in the National Drug Master Plan for 2013-2017 we are told that the South African Revenue Service show that the “known direct cost of illicit drug use in 2005 was roughly” about R100 billion!

Meanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele was seen on TV promising that the government would attend to the problem by deploying the Tactical Response Unit of the police.  There you have it.  Every political and socio-economic problem in the Black community is solved by deploying the army as though it was a military or policing problem.  The drug problem in the township is a political and socio-economic one.  The cowboy tactics of intimidation and shoot and kill are not a solution.  They merely aggravate the problem.

The drug lords are known in the community.  The government has to use Crime Intelligence and arrest the drug lords.  That is not enough.  Their Intelligence should enable them to stop the supply of the drugs.  Searching loitering individuals on the streets is a lazy and counterproductive strategy.  The police must arrest the drug lords and cut the supply of drugs.


This week representatives of labour, business and government leaders met under the auspices of NEDLAC to convene yet another Job Summit.  The Summit is the best response that the ruling class can muster in the wake of the massive job losses in various sectors including mining and ICT.

It would be advisable for our people not to hold their breath.  The Job Summit is likely to be just another talk-shop without any real results.  While the focus is on how to create more jobs, there is complete silence on what should be done to stop the looming retrenchments, including those at the SABC, which is a State entity.

So, if the State cannot save jobs in the public broadcaster, a few months from national elections, what are the chances that it can save jobs in other sectors, especially in the private sector where most of the jobs are being lost?  Zero.

The Job Summit is a public relations exercise.  It is designed to create an impression that the government cares.  Unfortunately, anybody who hopes that the Summit will come up with radical measures to create employment will be disappointed.

We can skirt around the issue.  But the real issue in this country is that this country has high rates of unemployment and low economic growth because of the colonial architecture of the economy.  We have a democratically elected government that has been in office for about a Quarter of a Century, but the colonial design of the economy is still firmly entrenched.

Our precious resources are still mined and exported raw to other countries only to import them as finished products at a higher cost.  The government’s inability to beneficiate and add value, means that South Africa is exporting jobs to other countries.  The second real challenge in our country is that we have not changed ownership patterns that existed during apartheid.  In other words, the white tribe still owns and dominate the economy.  This tribe is sitting on more than R500 billion of reserves that they could invest in the economy to create jobs, but they lack the patriotism and the confidence in the ANC-led government to increase their investments.  They rather invest their money in other countries, creating jobs there than in their own country.

There are many factors that can stimulate growth, but one of the key catalysts is quality education.  This country has failed dismally to improve the quality of education.  Little wonder that even many of our university graduates join the ranks of the unemployed without any capacity to create work for themselves and others.

The brutal truth is that the government lacks vision and that is why we are perishing.


Once it was clear that European settlers could not sustain the lie that Azania is their “vaders se land”, they resorted to their usual tricks of Divide and Rule.  Their claim to the Land of Black people is based on the malicious propaganda that they either bought the land or occupied what they call “no-man’s’-land”.

However, they are unable to produce proof of their claim of purchasing of the land.  It is a white lie because they were never sold the land.  They took our land by the force of the gun.  Black people bled in defence of their land.  They died in defence of their land.  In modern times, Black people waged the struggle for liberation for the Repossession of the Land.  So Land Azania was neither bought nor stolen.  It was taken by force of arms.

Here comes the Divide and Rule of the white settler-colonial minority.  They claim that Azania belongs exclusively to the KhoiSan Black ethnic group.  Further, they claim that the rest of the Black ethnic groups “arrived in South Africa” from Eastern or North Africa around the 17th century.  Their ridiculous conclusion is that the Nguni, Sotho, Venda and other Black ethnic groups are “foreigners” in South Africa just like the whites.  By so doing, they divide the Black community by patronising the KhoiSan ethnic group.

This manoeuvre has resulted in some of our people believing that the colonial racists are right.  Consequently, some of our people are beginning to undermine their own Blackness.  They are beginning to question whether they are Black, white or Coloured.

Once the Black Consciousness Movement occupied the centre stage of the Azanian Revolution in the late 1960s, they moved quickly and rejected all colonial and apartheid labels that sought to divide and undermine the humanity of Black people.  Apartheid-imposed labels like “Bantoes”, “Coloureds” and “Indians” were rejected.  Yes, Black are aBantu/Batho/Human Beings, but never “Bantoes/Bantus”.  To be “Coloured” has the undertone that you have acquired, or are given “colour” probably by those who have “colour”.  Now that you are “coloured”, you may now be visible to those who “colour” others.  As far as we know in the BCM, Indians are in India.  Having rejected the colonial nametags, the BCM adopted the term “Black” as a reference to all those who are by law or tradition, socially discriminated against, economically exploited, and identify as a group in the fight for their liberation and reconquest of their land.  This term was cemented and anchored in the unity-in-action demonstrated by Azanians in the fight for their liberation.

In the era of the democratic dispensation after 1994, the ruling party has reversed the unity of our people and introduced strange ethnic labels like “100%” this or that.  That was done in their bid to loot the State resources.  Development was reserved for the areas the leaders came from.  If it was not Mvezo or Qunu, it was Nkandla.  The gains and successes of the BCM had been undermined at the drop of a hat.

AZAPO therefore appeal to Azanians to reject the divisive tendencies by both the white racists and the ruling party.  Our KhoiSan people cannot forget that the entity called “South Africa” was created only in 1910.  There was no South Africa before that.  Further, the boundaries in Afrika were a creation of the imperialists and the colonialists in the 19th century.  The Continent Africa had no boundaries before that.  Our people moved freely inside the Continent and settled wherever they wished in accordance with their needs and grazing lands for their livestock.  Some of them were pastorals that did not settle in one place for any longer period of time.  Of course, there were some skirmishes in the process.  But it cannot be true that Afrikans “arrived” in Afrika.  We did not “arrive” in Afrika, nor did we “arrive” in Azania.


On the face of it, the ruling by the Constitutional Court that former Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini should pay 20% of the legal costs incurred by Freedom under Law and the Black Sash over the social grants saga appears to be harsh.  Presumably, Dlamini was acting as a minister and representing the best interests of the State and by extension, the best interests of the People.

However, in a judgment written by Justice Johan Froneman, the highest court in the land found Dlamini personally liable and ordered her to pay a portion of the legal costs.

A closer examination of the facts will show that Dlamini was abusing the tax-payer.  She deliberately dragged the matter to the highest court, because she was not the one footing the legal bill.  The court came to the defence of the tax-payer through this judgment.

In future, politicians will seek proper legal advice before opposing any matter because they would know that they may eventually be held personally liable if the courts can find that they acted recklessly.  This is a profound judgment in that politicians, including former President Jacob Zuma, would wage protracted battles, without justification, because they knew that they were not footing the bill.

Politicians, as elected public representatives, should not be undermining their offices by acting recklessly and without regard to the voters and the tax-payer.  However, the blatant disregard of the tax-payer by some politicians continue to reduce the confidence that members of the public have on politicians in general, thus creating an impression that only the courts are the genuine custodians of our Constitution.

Politicians must stop engaging in acts that will undermine the credibility of the Executive and Parliament. Hopefully, the judgment against Dlamini will serve as a deterrent to those who habour similar intentions of abusing the tax-payer.

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