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AZAPO Voice Volume 1 Issue Number 37

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ANC SUFFERING FROM SCHIZOPHRENIA

Last Friday the ruling party led a march to the Union Buildings, the seat of power in the capital city, to protest against the ruling party’s policy of e-Tolls.  The ANC as the ruling party was marching against the ANC-led government.  In essence, the ANC was marching against itself.

Strange?  Not at all.  It was not for the first time that the ANC was marching against itself.  A few years ago, Soweto residents organised a march against ESKOM to protest against high electricity costs and the proposed pre-paid meter system.  It was a hugely popular protest action by the residents of Soweto, the majority of whom were affected by the electricity issue.

The ANC, as an organisation, not only joined the march but they led it.  The march was led by high ranking politicians who served in the Gauteng provincial government.  The irony of the ANC leading a march against a state entity run by the ANC-led government seems to have escaped them.

There is more.  When Nigerian Pastor Tim Omotoso was appearing in court in connection with multiple cases of rape, a Cabinet Minister was captured on television saying that the pastor should be released; and that the people would deal with him.  In other words, the Minister was calling for mob justice.

The established trend is that the ANC is extremely good in managing the anger of the people.  They know that e-Tolls are extremely unpopular in Gauteng.  In fact, sentiments around e-Tolls can be the deciding factor on who governs Gauteng.  David Makhura wants to retain his position as Premier, and he is not going to toe the party line, at national level, on e-Tolls.

The public shows of disapproval of e-Tolls were meant to fool the voters in Gauteng that the ANC was opposed to the system of e-Tolls.  Of course, this is a mere public relations exercise.  When it is convenient, voters are told that there is only one centre of power, and it rests in Luthuli House.  We are told that those serving in cabinet and in various positions in government do so to carry out a mandate of the ruling party.  That is why when the government implements a popular policy such as the construction of low cost houses and the provision of social grants, the ANC claims these victories as its own, arguing that the voters should continue to vote for the ANC because of these programs.

If this argument was to be followed logically, the ANC should own the e-Tolls system.  If the party has had a change of mind, they should pass legislation that enables the government to get rid of the e-Tolls.  They have the power to do so.  It is that simple.

Our people should refuse to be fooled.


GAUTRAIN IS NOT EUROTRAIN

There does not seem to be a place left for black people in Azania – the country of their forebears.  Land dispossession was total.  It involved culture, language, politics, economy, wealth, religion, development, etc.  For a Black person to be acceptable and tolerated in South Africa, she must speak a foreign language in a foreign accent.  She has to dress in foreign clothes and adopt a foreign culture and religion.

Black artist Thando Mahlangu (34) was humiliated and ill-treated for embracing his Blackness and Afrikanness.  For refusing to be a “foreigner” in Azania, Mahlangu was rudely kicked out of the Gautrain last week.  The Gautrain authorities felt Mahlangu was dressed “inappropriately” in his indigenous isiNdebele clothing to be on board Gautrain.  It goes without saying that they felt Mahlangu would make white people and westernised blacks uncomfortable.  Apparently, this lot would be traumatised at having a culturally authentic Black person in their Eurocentric journey.  He had to be thrown out to assure the white tribe and their bootlickers that real Black people were prohibited from Gautrain.

They did not care that Mahlangu had appointments that required to be honoured.  Because he had no tailored suit and a tie on, they concluded that he was just wandering up and about with nothing to do.

There is no place for Azanians in Azania; and no respect for Afrikans in Afrika.  Black people are not expected to be seen at the airports, except in their stereotyped role as labourers.  As and when they come as passengers, they have to conform to western values.  Black pilots are few and far between such that they are not yet visible.  We wonder what complaints will come by as and when they become visible.  Black people are expected to be in the taxis.  Because the taxi industry is a Black business, its subsidisation and regulation remain elusive for the State.

You should be curious to know what happened to Mahlangu who was thrown out of Gautrain for daring to remain Black in a whitewashed South Africa.  Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi has stepped in resulting on Bombela Concession Company to do some damage control by apologising to Mahlangu.  Said Vadi in a rainbowist tone, “Our country’s cultural and religious diversity should be embraced”.  What Vadi is saying is that Afrikan culture should be tolerated and accommodated within the South African rainbowism.  That is exactly what disgusts AZAPO.  Azania is a country of Black people.  Afrika is a continent of Black people.  Black people and their culture should never be tolerated and accommodated in Afrika’s Azania.  Afrikan culture and way of life should be the mainstream, which may tolerate and accommodate other cultural streams.

Meanwhile, Bombela Concession Company marketing and communication executive Kesagee Nayager said they tried to engage Mahlangu “but he refused to speak in English”.  Western arrogance.  Mahlangu is barred from boarding Gautrain because of his embracing of his Blackness.  Now they say they are struggling to engage him because he would not speak in English.  Could not this company find somebody who could engage Mahlangu in isiNdebele?  They humiliate him in English, and still demand to apologise in English.

AZAPO has consistently warned Black people not to be excited about rainbowism in Azania because the colour Black is absent from a rainbow.  If you wanted to see the “true colour” of a rainbow, put it through a glass prism.  All the colours of that South African rainbow will become white.


CABINET MINISTERS LYING UNDER OATH

The ruling party seems to believe and honour the reactionary concept that “politics is a dirty game”.  We have seen how, during the tenure of the ruling party, politics has come to be associated with corruption and the ruthless killing of opponents even when they are of the same ruling party.  These corrupt wars and wrestling for power is fought in the public space, including the media.  The State institutions are even used to spy on factional opponents in the same ruling party.

That is not how AZAPO understands and engage in politics.  To us, politics is associated with the revolution.  Revolutionary politics is not a game, let alone a dirty one.  The word “politics” is derived from the Greek “politika”, which means “affairs of the city”.  In our time, “politics’ would refer to the governance of the affairs of a polity or country.  That governance would involve power and authority as they relate to decision-making in areas of politics, economics, trade and commerce, education and culture.  To AZAPO, politics is about the revolution to repossess the land.  It is about the repossession of the instruments of creating wealth and the wealth created for the purposes of redistribution to the Azanians.  It is about liberating the Azanian people from all forms of colonialism and the restoration of their dignity through national Self-Determination.

In the “dirty game” of the ruling party there are characters who loot the State coffers.  These “dirty game” characters are collaborating with the foreign interests of either European or Indian origin to empty democracy of all meaning freedom content.  At least two Cabinet Ministers, who are members of the ruling party, have been caught lying under oath in courts of law.  The lying under oath arose under corrupt circumstances.  We all know that lying under oath is a punishable crime of perjury.  Under normal circumstances, these Ministers should have resigned.  They have arrogantly said they would not resign.  That is the extent to which both the ruling party and its politicians undermine the people of Azania.

If those lying Ministers refused to resign, the President of the country should have fired them.  That has not happened at the time of writing.  These Ministers seem to be blackmailing the President by suggesting that “he should cast the first stone if he has not sinned”.

Whether or not the lying Ministers did resign, or the President fired them, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) should have considered charging the two Ministers for the crime of perjury.  There is yet no sign that the NPA has appetite for hauling these Ministers over coals.  This is the narrative of “politics as a dirty game”.

Plato could not have been wrong when he said “One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors”.


MAKE YOUR VOTE COUNT

In just over 6 months, the country will hold National and Provincial Elections.  Voters have been so frequently abused over the past 24 years that some may be discouraged from voting.  They ask the logical questions: what is the purpose of the vote?

Throughout the country, people are engaged in one form of protest or the other.  The community rebellions may vary in size, but there are common demands.  People want jobs, land, houses, better services such as water, electricity and roads.  At various spheres of government, political parties make promises to deliver these demands to the electorate, but often fail partly due to corruption, lack of skilled personnel and mismanagement of resources.

A cynical voter would be right to pose the question: “Given that all political parties essentially promise the same things and generally fail to deliver on all of them, why should I vote for AZAPO?”  What can AZAPO offer that all other political parties cannot offer?  We have an answer to this question – Black Consciousness (BC).

BC is a tool for mental liberation.  When someone is mentally liberated, she refuses to be treated as a second-class citizen without rights that are accorded to other citizens. She rejects the myth that whites are superior and that Black people, by virtue of their pigmentation, are inferior to whites.

As soon as the Black person has exploded the myth of white superiority, she will ask the right questions.  Why is it that only white people have land, and Black people do not have land?  Why is it that whites have wealth, and the vast majority of Black people are poor? Why is it that whites live in decent houses and have access to services such as water and electricity and Black people occupy the ghettoes exclusively?

BC will also infuse a sense of self-love in the Black person.  In addition to wanting to correct the landlessness of Black people, the uneven wealth distribution and the high levels of poverty in the Black communities, the mentally liberated Black person will locate the resolution of these problems in the power of Black people.  In other words, the Black people would have to be their own liberators.

Conscious Black people have pride in what they do.  If they are teachers, they excel in teaching.  If they are in the medical profession, they excel in the field.  Conscious Black people love other Black people and would not do things that will arrest the development of Black people in general.  Conscious Black people abhor corruption and poor management, as these do not advance the interests of Black people.

Conscious Black people stand on their feet and do not live as beggars of white favours.  Conscious Black people work hard and are in charge of their own destiny.  Conscious Black people are accountable, and they also hold leaders accountable.

This is what AZAPO offers – Conscious Black people.


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