Part two of the self-destruction of South Africa is a lesson for Africa; clearly demonstrating the spiraling escalation of corruption. The systemic failure of all the systems of government from local municipalities to parliament detects a hint of decay, morally and otherwise.
2013 marked the final year school students had to obtain a basic pass rate of thirty percent. There is a rumor that the pass rate could drop to 20 percent. According to Professor Habib at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), around 50 percent of the students that obtained honors in the matric exams had failed to reach the entrance exams at the university. This is indeed another indication of the paucity of the whole system in South Africa, not just education. President Jacob Zuma claimed he was educated at school, yet what he learned is unknown. Is he a shrewd political animal with no substance and for how long will this naked emperor charm the people of South Africa?
According to various sources in the security cluster, two premiers of the northern provinces, DD Mabuza in Mpumalanga and Sello Motale, had both been caught red handed with burning cash. In Mabuza’s, case an amount of ZAR 16 million was hidden in his fireplace, and in Motale’s case an equal amount was stashed in a forest close to his home. Nothing came of this, they pledged their allegiance to President Zuma and they have been let off the hook.
President Zuma is an African with revered standing. Due to his unbridled passion for wealth, he is leading to his own downfall. Nothing is functioning as it is supposed to be functioning. South Africa is de facto a corrupt hellhole with pockets of decency. In the Business Day, a local newspaper in South Africa, David Gleason writes the following in his story, “Torque” –“How this gangrenous portion of the African National Congress’s (ANC) body politic has been permitted to get away with its endless larceny defies explanation.” He is referring to the lack of clean drinking water to local communities where the South African police have killed some of the local people in riots. This is not an isolated incident, as riots are happening throughout the country. Zuma is lacking leadership; and this is the topic that pervades all discussion in the country now.
During the exile days, before the 1994 elections, Zuma was the head of the African National Congress (ANC)’s Intelligence Arm (DIS.). During that time, he was directly linked to the quarto camps in Angola where numerous comrades had been killed. (See the works of Anthea Jeffries and Paul Trewhela for a detailed report on this story). According to allegations, Thabo Mbeki had a son who disappeared in these camps. Mbeki still holds Zuma responsible for this disappearance.
The Zulu people of South Africa are a proud nation that has the potential to create a new economic hub in Kwazulu Natal. In that region, there are different seaports through which they can stimulate exports. Richards bay is the port through which the most coal is exported from South Africa. It appears as though the Zulu people are in a unique position and have a significant impact on the South African economic scene with long-term sustainability. The lesson to Africa is that if this unfettered self-destruction is not checked and reversed the hopes of the Zulu nation will come to naught.
Thabo Mbeki has made statements against tribalism in the past. The Eastern Cape homeland of the Xhosas and destination of Mbeki’s largesse as president has not made progress, to a certain extent lacking in development. The failure of local government is the responsibility of service deliveries, the lack of capability, the lack of accountability, lack of pride and honor. The escalating downward trend in the infrastructure is appalling. Civil servants are paid enormous salaries, but they are not able to deliver the services so required.
It has become a feeding frenzy, even the opposition parties are engulfed in such. Terror Lekota, the leader of the Congress of the People (COPE) has been implicated in scandals ranging from the Iranian cell phone issue with MTN, the First Consult report into the alleged irregular export of South African manufactured Infantry Fighting Vehicles (The Ratels). He continues to criticize the government and is not doing so with clean hands. Lekota is a known Mbeki acolyte. It is all about money, not to create wealth, but to squander.
Where is the money from Gaddafi? Apparently, the road that was built at Nkandla, the President’s homestead was financed with Gaddafi’s money. Gaddafi and Zuma met in 2010. After that meeting, Gaddafi’s money was transported by air to South Africa. This was an operation standing under the control of the African National Congress (ANC). General Shilobane from Defense Intelligence (DI) was the controller of this operation. Gold, diamonds, cash and mostly dollars were a part of this operation.
Gaddafi was linked to the financing of the oil exploration operations that culminated in viable oil deposits found off shore and in lakes of Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, and Ghana. These finds would double their capacity. Gaddafi played an extensive role in organizing this operation and the impact from the fields producing oil stood to make a huge impact on the local, political, economic and international arena. Gaddafi, had he lived, would have had a significant impact in Africa and around the world.
Gaddafi’s links to the oil exploration was one of the reasons he was killed. Before his untimely death, President Zarkosy of France struck an agreement with the Touaregs in Mali to help them claim an independent homeland in Mali, in the northern part of that country, where the French company Aviva was mining for uranium. In return, the Touaregs had to help eliminate Gaddafi. They had not factored in the role of Al Qaeda. The subsequent Operation Serval, launched by the French, was to establish order and to protect the French assets in the area.
What has become of Gaddafi’s billions? When is the Libyan government going to take action against the South African government in the international forum? Did Gaddafi’s monies go elsewhere? Is this money used to prop up neighboring countries’ faltering economies? There are so many questions, yet few answers. Did Gaddafi’s gold, about fifty metric tons, end up in the United Kingdom, to serve as a credit line at Barclays for a South African bank? Who was involved in such an act? Has the South African government grown into a thieving cabal who sets out to frame its own citizens in order to steal? The self-destruction of South Africa is a lesson for the neighboring African countries to heed. South Africa, once a country with strong economic system, is a pawn in the global greed and corruption conspiracy. It is all about resources and survival.
By Laura Oneale