Recent discussions between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the war in Syria took a turn for the worse as Russia’s unabated destruction of the city of Aleppo via air and land became a cryptic world-wide news story. Excuses and denials from the Russians continued without embarrassment. Russia’s truth was as Russia defined it. This prompted Kerry to declare that Russia inhabited a political “parallel universe”.
Whatever one’s opinion of that particular conflict, this allusion is an apt example of what is happening in South Africa. President Jacob Zuma and his party loyalists inhabit a parallel universe, clearly evidenced by the president’s complaint that he is “abused” when he gets to Parliament. He cannot understand why this is so – he decries the fact that he has been called a criminal and a thief. “This House has to do something”, he complains bitterly.
The House must do something? What about the president and his party doing something? Once again we are faced with a bizarre disconnect with reality. Socialistic clarion calls of equality for all seduced the masses during the ANC/SACP’s path to power. This daydream has taken a back seat to a very unequal self-enrichment that has been a hallmark of the government since 1994. Despite denunciations of colonialism and white economic hegemony, the ANC’s brazen disregard for and contempt of the hard work and sacrifice which went into the creation of South Africa as a first world country is reflected in government corruption, mismanagement and the looting of taxpayer’s money.
VOTER FRUSTRATION AND DISGUST AT GOVERNMENT PROFLIGACY is a top reason why the ANC lost its control of important municipalities in the recent elections. Yet it appears the government’s top structure cannot grasp this fact. The parallel planet allusion is credible, and this is seriously disturbing.
Post mortems on the election losses by the ANC and its political allies have completely missed this point. The SA Communist Party declared there was a “growing gap between the mass base and the political elite, and there were problems of corruption and the manipulation of membership lists”. There should be a ”refreshing of ANC leadership,” said the SACP. But a new broom would have to sweep out the coterie of current political appointees. Any new leadership would not dare tinker with the present bloated cadre apparatus masquerading as a ”civil service” – neither civil nor particularly interested in service. This group has roundly contributed to the corruption and mismanagement which caused the voter loss. Can the ANC not see this? Or do they not want to admit to this?
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa declared sanctimoniously that “we need people who will not succumb to the temptations of public office, who will not take for themselves what rightfully belongs to the masses”. Yes indeed we need these people, but they don’t exist within the ANC’s cadre clique. There are hundreds of thousands of honest and capable people in South Africa but the ANC doesn’t employ them. Why not? Mr Ramaphosa’s vapid meanderings is yet another politically correct assemblage of words, to disappear into the ether.
Mother of the Nation Winnie Mandela also felt the urge to comment on ANC election losses, calling on the ANC to undergo “serious introspection” championed by “fresh leadership combined with the elders” in a bid to figure out “what has gone wrong”. Figure out? Virtually everyone in SA has figured out what has gone wrong, and fresh leadership of the ANC is the last thing needed. It won’t change anything. Failure as a government is the ANC’s stock in trade. The dictionary defines failure as, inter alia “non-performance”. The ANC didn’t perform. Twenty two years of ANC rule showed they are unable to perform. Mrs Mandela suggested the ANC “go into retreat for a month” to discuss what went wrong. A taxpayer-funded retreat would be nice (perhaps at a luxurious game reserve?) but there are no answers there. The voters told them what was wrong.
ANC veteran Nceba Faku’s post-election document “Turnaround Plan” suggests there must be “organizational re-engineering” within the ANC to make it more acceptable to the voters! New members must undergo a “compulsory political induction program” before they are “deployed in government.” Political loyalty to the ANC is therefore the nub of Mr Faku’s Turnaround Plan. This is the same old same old, the usual suspects going around in the revolving door.
URBAN BLACK VOTERS
Hundreds of thousands of black, coloured and Indian voters supported the opposition. These citizens have moved permanently to South Africa’s established urban areas and have jobs. They pay the same municipal rates and taxes and the same electricity tariffs as other urban dwellers. They have watched their hard-earned money frittered away by ANC politicos. They see municipality after municipality placed under financial management. They wait for buses that never come. Their trains are torched, and the country’s centers of learning are sacked and burnt by mobs which the government cannot control. These new urbans are as nervous of state hospitals as any other South African citizen.
They despair as their children’s school teachers come to work drunk or not at all. They are robbed and mugged and killed the same as any other urban dweller. Why should they vote for the ANC? Playing the race card might still have traction in the rural areas and in the townships, but it has become a cliché and is irrelevant if the electricity is cut off and the water doesn’t flow. These “clever blacks” as President Zuma sarcastically called them have rejected the old tribal politics of the State President.
Does the ANC need any more reasons why they lost the elections?
- The lavish life style of the ruling clique is gross and insulting to hard-working citizens. It is obscene in the face of South Africa’s grinding poverty. A restaurant bill currently doing the internet rounds has already reached London. Allegedly for the president and his party at a posh Johannesburg restaurant, it totals R80 000 for one dinner for six, of which R65 000 was for the bar.
But why not employ people who are not corrupt? Corruption in most functioning countries is the exception, not the rule. In South Africa the ANC has tacitly acknowledged that it is part and parcel of government, so it must be “handled”. It is now admitted that it is in the government’s DNA. If replacing corrupt people by honest people is not in the government’s sights, then we are in for a bumpy ride.
Vir die eerste keer in jare het daar ‘n kalendermaand verby gegaan sonder dat daar ‘n plaasmoord geregistreer is.
Mnr. Henry Geldenhuys, adjunk-president van TLU SA en voorsitter van die Veiligheidskomitee, waarsku egter dat dit nie beteken dat die stryd teen plaasaanvalle en –moorde gewen is nie.
“In vergelyking met 2015 is die situasie steeds slegter. Sover is daar in 2016 al 46 boere vermoor in 256 plaasaanvalle, teenoor die 43 plaasmoorde in 200 aanvalle in 2015,” sê mnr. Geldenhuys. “Boonop is daar reeds twee plaasmoorde geregistreer in die eerste paar dae van Oktober, dus duur September se tendens nie voort nie.”
In September het die meeste aanvalle in Gauteng voorgekom (5), gevolg deur 4 aanvalle in elk van die provinsies Noordwes, Natal en Vrystaat.
Mnr. Geldenhuys wys egter daarop dat daar waarskynlik meer aanvalle plaasgevind het, maar as daar geen ernstige beserings of geslaagde rooftog by betrokke was nie, word aanvalle dikwels nie eens meer aangemeld nie. “Dit is verkeerd. Ons moet elke insident aanmeld om ‘n ware prentjie te kry van wat op ons plase aangaan. Dit sluit nie net plaasaanvalle en –moorde in nie, maar ook veediefstal en ander diefstalsake,” sê mnr. Geldenhuys.
Hy doen ook ‘n beroep op die publiek om TLU SA behulpsaam te wees om ‘n volledige, betroubare en geloofwaardige databasis by te hou, deur insidente ook by TLU SA se hoofkantoor te rapporteer.
Mnr. Louis Meintjes is eenparig herkies as TLU SA se president op dié unie se kongres.
Mnr. Henry Geldenhuys is ook herkies as adjunk-president.
Thenis Kruger is herkies as voorsitter van Wes-Streek, Stephan Vermaak van Noord-Streek, Wannie Scribante in Sentraalstreek en Johan van Dyk in Oos-Streek.
Die voorsitters van die ander provinsies is reeds in private streekskonferensies aangewys. Hulle is mnre. Wollie Burger (Noord-Kaap), Bennie Liebenberg (Wes-Kaap), Herman de Wet (Natal), Hennie Naudé (Vrystaat) en mev. Louise Rossouw (Oos-Kaap).
Dit is dieselfde leiersgroep wat by die vorige kongres verkies is.
TLU SA hou die week sy algemene jaarkongres in Pretoria, onder die tema: “Kommersiële Landbou – Die Sleutel tot Stabiliteit”.
Benewens TLU SA se President, mnr. Louis Meintjes, wat sy Presidentsrede gaan lewer, is daar ook verskeie ander sprekers wat aktuele sake gaan belig.
Dr. Theo de Jager, voorsitter van Agri All Africa, gaan praat oor “Die rol van die beleidsomgewing vir voedselsekuriteit in Suidelike Afrika.”
Prof. Koos Malan van die Departement Publiekreg aan die UP se Fakulteit Regsgeleerdheid, gaan praat oor “Die ongewaarborgde waarborge van die hoogste reg – die Grondwet en eiendomsreg.”
Die bekende ekonoom, dr. Roelof Botha, gaan praat oor “Bedreigings en geleenthede vir die landbousektor in Suid-Afrika.
Die verrigtinge begin om 08:30 op Woensdag 7 September 2016 by die WNNR se konferensiesentrum in Pretoria, en die media is baie welkom om dit by te woon.
Die beperkings wat tans op joernaliste van die openbare uitsaaier geplaas word rakende rapportering van nuus, is ‘n verdere aanduiding van die sieklike magsbeheptheid van die regering en die instellings onder sy beheer.
TLU SA se President, mnr. Louis Meintjes, het in sy reaksie op die onstuimigheid by die SABC gesê dat die sensuur op nuus ernstige implikasies vir die land kan inhou. “As joernaliste nie meer toegelaat word om feite te rapporteer nie, sal die publiek nie meer weet as geld vir ‘n Nkandla misbruik word nie, wanneer sogenaamde grondhervormingsprojekte misluk of wanneer droogte of politieke beleid die kos op ons tafels gaan bedreig nie. “Vroeër vanjaar het mnr. Zuma al op rekord gegaan dat hy die land stuur na sosialisme en kommunisme. Dit is duidelik dat dit nie net gaan oor die ekonomie nie, maar ook in die perswese.
“TLU SA het die grootste respek vir dié joernaliste wat vreesloos opkom vir die reg van Vryheid van spraak en eerlike nuusdekking. Hulle kan op ons steun reken,” sê mnr. Meintjes.