ANC encourages the third diaspora

By Ed Herbst

The return of the land to the rightful owners, who are the indigenous Blacks and Africans in particular from whom the land was stolen is a critical imperative.

Blacks and Africans the rightful owners of the land – ANC National Spokesperson, Pule Mabe 15/11/2018

“We are saddened by high levels of emigration within our parent body this year and the loss of wonderful boys who have enjoyed their years at Highbury,” said headmaster Roland Lacock.

“Emigration levels have doubled versus last year, and last year there were twice as many as 2016.”

Top Durban schools face headache of pupil emigration IOL 17/11/2018

In 2004, as an SABC television news reporter based in Cape Town, I covered a function at UCT where the guest speaker, Pallo Jordan, accepted an award honouring his late father, Dr Archibald Campbell Jordan who, in 1957, became the university’s first black Phd.

Unable to reach his full potential because of National Party ethnicity-based legislation, Archibald Jordan emigrated to the USA and died in exile in 1968.

I remember reflecting at the time on the tragic folly of the National Party in driving the cream of black intelligentsia out of the country on the basis not of their capabilities or their potential, but on the basis of their ethnicity.

Back then I saw this as the ‘Second Diaspora’ – the first being the Afrikaners fleeing to South America after the Boer War to escape the British oppression which had laid waste to their farms and seen their loved ones dying in their thousands in detention camps.

Merit the only criterion

Now, as one of the anchor quotes to this article reveals, it’s happening again as well-heeled and well-educated South Africans seek a better future in functional, multiparty democracies where merit is the only criterion and they and their children will not be discriminated against on the basis of their ethnicity.

Here is a brief timeline of articles which makes the point:

  • July 2015: Why more South Africans are leaving the country
  • July 2015:Gloom driving emigration
  • July 2016: Cheers, South Africa: reasons behind spike in emigration
  • October 2016: Mass exodus of academics as campus war rages
  • June 2017: Skills loss a threat to biggest refinery
  • August 2017: We’re running out of whites
  • December2017: Sharp rise in people jumping SA ship
  • March 2018: Land expropriation, a reason to panic
  • April 2018: People are leaving South Africa in numbers
  • April 2018: Emigration has tripled among SA home owners in the past five years.
  • September 2018: Land expropriation: This is the time to panic
  • November 2018: Top Durban schools face headache of pupil emigration

Freedom Charter hypocrisy

With an election looming, the African National Congress has, in its latest media release, finally distanced itself from its Freedom Charter obligations – to the distress of Thabo Mbeki.

What the anchor quote by Pule Mabe makes clear is that the Freedom Charter is no longer official ANC policy and it no longer lives by the credo that … We, the People of South Africa, declare for all our country and the world to know: that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white…

With that statement it turns its back on its own history as defined by Wikipedia:

The Freedom Charter statement was the statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance, which consisted of the African National Congress (ANC) and its allies – the South African Indian Congress, the South African Congress of Democrats and the Coloured People’s Congress.

The media release by Pule Mabe also defines with pitiless and incontrovertible  clarity that the ANC has not only turned its back on one of the goals to which Nelson Mandela devoted his life  – nation building through reconciliation – it also now shows its contempt for his statement from the dock during the Rivonia trial:

During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.

Joel Netshitenzhe defined ANC policy in mid-1996 in the first issue of Umrabulo:

‘Transformation of the state entails, first and foremost, extending the power of the National Liberation Movement over all levers of power: the army, the police, the bureaucracy, intelligence structures, the judiciary, parastatals, and agencies such as regulatory bodies, the public broadcaster, the central bank and so on.’

Complete ANC hegemony remains the objective of the National Democratic Revolution and, by promoting Expropriation Without Compensation, Ramaphosa hopes to return the ANC to power with an increased majority and to thus strengthen his position as leader.

Here’s how Mabe defined this in his media release:

The return of the land is the foundation for any program of Radical Economic Transformation and the implementation of the Second Phase of our National Democratic Revolution.

In a Sunday Times interview on November 18, economist Roelof Botha told Chris Barron that EWC would have a devastating effect on the economy and would dissuade both local and international investment:

‘I’ve addressed 13 000 decision-makers in SA this year and people do not want to open new franchises, buy property or improve their property and they cannot find buyers. Ask them why. And you see this translated into negative GDP growth.’

EWC will undoubtedly be uppermost in the minds of those leaving the country.  What will, however, have profoundly offended the sensibilities of the emigrating intelligentsia is the fact that the ANC is willing, for the sake of political expediency, to take us back – in KZN – to the medieval system where the king  and his designated nobles controlled the land and the serfs paid tithes in  perpetuity.

One struggles to contain one’s revulsion.

Would it not be correct to see an analogy between P W Botha’s Rubicon speech and Cyril Ramaphosa’s obdurate commitment to EWC?

Botha was told that unless he responded positively to the call for universal suffrage in South Africa, the international banks would no longer roll over our loans – but he refused to acknowledge that reality.

Our economists agree that EWC will diminish investment and increase unemployment but the ANC seems to believe that an increased margin of victory in next year’s election is more important than the national interest.

Coming apart at the seams

The land grabs have already started but what will also have fuelled the current exodus is that after 24 years of untrammelled looting by the ANC’s deployed cadres, we have been reduced to junk status and with the cadres regarding preventative maintenance as a ‘Western Paradigm’ – to paraphrase Michael (Foxwhelp) Hulley – the country is literally coming apart at the seams.

The Vaal River has been turned into an open sewer, load shedding over Christmas seems increasingly likely and 87 ANC-controlled municipalities are regarded as dysfunctional with 24 of them now being under administration.

The Enoch Mgijima (formerly Queenstown) municipality – featured recently in a Carte Blanche horror story – is a typical example, where the mayor spends tens of thousands of rands on KFC while  the municipality’s service vehicles are auctioned.

Children continue to die in pit toilets while ANC MP’s and their spouses live the high life on hedonistic taxpayer-funded trips abroad, pay virtually no rent for luxury apartments, splurge on multiple expensive cars and the ANC does its best to delay the issue of a revised ministerial handbook.

Our naval fleet is in dry dock, you probably have more chance of seeing a dodo in flight than one of our Gripens and the fence around Silvermine, our radar centre near Simon’s Town, has been stolen.

The SABC which was millions in the black and functional when the ANC assumed control in 1994 is now bankrupt and its main evening TV news bulletin has half the audience share of rival eNCA which has never received a cent of state funding. Furthermore the PIC-funded and Zuma–faction supporting Independent Media newspaper company is technically insolvent and making no attempt to repay its PIC loan, while at the same time seeking to broaden societal and ethnic divides through lies and censorship by omission and fear-mongering.

Our foreign policy approach – denying the Dalai Lama an entrance visa while facilitating the escape of Omar Al Bashir – has earned us international contempt and we continue to slide on international measures of governing excellence, education being an obvious example.

After 24 years of the ANC’s Marxist-Leninist-Stalinist-Maoist-Fanonist-Fallist inspired ‘Glorious National Democratic Revolution’, nobody is safe and global statistics show that South Africa  is one the ten countries in the world where you are likely to be killed unlawfully. With a murder rate of 38.5 per hundred thousand people South Africans are less safe than countries like Columbia and Mexico which are notorious for drug-related murders. Crime is a major factor in the increasing number of high-income, highly-educated people choosing to emigrate.

All this as we become one of the world’s most favoured havens for criminals.

Statements by our previous and current political leaders will have those contemplating emigration asking the question posed by Michael Cardo – Are ‘1652s’ the new Jews?

Not to mention the open anti-Semitism expressed by cadres like Tony Ehrenreich and Marius Fransman without the slightest condemnation from the ANC or the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation.

On our farms both babes in arms and the frail elderly are shown no mercy – to the detriment of our food security.

And, as the emigration queues grow longer, they slaughter one another and the whistle blowers with impunity.

South Africa’s white population is shrinking by the year and by 2030 it will be an estimated 1% of the total population. That means, in terms of the ANC’s Nazi-derived policy of demographic representivity, white applicants will have a one-in-a-hundred chance  of gaining university entrance in 2030 or of being employed in the civil service and will be similarly limited when tendering for government contracts.

The sustained negation by the ANC of the norms and mores of ethical governance with its predictable but catastrophic consequences has been termed ‘Mulholland’s Law’ or the party’s ‘Reverse Midas Touch’.

All of these concerns are driving the Third Diaspora, but EWC will increasingly prove to be the major factor.

Our ‘unaware’ President, currently embroiled in the Bosasa scandal, assures us that EWC will be responsibly implemented in such a way that there will be no adverse consequences for the country.

Sara Gon, for one, seems dubious.

I, of course, sincerely believe him just as I sincerely believed him when he said this in 1992 about the responsible way in which the ANC would run the SABC – now in its second bankruptcy and mourning the loss of Suna Venter.

The ANC believes that unquestioning loyalty by a public broadcaster to a ruling party is incompatible with democracy – whether or not the ruling party enjoys the support of the majority of the population.

When the ANC wins the electoral support of the majority of South Africans, it will not seek to replace the National Party as the subject of the SABC’s slavish loyalty. And we want to establish both the principle and practice of that independence now.

The ANC is committed to public broadcasting which is independent of the government of the day, and which owes its loyalty not to any party, but to the population as a whole. In other words, we propose a broadcast service committed to providing full and accurate information to all South Africans, and one which is protected from interference by any special interests – be they political, economic or cultural.

I live in a retirement home in one of Cape Town’s leafy suburbs. The majority of residents are widows in their 80s and 90s. Almost without exception their children live abroad and, before their annual overseas Christmas visit, they are faced with the agonising realisation that this might well be the last time they see them.

They come to me, their lined faces further lined with anxiety.

“What’s going to happen?” they ask.

I seek to comfort them by pointing out that we live in a city administered by the Democratic Alliance and then, lacking other options, I refer them to the conclusion reached by the late Allister Sparks in his final book, The Sword and the Pen.

‘We’ll muddle through’.