CAPE TOWN, South Africa – South Africa’s New National Party, which turned over the nation’s government to the African National Congress in 1994 when apartheid ended, has shocked local observers by uniting with the ruling ANC.
In an effort to “floor cross” and deliver the NNP seats in Parliament to ANC control, the party has effectively handed over control of the Western Cape and Durban areas to the ANC. The NNP is the political afterbirth of the architects of apartheid.
Although white Afrikaners fled the NNP en masse in 1999, the party still sees itself as a voice of the Afrikaners in South Africa. In defending the handing over of its NNP seats in the Western Cape province without the mandate of the voters, NNP chief Marthinus van Schalkwyk told shocked white South Africans, “Afrikaans-speaking people are practical. They say we don’t want to end up like the whites in Zimbabwe. We have to give NNP-ANC cooperation a chance. I am now illustrating that I can bring our constituency to the center. It is also good for the ANC. It’s good for the country. It’s good for us.”
Few South Africans share van Schalkwyk’s view of the NNP “sellout,” which was recently held up as constitutional by South Africa’s courts. Whites continue to flee the nation, and those left behind live in fear. Over 1,300 of South Africa’s white farmers have been murdered since 1994, with another 7,000 attacks having been recorded – more deaths than those prompting The Hague Tribunal to put Serbia’s Milosevic on trial for “crimes against humanity.”
“Now, with the ANC fully in control of the nation, thanks to its whores in the New National Party, it can turn its attention to controlling its traditional allies: the trade unions led by COSATU (Congress of South African Trade Unions) and the South African Communist Party,” Transvaal political activist Marge Leitner told WorldNetDaily.
“There is going to be big trouble in South Africa, because the ANC is unable to deliver on its promises to the masses about homes, jobs, land, food and medical care.”
South African President Thabo Mbeki, a devout Marxist-Leninist trained in the former Soviet Union, has, in recent months, been forced to confront two of the ANC’s strongest allies: COSATU and the South African Communist Party, or SACP. Mbeki, who has designs on becoming the first president of a United States of Africa with a parliament based in Libya, has referred to COSATU and SACP as “ultra-leftists” aligned with the “right-wing” whites in South Africa. Those “right-wingers,” in his view, are actively engaging in a “counter-revolutionary” struggle against the ANC’s “national liberation” of South Africa from apartheid and white, anti-communist and anti-globalist rule.
The SACP recently has criticized Mbeki for abandoning the goals of national liberation in exchange for Western capital and the embracing of “neo-liberal” economic policies.
According to South Africa’s Marxists, the triumph of “neo-liberal economics” on a global scale began with the assent of Margaret Thatcher to power in the UK back in 1979. Since then, say the SACP and COSATU, the neo-liberal school of economics has led the ANC into a privatization scheme that has hurt South Africa’s black majority through a loss of jobs.
The ANC has sought to turn at least 35 percent of the economy over to black ownership under the guise of “black empowerment” within the next 10-15 years. When the ANC recently announced that all new mining ventures needed 51 percent black ownership, stock prices collapsed and the ANC backed off.
According to the SACP, “All too often what parades as ‘black economic empowerment’ is really personal enrichment at the expense of public property and is effective black economic disempowerment.”
Economists say the ANC hasn’t privatized much of the economy. At COSATU’s recent strike, low union turnout prompted the ANC to call the strike “a failure.” Per capita income in South Africa has risen 8 percent since 1996.
In responding to the criticisms of the SACP and COSATU, the ANC released a statement from its education policy unit. The statement read, in part, “The ANC has never been a communist party. It does not have a historic responsibility to overthrow and destroy the capitalist system. At the ANC’s national conferences, we decided that we would maintain ours as a mixed economy and that we would not approach the matters of both nationalization and privatization from an ideological position.”
Another coup for the ANC’s plans for an ethnic cleansing of white farmers, a la Namibia and Zibmabwe, was a recent decision from the Supreme Court of Appeals. This decision was nothing short of a legal earthquake on the issue of private property – especially white farm ownership. In the decision, the court established a broad interpretation of the Prevention of Illegal Eviction and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act. The law now gives legal rights to those who have been dispossessed or evicted, even legally, from land they once occupied. For example, if a black tenant with a lease on a certain piece of land for several years comes to the end of that lease, he can now stay on the land ad infinitum because he “once lawfully occupied the land.”
“Common-law principles on private property have been turned on their head,” Cape Town attorney Robert Higgins told WorldNetDaily.