Out with the old, in with the old. Well, the war has never ended. The onslaught to break up and destroy the African National Congress has been moved from the old military war during the times of the "cold war" to the levels of immorality and propaganda. The factual history is deliberately not only ignored. It is re-written. This time it is based on disinformation, gossip, hearsay, urban legends and dubious leaks.
The country's corporate mainstream media hails archbishop Desmond Tutu, Dr Mamphela Rampele, Mosiuoa Lekota, the Pityana brothers, Zwelinzima Vavi, institutionalised and mischievous academic analysts and some miniscule political opposition leaders as moral apostles, condemning the ruling ANC as having "lost the moral compass" and being "leaderless".
It would be interesting to know why former close friends and comrades, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma fell out. Why would Thabo Mbeki want to send his former friend and comrade to prison? Which line did Zuma cross to be haunted since 2003? Why that extraordinary focus on one man and his leadership team?
The answer why Jacob Zuma remains in the focus of propagandist attacks
Re-elected ANC president Jacob Zuma reaffirmed the power of the ANC branches countrywide at the ruling party's historic Conference in Mangaung in December 2012. In other words, the power of the branches that had been manipulated and whittled away by Thabo Mbeki was rebuilt under the rule of Jacob Zuma.
The recalled, former president of the ANC and of South Africa had exposed the ruling party and its history to the damaging sabotage of the "former" enemy. If Mbeki had succeeded to receive a third term in office, the branches would have ceased to exist.
In addition to having had to allow the collapse of notorious forces such as the Special Branch (SB) of the former South African Police Force; others such as the disbanded police unit, Koevoet (Crowbar) in Namibia; the covert arm of the former apartheid defence force's military intelligence (MI), the Civil Cooperation Bureau (CCB) as well as members of the former ruling party of colonial-apartheid South Africa, by then the New National Party (NNP), a huge army of informers was deployed into the ANC. This was terrifying as it was undermining. It was a different warfare that was rolled out in the 1980s. The ANC's moral high ground has since been under attack. It is a destructive plan with no respect for life and one goal only - the total destruction of the ANC.
Non-heroes traded as "struggle icons"
Let us line up the moral high priests of the corporate media, the architects of apartheid, or captains of industry, the churches and civil society.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond P. Tutu headed the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) in 1995. Tutu had the power to investigate all areas and levels of the former apartheid regime, which the United Nations had declared as 'a crime against humanity'.
Tutu's commissioners should have asked from the onset, why apartheid was defined as 'a crime against humanity'? In other words, what exactly it did to earn that international outrage. What damages were meted out against human beings in and from South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Lesotho, Swaziland and Zimbabwe? The apartheid regime under the cloak of that so-called "cold war" had killed about 15 million indigenous Africans.
The disrespect for human life based on race and colour of the skin was evident in the farm killings, at the work place, in the jails and in the mines. So were and still are the daily humiliations. When indigenous Africans failed to produce their ID, they were detained and sold on to farmers for cheap labour. They were killed mercilessly.
For example, under colonial-apartheid black men had to get to the notorious pass office at No 80 Albert Street in Johannesburg's inner city in order to receive their passes. There they had to strip naked in front of a handful of white staff, including young white women, to be "medically inspected".
Does this not remind one of that so-called piece of art, exposing the genitals of re-elected President Jacob Zuma, exhibited in the Goodman gallery in Johannesburg's suburb of Rosebank in May 2012? Are those the hailed "freedom of expression", "freedom of the media", "freedom of association" and whatever else those "freedoms" might be called? It seems rather like character assassination. It is an abuse of democracy.
The victims of that godless and heartless crime of apartheid received a mere thirty thousand Rand for what they had to endure.
Archbishop Tutu never dealt with any of those crimes against humanity, neither did his TRC. In fact, Tutu never queried, nor exposed the heart of apartheid, the 'Afrikaaner Broederbond (ABB)', which had brought apartheid into the church. The archbishop never addressed the mentality of the agents of apartheid, their laws and their judiciary. It is on record that the judiciary supported the Afrikaaner Broederbond (ABB) and the apartheid laws, implementing laws without questioning them.
Some of the same judges sit in the Constitutional Court, High Courts, Supreme Courts and the Appeal Court, pretending to be the white knights in shining armour to the general public.
Today it is clear that the TRC was merely used to cover up the crimes of apartheid instead of exposing them. To this day, South Africans are still paying dearly for it when they are being confused to accept abuse in the form of so-called democratic "freedoms" of the media, arts, cartoonists and satirists. To this day indigenous Africans are being humiliated and undermined. The attempts to undermine the leadership of the ANC and government as part of the build-up to the ANC Conference in Mangaung by the corporate media, banks, industry, churches and civil society is a case in point. Their paymasters in the shadows have not yet come out. It is crucial to follow the money trail.
It is a known fact that archbishop Desmond Tutu was never a member of the ANC. When he travelled to Oslo, Norway, in December 1984, his entourage did not include any ANC members. Most of them belonged to the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM).
The archbishop did nothing to expose and thus, to curb such abuse. He was unable and not prepared to unify South Africa. Tutu's legacy is based on massive media propaganda. Many indigenous African leaders in South Africa and in the rest of this continent describe the archbishop as a "confidence trickster and limelight addict". Tutu's public announcement that he would pray for the downfall of the ANC and its government is on record. His hateful criticism of the ruling party is known.
Some of the most senior ANC NEC and ANC NWC members told this writer: 'History will never absolve archbishop Desmond Tutu for what he has done, when he legitimised apartheid's crimes against humanity.'
The media's other moral apostle is Dr Mamphela Ramphele. She serves as chairperson on the board of Goldfields Mining, advocating the mechanisation of the mining industry in South Africa. In other words, with her guidance mineworkers will lose their jobs. As a "struggle icon", Ramphele never spoke out against the amoral hostels mining companies had set up for their labour force.
Of course, it would be in the public interest why Dr Ramphele earned her status as a "struggle icon" in South Africa's media, because she is known to have committed adultery with the murdered BCM leader, Steve Bantu Biko. The BCM leader was a married man with children when Ramphele had an affair with him. They have a son, Hlumelo Biko, who was born out of wedlock after Biko's death.
Liberals, political opposition, civil society and the media packaged Dr Mamphela Ramphele as moralist, telling South Africa to aspire to her moral regeneration. The delegates at the ANC Conference in December 2012 in Mangaung openly criticised Dr Ramphele, "She is no benchmark of moral standards. Dr Ramphele is not a member of the ANC, has no credibility and no following."
The Pityana brothers, Barney and Sipho, were described as "definitely not true-blue ANC cadres, who joined the movement later. They originate from the Black Consciousness," this writer was informed.
Barney Pityana was in the leadership of the BCM. The Pityana brothers, the "Anyone But Zuma (ABZ)" group inside the ANC, as well as those who left with the Congress of the People (COPE) after Polokwane in December 2007, are all part of recalled former "president Thabo Mbeki's inner circle". "They have no credibility and carry no weight within the ANC", senior members of the ruling party explained. Mbeki seems to continue to be politically very active through his minions.
The leader of the Congress of the People (COPE), Mosiuoa (Terror) Lekota's character and political understanding could be summed up through his associations.
A respected senior ANC NEC member explained, "We had to warn Lekota about some of the company he kept then." He also said, "Lekota tried to infiltrate the ANC and failed. He now tries to break up the ANC and will fail again, no matter how noisy and confrontational he is in Parliament and the media."
From the above research and analysis, Thabo Mbeki's associations are indeed clear too.
So much for the moralists and their push to take charge of South Africa.
Udo Froese is a non-institutionalised, independent political and socio-economic analyst and columnist, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.