The African National Congress (ANC) sent a mediation team to the Republic of Zimbabwe and met with the governing party Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) on the 9th September 2020. The day after they delivered a Joint Communique on the 10th September 2020, which haven’t gotten the best press either.
In this game, the ANC couldn’t win. They didn’t raise the stakes and neither did they address the needs of Zimbabwe. The ANC or the South African delegation to Zimbabwe only met with on party and didn’t even try to seek grievances elsewhere. Because, ZANU-PF the ruling regime will not tell the truth, neither will they address the issues at hand. That will make their ills and violence naked to the world to see. Something that would be stupid for them and they don’t want the neighbour to that for them.
Therefore, the ANC and the South African playing this soft has backfired. They didn’t do anything and also gotten nothing to bring home. They are going to a barbecue, but they don’t have meat or a salad. They are coming empty handed and hoping to eat a feast.
The ANC should have known and been prepared, alas it seems like a fishing expedition. ZANU-PF are now disowning and discrediting ANC. They are playing out all their cards and mocking the ANC. There is nothing they are not saying or touching on, which cannot be thrown back at them. Still, they are doing it for one reason. To make an insult of self-defence.
They are claiming Mbeki was invited, while this time they came on their own. Not like the ANC wasn’t coming there as a representation of the African Union, which Ramaphosa is the leader of right now. Mnangagwa knows that and the ZANU-PF knows that too. SADC have been silent on Zimbabwe too… so they have gotten off easy considering the issues that is living out in the Republic.
ZANU-PF knows about this and their methods to silence critics and dissidents. The state of affairs is this way and instead of addressing that. Take accountability and being transparent about that. The ZANU-PF throws shade ANC. Saying all kind of ridicule and being ridiculous… like the younger sibling teasing the older sibling. We have seen it all before and ZANU-PF plays it to a T.
If the ones in-charge in Harare things this is a smooth move and brilliant PR. They are clearly misguided. Yes, it helps their backers and the ones in power. However, they are not getting more friends or even getting positive feedback from the international community.
ANC should have played this differently and not rushed this out so quick. Yes, there was an outcry and legitimately so… there are plenty of violations and issues, which the ZANU-PF doesn’t want to change. Because, that means they have to answer for their actions, which they are not interested in doing.
With all of this in mind, the ANC couldn’t have made a difference. There is no will from the authorities in Harare anyway. That is why they are deflecting and showing no remorse in the media in the days after. They are even vilifying the ANC. That is to the extent the ZANU-PF goes too further their own interests. ZANU-PF only did this, because they felt they had too. Not because they wanted too.
So, Ramaphosa, AU and SADC have to see what has happen after the meeting and ask for an invitation with a mandate. Because, what they did now was a lot of nothing with no results and getting a lot unnecessary scrutiny, which they could have prepared before leaving South Africa. Alas, they didn’t and with the haste to intervene. They have only lost on both fronts and ZANU-PF is only showing their true face… Peace.
If it was a lecture of how to defend yourself and make you into an angle. The letter of former President Jacob G. Zuma would be in classrooms in the future and be studied. To be a proof of someone delusional and defensive as can be.
That Zuma answered to the private letter of his successor Ramaphosa wasn’t shocking. Neither was it unexpected in a way. As the man with a plan, as the man with the schemes and as the man who enriched himself in the time in office. He wouldn’t give way and be silent.
Zuma wants to be free of the shackles. Zuma wants to be out of the legal conundrum and stop the Capture of State Inquiry. As all the commission does is to undermine his legacy and his work. All the things he did to get wealthy, get connected and ensure family heirlooms to his own. Because, that is what it does.
Zuma knows how he used his time in office. He even tried to defend a pool in Nkandla as a “fire-pool”. The man built a village, owns a mansion in either Dubai and such. This is what values he was able to get during his tenure in power.
The former President knows this. Instead using “white-monopoly” and blame gaming the approach of Ramaphosa. It is all to throw shade and blame elsewhere. Because, the former president cannot be seen as “criminal” and someone who was “corrupt”. Even if the whole Republic knows and the evidence is gathered against him. There is enough shady deals with the Gupta’s and others. To ensure Zuma having a hard time in the Courts.
Zuma can play like a fool. Use words and describe things. However, it is all done to save himself. He uses the ANC and the party as a shield in his writing. I’m not saying the white minority doesn’t have a huge advantage economically in South Africa. Because, that would be a lie. There are plenty of folks who are living well. Also, a new middle class who has been created in the years of the ANC. Nevertheless, the former President doesn’t mention that. As that doesn’t fit his narrative.
While the impoverished communities haven’t been saved or salvaged. The society is still broken economically and a huge divide between the rich and poor. Zuma have not changed this in his time. Neither has Ramaphosa. The grand corruption have persisted within both administrations and Zuma cannot run away from that.
He only mentions a deal made during Mbeki. However, not mentioning all the Eskom, Gupta family involved deals or anything else. However, only pushing on one story to vindicate himself. Even, as he claims in the letter. That this is not his intent.
Zuma has his Nkandla, the village project and the amassed wealth. He lived like a king in the years in power. A letter like this cannot disguise that or even take that away.
That’s why he knows what he has done. While trying to act hurt by the criminal process and the inquiries. However, that is needed. If the republic was to ever challenge the behaviour of corruption. Since, he was the head of state and still he ate good. A bit to good and also money, which wasn’t intended his way. Nevertheless, he still ate it and enjoyed the perks. Peace.
“To be quite clear, I am not suggesting that corruption is only a problem of our movement. Nor am I suggesting that corruption is widespread among our membership or leadership. In fact, I know that the overwhelming majority of ANC members and leaders strongly oppose corruption, patronage and all other forms of criminality” (Ramaphosa, 23.08.2020).
You can come with all intent and purposes. The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa can write to his ruling party. Promise and says nice words of procedure, protocol and be against corruption. However, the state owned enterprises, the foreign investors giving kickbacks and state tender operations are filled with corrupt behaviour.
That is something African National Congress (ANC) and the whole state apparatus know. That the President on the 23rd August 2020 writes that he wants to eradicate and get rid of it is a bit late. There been running grand corruption scandals back in time to when Thabo Mbeki was President. Jacob Zuma evolved it and made it more rampant. Ensure he could build a village on it and get his family members employed because of it.
Within Ramaphosa’s time it has continued. While the Capture of State enquiry, investigation and criminal case against has continued. Still, there is revealed cases, enterprises where things are fixed and government wastage of funds. In a manner, which the ANC knows, they are deliberate about it and endures this system. They are becoming billionaires and millionaires on the misfortune of others.
That is why the letter today from Ramaphosa is more of a Publicity Stunt. The state isn’t combatting this. Unless, they want to take down not only former public officials, ministers and other stalwarts of the party. If the party is sincere, they would take the big-fish and the close associates of the President that does what the party have done over the years.
It is a reason, why the practices done during the time of Mbeki, Zuma and now Ramaphosa continues.
Even before all this:
“Even former President Nelson Mandela admitted to the widespread existence of corruption in the ANC when he said in August 1998 that: “We have learnt now that even those people with whom we fought the struggle against apartheid’s corruption can themselves be corrupted.” (UDM – ‘COMRADES IN CORRUPTION IIITHE REAL STATE OF THE NATION’, June 2012).
So, the ANC is known for this. It is all sort of scandals, deals and tenders that are misused for the profits of the high ranking officials of the state. A state run by the liberation party, ANC. When Mandela even could see it back in the day. Why don’t you think we can see it now in 2020.
The ANC got rid of Zuma after his open corrupt behaviour and gotten rid of some skeletons in the closet. However, most of his cadres, appointments and leaders within the ANC is the same. The ones who worked directly and indirectly with Zuma in his reign. Therefore, if Ramaphosa wanted a clean slate. He would have considered people who aren’t tainted, but he didn’t. Ramaphosa himself has his own questionable behaviour and haven’t even answered the public outcry to know how he funded his recent election campaign in 2017.
So, if he wants to oppose it. He should start with his garden and show the flowers. If there are bees or if it vermin. We need to know, so we know what is grass, sand of if there is a hidden treasure on his plot. The same should be done by the ANC. Not only in talk, but in action as well. Peace.
Douglas Mwonzora have recalled 6 MDC-Alliance MPs from Parliament directly overturning six elections. This is the combined efforts with Thokozani Khupe of the Movement for Democratic Change – Tsvangirai (MDC-T) use of the Courts to invalidate the MDC-Alliance.
These two are now using all their force to undermine and takeaway the little manpower MDC-Alliance has in Parliament. They are working on behalf of ZANU-PF to disperse and silence MDC-Alliance. It is so obvious.
The 6 MPs in questions aren’t important per say, but they are victims of a vindictive and destructive measure. Done only to solidify and contribute to the limited space of real opposition in the Republic. As ZANU-PF have the MDC-T as mercenaries, whose only job is to manhunt and use their platform to go against MDC-Alliance.
The MDC-T doesn’t have a policy, a manifesto or works to betterment of the Republic. No, they are just meal-ticket politicians who works for the ideals and goals of ZANU-PF. They could be members of the ruling regime. Because, all the works is only to stifle the efforts and stop a organization from properly being working.
Khupe and Mwonzora must be so proud of themselves and their activities, as the moles and cadres of ZANU-PF. These are only “opposition” in name, but in action they could just be another swindling corrupt PFee. There is no difference between them and the ZANU-PF anymore.
That they are now doing this. Recalling 6 MPs who is not on their ticket. They are indirectly claiming power to do what they feel with MDC-Alliance. Shows how far the state has taken powers to undermine the opposition. They are indirectly running the opposition and themselves. Done so by partisan courts to use Khupe and Mwonzora as their pawns.
Douglas and Thokozani must be so proud, as they can walk to Mnangagwa and say “jobs done”. “Where is our envelope, my lord?” and “when is the check coming our way?”. “We did like we promised and have done what we could to cause chaos within the parties”.
These people are willing to do so for a short term gain. These silver coins will not last forever. However, their reputation and their standing is shattered. People cannot trust them. Khupe and Mwonzora will struggle when the days of this administration has ended. They know they traded away their office and future for some mediocre cash advances. However, these will not fill their stomachs for long.
Sooner or later, the ZANU-PF see less value, as their mission of destruction has paid off. Then, they will let them rot. Because, why use someone who has already achieved what they were aiming for? That is redundant.
Khupe and Mwonzora, your are winning right now, but that will not last forever. At one point you will be done. Then you have soiled your name and there is no return from that. Peace.
“Going forward, we remain committed to working well with the church to advance the national development agenda, as a united people. However it is most unfortunate when men of the cloth begin to use the pulpit to advance a nefarious agenda for detractors of our country. Those who want to enter the political realm are welcome to do so. They must come out and form political parties” – President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Politburo (19.08.2020).
On the 14th August 2020, the Catholic Bishops Conference wrote a Pastoral Letter called ‘The March Not Ended’. The ruling regime have gone hostile to the message in it and the intention of the clergy doing so. They are offended, that the leadership of the Catholic church in the Republic would write such a letter.
However, even as the ZANU-PF have attacked the writings and called it even “genocidal”. The other churches, lawyers and CSOs have come in the defence of the letter. As a sign of solidarity as the Catholic Bishops are singled out for their outcry.
We are seeing that the President is relentless, unforgiving and not willing to listen to pleas from the Men of God. The President doesn’t want to see their perspective or understanding, as these men and their grievances are real. They are living in it day-to-day and are seeing what is happening to their parishioners.
This message from the President is condescending too. The voices of the clergy, the bishops only matter if they joins a party. Is he kidding me? The voice of the army was fine and dandy, as long as it brought you back from temporary exile?
If politics and the state matters for everyone. Everyone should be allowed to discuss and call out their grievances. That should be simple, even for the blurred mind of the President. He only wants the voices that is in favour of his game-plan and his reign. Not the ones of dissent. That is obvious too. That is why the abductions, arrests and court challenges to everyone daring to offend the don aka His Excellency.
The bishops dared to speak out. Now they are told to join a party. That is insane, they just want the best for their members and their believers. They want the best society for the ones of faith. That is not bananas, but a basic. The regime should want this too, but they rather go into the trenches and shoot. Than actually understand why ‘The March Not Ended’.
Because, if the President and his allies had understood or grasped the deep depression of the pastoral letter. They had maybe addressed it differently, however, these folks doesn’t care. As long as they have the authority and rules supreme.
Mnangagwa will not go for a confession soon, neither would he repent either. However, it would be refreshing if he used his two ears and listen for ones. If he did listen to someone for once. He might understand the pain and suffering his putting people through. Alas, he wants to live lavish, while the public suffers. That is his game and plays it like a professional. Peace.