By Don Boys, PhD:
I had a good friend who often said, “Everything rises and falls on leadership.” He built one of America’s first mega churches, a large Baptist University, a free summer camp for children of all races, a long running radio ministry, and a very active city mission that helped thousands of homeless people.
With that principle in mind, we can understand why South Africa is in chaos today. Their leaders have been disastrous, deceitful, and dangerous Communists. Under the white minority government of apartheid, many of the white officials were racists but they were efficient, educated, leaders. The Blacks that have ruled since the end of apartheid have been dishonest, decadent, even dumb. That is obvious when reading their bios.
Nelson Mandela promised all South Africans: “Under a Communist Party government, South Africa will become a land of milk and honey….There will be enough land and houses for all. There will be no unemployment, starvation and disease. Workers will earn decent wages; transport will be cheap and education free.” Well, every person in South Africa knows that did not happen and the mendacious, malicious, and murderous terrorists in the African National Congress (ANC) had no plans to keep that promise. The ANC has controlled the nation since apartheid officials were sent back to the farm and Mandela became President.
Even Archbishop Desmond Tutu refused to vote for ANC candidates in the last election according to South Africa’sMail and Guardian newspaper in May of 2013. Tutu described South Africa as “the most unequal society in the world” and he added that corruption, unaccountability, and weaknesses in the constitution were key issues that needed to be addressed.
That’s one time, and maybe the only time, I’ve agreed with Tutu.
Mandela and other terrorists at the ANC and the South African Communist Party (SACP) got a free ride on the Gravy Train while poor Blacks were left standing at the station covered with soot with the echoes of We Shall Overcomeringing in their ears.
Fools in the free world put their trust is a corrupt, cruel, combative Communist with an appealing smile and kind voice and now the productive nation is on the toboggan slide to disaster. And it seems unlikely for anyone anywhere to do anything about the chaos that is swiftly approaching.
When Mandela died, he was replaced by Thabo Mbeki, also a member of the ANC who served from 1999 to 2008. He had a year of military training at the Lenin International School in Moscow. During his tenure, the South African economy grew an average of 4.5% per year and the black middle class was greatly expanded because of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE).
The BEE policy requires any company seeking government contracts to have only 8% white workers. It is affirmative action on stilts. Highly educated white engineers and scientists fled the country for greener pastures. This is just one of many reasons why the water, electric, and other utilities are not producing what is required of them.
Archbishop Tutu declared that Black Economic Empowerment only serves a few black elites, leaving millions in “dehumanising poverty.” That’s the second time I’ve agreed with the Archbishop!
In 2004, President Thabo Mbeki attacked the media who argued that violent crime was out of control in South Africa. He called the media white racists who wanted the country to fail. He said crime was falling but some journalists were distorting reality by depicting black people as “barbaric savages” who liked to rape and kill. Sounds as if he was accusing the media of fake news and I know another President who has made the same charge.
Mbeki received heaps of symbolic coals of fire on his head worldwide when he questioned the link between HIV and AIDS. Then his popularity plunged further when he banned antiretroviral drugs in public hospitals. In November 2008,The New York Times reported that due to Mbeki’s rejection of scientific consensus on AIDS, an estimated 365,000 people had perished in South Africa.
The President felt impressed to resign.
At the resignation of Mbeki, Kgalema Motlanthe ruled about seven months from September of 2008 to 2009. Although raised by Anglican parents (with plans to enter the priesthood), he was influenced by the Black Panther Movement in the United States and the rising Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. He was a member of the SACP and ANC. The former altar boy was found guilty of terrorism and sentenced to ten years in prison being released in 1987.
He was a member of the militant wing of the ANC. For a while, he espoused the discredited views of Mbeki on AIDS but soon backed off. After he resigned as President, he served as Deputy President in the next administration.
The fourth President was Jacob Zuma (who ruled from 2009 to 2018) who has six wives and 22 children. With an incredibly corrupt past, he was chosen President, and he made the most of it for himself and his cronies. He was tried for raping the AIDS-infected daughter of an ANC friend according the Daily Mail. The Mail quoted Zuma as telling the court in 2006, “In the Zulu culture, you cannot just leave a woman if she is ready. To deny her sex, that would have been tantamount to rape.” He told the court the sex was consensual and it was his duty to have sex with her because she wore a short African wrap and he could not leave her “unfulfilled.”
What happened to all the feminists in South Africa? No, what happened to decent men and women of all tribes and races in that beleaguered nation? Honest voters would not elect him to clean out village latrines.
A Johannesburg court declared him not guilty of rape which I think was a correct decision but they did not declare him not guilty of stupidity. Nothing can help with stupidity.
He shocked everyone by admitting he knew she was HIV positive but said he wasn’t afraid of being infected since he took a shower following the alleged rape! (See end of previous paragraph.)
But then, it is South Africa.
He challenged parliament to change South Africa’s constitution to allow the expropriation of white owned land without compensation! Of course, honest people knew that was usually called thievery in polite circles. But Zuma is known as a thief having spent 15 million rand of government funds to remodel his private home.
Zuma ruled like an ancient, oriental king as President for nine tumultuous years. The scandal-ridden President whose middle name means “one who smiles while causing you harm” in Zulu still faces 783 charges of corruption, fraud, and racketeering. Moreover, he alienated all white land owners and even principled Blacks when he said, “People of South Africa, where you see a beautiful land, take it, it belongs to you.”
His outrageous counsel is said to be justified because Blacks make up four-fifths of the population but only own 4% of the farms. However, those farms have been in many of those white families for more than 300 years! Their Dutch and British ancestors carved those farms out of the jungle. They did not take any land from any Blacks yet unprincipled politicians are playing the role of dishonest demagogues to win support from the unsophisticated, uneducated, and unaware black voters.
The white farmers’ groups were appalled at the illegal land-grab saying, its members would consider land expropriation without compensation as “a declaration of war.”
Zuma’s land-grab should not have surprised anyone since he had been a member of the Communist Party since he was a youth–an active ANC member.
Zuma staggered from one scandal to another after being elected to office in 2009 and reelected in 2014. His ANC party has been challenged and pulled even further left by pressure from the radical Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), led by Julius Malema. Zuma boasted that his ANC party would stay in power until “Jesus comes.”
At Zuma’s State of the Nation address to Parliament after his reelection, members of the EFF interrupted his speech and a fistfight broke out in an incredible, chaotic display of politics. It seems the EFF leader, Julius Malema insisted on knowing when Zuma would repay the 15 million rand he illegally spent on updating his home. The brawl looked as if it was staged by Larry, Curly, and Mo. There was some eye poking and hair pulling but I did not see any pies thrown at the “loyal opposition” leaders.
Zuma received “overwhelming” support from the ANC until they could not live with the embarrassment and humiliation caused by his scandalous actions. After years of outrageous behavior, his buddies at the ANC turned on him and forced him out of office in 2018. I suppose he left to spend more time with his family (isn’t that always the reason?) but with his many wives and 22 children, he needs a lot of time. It seems that morality, decency, and character are not necessary if you are the right color and carry the right card–Black as to color and Red as to politics. But then, even Communists must face reality eventually.
Cyril Ramaphosa succeeded Zuma as President in 2018 and, following the lead of the ANC, promoted a change in the constitution to allow the government to confiscate farms owned by white people! He has said that a “legal” confiscation without compensation will encourage economic growth! Of course, it will not help the economic growth of white people but in a racist government, that doesn’t matter. Furthermore, no sane person believes the economy will improve, the stock market will soar, and everyone (Whites and Blacks) will sing Kumbaya around a Maypole.
According to City Press last month, authorities began their land grab against white land owners of two game farms in the northern province of Limpopo after negotiations with the owners to purchase the properties failed. The government usually offers one-tenth, if anything, of what the land is worth. In early August, City Press reported the government had drawn up a list of 139 farms the government planned to seize “to test out” the constitutional right to confiscate land from unwilling sellers.
A government audit conducted in 2017 found that Whites owned 72 per cent of private farmland in South Africa, a nation with 4.5 million white people which is almost 9% of the population. But then, those farms have been in those white families for generations! Their Dutch and British ancestors cleared the land, drained the swamps, and build their farms and don’t plan on walking away from them.
AgriSA said about 20 per cent of South Africa’s farms produce 80 per cent of the food that feeds millions of people in southern Africa. However, that is not enough to feed the population and the struggling nation is importing food.
According to a UN report Why Has Africa Become a Net Food Importer?, the main reasons are “population growth, low and stagnating agricultural productivity, policy distortions, weak institutions and poor infrastructure.” Of course, that is obviously true in South Africa.
I predict that this will simply be another version of Zimbabwe: murder, terror, chaos, economic disaster with investments and Whites fleeing South Africa as it plunges into darkness.
Fearful and disgruntled farmers are unable to sell their land because everyone knows it will be taken by the government sooner or later. Probably sooner than later. Earlier this month, cattle farmer Jo-an Engelbrecht told theABC’s foreign correspondent his farm just outside Johannesburg was now “worth zero.” Engelbrecht said, “We had several auctions in the last two or three weeks cancelled because there was no people interested in buying the land. Why would anyone buy a farm knowing the government was going to take it?”
There has also been no consideration of what forced expropriation of private farms would do to the already anemic economy. It would produce a tsunami of defaults on real estate mortgages that would precipitate a world class banking crisis and inevitable recession.
Fact: If there are no farmers, there is no future and with such leaders, it is no surprise to any realist.
The Daily Mail ended an article with this cryptic comment that if the nation continues on its downward path, “it won’t matter who ends up president of this magical, troubled country. They will be fighting to be King of the ashes.”
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