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Your mother is a traitor

It wasn’t so long ago that I was sitting around a Lower Main cafe table surrounded by my beautiful friends. We drank wine and shot the breeze, someone had just come back from an exhibition, another was writing a show and everything seemed perfect. A vibrant exchange of ideas and a general steely celebratory resolve of all things lively…

 

shooting the breeze

shooting the breeze

Then someone started shouting, angrily, flared inflections and cutting glares everywhere. Someone was defending a statement I have never heard defended:

 

Mandela is a traitor.

 

The white liberal shock was palpable, never have I seen such a high horse, the equestrian satellite shot up and up and up and then Apollo Elevened itself all over the prior moment’s tranquillity. It stopped being a conversation and became a divorce trial, a dumbed up impasse where the defence and trial pressed for custody of the collective reason. Wild eyed gestures took their cues from wine fuelled softcore out of date revolutionary tracts stolen from UDF uncles and DA moms, no one had ever thrown a stone or stood in front of angry armour wearing gattas, they were just new people who knew people.

 

equestrian satelite

equestrian satelite

Here’s the kicker:

The national wealth of our country, the heritage of South Africans, shall be restored to the people;

The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole;

-The Freedom Charter

 

Madiba oversaw the creation of this document. The ANC is a democratic socialist party and won hearts & votes by sharing democratic socialist ideals.

 

That’s what lay at the heart of this accusation, that Madiba preached economically left leaning ideals and didn’t follow through, the accusation is that he simply went on subscribing to neo-liberal policies. It still happens today, we hear socialist hope preached, but our fatcats continue privatising state enterprises, awarding contracts to boards they sit on.

 

It has been said that the reason Tata decided to adopt centrist economic policies was to attract foreign investment. He opted for gradual change. Now, of course, saying these things opens a thousand debates, but let me try for clarity. I agree that he should have preached a softer socialism given his actions, the fact that Tata didn’t nationalise anything while president supports that.

 

Perhaps, if we had more serious politicians, things would go a little smoother. The fact that our economically centrist modus operandi, with willing buyer- willing seller models, accompanied by private mines and all the other cookie cut capitalist noise is floundering, due to corruption, says loads. The considerable amount of cash our imperialist modelled coffers have are already being wasted, why fill them any more?

 

Tata was right to turn the gas down on socialist reforms. We weren’t ready, the ANC wasn’t ready to handle such vast amounts of cash, they’re still not. Let’s consider this incomplete list of corruption scandals:

the invoice

the invoice

  • Arm’s deal
  • E-tolling
  • Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla Homestead Project (Project Prestige)
  • Nkandla Freeway Project
  • Misuse of the plastic bag levy funds
  • Police Buildings and the exorbitant lease saga
  • Travelgate
  • Tony Yengeni’s arrest
  • Jackie Selebi and everything about the trial
  • Jackie Selebi’s parole
  • Shabir Schaik’s trial
  • Schabir Shaik’s parole
  • Richard Mdluli’s slush fund
  • Richard Mdluli’s abuse of safe houses
  • Richard Mdluli’s travel agency scam
  • Richard Mdluli’s abuse of state owned vehicles
  • Manto Tshabalala-Msimang’s liver transplant
  • Nathi Mtethwa’s private residence upgrade with public funds
  • Julius Malema’s Limpopo feeding programme
  • Ntau Letebele’s transport tender in Limpopo
  • Julius Malema’s transport tender in Limpopo
  • School feeding schemes in the Eastern Cape
  • Ms Dina Pule and the ITC Indaba
  • Limpopo textbooks saga
  • Moses Kotane Development Agency corruption
  • Msunduzi municipality officials using more than R1m of taxpayers’ money to fund an ANC rally.
  • Mthatha corruption case over fraudulent legal jobs didn’t exist
  • Ekurhuleni municipality corruption in awarding water meter contracts to Lesira-Teq
  • Thaba Chweu local municipality’s misuse of R3m in 2009
  • Endemic corruption at Nala Local Municipality to the point that treasury have cut them off
  • Desiree Tlhoaele’s axing after going after corrupt officials in sports, arts and culture
  • Viking testing station’s corrupt examiners
  • Police officers Linda Mlambo and Mahlang Shaku fraudulenty conning motorists out of cash
  • Sandton officers arrested for corruption after extorting money from a motorists
  • Willie Hofmeyer’s axing
  • Mvula Trust and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs’ job creation fraud to the tune of hundreds of millions of rands
  • Government’s endemic over-use and over-pay of consultants
  • Glynnis Breytenbach’s axing
  • The spy-tape saga
  • Thosan Panday corruption in KZN
  • KZN’s misuse of R785m in 2011
  • Madibeng municipality awarding millions in tenders to its own employees
  • Madibeng municipality’s taxation scam with its employees
  • Madibeng municipality paying money to fictitious companies for fictitious work
  • Madibeng municipality paying for funerals that never took place
  • Madibeng municipality paying for home renovations for its employees
  • Taung municipality paying triple digit increases without consultation
  • Morake Incorporated Attorneys & the Rustenburg provincial department – R13m paid in fees for a disciplinary hearing
  • Endemic corruption at Mbhashe municipality to the point of the mayor and 7 others being fired
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Rustenburg and Madibeng local municipalities
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Moses Kotane
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Bojanala District
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Ventersdorp
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Greater Taung
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Tswaing
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Ramotshere Moiloa
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Mahikeng
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Dr Kenneth Kaunda District
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Maquassi Hill
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Moretele
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Lekwa-Teemane
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Ngaka
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Modiri Molema District
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Ditsobotla
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Kagisano
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Kgetlengrivier
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Ratlou
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Dr Ruth Mompati District
  • Corruption exposed by SIU at Naledi Local Municipality
  • Awarding of tenders to Vivian Reddy following Zuma intervention
  • Twenty five cases, involving R768 827 043 in KZN in 2010 alone
  • The Glen Agliotti case
  • Diverting of public funds to Swazi King
  • Diverting of public funds to Robert Mugabe
  • Diverting of public funds to Zanu-PF
  • Funding of military equipment in Zimbabwe with SA public funds
  • Zuma’s corruption in numerous cases prior to his presidency
  • Fraud, corruption, tender-rigging, kickbacks and irregular appointments at Tshwane municipality
  • Endemic corruption at the heart of Mpumalanga municipality including physical violence to avoid publication of facts
  • Public Works’ endemic misuse of public funds for private residences of government officials, disguised as security upgrades.
  • Public Works leasing back property from its own employees for official use, while footing the initial bill too
  • BEE fronting for SAPS land deals outside of the main contract for PTA head office through Roux Shabangu
  • R2.4bn in improper bonuses paid out by SABC to directors
  • SABC paying fictitious staff
  • ANC controlling SABC with threats of fund withdrawals
  • SABC awarding tenders to its own employees
  • Ekurhuleni employees signing off on deals that do not exist
  • Land fraud in KZN worth R50m involving three officials and a businessman for farms and other properties
  • Department of arts and culture misuse of R42m during the soccer world cup
  • Loss of dockets relating to high profile corruption cases
  • Education department officials involved in examination selling
  • Parastatals’ inflated sponsorship of events hosted by the Guptas and New Age
  • New Age website having massive funds diverted its way from government budgets without readership stats to speak of
  • The City of Johannesburg rigging a large tender in favour of Regiments, an ANC-connected empowerment firm central to a consortium that made the JHB mayor’s wife a *multimillionaire.
  • On-Point Engineering securing Limpopo tenders through Julius Malema and his accomplices
  • Amathole district municipality awarding irregular tenders relating to vehicle tracking
  • John Block’s R112m tender fraud relating to water purification equipment
  • Gaston Savoi’s R112m tender fraud relating to water purification equipment
  • DoC official awarding R500k tender to his wife
  • Martin Masemola from Dept of Minerals & Energy receiving financial kickbacks and land for favours to friends and family
  • Bosasa and Correctional Services corruption to the tune of R3bn in tender rigging
  • Public Works corrupt relationship with Saab and the blacked out agreements that not even they are entitled to
  • R63 million tender fraud at Limpopo traffic department involving Mbhazima Sithole, 45, Felix Baloyi, 34, Mphateleni Musubu, 43, and Lufuno Muladi, 27, all directors of various companies that secured tenders illegally
  • Gauteng Finance dept awarding R23m in IT tenders fraudulently
  • Kelly Group securing labour broking tenders worth R372m by BEE fronting
  • Eastern Cape health department and their tender fraud worth over R800m in just one single case
  • Obed Mlaba securing tenders to the value of R3bn in KZN
  • KZN misuse of public money to the tune of R532m in 2009
  • Public Works in Limpopo involved in tender fraud for undisclosed sum late last year
  • Tshwane kickback scheme for tenders to the tune of R1b
  • Tshwane maladministration in their financial dept for undisclosed sum
  • Philemon Mohlahlane (ex Land Bank CEO) embezzling R19m out of the Land Bank for his personal and business use
  • Prestige Portfolio tender corruption at Public Works as investigated by SIU (this appears to be linked to Project prestige – Zuma’s development)
  • Bobby Motaung’s multi-million rand fraud involving stadium tenders
  • Ekurhuleni Metro IT tender for R21m that was used to buy Porsches and Mercs
  • Limpopo transport tender fraud of R63m
  • Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale’s influence in awarding tenders
  • Buffalo City Metro tender fraud of R12m
  • Ekurhuleni Chief Financial Officer Mr Zakes Myeza, Chief Director Water and Sanitation Mr Slindokuhle Hadebe, Acting Head of Department of then Roads and Stormwater Mr Moses Maliba, Junior Official Water and Sanitation Ms Nomusa Malimabe and Independent Contractor Mr Miyelani Holeni’s all involved in tender fraud worth R166m
  • Julius’ cousing Tshepo Malema involved in corruption and fraud through the government worth R63m
  • Pikitup tender fraud relating to contracts awarded through City of Johannesburg for undisclosed sum
  • Vivian Reddy’s company awarded an inflated contract of R1.25bn for smart electricity meter reading in Joburg despite never having done anything like it before
  • Xhariep district mayor Mongi Ntwanambi’s fraudulent travel expenses claims costing half a million rand a year
  • Free State Government paying R140million for their website created with a $40 WordPress template
  • Limpopo Health’s unaccounted for R739m tender spend for 2012
  • Gauteng Health’s R1bn corruption in 2010
  • ANC’s investment body, Chancellor House, receiving yet another state tender worth billions of rands
  • ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House, receiving millions from the Medupi & Kusile deals
  • ANC’s investment arm, Chancellor House, to benefit significantly from R40bn Eskom tenders
  • The spending of more than R13.5m on Nomvula Mokonyane’s home. A home that was purchased for R11.5m

 

rainbow shower

rainbow shower

What Tata ushered in was a primer for post capitalism, it’s our turn to take the helm with suggestions that sharing isn’t an all together kak idea. Radical transition would have fucked everything up, but then again, so is today’s apathy.

 

First off we need the Scorpions back, in a double dose of near untouchable glory. There’s no way the electorate, or the economic right, will take socialist shit from a bunch of bastards pulling off shit from the likes of the list above. We need to see heads roll, proper.

Consider French revolution.

Find synonyms for guillotine.

 

Once the fiscal beast has been neutered we can start talking about aggressive sharing, but until the Zuma administration stops revamping international embassies, splurging on luxury cars and buying quarter of a BILLION rand compounds, what point is there to nationalisation? We need an honest administration, step number uno.

 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela did not betray us, he girded our national assets from thieving pretend friends to politics and social change. We gave our political elite a simple job; don’t be kak, and they failed us.

 

The implementation of democratic socialist paradigms can’t be given to political wankjobs; Breitling watches and 1.2 million Rand communist owned cars need to be off the menu. So do Sandton homes, private use of airbases and hundreds other things I’ve not mentioned.

 

Rolihlahla is colloquial for ‘trouble maker’. Pretty cool right.

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May 22, 2013 Early Tilt