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…
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 Wild eyed gestures took their cues from wine fuelled softcore out of date revolutionary tracts stolen from UDF uncles and DA moms, no one had ever thrown a stone or stood in front of angry armour wearing gattas, they were just new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.
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:
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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