by Hannes Wessels

The ANC  passed a resolution some months back which stated that members who have criminal cases should step down from their positions to avoid conflict and to protect the integrity of the ruling party. Adding muscle to this new-found sense of moral rectitude, President Ramaphosa went on the record recently talking boldly of drawing a ‘line in the sand’ on corruption, while rejecting party unity as an excuse for inaction on this cancer that is impoverishing the country. With the Ace Magashule issue looming large in the public consciousness this rhetoric raised hopes that a break with an unsavoury past was underway.

A thoroughly researched book, ‘Gangster State’ by Pieter-Louis Myburgh, has been written about Magashule containing a plethora of allegations and as far as I know, nothing contained therein, has been seriously challenged so one can only assume Myburgh has his facts straight.

After much dithering, Magashule was arrested in November for his role in the Free State R255m asbestos scandal which unfolded while he was the provincial premier. In the papers presented to the court he is alleged to have received payments from murdered businessman Ignatius Mpambani, the owner of one of the companies awarded the corrupt asbestos contract.  He also allegedly failed to report corrupt transactions, it said.

However, once again Ramaphosa’s stated intention to clean house, appears to have been hot air.  “We have not torn ourselves apart,” says the president, “the unity of the ANC is paramount if we are to lead the radical transformation of our society and our economy”.

So keeping the cadres happy while working out how to fix what was not broken takes priority over the rule of law. The ANC’s response to Magashule’s behaviour is to invite him to appear before the Integrity Committee which must have him trembling in his shiny Italian shoes because nobody appears to pay any attentions to its rulings.

An important precedent was set in 2017 when former president Jacob Zuma was told to resign by the Committee and refused to do so. It is now 17 years since charges were first levelled against Zuma and further postponements are in play. The chances of him ever going on trial, let alone being punished for his alleged misconduct, appear slim.

A mountain of evidence under oath has been produced in the course of investigations conducted under the aegis of the Zondo Commissions. For any serious prosecution service this would be manna from heaven and culprits named brought to trial but nothing of the sort has happened. National Director of Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, in office now for two years, is rarely heard from apart from when she reports her department is understaffed and underfunded.

Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane seems to have spent most of her tenure squandering vast amounts of public money defending herself against charges of gross incompetence and abhorrent behaviour detrimental to the office and the State. A recent High Court judgement looking into matters surrounding her actions regarding the SARS investigators during Pravin Gordhan’s time as head of the Service, found she acted in bad faith to advance the political interests of those who promoted “the false rogue unit narrative”. They found that Mkhwebane’s conclusions were ‘the product of a wholly irrational process, bereft of any sound legal or factual basis’.

The sum of all the above is that the country is gripped by state sanctioned lawlessness where those with power and their associates are seemingly immune from prosecution. The effects of this are being seen on a daily basis as towns and cities around the country have collapsed or are collapsing under the weight of corruption and gross incompetence. The president’s decision to give Magashule a pass and the tepid behaviour of the NPA is a sad sign there will be no relief from this quagmire.

When the new South Africa came into being with the swearing in of Nelson Mandela in May 1994 the people of all races were euphoric; not only were they blessed with a leader preaching forgiveness and unity, but the country boasted what many proclaimed to be the ‘finest constitution’ in the world. It was his faith in this document that prompted former President FW de Klerk to assure those that had resisted and feared change, that all would be well because of the safeguards contained therein.

Subsequent events provide salient and sad testimony to the fact that a constitution and the high-minded laws that go along with it, are only as effective and conducive to the public good as those tasked with enforcing and protecting its provisions. Unfortunately those people have not measured up to their obligations and we are virtually all the worse for it.

Against this backdrop our president tells us in the gravest of tones that our greatest challenge ahead is in fact dealing with the Covid-19 infection. As a chronic sufferer from Covid-19 scepticism I note this while learning of the banning from the air-waves of yet another well-informed and qualified scientist who dissents from the conventional view that this is a plague with extremely dangerous implications for all of humanity.  Professor Michael Levitt, a Stanford professor who won the Nobel prize for Chemistry in 2013, with special expertise in computational biology and bio-design is in awful trouble for saying that he believes the threat from the virus is overblown and that “we’re going to be fine.”

I’m left hoping the president is right and all we have to worry about is the virus and not the way he governs. If that is indeed the case, then the future is brimful of promise.

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3 thoughts on “The Gravest Threat”
  1. “the unity of the ANC is paramount if we are to lead the radical transformation of our society and our economy”

    That quote had double meaning. For us, it meant ‘cleaning ANC house, corruption etc’.
    What Ramaphosa was in fact really referring to, was the ANC’s part in implementing
    THE GREAT RESET being en-forced upon all Humanity by the multi-billionaires and the trillionaires’ organization THE WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM.

    The covid fiction (now being merged with ‘global warming’) is the mask behind which the world money power is ‘justifying’ closing down the current world economic system and financial system – and lockdowns are being done to destroy businesses and the middle class, as well as to suppress uprisings against global government – and exchanging this ‘old’ world order for their ‘new’ world order.
    Ramaphosa is right. It will be a ‘radical transformation of our society and our economy’ for every nation on earth, and we never had a vote on it. So much for ‘democracy’.

    THE GREAT RESET = COMMUNISM ON STEROIDS = NO PRIVATE PROPERTY OF ANY KIND WORLDWIDE. There will be a world minimum basic wage for all.

    Whatever you want, you’ll rent and it will be delivered by drone. Too bad if you are elderly, living on the global minimum wage, and will still have to find money to rent EVERYTHING.

    The central banks (which are all owned by private bankers) will change their purpose and will directly take all our Deposits, cutting out the banks altogether.

    There will be NO MEAT CONSUMPTION (warn the world’s farmers so they can resist together).
    Mortgages and all debts can be ‘cancelled’ providing those in debt sign away FOREVER their right to own private property EVER. You do this and you will be the slave/serf of the international bankers (BIS, IMF, World Bank, Central Bank banker cartel). You will have to do as they say in the future.

    You may think I’m joking? I wish! They will start implementing big changes (eg digital only currency) very early 2021.

    Its extremely important to focus outside of South Africa and observe the global agenda of which SA is just a small part.

    World esteemed Economist Martin Armstrong of Armstrong Economics:

    “This is not simply Communism where you will own nothing, this is feudalism for the super-rich will retain their wealth which is why Big Tech has been pushing their agenda to get rid of Trump.”

    “The WEF is not cheap. The membership fees range from 60,000 to 600,000 francs per year ($67,337- $673,370). Tickets for participation in the WEF cost extra: around 25,000 francs each ($28,061). In return, the business elites have access to a platform that brings them together with heads of state, scientists, and Hollywood stars.”

    Remember, Martin Armstrong mixes in high circles, central bankers and even the Chinese government, because they ask his advice (then don’t do it) so he gets inside information as well:


  2. Bloomberg Media reported that the September 2020 NEC meeting was a huge success for the Magashule faction. That meeting affirmed, “Members accused of corruption will be asked to go to the Integrity Commission to explain themselves, and if the explanation is not acceptable, they may be suspended.
    The recent NEC merely affirmed this, another stunning victory for Magashule.

  3. So well written. How can we not feel pessimistic? If only Ramaphosa practiced what he preaches.

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