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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

THE ENEMY IS THE WEAKNESS IN OUR HEARTS.


 The next round of kite flying by the current party in power in the
 Republic. The modus operandii is quite simple: let a lower ranking 
AND exec or the ANCYL raise an issue that the ANC wants to change,
 and gauge the reaction. If nobody complains, then it gets done –
 Modimole, Makapan, OR Tambo etc. If there is vociferous reaction 
– let it go, at least for a while – e.g. Pretoria, the expropriation of land, 
etc. It is therefore imperative that you voice your indignation of
 everything that is NOT in accordance to a future of at least enlightened
 self-interest. By NOT speaking out, you will most surely be landed with 
the fait accompli – never to revert to the original again, no matter the
 fight put up after the fact.
The latest kite flight is merely ‘Let’s get rid of the status of the Constitution
 so that it is not ABOVE the President, but BELOW the executive in rank”.
 This is Mugabe stuff, dear Reader, and you need to register, in writing, 
your dismay at this. A quick look through the Mail & Guardian will show
 this debate raging for a while, but the papbroeke at the Sunday Times
 will not put up your blog comments – they require a mail. So please 
send it, and raise the issue wherever you can. Imperfect as the status 
quo in the Republic might be, we do not want to fight our way out of an
 even deeper quagmire. So please spot the kites in the press & respond,
 seems the rulers have a healthy respect for the drone of unhappiness –
 if they get to hear it at all.
Do read on, to the Good Doctor’s comments at the end. The enemy, 
dear Reader, is the weakness in our own hearts.
THE BIG READ: ANC's fatal concessions (original HERE)
Ngoako Ramatlhodi | 01 September, 2011 00:31 Sunday Times.
We have a Constitution celebrated as the best in the world.
 Some would say it is the most progressive, while others
 would call it the most liberal.
Description: http://www.timeslive.co.za/Feeds/2011/08/31/827762_705410.jpg/RESIZED/Small/827762_705410.jpgA brief analysis 
of the conditions
 and forces that 
gave birth to our 
Constitution 
seems to be in 
order.
In case we do 
not remember, 
the collapse of
 the then Soviet
 Union provided
 the most
 immediate 
catalyst to 
the process
 of negotiations 
for a new and democratic South Africa.
In apartheid South Africa in the late 1980s, the regime could only 
keep a modicum of law and order through a state of emergency.
The masses were no longer willing to be ruled in the same old way.
An orderly retreat for the regime meant giving up elements of 
political power to the black majority, while immigrating substantial
 power away from the legislature and the executive and vesting it in
 the judiciary, Chapter 9 institutions and civil society movements.
Interestingly, and perhaps reflecting the balance of forces at the time, 
the movement was willing to make this fundamental and substantive 
concession. However, the concessions described cannot be explained
 only as a reflection or result of a balance of forces at the time.
In this regard, one ventures to suggest that the negative experience of
 the apartheid government by the oppressed might explain the ease
 with which the liberation movement embraced what one calls the
 emptying of the state.
Apartheid forces sought to and succeeded in retaining white 
domination under a black government. This they achieved by
 emptying the legislature and executive of real political power.
On the other hand, the liberation movement was overwhelmed
 by a desire to create a society bereft of any form of discrimination 
and, as a result, made fatal concessions.
We thus have a Constitution that reflects the great compromise, 
compromise tilted heavily in favour of forces against change.
However, there is a strong body of thought arguing the view that
 our Constitution is transformative.
In this regard, a point needs to be made that a constitution can either
 be progressive or reactionary, depending on the balance of forces in
 the society it governs.
In our case, the black majority enjoys empty political power while 
forces against change reign supreme in the economy, judiciary, public
 opinion and civil society.
The old order has built a fortified front line in the mentioned forums.
 Given massive resources deriving from ownership of the economy, 
forces against change are able to finance their programmes and projects
 aimed at defending the status quo. As a result, formal political rights
 conferred on blacks can be exercised only within the parameters of the
 old apartheid economic relations.
This imbalance is reflected across the length and breadth of the country
 in economic, social and even political terms to some extent.
The objective of protecting white economic interests, having been
 achieved with the adoption of the new Constitution, a grand and
 total strategy to entrench it for all times, was rolled out. In this regard,
 power was systematically taken out of the legislature and the executive
 to curtail efforts and initiatives aimed at inducing fundamental changes. 
In this way, elections would be regular rituals handing empty victories
 to the ruling party.
Regarding the judiciary, a two-pronged strategy is evident. The first 
and foremost is to frustrate the transformation agenda by downplaying 
requirements of gender and colour representation.
Many obstacles, such as comments from white-dominated law societies,
 have to be taken into account when final decisions are made by the 
Judicial Service Commission.
The subtext of this is to ensure that in the inevitable event of these 
appointments being made, the new appointees are expropriated by
 the system in place. This is done through the application of an 
unwritten plethora of rules during the initiation of new appointees.
The other tactic is to challenge as many policy positions as possible in
 the courts, where the forces against change still hold relative hegemony. 
The legislature itself has not escaped the encroaching tendency of the
 judiciary, with debatable decisions taken by majority views, in some
 instances. Decisions of the Judicial Services Commission have equally
 been systematically subjected to judicial reviews. The process of 
delegitimising the commission and its decisions has been initiated 
through the instrument of "public opinion".
At an ideological level, the public sector under the control of the
 black majority is posited as inefficient, corrupt and not worthy of any trust.
 This manifests itself in the form of vulgar and at times subtle racism
. This means that, in our country, capital also has colour, as was the
 case under colonialism of a special type.
It is, therefore, not surprising that any black person doing business 
with government exposes himself or herself to extraordinary scrutiny.
 This way the government is compelled to retain contracts with 
established white business. When the government employs black 
people in senior positions, it is seen as cadre deployment. When whites 
are employed in the private sector and public areas controlled by the
 opposition, it is lauded as wise skill deployment.
In the view of the dominant but seriously contested ideology, the private
 sector is promoted as the ultimate panacea for all societal ills. Public
 opinion, which in fact is the opinion of the private sector, is deployed
 to propagate this world view. In this context, any different opinion is
 immediately discredited as pro-government and therefore unreliable
 propaganda to be dismissed. In this regard, it is interesting to note that 
even the public broadcaster has been compelled to succumb to the 
power of hegemonic forces. To remain credible it has to be seen to be
 critical of the government of the day, except in areas controlled by
 the opposition.
To criticise the private sector is to enter taboo land and to commit 
an unforgivable sin.
Seventeen years later, a moment has arrived for an honest collective
 reflection of the state of the nation and the common future we are
 duty-bound to build, as failure to do so would lead to colossal
 destruction of the country. One is initiating this reflection in the 
context of the foregoing analysis. In the 17 years, we have 
witnessed sustained and relentless efforts to immigrate the little
 power left with the executive and the legislature to civil society and
 the judiciary.
The main drivers in this process are the opposition and civil society,
 who feel relatively strong in those fronts, given the mainly still 
untransformed judiciary. The opposition to the judiciary itself and
 the bashing of the Judicial Service Commission should be
 understood in this context.
  • Ramatlhodi is an ANC NEC member, chairperson
  •  of the ANC National Elections Committee and Deputy
  •  Minister of Correctional Services

What the former disgraced Limpopo Premier says is
(1)    The Constitution is only a ‘bridge’ and is not permanent.
 Now everyone is on the other side of the chasm, it becomes
 secondary in importance;
(2)    The ANC’s real constitution is the ‘Freedom Charter’ and 
thereafter  the ‘National Democratic Revolution’ to pull the
 country into a fully-fledged Marxism paradise;
(3)    The ANC want the President to rule by decree – no
 Constitution & no opposition from parliament;
(4)    The Constitution is to blame for the failure to execute
 the impossible election promises of (free) land, economic 
prosperity without the benefit of work and freedom from 
pesky Whiteys whingeing away of a now-forgotten promise.
(5)    The Constitution is the future stumbling block for success,
 and will be blamed should any of the above and other promises
 not transpire.
(6)    Not only is the Law an Ass, the Judiciary is a stumbling
 block for any attempt to do things that should not be done.
There you have it, QED for Idiots in Power.