ANC: The struggle continues?

In their centenary year, the ANC seem keen to make it known that it has been a struggle all along. Even though the last 17 or so years have been spent in charge of South Africa, they will tell you that it has been tough at the top of the pile.

Every failure while governing – and boy does that happen with regularity – was the fault of apartheid, uncooperative Whites, a third force hell-bent on making them fail, and even the Devil himself. Yes, there were successes, a lot of them, but scales are tipping in the wrong direction in the last few years, more especially since Jacob Zuma assumed the reigns after booting out AIDS-denialist, Thabo Mbeki.

The ANC spent the last week, and R40 million (if reports are to be believed), in an euphemistically named Policy Conference. From what we’ve been hearing coming out of that talk-shop, it was nothing more than a very expensive pow-wow to talk utter rubbish about utter rubbish. The only occurrence of note, was when some of the delegates came to actual blows – again if news reports are to be believed.

And while the ANC was yammering inanities at the Gallagher Estate Conference venue, flanked by huge banners reminding everyone of that famous 100-year struggle, it seems that thousands of undelivered school textbooks were being burned in the Limpopo Province, while replacement textbooks had still not been delivered to schools, 6 months into the academic year. The pathetic Minister under whose watch this shambles occurred, seems largely unconcerned. Some of their more pathetic supporters [check out one Dave Harris in the comments section of the blog by William Saunderson-Meyer, referenced above] actually wants us to belive that the late (6 months?) delivery of textbooks is not a biggie.

Now imagine if R40 million (admittedly an exaggeration) worth of catering was not delivered on time to this so-called Policy Conference. I’m willing to bet big dollars that the visibly portly ANC delegates at this talk-shit-shop would have been up in arms.

What an absolute disgrace? The phrase Aluta Continua that the ANC and its struggle allies bandy about so freely, is actually a corruption of the Portuguese phrase “A luta continua, vitória é certa,” which means “The struggle continues, victory is certain.”

In my mind, there is no doubt that the struggle by the ANC indeed continues… the struggle to hide the theft, corruption, incompetence, lies, misogyny, backstabbing, racism, hatred, ignorance, idiocy, arrogance, self-serving, cheating, conniving, bling etc. etc. etc. that so characterizes this fallen organization, after the departure of Nelson Mandela.

And what is certain, is not victory. No, the victory belongs to the ANC only, not to the people…

Today in Politics: Roasting #01

The ANC celebrated their Centenary yesterday in Free State Province where the organization was formed by more honourable men all those years ago. A lot of money was spent to commemorate 83 years of resisting apartheid and 17 years of modern leaders not being able to resist dipping their hands in the public cookie jar.

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The Reverend Jesse Jackson, an invited guest at the ANC Centenary was in attendance earlier on Saturday together with President Jacob Zuma at a ceremony where a bull was ritually slaughtered. Since the Reverend looked quite happy to be there, one wonders if he was fondly remembering the sermons he once used to deliver about the glory days of the Abrahamic religions as recounted in the Pentateuch.

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While the good Reverend is still here, perhaps he’ll consider starting up a mega-church in South Africa. There’s real good money to be made here, considering that two-thirds of the voting population are willing believers.That could work out perfect for the ANC too for future elections. What better way to deliver more empty promises, than from the pulpit.

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President Jacob Zuma delivered his usual insipid speech that lasted for two hours; luckily most of those present were the kind of people who his [Zuma’s] speech-writers pen this drivel for. As usual, more empty promises were made about how the ANC was going to be “transformed” but fortunately those who actually care about this sort of thing were safely at home, out of the scorching Free State sun, having a glass of wine, watching the FA Cup, or something more entertaining and believable.

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Finally, it seems that although that jackass, Julius Malema was in the same Province during the celebrations, he was not at the actual event itself. There are those who would have preferred him being there, which would have made things slightly more interesting, but I guess the absence of more hot air from this blowhard, was also not such a bad thing after all.