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Conference to Build the ASI

Conference to Build the ASI



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Conference to Build the ASI - Report from Azania (South Africa)
Presented by Thami Ka PlaatjieSooner or later, we must unite as one African people. Because without unitythere can be no success, and without success there can be no strength. We havean African proverb that says, "Disunited lions can be outrun by a limpingbuffalo." I think that as things stand, colonialism and imperialism are a limpingbuffalo. The lions must begin to get their act together.I’m going to speak on the issues that pertain to South Africa.Subsequent to the 1994 settlement, there are a few things that have been donewell. We must acknowledge them. But the extent to which they advanced thecause of our people is very questionable.One of the things that South Africa managed to achieve well is de-racialization.Many of the racial laws that had been erected by apartheid since the 1930s and ‘40s, have been erased. So we live in a de-racialized society where humanbeings can interact freely without any limitations.There are civil liberties that have been restored as a result. Black people can getmarried to white people. Black people can go to the same school as whitepeople. Black people can use the same toilet that white people have been using.But is that what we have been fighting for all of these years? Is this really thestrategic objective of this program for liberation and self-determination?Secondly, the economy has been slightly changed. There are many black entriesinto the economy and activities of South Africa. There are a number of blackpartners who are working with white companies. They have become some formof a front in what the government calls Black Economic Empowerment. ComradeMbeki recently very seriously indicated that we need to aspire to create the blackmiddle class, without apology. But I just want to ask, is that what we have beenfighting for?The police have been reformed or adjusted. You find more signs of black peoplein police positions. But most of them do not have decision-making powers.As things stand, the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) controls plus or minus 70percent of the South African Defense Force. A great number of the former PACguards are in commanding positions. But the structures have not been changedand out of 20,000 people that we injected into the Defense Forces of South
Africa, we are now left with 6,000. Fourteen thousand have been laid-off,suspended, expelled and literally chased out of the National Defense Force.Our people have been court-martialed for very petty criminal offenses. Oneperson was brought before a military tribunal for wearing a necklace. The armyhas been won back by the Afrikaaners.Notwithstanding all these changes in South Africa, we can safely say it is not yetUhuru. In South Africa we have replaced white faces with black faces. The blackfaces turn out to be more aggressive, more brutal than white faces.There is talk about a "better life for all." This is what Mbeki committed himself towhen he came into power. When Mandela was released from prison, he indicatedthat his concern was to balance white fears with black expectations. He saw hisrole as a balancing act. The people who put him in jail for all of these yearswanted to balance their fears with the expectations of the people who have beenoppressed for more than 300 years. I submit that if you find a thief in yourhouse, you do not want to balance the thief’s fears!You don’t even care to know what the thief expects. You don’t even have to gointo entertaining what is it that they expect, and what is it that they fear, andhow you can you come together and reconcile. These are irreconcilable entities.But let us be reminded of the fact that when Mandela was in the African NationalCongress (ANC) and went to prison, he never sought to fight to destroy whitedomination. He said in the 1960s that he fought against "black domination"which never existed! Blacks have never oppressed and colonized white people.But this is what he fought for all of his life, to ensure that black people do notrise up.There is a tacit commitment to underdevelopment from the ANC. If you look attheir budgetary allocations on paper, it all looks fine, but insofar as delivery isconcerned, this is where real contradictions become clear. For instance, theregion where Mandela comes from is the poorest of all the nine provinces orregions in the country.In this region monies are allocated but monies are not spent. The money doesnot go for its intended purposes. For instance, last year the provincialgovernment underspent by 188 million Rand. This is in a province where peopledie of starvation.The health department under-spent by 228 million Rand, which was rolled overbecause it was not used for the people it was intended for. In education, 254million Rand went unspent. This is a province where half of the schools are shedsduring daylight. At night those schools are used to keep livestock. So, literally,when children come to the schools in the morning they have to clean thembecause pigs, cattle, goats and sheep have been staying at the school the nightbefore. This is where money is not being spent.The government is not doing anything to make sure that they intervenestrategically to ensure that there is indeed, in the words of comrade Mbeki, abetter life for all.
The other thing is the question of land. I grew up in the Eastern Cape. Myancestors were forcibly removed from that part of the country. In return for theirremoval, as a form of compensation, each one was given a bag of oranges. Abag of oranges! You are forcibly removed from your ancestral land and all of yourcattle are taken away from you. In compensation for that, you are each given abag of oranges.Now, when we went to go back to our ancestral land, we were told by thefarmers who are now occupying that land, that in light of the government’sposition of "Willing seller, willing buyer," the government has to buy them out.And that land that they got for nothing, that land that they paid for with a bag of oranges, they are prepared to give that land to the government and indirectly tous for a sum of 60 million Rand.So, most of these white farmers are getting rich. They are going to thegovernment and saying, "Here is my land. Pay me off and take this land to thepoor people." This is a racket! They are using the system to extort as muchmoney as possible. So, with our families and extended families, we have decidedto invade this land.We have decided that around December of this year we will all organize oneanother and forcibly take ownership of this land and property. We have ourancestral graves as proof that it belongs to us. Sometimes when some of ourrelatives want to access the graves, the white farmers say, "You needpermission, you must apply within seven days." Some people wrote letters withinseven days and there was no reply. So people cannot access their ancestralshrines and graves.Last year, we were involved in a huge land campaign in South Africa. Some of you must have seen it on CNN and a number of international media stations. Wedid some research and found out that this land was not owned by anybody. Wecalled a huge press conference and announced that the next day at such andsuch a time we were going to occupy so many acres of land.Indeed, the next day there were plus-or-minus 3,000 families occupying theland. Throughout the week, even at night, twenty-four hours a day, people weremoving in. We realized it could have been a mistake because the governmentcame crashing down. They wanted to fight; they wanted to take us to court. Itwas a huge battle and we had to be forcibly removed. It was a very painfulexercise, but we thought it was worth it. We thought our involvement with it hashelped to create the consciousness of our people in respect to the owners of theland.Twenty-five percent of our people in South Africa are living in squatter camps.Squatters are shed houses, made of corrugated iron. In this environment, there’sno running water. People have to go to the streams. If there is a tub, it’scommunal, serving five or ten families.

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