Making the Victim and Blaming The victim
An Overview on Historical Talking Points
A casual look and perusal on the History, Media and information systems in South Africa reveal a very well orchestrated effort to blemish the image of African South Africans who are Victims of
Apartheid in the eyes of the world, to that of a Tyrannical Majority as has been promulgated through the Web. It was well and good that Mandela was freed from prison and became the first African President of South Africa. But what has happened since then is what has been billed as Rainbow-type of social relations that have manifest themselves as a "new" reality to South Africa. In plain and simple language, the strategy is to criticize African rule as being incompetent, corrupt and tyrannical have become the buzz-words of South Africa today.
Some of it is true, the other is propaganda. The democratically majority-elected ANC has been assailed by the minority former assets of the white intelligentsia who are also hurling all types of accusations their way; and, it is that type of dialogue that is presently found and is dominant on the Web and internal newspapers and radios/TV in South Africa today. What has happened in South Africa to Africans under Apartheid has not really been told in its full Historical narrative from the point of view of the victims, yet.
The Apartheid regime saw to it that during their rule, they erased "most" of the horrid and degrading practices, history and memory on the Africans and what and how they did it by fully utilizing their Censorship Board, Security Apparatuses, Draconian Laws, Shredding of Evidence, and looting and seizing information from the African Press
Some books in the libraries had pages excised or plastered-over with hard glue and carefully cut newspaper pieces, blackened out pages and the like, from through some Health for African South Africans, segregated Sports, separate Social living, dilapidated Poor Housing, sparse Social services, unequal land Inferior Education, One sided Economy, separate Religion and divided religious practices; unequal allocation of the country's wealth, and unfair land allocation and distribution, permeation and entrenchment of racist attitudes, Inferior foods, Intensive and torture, intimidation, frontline wars murder and plunder and human degradation and dehumanization, in a word or so.
The erasure of African history in the past 50-plus years of Apartheidized rule and victimization and genocide of Africans, is now being worked on and restored as the new communication of Internet Medium makes possible access to the world easier and practical.
Genocide in Random House Dictionary is defined as: "The deliberate and systemic extermination of a national, racial, political or cultural group." The continued deaths among the people of African descent in South Africa from AIDS, TB, Cholera, Dysentery, Poverty and joblessness,Drugs, Crack, Mandrax Pills crime and lack of medicines and poorly staffed hospitals and so on, has been recorded in some books, and now it needs to be talked about more in the Web.
One of the main problems of the many is that the past of Apartheid has not still been properly confronted, justly and fully addressed. Corruption and racism are deeply embedded deep within the present society. Both these social evils are working in tandem to conceal, effectively, the many tears that had been shed from the murderous and insane abuses of Apartheid onto the souls and society of Africans. Many of the core apartheid machinery's most senior functionaries still remain within the army, the police, the secret services and the civil services.
The present ANC leadership is beholden to its former masters and are compromised because they too still harbor secrets and abuses which leave them open to blackmail and manipulation. They are fully in cahoots with the past regime in a myriad ways. The collusion between the former Apartheid Masters and their present oppressed ANC government need to be put into a much more clearer perspectives in the future. Apartheid has and is alive and still decimating the African population through one of the most horrific racist social engineering techniques of modern times in South Africa.
In the middle, between the Masters(Apartheid Regime) and the Slave drivers(ANC) , are the poor and repressed, depressed and oppressed African Masses crying and in a schizophrenic way, give loyalty and support to their detractors — more specifically, the ANC government: which, and leaves the people are now wondering about as to what type of government they have put in power, which during its 20+ year rule, the ANC has been foreshadowed by time constraints, managerial shortcomings, bungled social engineering efforts, corruption, inefficiencies.
Also, lacking-in-experience in governance and a myriad of other failures, cronyism, nepotism and with this has drawn towards itself attack form their former masters as they, too, cover their atrocities which they have dealt the African society, and now the African society has been left to its own means — meanwhile sustained criticism is consistently laid on the Door of the ANC administration and all those that voted them into power.
South Africa's Hidden War Within
In the paragraph above, the definition for genocide has been cited from the — Random House Dictionary to be able to unveil the curtain of what is called the political miracle that is the "New South Africa" is like, and this will be helpful in putting into perspective the hidden history of the Apartheid's past and unstable and horrible concrete reality faced by the African masses.
The release of Mandela from prison in Robben Island did not end Apartheid, nor was he becoming the First African President of the country since the coming of the European Settlers meant that the African people were free; his release merely sub-ducted the Afrikaner past and atrocities into the underbelly of turbulent contemporary South African society. A lot is known about the previous Apartheid regime when it was in 'plain sight,' as a regional power and a government, but as to how it got there, what did it do in the waning days of its last gasp and where it is lodged now, is a very hard thing to do, and simply less known. It is important to begin by looking first overall Apartheid's Total, as a desperate measure applied by the regime in various stages and areas of social endeavors, throughout the South African Social life and within the African milieu.
The collapse of the Portuguese colonial empire in Mozambique(now Maputo) and Angola in 1974, and then, six years later, the minority regime in Rhodesia(now Zimbabwe), made way for independent African governments. The leaders of these countries were committed to opposing Apartheid and to giving all possible support to the Majority Africans within and outside South Africa. Inside South Africa, police repression had been so harsh that it successfully eliminated all African opposition to apartheid.
In the mid-sixties, ANC had launched a series of moves trying to infiltrate some guerrillas into the country but they were crushed in what got to be known as the Wankie wars; in this case, Ian Smith played a very crucial role in intercepting the fighters as they tried to pass through the then Rhodesia(Zimbabwe). But the police shootings of the youth protesters in Soweto, in June 1976 helped to swell the ANC ranks and the onset of guerrilla attacks within the country.
The challenge to white domination emerged at many levels - African protest and guerrilla activity at home, the new African governments opposed to Apartheid on its borders, and intensified international pressures through sanctions and boycotts, made it necessary to conceive of a strategy.
The total strategy doctrine conceived and applied by the Botha government was an attempt to counter each of these multi-pronged attacks on it , that they relied heavily on their military machinery and also on the intelligence and police apparatus. Botha's government decided to implement a strategy by which modifications in the structure of Apartheid were to be carried out behind a shield of aggressive military and various other covert and overt means which set the stage for systematic oppression that has lasted to this day. This was orchestrated and managed by the Broederbond and other state apparatuses
The Broederbond, Military, Police and the Security Forces
The National Party that came to power in 1948 was a vehicle of Afrikaner Nationalism, the political expression of the interests and attitudes of a large majority of Afrikaner workers, farmers, businessmen, lower-level civil servants, and Professionals. After the defeat of the Afrikaner Republics in the Anglo-Boer War, at the turn of the century, and their incorporation into the united South Africa, Afrikaners found themselves in the bottom ranks of White society. English-speaking whites, who were generally better educated and trained, and with their ties to British capital, dominated the social and economic structures.
The leaders of the National Party embarked on a campaign to weld the Afrikaner Volk together and thereby regain political power. Under the guidance of the Broederbond, a secret society of select Afrikaner leaders, ideological cohesiveness to promote the Volk through the National Party was provided by linking Afrikaner churches, cultural organizations, and trade unions. A populist tone was adopted, reflecting the subordinate economic and political position of Afrikaner among Whites.
Local English-speaking capitalists and their allies, foreign investors, were castigated both for exploiting the country for their private gains and for promoting the "Black Peril" — the threat of whites being swamped by Africans. After World War II, the issue of the "black peril" took on greater urgency. The United Party, then in power with General Jan Smuts as prime minister, was seeking a means whereby the African urban population could be incorporated permanently into areas of the country which had been reserved for whites and become a settled labor force. This did not sit well with the Afrikaner public, and they rallied the base for the 1948 vote.
The Broederbond - The Hidden Boer Warlords
After winning power in the "Whites Only" vote for a "whites Only" parliament in 1948, the Nationalists imposed their own solution to the "Black Peril": the Apartheid system. Africans were allowed into white urban areas only as "temporary sojourners" and could stay only as long as they were useful to the white economy. Whites were assured of African labor would stay in white areas through a rigid system if Influx Control. The Pass Books which were given to Africans and were required to carry them at all times and this was a way of monitoring them and controlling them .
The 1950s saw a rising confrontation between two major political forces: African Nationalism an Afrikaner Nationalism. The Nationalist Part with its leaders, some of whom were Nazi sympathizers branded the African opposition from virtually any quarter as communist-inspired reason. On March 21, 1960, a turning point was reached when the police opened fire on unarmed Africans protesting the hated pass laws and system, and they killed sixty-seven and wounded one hundred and eighty-six Africans in the Township of Sharpeville. The African National Congress(ANC) led by Mandela, and the Pan African Congress(PAC) Led by Robert Sobukwe, were outlawed when the Apartheid Regime declared the State of Emergency.
The hastily organized underground movements and resistance of the ANC and the PAC were completely crushed by police repression. The Afrikaners, when they were not in power in South Africa, underwent a considerable change, and became more bitter, more exclusive, more aggressive, and they were gradually gaining in strength. They paid attention to an all-round development to extra-parliamentary activities, politics, to their Church Affairs their society and their poor white Volk, to education, sports, culture, trade and industry.
The Nationalist forces were intensely and extensively active on all fronts. This was only a dress rehearsal, as we shall see in the later years what the Broederbond would conceive and implement, behind the scenes and in secrecy, which lasts to this day.
Afrikaner Broederbond (Association of Brothers)
The Broederbond was formed in 1918 and maintained an open existence until 1924, when it went underground and its affairs became largely a matter of speculation. The work of a small number of well-organized and dedicated cadres brought about a complete transformation in the national scene. The Broederbond was a guiding force in the rebirth of this nationalist spirit, and it was and is till a secretive force and society which gradually and finally assumed a dominant position in the affairs of the Volk.
This elite and durable organization had its membership staked to be 2,672, of whom 8.6 percent were public servants and 33.3 per cent teachers. In 1952 the Rev. de Vos, who had broken away from the Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk in 1944 and formed a reconstituted Dutch Reformed Church because the N. G. Kerk, he had alleged, was dominated by members of the Broederbond, and he gave the following breakdown of the Broederbond membership: 357 clergymen, 2,030, 905 farmers, 159 lawyers and 60 Members of parliament.
Its modus operandi was to coordinate activities among the Afrikaners and to ensure that Broeders are placed in key positions which can then be utilized for the advancement of the Volk. This same tactic and method of operation will soon be found and seen in the present ANC ruled government and the insertion of key Broederbond members in key government position and spread-out throughout the all the parties in South Africa. L. J. du Plessis, a former member of the Broederbond, in 1948 described the early days of the existence of the Afrikaans Broederbond as follows:
"What happened since, I can surmise when hearing of prominent members like Bosman becoming Manager of Volskas(A large and powerful bank); Erasmus, Secretary of the Onderwysers Vereniging(Transvaal Teachers' Association); Diederichs, Chief Organizer of the Reddingsdaadbond(Rescue-work Society- dedicated with uplifting poor Afrikaners); Albert Herzog, 'protector' of the mineworkers; Rev. Nicol, Moderator of the Dutch Reformed Church for three consecutive synods; Klopper, head of the Afrikaanse Taal and Kultuur Vereniging(Association for the Afrikaans Language and Culture); and last but not least, Dr. Verwoerd, the editor-in-Chief of the Transvaler.
All the people mentioned above were members of the Broederbond and were dispersed, entrenched and embedded into the fabric of South african social life and decision-making bodies within these portfolios.(Dan O'Meara) In an article in the Sunday Times of March 8, 1964, Mrs. Janie Malherbe, wife of war-time Director of Military Intelligence and herself a Captain in Military Intelligence during the war, described the forces which had been at work in the Broederbond during the thirties as follows:
"This terrifying, octopus-like grip on the South African way of life was made possible by reorganizing the Broederbond on the pattern of Hitler's highly successful Nazi State,complete with Fuehrer, Gauleiters, group and cell leaders, spread in a sinister network over the whole of South Africa. This was initially planned by a high ranking Nationalist and two Stellenbosch students who were sent to Germany, at Nazi expense, to study the Nazi cell system."
The Broederbond was not only far-reaching in its operations, it was setting up for the future which was changing and was able to morph its shenanigans under the cloak of secrecy.
In 1934, the Nazis sent Montmartin was sent to work secretly with the Broederbond leaders to initiate plans that would ensure that South Africa would side with Germany in the world war which hitler was already engineering. Malhebre writes:
"The immediate result of his visit was the reorganization of the Nationalist Broederbond on the Nazi system, the main difference being that where Hitler re-invoked the rites of the German pagan Gods to promote his ideologies, the Nationalists' Broederbond declared that their plan of complete domination of White South Africa, and absolute subjugation of the non-Whites, and was in its implementation within South Africa, 'God's-given destiny' for the Afrikaners."
This was a clever ruse, for by its means the powerful Dutch Reformed Churches could be roped in. In the middle thirties, the Broederbond became more aggressive and they issued a circular in 1934 in which Prof. J. C. van Rooy of Potchefstroom University, and the General Secretary, I.M. Lombard, wrote:
"Let us focus on the fact that the primary consideration is: whether Afrikanerdom will reach it ultimate destiny of domination(Baaskap - Masters and Bosses) in South Africa. Brothers, our solution of South Africa's ailments is not whether one party of another shall obtain the whip hand, but that the Afrikaner-Broederbond shall govern South Africa." But Hertzog was well aware of the machinations of the Broederbond behind the scenes, and in a trenchant attack on the organization in a speech printed in the Star of 1935 - he characterized the Broederbond bond as:
"A grave menace to the rest and peace of our social community, even where it operates in the economic-cultural sphere. Its members are sworn no to entertain any cooperation with the English-speaking population and thereby they stand in direct racial conflict with our fellow English Afrikaners-speaking section to put their foot on the neck of the English-speaking South Africa." Hertzog continued his attack of the Broederbond by saying that:
"The Broederbond had acquired a dangerous hold over education in the Orange Free State and I know of few towns and villages in the Free State where the Broederbond has not established for itself a nest of five or six, or more Broeders to serve as a focal point for Bond propaganda, and I also know that there is hardly a single nest in which there isn't at least one teacher sitting as a hatcher."
Because of the subsequent attacks on Smuts, I.M. Lombard wrote a series of articles for Die Transvaler in 1944 and 1945, by laying down the seven-fold ideal foe which the Broederbond was striving:
(1) the removal of everything in conflict with South Africa's full international independence;
(2) the ending of the inferiority of Afrikaans-speaking and of their language in the organization of the State;
(3) separation of all non-White races in South Africa, leaving them free to pursue independent development under the guardianship of Whites;
(4) putting a stop to the exploitation of the resources and population of South Africa by strangers, including the more intensive industrial development;
(5) the rehabilitation of the farming community and the assurance of civilized self-support through work for all White citizens;
(6) the nationalization of the money market and the systematic coordination of economic policies;
(7) the Afrikanerization of public life and teaching and education in a Christian-National spirit, while leaving free the internal development of all sections in so far as it is not dangerous to the State.
This were not merely stated objectives but were actualized realities: Whites had better housing, better jobs, excellent education, upgraded cultural realm and activities; the Afrikaans language was made into the Country's official language, and heavily imposed on Africans; churches were segregated as well as burial grounds and all spheres of social endeavor; the money was customized to reinforce Afrikanerdom's riches and Afrikaner social and cultural symbols printed on the money to reflect the dominance and prevalence of Afrikaans culture and life. Lombard declared that:
"The Afrikaner Broederbond is born from a deep conviction that the Afrikaner nation has been planted in this country by God's hand and is destined to remain here as a nation with its own character and its own mission. This polices promulgated by Lombard underlay the policy and actions of the Nationalist party ever since it came to power in 1948. And in 1949, when Malan was pressed by the United Party to investigate the Broederbond which was alleged to be ruling the nation from behind the scenes, he said:
"I belong to the Broederbond, and I have attended many of its meetings. All I can say to you is that all the matters which are discussed there are in the interests of the people. No enmity towards other sections of the community has been apparent at any of these meetings I attended. No pressure is brought to bear on the government of the country from the Broederbond. I have always been able to discuss these matters of importance to all aspects of the life of the people and I have come away from these meetings feeling a better man than before."
Then as today, the defenders of the Broederbond never minced words as to the objectives of the Bond, in the same breadth, they declare fairness of their apartheidized ideology and principles, by still holding on to and reiterating their policies of White Supremacy formulated by the Broederbond. This duplicitous doublespeak seemed to have confounded those who study the way apartheid was implemented and applied.