Thoughts On Mandelaland Part 2

Another perspective on Seffrica:

Many of you outside of South Africa are wondering what is really going on. So here is a very simple outline. The thing is obviously far more complex and nuanced than can be set out in a brief note but this will give you some picture of what is really happening.

Following the 1994 democratic elections in South Africa, South Africa did really well economically until about 2008. That was also the year that Jacob Zuma was elected president of the ANC. At that point in time, some of us had a sense of disquiet already. But little did any of us understand then the extent of the corruption and weakening of government institutions that would follow. We have no clear idea of the extent of what was stolen during the Jacob Zuma years, other than that it is a stupendous sum of money which this country certainly cannot afford. Eventually however the internal tide within the ANC started to slowly turn against Jacob Zuma. On 18 December 2017 Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as the president of the ANC (and also subsequently became the president of South Africa). But it was a very narrow margin of victory.

The thing about Cyril Ramaphosa is that he is fundamentally a principled man. And certainly, determined to clean up the history of corruption we have seen since 2008. Various steps have been taken by him and the ANC under his guidance to give effect to this. One of the things that was done was to establish a commission chaired by Raymond Zondo, who is the Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa. The purpose of this commission was to investigate the corruption issues and to expose them to the light of day.

Jacob Zuma was required to appear in front of the commission. He effectively refused to do so. He was ordered by the Constitutional Court to do so. He defied the order of the Constitutional Court. The Constitutional Court in turn ordered his imprisonment for a period of 15 months for contempt of court. This, whatever you call it, is fundamentally the rule of law in action.

Initially there was resistance to imprisonment by Jacob Zuma and his supporters. A week ago, however Jacob Zuma submitted himself to imprisonment. And then all hell broke loose.

What you need to understand is that Jacob Zuma has his powerbase in KwaZulu Natal, where the riots have been at their worst. This is also, as the name will tell you, the home territory of the Zulu nation. And Jacob Zuma is a prominent figure in the Zulu nation. Within the Jacob Zuma camp, individuals set about instigating the so-called protests, riots and looting that you have seen in the media. To a significant extent they leveraged the problems of poverty and inequality in South Africa to achieve their ends. Very often in this country we have areas where many very poor people are resident adjacent to commercial complexes. This was an ideal combination to exploit. In addition to that there are the existing fissures along race lines that exist in our society which were also available to leverage. Audio files doing the rounds encouraged people to attack and destroy what are perceived to be white and white owned businesses. In the end though, many black businesspeople also suffered considerable losses.

The gameplan was to create a situation which would force the hand of the current government. Ideally, it would result in an overreaction by the security forces, with the result that many of the poor and vulnerable would be killed (which is what happened at Marikana a few years back). If that occurred, it would likely force the resignation or removal of Cyril Ramaphosa as president. Meaning the Jacob Zuma camp would have achieved their objective. This is one reason why the security forces have been so careful not to use excessive force in dealing with the riots and the looters.

While there is still a lot of instability in KwaZulu Natal and certain pockets in Gauteng, what is now starting to emerge quite clearly is that the gambit by the Jacob Zuma camp has failed. South African society of all walks has turned its face against this insurrection. In effect, an attempted coup has failed.

South Africans are a strange nation in many ways. They argue and fight amongst themselves but when pushed to the edge, they always pull together for the common good. This has happened again and again over the decades.

This has been perhaps a necessary test of our democracy and of the rule of law. Make no mistake but that South Africa has many very real challenges. But South Africa will pass through this and will put the locust years behind it.”
— Clem Sunter (a scenario planner and strategist whose influential ideas in the 1980s resulted in apartheid South Africa opting for the High Road of political settlement, rather than the Low Road of confrontation and civil war)

I’d like to think that will happen, but it won’t.

Traffic jam of looters’ cars and vans as they try to leave the looted store parking lot:

When the looters exhaust all the food and goods they stole, and try to go back for more, they’re going to find this:

Downtown Pietermaritzburg (provincial capital):

Of course, it’s all fun and games until you have to throw a baby out of a burning building:


  1. Having never heard of this Zuma cat until recently I looked him up and started reading about him on wiki. After a few paragraphs I wondered why I was reading about another negro criminal. What, aren’t there enough negro criminals in the US to read about? And why in the fuck do I care about negro criminals anyway? I don’t, so I shut the tab. Look, negro’s are gonna negro and they’ve always been this way, will never change. It has to do with the low 2 digit IQ. A whole continent of 2 digit IQ’s? Sounds like china might have the right idea in this regard. srsly, I have no more fucks to give. If I had white family in africa I would do what it takes to get them out of there, or, erase them from my memory if they wanted to stay in that giant ghetto.

    1. The only useful part of reading about S.A. is as a reminder why we must never allow ourselves to be disarmed.

  2. So if I may ask, for a friend of course, what are the differences, if any, between the African and American species of negro?
    I mean just in case something were to occur here

  3. That is a nice explanation and all but the root problem in South Africa is not economic or political, it is demographic. The only remarkable thing about the situation is that it has taken this long for inertia to finally exhaust itself and for the Africans in S.A. to revert back to type.

    1. I’m reminded of the riots in Baltimore, where the fire department was trying to extinguish a CVS that was ablaze, and the local “youths” walked by and were CUTTING THE FIRE HOSE ON LIVE TV.

      I’m at the point where I say let them all murder each other if they want to. I won’t stop them.

    1. I think dying from infection is a more pressing problem there than starvation.

  4. I don’t care as much as I should, beyond the suffering of those who don’t deserve it.
    But I did write a small verse to sum up my feelings…my doctor says it’s therapeutic.

    As I gaze across yon barren fields, where once abundant fucks did grow.
    No yield this year, no seeds to sow, no will for them to live.
    For yet another year, this desolate land, has no fucks to give.

  5. Wakanda is a Hollywood pipe dream which could never happen in Africa. Hard put to make it true in the west. Africa is a non starter.

    We had better be ready as the same idiots want to do the same thing in the USA.

    I have been wondering if I missed Kim’s wifes return from there. I had hoped we would hear she lead them all out.

    Getting really ugly over there.

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