organization:african national congress (anc)


  • The ANC : the story of a liberation movement that’s lost its lustre
    https://www.cetri.be/The-ANC-the-story-of-a-liberation

    South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its 107th birthday this year against a backdrop of an election campaign it’s likely to win handily – but which is likely to mask its longer-term decline. January 8 is the day the ANC was founded. It observes it by issuing a statement compiled by its national executive committee which sets out its plans for the year. The statement, once the subject of endless analysis, is now often better at saying what the ANC would like to do (...)

    #Le_Sud_en_mouvement

    / #Le_Sud_en_mouvement, #Afrique_du_Sud, Relations entre mouvements sociaux & gouvernements, The (...)

    #Relations_entre_mouvements_sociaux_&_gouvernements #The_Conversation


  • ‘Let them occupy!’
    http://africasacountry.com/2018/02/let-them-occupy

    In 1991, South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) convened a housing policy conference in Johannesburg. The organization had only been unbanned by the apartheid government the year before. Alongside negotiations for democratic elections and a new constitution, the ANC and its allies were deep in the throes of policy deliberations to prepare to take power. Thozamile Botha, a previously exiled trade unionist, was the…


  • The Lame Duck President
    http://africasacountry.com/2018/01/the-lame-duck-president

    South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, is a lame duck. On December 18 2017, Cyril Ramaphosa, Zuma’s deputy, was elected president of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), placing him on a trajectory toward the state presidency. Zuma, clearly unable to threaten this eventuality, has lost support, as erstwhile allies jockey for position around his successor. Seizing the…


  • The #Cyril_Ramaphosa Model
    http://africasacountry.com/2017/12/the-cyril-ramaphosa-model

    The election Monday night of Cyril Ramaphosa as president of #South_Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) – with a razor-thin 51% majority of nearly 4,800 delegates – displaced but did not resolve a fight between two bitterly-opposed factions. On the one hand are powerful elements friendly to so-called “White Monopoly Capital” (WMC), and on…

    #AFRICA_IS_A_COUNTRY


  • Karabo Mokoena’s #murder like Anene Booysen and Reeva Steenkamp, won’t stop South Africa’s #gender #violence — Quartz
    https://qz.com/992704/karabo-mokoenas-murder-like-anene-booysen-and-reeva-steenkamp-wont-stop-south-af

    It is clear from these remarks that the governing African National Congress (ANC) sees higher incarceration rates as the solution to rape and #femicide. Its members’ oft-repeated cry of “rot in jail” also suggests that rehabilitation is not viewed as a priority.

    The problem is that this response individualises the challenge of violence. It focuses on individual perpetrators without attempting to understand the very complex social conditions in South Africa that contribute to men’s violent behaviour. These conditions include colonial and apartheid histories of violence, endemic poverty, substance abuse, deeply held patriarchal attitudes about women’s place in society and the emasculation of unemployment when men measure their worth through work, or an absence of it.

    These issues all beg for solutions on a collective level. Without that sort of intervention, gender based violence will continue unabated.

    #culture_du_viol



  • The turn to burning in #South_Africa
    http://africasacountry.com/2016/09/the-turn-to-burning-in-south-africa

    In October last year thousands of South African students marched on key sites of power – Parliament in Cape Town, the seat of government in Tshwane and the headquarters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Johannesburg – under the banner of #FeesMustFall. The scale of this mobilization, which included students from elite and working class universities, was impressive. There was […]

    #POLITICS #Academy #activism #colonialism #Politics #protest #University


  • Selon un ancien agent de la CIA et vice-consul à Durban, un certain Richard Dickard, les Etats-Unis percevaient Mandela comme « complètement sous le contrôle de l’Union soviétique », ce qui aurait amené cet agent de la CIA à s’impliquer directement et à organiser l’arrestation de Mandela en 1962 (il restera 27 ans en prison) par le régime d’apartheid sud-africain :
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/15/cia-operative-nelson-mandela-1962-arrest?CMP=share_btn_tw

    A tip from a CIA spy to authorities in apartheid-era South Africa led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest, beginning the leader’s 27 years behind bars, a report said on Sunday.
    Donald Rickard, a former US vice-consul in Durban and CIA operative, told British film director John Irvin that he had been involved in Mandela’s arrest in 1962, which was seen as necessary because the Americans believed he was “completely under the control of the Soviet Union” , according to a report in the Sunday Times newspaper.
    “He could have incited a war in South Africa, the United States would have to get involved, grudgingly, and things could have gone to hell,” Rickard said.
    “We were teetering on the brink here and it had to be stopped, which meant Mandela had to be stopped. And I put a stop to it.

    Et puis dans la suite de l’article, faisant penser un peu à la situation brésilienne où des autorités très critiquables se voient déstabilisées, en partie de l’extérieur, non pas pour leur incompétence et pour leur corruption, mais pour des raisons d’alignement sur le projet alternatif de multipolarité des BRICS, ces accusations générales du porte-parole de l’ANC sur le rôle toujours déstabilisateur de la CIA :

    Zizi Kodwa, national spokesman of Mandela’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) party, called the revelation “a serious indictment”.
    “We always knew there was always collaboration between some western countries and the apartheid regime,” he said.
    He claimed that though the incident happened decades ago, the CIA was still interfering in South African politics.
    “We have recently observed that there are efforts to undermine the democratically elected ANC government,” he alleged. “They never stopped operating here.”
    “It is still happening now – the CIA is still collaborating with those who want regime change .”

    EDIT : sur le même sujet, un article de l’AFP en français sur le Huffington Post québecois signalé par @loutre ici : http://seenthis.net/messages/489555
    ainsi qu’un article du Figaro signalé par @rezo là : http://seenthis.net/messages/489488


  • South African Jews Vow Not Be ’Bullied’ by Calls to Cut Dual Israeli Citizenship - Jewish World News - Haaretz
    http://www.haaretz.com/jewish-world/jewish-world-news/.premium-1.675013

    An attack on the Jewish community – that is how South African Jewish community organizations are describing proposed changes to the country’s dual-citizenship laws.
    A deputy cabinet minister and senior official in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) made headlines at the weekend when he was quoted as saying that the government should look at changing current laws so as to prevent South African citizens from fighting for the Israel Defense Forces.
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) condemned the comments made by Obed Bapela, who is also head of the ANC’s national executive committee’s panel on international relations. 
    ‘He has undermined the very core value of South Africa’s democracy by proposing a change to our law purely to prevent one sector of our society, in this case, South African Jews, from having a relationship with Israel,’ the SAJBD and SAZF said.
    ‘The South African Jewish community will not be bullied or intimidated by his threats and have sought a meeting with President Jacob Zuma and will request further meetings to clarify Bapela’s statement.’
    SAJBD chairwoman Mary Kluk told Haaretz that she didn’t know how many South Africans have served with the IDF in recent years.
    Asked if she believed that Bapela’s views reflected those of the senior ANC leadership, she said: ‘No. I strongly believe that these are Bapela’s personal views and that he uses every opportunity provided to him to put them out there.’
    Bapela rejected the notion that the proposed policy changes were aimed only at Israel.
    In a radio interview, he said that Israel was used as simply an example, but that the government was also concerned about South Africans serving with other nations’ armies.
    Several citizens had served with the American and British militaries during the invasion of Iraq, he said, and that others take part in mercenary wars and escape prosecution by adopting another country’s citizenship.
    Responding to the assertion that the South African Jewish community was being singled out, Bapela said: “Not at all. We are not anti-Jewish. We are not anti-Semitic. That is why even the policy says ’the Israeli state co-existing with that of Palestine.’

    Pro-Gaza, anti-Israel demonstrators in Cape Town, August 9, 2014.Reuters
    ‘That’s recognition of Israel as an independent state and the Jewish community as citizens of the world. It’s the policies of the government of Israel we oppose and are against.’
    He added, however, that if a ‘specific group’ is sending boys to a country every year to receive military training, it was something that goes against ANC policies and would have to be looked at.
    Speaking to Haaretz, SAZF President Avrom Krengel said that although the organization doesn’t keep track of how many South Africans have served in the IDF in recent years, it was definitely far less than the number who serve in the British armed forces.
    ‘A year or two ago, the U.K. High Commissioner said that there were over 1,000 South Africans serving as British Marines,’ Krengel said.
    He added that while the children of South Africans who make aliyah would eventually end up in the IDF when they reached conscription age, it could not be interpreted as a case of South African Jews sending their children to Israel to be part of the army.
    The fewer than 200 families who make aliyah every year come from a big cross-section of the community and are motivated to immigrate to Israel for various reasons, Krengel said.
    ‘They are not going there to join the IDF,’ he said.
    He described Bapela as being part of a very vociferous anti-Israel camp in the ANC, but said his views weren’t shared by the country’s president, deputy president or senior cabinet ministers.
    The mooted change to the law also drew sharp criticism from Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who for 10 years served as Minister of Home Affairs and is head of the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party.
    Buthelezi said he felt frustrated by the ANC’s intention to ‘instruct’ government to change its citizenship laws ‘purely on the basis that a few South Africans are also citizens of Israel, and a few among them may be receiving military training in Israel.’
    Buthelezi pointed out that under current laws a citizen can only lose his or her citizenship for serving in the armed forces of a country with which South Africa is at war.
    ‘We are not at war with Israel,’ he noted.
    ‘One can reach no other conclusion than that the ANC has moved from being ’pro-Palestine’ to being ’anti-Israeli’.’
    Bapela was in the news less than two months ago for comments related to Israel.
    He had harsh words for South African students who visited Israel under the auspices of the South Africa-Israel Forum, saying that they had brought the ANC into disrepute and promising to launch a probe.
    At the time he accused Israel of “offering free trips and holidays to embarrass the ANC.”
    Bapela was also a featured speaker at a protest in March of this year against the South Africa-Israel Expo in Johannesburg.
    During the BDS event, participants were heard shouting “You think this is Israel, we are going to kill you!” and “You Jews do not belong here in South Africa!”


  • South African Jews Vow Not Be ’Bullied’ by Calls to Cut Dual Israeli Citizenship
    Official in the ruling ANC party said that the government should look at changing the laws to prevent South Africans from fighting for IDF.

    Michael Campbell Sep 07, 2015

    An attack on the Jewish community – that is how South African Jewish community organizations are describing proposed changes to the country’s dual-citizenship laws.
    A deputy cabinet minister and senior official in the ruling African National Congress (ANC) made headlines at the weekend when he was quoted as saying that the government should look at changing current laws so as to prevent South African citizens from fighting for the Israel Defense Forces.
    The South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and South African Zionist Federation (SAZF) condemned the comments made by Obed Bapela, who is also head of the ANC’s national executive committee’s panel on international relations. 
    ‘He has undermined the very core value of South Africa’s democracy by proposing a change to our law purely to prevent one sector of our society, in this case, South African Jews, from having a relationship with Israel,’ the SAJBD and SAZF said.
    ‘The South African Jewish community will not be bullied or intimidated by his threats and have sought a meeting with President Jacob Zuma and will request further meetings to clarify Bapela’s statement.’
    SAJBD chairwoman Mary Kluk told Haaretz that she didn’t know how many South Africans have served with the IDF in recent years.
    Asked if she believed that Bapela’s views reflected those of the senior ANC leadership, she said: ‘No. I strongly believe that these are Bapela’s personal views and that he uses every opportunity provided to him to put them out there.’
    Bapela rejected the notion that the proposed policy changes were aimed only at Israel.
    In a radio interview, he said that Israel was used as simply an example, but that the government was also concerned about South Africans serving with other nations’ armies.
    Several citizens had served with the American and British militaries during the invasion of Iraq, he said, and that others take part in mercenary wars and escape prosecution by adopting another country’s citizenship.
    Responding to the assertion that the South African Jewish community was being singled out, Bapela said: “Not at all. We are not anti-Jewish. We are not anti-Semitic. That is why even the policy says ’the Israeli state co-existing with that of Palestine.’

    Pro-Gaza, anti-Israel demonstrators in Cape Town, August 9, 2014.Reuters
    ‘That’s recognition of Israel as an independent state and the Jewish community as citizens of the world. It’s the policies of the government of Israel we oppose and are against.’
    He added, however, that if a ‘specific group’ is sending boys to a country every year to receive military training, it was something that goes against ANC policies and would have to be looked at.
    Speaking to Haaretz, SAZF President Avrom Krengel said that although the organization doesn’t keep track of how many South Africans have served in the IDF in recent years, it was definitely far less than the number who serve in the British armed forces.
    ‘A year or two ago, the U.K. High Commissioner said that there were over 1,000 South Africans serving as British Marines,’ Krengel said.
    He added that while the children of South Africans who make aliyah would eventually end up in the IDF when they reached conscription age, it could not be interpreted as a case of South African Jews sending their children to Israel to be part of the army.
    The fewer than 200 families who make aliyah every year come from a big cross-section of the community and are motivated to immigrate to Israel for various reasons, Krengel said.
    ‘They are not going there to join the IDF,’ he said.
    He described Bapela as being part of a very vociferous anti-Israel camp in the ANC, but said his views weren’t shared by the country’s president, deputy president or senior cabinet ministers.
    The mooted change to the law also drew sharp criticism from Mangosuthu Buthelezi, who for 10 years served as Minister of Home Affairs and is head of the opposition Inkatha Freedom Party.
    Buthelezi said he felt frustrated by the ANC’s intention to ‘instruct’ government to change its citizenship laws ‘purely on the basis that a few South Africans are also citizens of Israel, and a few among them may be receiving military training in Israel.’
    Buthelezi pointed out that under current laws a citizen can only lose his or her citizenship for serving in the armed forces of a country with which South Africa is at war.
    ‘We are not at war with Israel,’ he noted.
    ‘One can reach no other conclusion than that the ANC has moved from being ’pro-Palestine’ to being ’anti-Israeli’.’
    Bapela was in the news less than two months ago for comments related to Israel.
    He had harsh words for South African students who visited Israel under the auspices of the South Africa-Israel Forum, saying that they had brought the ANC into disrepute and promising to launch a probe.
    At the time he accused Israel of “offering free trips and holidays to embarrass the ANC.”
    Bapela was also a featured speaker at a protest in March of this year against the South Africa-Israel Expo in Johannesburg.
    During the BDS event, participants were heard shouting “You think this is Israel, we are going to kill you!” and “You Jews do not belong here in South Africa!”

    • Quand est-ce qu’en France on refuse la nationalité à ceux qui participent à une armée israélienne raciste, coloniale et (c’est un pléonasme) coupable de crimes de guerre ?

      Qui aura le courage de le réclamer ?


  • The obvious and curious South African angles of Israel’s FIFA challenge - West of Eden - -
    The irony of history: Former ANC leader and anti-apartheid activist Tokyo Sexwale is pegged to monitor Israeli policies towards Palestinian footballers.
    By Chemi Shalev | May 30, 2015 Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News
    http://www.haaretz.com/blogs/west-of-eden/.premium-1.658781

    Former South African cabinet minister and African National Congress (ANC) leader Tokyo Sexwale figured prominently in Friday’s political drama at international soccer’s FIFA conference in Zurich. Palestinian football chief Jibril Rajoub explicitly mentioned Sexwale as having played a critical role in his decision to withdraw the motion to have Israel expelled. And FIFA President Sepp Blatter, shortly before being reelected to a fifth term in office, unilaterally appointed Sexwale from the podium to head the monitoring committee that will deal with Palestinian grievances, including the demand that five West Bank teams be barred from participating in official Israeli soccer leagues.

    In their rush to declare victory following the frustration of Rajoub’s plan to expel Israel outright, most Israeli politicians and analysts seemed to ignore the potential symbolism and irony of putting a prominent anti-apartheid activist to adjudicate Palestinian claims of Israeli racism and discrimination. The lapse is significant in light of the fact that Palestinians and the boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement view the international boycott of apartheid South Africa – in which sports played a pivotal role – as a precedent and inspiration for their own anti-Israeli campaigns.

    In fact, though white South Africans were stung far more by subsequent boycotts in rugby, cricket and the Olympics, soccer was one of the first arenas in which  non-white South Africa together with the rising Africa-Asian bloc of non-aligned nations scored initial victories against the apartheid regime. FIFA’s first suspension of South Africa in 1961 was temporarily lifted at the behest of Blatter’s apartheid-condoning predecessor, the English Stanley Rous, but was shortly reinstated thereafter until 1976, when the Pretoria regime was expelled altogether following the Soweto Uprisings. South Africa was only reinstated in 1992, after it abolished apartheid.

    Sexwale’s role in Israel’s FIFA drama seems far from straightforward. The 62-year-old Soweto-born ANC leader, who spent 13 years alongside Nelson Mandela in the Robben Island prison, is a former provincial premier, presidential candidate and cabinet minister. As head of his own foundation’s Global Watch, dedicated to fighting discrimination in sports, Sexwale recently toured the West Bank together with Rajoub in order to see the plight of Palestinian footballers first hand. But despite the Israeli government’s reluctance to facilitate his visit as well as a reported scuffle with Israeli soldiers in Hebron, Sexwale’s summation was markedly evenhanded: “What we saw in Palestine in relation to what is happening in Israel is shocking. Palestine is a swollen cheek with tears, but so is Israel. They are two cheeks on the same face, and a resolution to the problem has to be found beyond sport.” 

    Sexwale’s relationship with Blatter himself seems equally complex: In 2011 he helped save Blatter’s career by allowing himself to be photographed with the FIFA president, who was facing harsh criticism at the time after claiming that there was no racism in soccer, and if there was, it could be solved with handshake. More intriguing and current, however, is the fact that Sexwale was a member of the South African organizing committee of the 2010 World Cup that is now figuring prominently in the U.S. indictments of top FIFA officials on charges of corruption. While Sexwale has since assured South Africans that they were justly and legally awarded the right to host the coveted games, speculation is rampant about the identities of “Co-Conspirator #15” and “Co-Conspirator #16”, two “high-ranking South African football and government officials” who are suspected of offering cash for votes in order to make sure the World Cup was held in South Africa.

    According to the indictments, the two suspects served on both the 2010 World Cup organizing committee and on the 2006 South African World Cup bid committee. The reports in South Africa suggest there are only two other officials, in addition to Sexwale, who fit the bill.

    Sexwale also has another Israeli connection: according to press reports, he made a fortune at one time in the diamond and mining business and was involved in a convoluted joint venture in the Congo with controversial Israeli billionaire Dan Gertler, who has himself been at the focus of several criminal inquiries, including those related to former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman. And his financial records have now been subpoenaed by his one time advocate and subsequent wife, with whom he is now embroiled in a widely covered and messy divorce.

    Politics and sports

    Though most historians dispute the narrative that economic sanctions “brought South Africa to its knees," as its proponents claimed, no one denies the devastating influence of the boycott in sports on the white public’s morale: In a 1977 poll, white South Africans listed the lack of international sports as one of the three most damaging aspects of apartheid.  Sports are important everywhere, of course, but in mid-20th century South Africa, as in Australia and New Zealand at the time, they often attained a semi-religious status. In apartheid South Africa, the all-white teams were a source of national pride and racial defiance.

    Throughout its 30-year battle to maintain racially pure squads, the South African government used a slogan frequently uttered by Israeli officials and their FIFA defenders in recent days:  “Keep politics out of sports.” Their non-white challengers, also South African, countered with a slogan that Palestinians have also adapted and adopted as their own: “No normal sports in an abnormal society.”

    Of course, despite the efforts of BDS supporters to draw a direct analogy between the two, Israel’s policy towards the Palestinians, arguable immorality notwithstanding, is no successor to South Africa’s racially motivated white supremacist regime. In fact, without detracting in any way from the existence of rampant racism in Israeli soccer in general and in teams like Beitar Jerusalem in particular, Israeli Jews and Arabs probably mix and collaborate in the Israeli football leagues more than they do in most other sectors of society. And while countless Israelis are soccer crazy, sports in Israel is viewed as no more than a hobby, as its international results attest. If FIFA had expelled Israel on Friday it would have dealt a stinging blow to Israel’s national pride, not necessarily to its sporting convictions.

    Nonetheless, the fear that Israel has reached the point that expulsion by FIFA seemed possible if not imminent is an ominous harbinger of things to come. As the South African precedent proves, sporting arenas offer infinite possibilities for activists to hassle Israel and its teams, in professional associations, official tournaments and bilateral matches, both official and friendly.

    Israelis have conveniently forgotten that their national soccer teams had already been placed in unofficial quarantine in the Asian arena after the 1973 Yom Kippur War and were only accepted to Europe’s UEFA soccer group in 1994 in the wake of the goodwill generated by the previous year’s Oslo Accords. With the current government’s record on peacemaking and general popularity, however, the credit accrued then seems to have finally run out.


  • Mbeki helped draft Cope policy - Mail & Guardian Online
    http://www.mg.co.za/article/2011-01-13-wikileaks-mbeki-helped-draft-cope-policy

    Ousted president Thabo Mbeki was involved in the formation of the African National Congress (ANC) breakaway party, the Congress of the People (Cope), according to a secret United States (US) diplomatic note obtained by Media24, Beeld reported on Thursday.

    These claims have been denied

    #cablegate #Afrique_du_Sud