WONDERLAND OF SOUTH AFRICAN POLITICS
BEHIND THE NEWS JUNE 1980
The Grand Design
Africa is now a king-piece in the game and a great hand hovers over it; the hand which built Johannesburg on feet of gold…which reaches down for mining labor into the loneliest kraal, which spread the Communist area, by arms and not by conviction, from the center of Europe to the Pacific, which set up the Political Zionists in Arabia.
The future, for Africa, will be absorbing to watch. In the final throws of the great twentieth-century game, it has been added to the stakes. DOUGLAS REED.
“’Curiouser and curiouser!’ Cried Alice”.
Most South Africans today are thoroughly confused, even somewhat demoralized. About what is happening in our part of the world – and the speech by the Foreign Minister, Mr. R.F. (Pik) Botha, in Parliament on May 19 only added to the dreamlike atmosphere of anxiety and unreality.
For, what could have been more dreamlike, and disturbing, more out of touch with reality, than the Minister’s suggestion that the West should consider launching a war, even a nuclear war, against the Soviet Union to prevent further “Russian” Marxist expansionism?
Mr. R.F. Botha appears to have been grossly misinformed by his country’s own security services, whose business it is to find out what is happening and why.
A question that will suggest itself to anyone has not given up all attempts to understand, is this: Why should Mr. R.F. Botha be so disturbed about Marxist expansion in Africa after having so recently accommodated himself to Marxist take-overs in Mozambique and Rhodesia?
Mr. Botha talks now about the need for what he calls “a positive view” of relations with the new Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), and he smiled approval at the suggestion from the opposition Progressive Reform Party (PFP) that the South African Prime Minister, Mr. P.W. Botha, should seek a meeting with Mr. Robert Mugabe, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe.
Why be concerned about Marxist expansion now, when even Mr. Harry Oppenheimer, the personification of “capitalism” in Southern Africa, seems to have had a mutually satisfactory meeting with Zimbabwe’s Marxist Prime Minister, and has agreed to pump in more investment funds?
But, of course, we had forgotten? Or had we? Victory at the polls has magically “transformed” Mugabe! Perish the thought that a Patriotic Front placed in power with Soviet and Communist Chinese arms, and whose victory is still being applauded behind the Iron and Bamboo curtains, should still be Marxist! Isn’t it wonderful how these dreadful Marxists selflessly help the super-capitalists to reach their objectives!
The multinational companies are now flocking into Zimbabwe, just as they flocked into Mozambique from the very moment of a much publicized “Marxist” take-over – there also with massive Soviet and Communist Chinese assistance.
Mr. R.F. Botha seldom opens his mouth these days without exhibiting a mind dangerously out of register with realities. In a BBC interview broadcast on May 22 he said that he was surprised and disappointed at the lack of credit the Western states, especially America, had given his government for its internal initiatives.
What does this mean if it does not mean that Mr. R.F. Botha cannot understand their attitude and their reactions? Doe he not realize that this is a shameful admission for a Foreign Minister? Having spent score of hours talking with the representatives of the external powers, assisted further by a national security and intelligence service costing millions of rands a year, not to mention a diplomatic service in continuous communication with the foreign governments isn’t it time he understood the nature of the forces and motives at work in the present undeclared war against South Africa?
We used to hear the same sickening refrain from Mr. Botha’s previous boss, Mr. John Vorster, who was forever complaining that he “couldn’t understand” American policy in Africa.
The prevailing state of confusion in the public mind can easily be explained – but how many would understand the explanation, no matter how simply stated?
Every statement uttered in Parliament by spokesmen of Government and opposition, and everything issued by way of news and comment by the newspapers and radio, in either official language, is based on a spurious set of promises. Worse still, it is the spurious set of premises prescribed by the forces seeking revolutionary change in Southern Africa.
By “spurious premises” we mean a whole set of falsehoods which are never stated in so many words, inviting possible challenge, but falsehoods merely taken for granted and palmed off as truth, like the suggestion that South Africa’s enemies are all “Russians” and “Marxists”, the suggestion that Soviet Communism and Western capitalism are in deadly opposition, and scores of other falsehoods too numerous to mention here.
All together, these falsehoods, strenuously and consistently promoted in the media, represent a spurious interpretation of contemporary history an interpretation of history designed to promote the interests not of Communism, as such, but of a 20th century revolutionary imperialism of money, with Communism as no more than one of its major functions.
Not surprisingly, therefore, that Mr. R.F. Botha, like former Prime Minister John Vorster, persists in the regarding the United States of America as his “leader” in the Western world.
Evidence of American revolutionary activity in South Africa, evidence which the media ignore, but which no one has dared to challenge, passes over Mr. R.F. Botha like water on a duck’s back.
Anyone who makes the least effort to find out must realize, as did Mr. Justice Steyn recently, that “the prime objective of the United States” is to set up a Black majority government in South Africa.* Mr. Steyn says so in his Commission’s report on the handling of news from police and army sources.
The American ambassador’s aircraft has been used for photographic spying;** the US Information services continue to be used for subversive purposes. But, don’t tell that to Mr. R.F. Botha – he won’t hear you; on that subject he is deaf in both ears, and blind as well. The Americans “lead” in the crusade against the “Russians” and he follows; period. Nor would it help to point out what is about to become common knowledge: that “the Russian navy” (Mr. Botha’s “shark in the Indian Ocean”) was as good as given to the Soviet Union, along with the rest of their war machine.***
Is it possible that any South African political leader could continue to regard America’s present politicians as his “leaders” unless he has reconciled himself in advance to the fulfilment of known America objectives in Southern Africa?
Are we not seeing an attempt being made in Southern Africa to achieve the objectives of an invading imperialism of money, as in Rhodesia, by the only possible means – a costly piecemeal surrender passed off on a confused electorate as “resistance”?
Wheeling and Dealing
Mr. R.F. Botha is quoted by DIE TRANSVALER as saying that the South West Africa question had been so “thoroughly internationalized” that any settlement not gaining international recognition was “unthinkable”.
Mr. Ian Smith in Rhodesia put it in slightly different words: a settlement with Rhodesia’s enemies was held up always as the “first prize”. If the Rhodesians had known from the first – as they were warned again and again – what form that “first prize” would take, would they have been willing to sacrifice so many of their sons and husbands and endure so many years of danger and hardship? Would they have been willing to pay so high a price for what turned out to be no more than a prolongation of a process of wheeling and dealing among politicians, some of whom – their leader included – today cheerfully co-operate with the other side?
Mr. R.F. Botha does not have any excuse for not knowing that the South West African People’s Organization (SWAPO) has been set up by external forces as a government-in-waiting for South West Africa. He has no excuse for not knowing that SWAPO (like the so-called Patriotic Front in Rhodesia) draws just as much support, both moral and physical, from western countries as from the Soviet Union.
Therefore, it can be safely predicted that unless the present process of wheeling and dealing with external powers is brought to a halt by political developments inside South Africa, all Southern Africa will yield to an invading imperialism of money spearheaded, as in so many other places around the world, by a Marxist revolutionary taskforce.
The Rhodesian drama is being repeated to the last detail – the same hostile forces at work, the techniques of pressure, persuasion and subversion, the same ambivalent Reponses from the politicians in power.
However, we can draw some comfort from the old adage that history is seldom repeated exactly. For all that the two countries had in common, there is one important difference between Rhodesia and South Africa.
The South Africans – the Afrikaners in particular – had to struggle for close to a century against the very forces which seek their overthrow today – the geldmag (money-power) as they call it, an invading imperialism of money – and they have not forgotten the price in blood and suffering and treasure they had to pay for their present independence.****
A national spirit has always burned brightly in South Africa, in Rhodesia it was a British national spirit that prevailed – and it was the British Government in the homeland who betrayed them, as it was that of the Portuguese in Portugal who betrayed the Portuguese people in Angola and Mozambique.
Whatever is destined to be the final result, we may be sure that South Africa will be a much harder nut to crack. Already we signs of awakening of a kind that were never seen in Rhodesia, one of the most recent these being the by-election at Fauresmith in the Orange Free State, where not even the concentrated efforts of a dozen cabinet members, including the Prime Minister, all talking like old-time Nationalists (for a change), could prevent a huge increase in the anti-government vote.
Nothing of the kind ever happened in Rhodesia where, in Old Testament fashion, those who uttered warnings were driven into the wilderness.
- See ‘Behind Communism in Africa’ by Ivor Benson; ** ‘Behind the News, May 1979 (US Spy scandal); *** ‘National Suicide’ by Dr. Anthony Sutton; **** Die Gelmag, SA se onsigbare regering’ by B.M. Schoeman (In Afrikaans).