African National Congress

Zuma and the Real Story of the Capture of the ANC and the State

by Dale T. McKinley

The continuity of corporate capture, of corruption, of the arrogance of state and executive power, of the demobilization of the grassroots, is crucial to understanding what Zuma has done and will continue to do. And this rot did not start with the rise of Zuma to the throne. It is deeply rooted in the politics of the ruling ANC party post-apartheid.

Book Extract: South Africa’s Corporatized Liberation: A Critical Analysis of the ANC in Power

by Dale McKinley

Not only did the ANC consciously choose (before 1994) to turn its ideological and strategic back on the possibilities of organizing a massive wellspring of popular power to pursue much more thoroughgoing systemic change, but it also made a conscious choice after 1994 to exercise its unparalleled political position and power (mostly through the state) in partnership with and in service to capital.

Ahmed Kathrada, Veteran Communist and South African National Liberation Icon, Dies

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Another of South Africa’s founding revolutionaries has been laid to rest. Ahmed Mohamed “Kathy” Kathrada, a stalwart of the African National Congress who was imprisoned on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela, recently wrote “an open letter to President Jacob Zuma, the current leader of the party, that perhaps he should step down in light of accusations of constitutional violations.”

South Africa: The Hyenas are Gathering to Defend Themselves

by Zwelinzima Vavi

The author, the former head of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, says the ruling African National Congress has “hammered another nail in the coffin of the revolutionary morality and values,” and “cannot make the claim that it is a leader of society.” Corruption and neoliberalism have been allowed to triumph, and “those currently in the driving seat have abandoned any notion of transforming our society in favor of the poor.”

It’s All About Power and Money: The Present State of the ANC

by Dale T. McKinley

The African National Congress has morphed from its earlier transition days as a “modern” bourgeois political party designed to consolidate a class-based system of power overlaid with narrow racial interests to an inveterately factionalized, patronage-centered, corrupt, rent seeking and increasingly undemocratic ex-liberation movement.

Reconciliation is Not Decolonization

by BAR columnist Jemima Pierre

Nelson Mandela certainly led an inspirational life, but the “liberation” of South Africa has been the continent’s most spectacular failure. Mandela and his party “reneged on their own Freedom Charter which promised that land, the national mineral wealth, the banking systems, as well as all other industry and trade be nationalized and used to the benefit of South Africa’s majority.”

Eyewitness to America Betraying Mandela's South Africa: The Gore - Mbeki Commission

by Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Nelson Mandela's ANC leadership negotiated the form of the new South Africa on two tracks, the political wrangling in one set of meetings, & the decisions on the nation's economic future separately at another location, headed by Thabo Mbeki. The results were predictable, as Miriam Makeba said: "We got the flag, but they got to keep the money."

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