DID THEY EVER KNOW THAT THEY WERE FREE?
Themba Mdlalose
28 August 2017

In the past few years the ANC has been full of surprises for South Africans. We only have ourselves to blame for our inability to predict the ANC. Even a cursory study of the history of the ANC should enable us to know what to expect from the ANC. A lot of the historical data I shall summarise below has appeared in a number of my posts in the past few months.

Pre colonial African society was semi feudal with royalty at the top and aristocratic families. At the bottom was a majority of commoners. The first Africans to get a western education during the 19th century were Christian converts many of whom resided in and around mission stations which were established by a variety of denominations around the country.

The Christian converts were almost invariably sourced from the commoners. Obviously, western education had the effect of boosting the social status of commoners beyond the level of aristocratic families. By the end of the 19th century there were more than 400 African university graduates who had obtained their qualifications from American or European universities.

The African elites who established the ANC in 1912 came from this cohort of graduates. The original ANC took the form of an alliance between these graduates and the chiefs. It was an alliance at the expense of the commoners who were almost immediately afterwards used to curry favour with the white government.

The ANC was responsible for recruiting blacks in 1914 to go to Europe to become war labourers or war slaves given that they were only given great coats and bicycles after the war. They repeated this again in 1940 after the outbreak of the second world war. The only grievance of the elites who formed the ANC was that, despite their education, they had been excluded in the political settlement in terms of which the Union was established. Their fight was for inclusion and they were prepared to use the corpses of the commoners as stepping stones to that inclusion.

During the 1940s the Youth League [ANCYL] was born and transformed the ANC from a gentlemen’s club into a mass movement which engaged in militant protests. During the late 1940s the National Party [NP] came into power and practised zero tolerance to political activism and thus drove the ANC into exile and the armed struggle.

The educated elites who led the ANC came to be known as Nkokhelis. For want of a better word I shall call the rest uQuqaba. In exile a third class of ANC cadre emerged. These were members of the security department which was known as iMbokodo. They were as ruthless and brutal as the apartheid security police. Their main role was to root out apartheid spies from the movement. But they were so inept in their job that they persecuted, tortured and killed many innocent ANC members.

For example one of the “techniques” of smelling out spies was to ask ANC members when they got to know about the ANC. If they said they knew about the ANC before they left South Africa it was concluded that they must have been recruited by the apartheid security police and therefore they were spies. The Mbokodo was also used to brutally enforce a master slave relationship between Nkokhelis and Quqabas.

In military camps there would be sleeping quarters for uQuqaba and admin buildings where the Nkokheli’s lived together with female soldiers. The uQuqaba did all the menial jobs including doing washing for Nkokheli’s and slaughtering sheep for them which they consumed alone in the admin building with copious supplies of liquor while the uQuqaba hardly ever tasted fresh meat except for an occasional wild animal they shot.

The Nkokheli’s would sometimes force themselves on the girlfriends and even wives of uQuqaba who had to keep quiet for fear of being collected by iMbokodo and sent to torture camps where it took a lot of luck to survive. This treatment of uQuqaba incited a lot of mutinies in military camps which often ended in bloodshed.

Membership of iMbokodo was an easy and quick way for a member of uQuqaba to rise in rank above his peers despite lack of intelligence and education. Jacob Zuma went to Robben island as an illiterate young man who was trying to join MK. After he was released and went into exile he rapidly became a very high ranking member of iMbokodo.

The ANC was led by Nkokhelis from 1912 to 2007 when the Mbokodo class took over the reigns of the organization. No sooner had the Mbokodos assumed power than they set about undermining the constitution. That is what state capture is all about. The first state capture project, which was to amass wealth has been accomplished successfully. The second and last state capture project is to exempt the looters from the constitution so as to avoid prosecution for life.

The first phase of the second project has already been accomplished. The prosecuting office has been temporarily disabled. The final phase will be to disable the prosecuting office permanently. This entails making sure that the Mbokodos remain in power in perpetuity: i.e. “till Jesus comes back”. That will be a simple matter to accomplish through the Independent electoral Commission office. To avoid that someone will have to come up with a counter offer to the IEC boss of more than R600 million.

People keep asking how the ANC MPs could continue protecting Zuma even when given a secret vote. Those guys are former uQuqaba from the ANC camps. They are thoroughly brainwashed and terrified of Zuma. They were picked up from the doghouse they were used to in exile and given R1million plus salaries. The party made them what they are. To all ANC members the party comes before South Africa and they have made no secret of that.

Ordinary South Africans are like a baboon that was shackled to a tree near the farmhouse for most of its life. Then the shackles were suddenly removed but the baboon lingered around the tree for years. It was the only neighbourhood the baboon was familiar with. The Mbokodos are about to fasten the shackles again. The baboon will never know the difference. It never knew that it was once given freedom. They have always voted ANC. That is the only consolation.