The preamble of the Freedom Charter written on the holding cell wall where the Rivonia Trialists were held at the Palace of Justice in Pretoria, centre;

There were several organisations that fought for the liberation of South Africa (Azania). Three became known: the ANC, PAC and BCM (Black Consciousness Movement).
They were guided by their ideologies, especially in terms of what economic system they preferred. The ANC of 1957 adopted the Freedom Charter and refers to itself as a broad church.

The PAC adopted an Africanist socialist democracy as its preferred economic system. Mangaliso Robert Sobukwe said white supremacy, colonialism, imperialism and capitalism must be destroyed. Sobukwe died 40 years ago from poisoning by the apartheid government.

The BCM is a socialist organisation. Steve Biko was in favour of establishing an egalitarian society and spoke out against racism. He completely ruled out capitalism. He also condemned colonialism and imperialism.

Leaders of the PAC and BCM were martyred. They were prepared to die for what they believed in.

Today marks the 41st anniversary of the brutal murder of Biko at the hands of the apartheid government.

In the 1980s, some leaders of the ANC held secret negotiations with apartheid government officials and captains of industry brokered by the imperialists. The PAC and BCM were completely left out, only to be invited when the secret negotiations were a fait accompli.

Murdered Black Consciousness founder Steve Bantu Biko. Picture: Cheryl Ammon/EX-QDMS

PAC leaders who succeeded Zeph Mothopeng and Jafta Masemola jumped on the negotiations bandwagon after the death by poisoning of Mothopeng and Masemola’s assassination. Azapo, which is one of the BCM formations, completely rejected participation in those negotiations that were initiated in secret.

A rigged election with no voters roll whose outcome was predetermined was arranged in April 1994. As expected, the ANC was anointed the governing party after “winning”.

It is becoming clearer every day that the ANC is ruling on behalf of the white power structure and that South Africa is not a sovereign state.

The ANC came to power through crooked secret negotiations and a rigged election and have disregarded PAC and BCM ideals for which leaders of these organisations gave their lives.

They are undaunted by the discontent of millions of supporters of these organisations engendered by the crises of capitalism.

Ralph Miliband wrote: “Socialism postulates that an altogether different economic system will in due course come to replace capitalism, and this economic system will be based on the principle that no person should work for the private enrichment of another and under conditions of enforced subordination; and wage labour will be taken to be as morally repugnant as slavery or serfdom are now viewed”.

Capitalism is an antiquated, crisis- ridden system that dominates the world. The PAC and BCM fought for a more humane system.

The Steinhoff saga - where public pensions held by the Public Investment Corporation (PIC) were invested as hedge funds at Steinhoff and squandered in speculative gambling - is indicative of the crisis of capitalism.

When called to account, former Steinhoff chief executive Markus Jooste just spewed gobbledygook.

A warrant for his arrest hasn’t been issued and one wonders what the Hawks are waiting for. Some of these white supremacists are a law unto themselves, which is another sign of the crisis of capitalism. Capitalism knows no law nor morality.

Late PAC stalwart Robert Sobukwe. Picture supplied

Another crisis of capitalism is that the special pension funds for Struggle veterans held at Treasury were squandered. The Khulumani Support Group, led by Dr Marjorie Jobson, intended to take Treasury to court through the Legal Resources Centre, headed by advocate George Bizos, to clean the rot, but that has come to naught because they were persuaded to settle the matter out of court.

Mike Stainbank, the originator of the Apartheid Museum, has been swindled in broad daylight by some white guys in cahoots with the judiciary, executive and the legislature.

He says the judiciary has been captured by white supremacists. He has deposed an elaborate affidavit to Justice Raymond Zondo, who chairs the inquiry into state capture, but Justice Zondo has ignored his submission. Therefore, he is probably not going to be listed as a witness to testify.

The idea of the Apartheid Museum is Stainbank’s and he has documents to prove it. However, these white guys claim it is their idea. But they don’t have the documents to prove it. Yet the judiciary ruled in these white thugs’ favour. This too supports the idea of the crisis of capitalism.

State capture itself is a manifestation of the crisis of capitalism.

Ditshego is an independent researcher and fellow at the Pan Africanist Research Institute (PARI).

Views expressed here are not necess- arily those of Independent Media.

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