IN THE RULING party’s newsletter on Friday, an article entitled The ANC must depend on itself to defend and advance the democratic revolution! provided unique if not sinister insights about the ANC’s seemingly embedded racism.
The primary motive force of our national democratic revolution, the ANC and the revolutionary democratic masses it leads, is the principal architect of democracy in our country. It is also the main guarantor of the process of national reconciliation,
which has even given the historical forces of reaction, of various hues, the possibility to continue to exist and freely represent their views and interests within our evolving national democracy.
We must therefore exercise the hegemony we have spoken of not on the basis of access to superior access to repressive force, as has happened elsewhere on our Continent and other parts of the world, but on the basis of the democratic and popular mandate of the majority that was the victim of colonial and apartheid oppression and super-exploitation.
Under a heading of “our historical opponents”:
The first echelon of the opponents of this majority is composed of those who opposed the national liberation struggle, and therefore the national democratic revolution, whom the national democratic revolution deliberately let be, having decided against the Jacobin option. We will now proceed to mention some of these.
After paragraphs denigrating the NP and DA it goes on chillingly to say:
The white population as a whole supported the system of white minority domination and willingly participated in the struggle to defeat the national democratic struggle.
However, the national democratic revolution did nothing to oppress or disintegrate the classes and strata that constituted the white population, including depriving them of their democratic rights and property, and destroying the organisations they had created.
The conclusion that can be arrived at after reading these is that the ANC views all opposition to their movement as racist and reactionary. The implication is that it is only due to the ANC’s benevolence and its commitment to reconciliation that reactionaries are allowed “the possibility to continue to exist”.
Furthermore the ridiculous claim that all whites actively supported apartheid is not only untrue but also racist as it is making a race-based assertion which simply cannot be supported.
Indeed the ANC itself profiles the white woman activist, Helen Joseph, as someone who “dedicated herself single-mindedly to opposing apartheid.”
There a many more examples of white antiapartheid activists. These include:
• ANC members such as Alec Erwin and Ronnie Kasrils
• Helen Suzman and the Progressive Federal Party
• the Black Sash
• End Conscription campaign
• antiapartheid student movements at the former “white” universities
To imply that whites actually deserve “oppression” and “disintegration” as a consequence of their alleged support for apartheid illustrates the dangerously warped thinking that would appear to permeate a race-obsessed organisation with an intolerance of criticism and alternative views.
The comments in this article – and others – does not bode well for democracy, a concept which appears to be the antithesis of the “national democratic revolution” that sprinkles the party’s vitriolic rhetoric.