Saturday, November 18, 2017

ZIMBABWE – Calling a Spade a Spade

Cartoon by Mark Wiggett

So - Zimbabwe’s old heroic freedom-fighter has finally been removed from his throne. There’s no point in celebrating though because at this point in time it seems highly probable that the old tyrant will be succeeded by his Marxist comrade-in-arms, Emmerson Mnangagwa, another heartless tyrant.

What more can I say? The chronology of Zimbabwe’s catastrophic failure has already been well documented over the years. Neighbouring South Africa’s disastrous ruin, my home country, is also being well documented. The political ideologies of both countries are similar and both countries will, in all likelihood, be governed by like-minded corrupt buffoons for many more years to come.

It grieves me though to see how the MSM has cunningly reflected falsehoods as truth, and how they continue to describe these immoral and corrupt African ‘leaders’ as liberators and freedom-fighters.

They are terrorists dammit and nothing has changed!

In my view they were terrorists back then, they ARE still terrorists and they will remain terrorists forever, even when they’re dead - no matter how many statues are erected in their honour to remind the sheeple that they are liberators and not terrorists.

Mangosuthu Buthelezi, one of South Africa’s true great leaders, once published an honest report in his weekly newsletter titled, ZIMBABWE – IT IS TIME TO CALL A SPADE A SPADE. That was way back in the year 2008. It’s worth reading again!

Here is a quote from one paragraph in his newsletter:
For too long, we have blindly chanted the mantra "African solutions to Africa’s problems" as we have stood by and witnessed widespread genocide, ethnic cleansing, pillaging and looting, corruption and nepotism and voter gerrymandering on a grand scale across our continent over the last two decades. ~ Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP.
With that said, it is comforting to see one British journalist, Stephen Glover, speaking the absolute truth about Zimbabwe - calling a spade a spade. Wouldn't it be great if more journalists, writing for the MSM, follow suit with South Africa’s similar predicament?


The forced removal from power of 93-year-old Robert Mugabe should be cause for celebration, since he has been one of the wickedest despots on earth, who in his 37-year rule brought the once prosperous country of Zimbabwe close to ruin.

But unfortunately he seems likely to be succeeded by his former collaborator and Marxist comrade-in-arms, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who until last week was Vice-President. This man is probably as brutal, nasty and tyrannical as Mugabe.

So it grieves me to say that the future for Zimbabwe — the former British colony of Rhodesia — looks as grim today as it did before the army coup against Mugabe. The head of the army, General Chiwenga, is another very unpleasant piece of work.

How did it happen that a country which was once a net exporter of food has been reduced to its pitiable state by self-serving and corrupt politicians who live like kings while some of their people starve, and 90 per cent are unemployed?

The answer to that question is that we, the British, nurtured and succoured Mugabe. He is our creation. Yet there is a widespread view, which must be debunked, that the man was not always a monster, and only became so when left to his own devices.

In the space of a few minutes on Radio 4 yesterday morning, Mugabe was three times described as a 'former freedom-fighter'. Then the Tory MP Nicholas Soames asserted that for a number of years after becoming leader of Zimbabwe in 1980 he had behaved quite well but changed later for the worse. Both notions are utterly wrong.

In truth, Mugabe was always a brute, and he was a terrorist not a 'freedom-fighter'. And almost from the moment he achieved power, he continued in his old ways of murdering his opponents.

But why should anyone be surprised? During the war against Ian Smith's white-minority Rhodesian government in the Seventies, Mugabe's troops were guilty of numerous terrorist atrocities.

In particular, they targeted — which means they killed — white missionaries in the belief that such acts of terror would subjugate rural blacks to their cause. At least 33 missionaries and members of their families were murdered.

In one gruesome incident in June 1978, Mugabe's terrorists — not 'freedom-fighters' — axed, bayonetted and clubbed eight British missionaries and four of their children in eastern Rhodesia. Of five women, most were sexually assaulted before they were killed, and one was mutilated.

After Mugabe became prime minister following the Lancaster House Agreement brokered by the British government, he set about eliminating his enemies. In 1983, a campaign of terror was launched against the Matabele people in western Zimbabwe.

The 'crime' of the Matabele, in Mugabe's mind, was that many of them supported his Matabele rival, Joshua Nkomo. An estimated 20,000 people were slaughtered by Mugabe's Fifth Brigade, which had been trained by North Korea.

So when Nicholas Soames implies all was reasonably hunky-dory until Mugabe started confiscating white-owned farms around the year 2000, he is talking nonsense. I suppose he is seeking to defend his father, Christopher, who was briefly Governor of Rhodesia while the Lancaster House Agreement was implemented.

The British government of the time was similarly deluded. It continued to pet and buttress the Mugabe regime, and Foreign Office types congratulated themselves for having installed such a reasonable fellow. Almost unbelievably, in 1994 he was given an honorary knighthood (of which he was not stripped until 2008).

We sold Mugabe Hawk fighter-trainer aircraft, which were later used by him in an illegal war in the Congo. We also sold some 1,500 Land Rover Defenders to the Zimbabwean police at half price, weakly requesting that they would not be used for riot control. They often were.

It was only when Mugabe illegally seized control of white-owned farms that the scales began to fall from the eyes of his cheerleaders in this country: most of the Labour Party, sections of the Tory Party, the Foreign Office, the BBC and swathes of the British Press.

As many of these farms were given to Mugabe's cronies, most of whom weren't interested in farming, or very proficient at it if they were, agricultural production slumped, and a country that had been the bread basket of Africa was driven into poverty.

It is a sorry tale — as sorry as they come, even in poor, benighted Africa. I don't at all excuse Ian Smith, the white prime minister of Rhodesia who declared independence from Britain in 1965. His fatal flaw was his refusal to encourage moderate African leaders until it was too late.

But in my experience, most black Zimbabweans who remember the Smith era prefer it to what has happened in more recent times under the malign, corrupt and intermittently violent Mugabe regime.

At least Smith (who fought with the RAF as a pilot in the war, and was badly scarred) was not corrupt. A few years before his death in 2007, I interviewed him at home in what was a very modest house in the suburbs of the capital, Harare.

Mugabe, by contrast, has enriched himself grotesquely. His venal wife, Grace (who may have fled the country), has dug her talons even deeper into government coffers, acquiring homes in Dubai and South Africa, as well as a £300,000 Rolls-Royce.

The fascinating question is why commentators and politicians persisted in admiring this ghastly man when it should have been plain to them how bad he was. I think it has something to do with a kind of reverse racism — the assumption that whites in Africa must always be morally at fault.

It didn't weigh with Mugabe's defenders that he was a hard-line Marxist, or that he was happy to use violence (they must surely have known as much), or that before the Lancaster House Agreement he had vowed to appropriate white-owned farms (as he eventually did).

It's true that after Lancaster House the British government hoped the moderate Bishop Abel Muzorewa might win subsequent elections. But when Mugabe triumphed, the Foreign Office quickly persuaded itself he was a decent chap who would play by the rules.

What a tragedy this has been. I remember how, during my first visit to what was still Rhodesia in 1978, a scientist showed me a new sort of high-yield wheat grain which had been developed there. It struck me that this was a sophisticated, rather civilised country.

It's no longer at all civilised or remotely sophisticated. Zimbabwe has been virtually destroyed by a revolution in which only the elite — as is invariably the case — has prospered. What has happened was entirely foreseeable.

Shouldn't those who rooted for Mugabe 30 and 40 years ago examine their consciences? Most of them would never want such a man ruling their own country. Why was he ever considered fit to rule Zimbabwe?

If only this beautiful and fertile land, blessed as it is by hard-working people and ingenious entrepreneurs, could find benevolent and democratic rulers — why, then it could thrive again despite the nightmares of recent decades.

Alas, Robert Mugabe seems likely to be replaced by men just as bad as him. This is a wicked ruling cadre, which our politicians helped to create, and it's not going to vanish simply because we have decided we no longer like it.

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Published on 17 Nov 2017

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NOTE: In 2008, memoirist and journalist Peter Godwin secretly returned to his native Zimbabwe after he thought its notoriously tyrannical leader, Robert Mugabe, had lost an election. The decision was severely risky--foreign journalists had been banned to prevent the world from seeing a corrupt leader's refusal to cede power. Zimbabweans have named this period, simply, THE FEAR. The book was published in 2011.

Godwin bears witness to the torture bases, the burning villages, the opposition leaders in hiding, the last white farmers, and the churchmen and diplomats putting their own lives on the line to stop the carnage. Told with a brilliant eye for detail, THE FEAR is a stunning personal account of a people laid waste by a despot and, armed with nothing but a desire to be free, their astonishing courage and resilience.

The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe

Friday, November 10, 2017

Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back

By Adriaan Basson & Pieter Du Toit

Enemy of the People: How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back

ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE, by Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit, is the first definitive account of Zuma’s catastrophic misrule, offering eyewitness descriptions and cogent analysis of how South Africa was brought to its knees – and how a people fought back.

When Jacob Zuma took over the leadership of the ANC one muggy Polokwane evening in December 2007, he inherited a country where GDP was growing by more than 6% per annum, a party enjoying the support of two-thirds of the electorate, and a unified tripartite alliance. Today, South Africa is caught in the grip of a patronage network, the economy is floundering and the ANC is staring down the barrel of a defeat at the 2019 general elections.

How did we get here?
Zuma first brought to heel his party, Africa’s oldest and most revered liberation movement, subduing and isolating dissidents associated with his predecessor Thabo Mbeki. Then saw the emergence of the tenderpreneur and those attempting to capture the state, as well as a network of family, friends and business associates that has become so deeply embedded that it has, in effect, replaced many parts of government. Zuma opened up the state to industrial-scale levels of corruption, causing irreparable damage to state enterprises, institutions of democracy, and the ANC itself.

But it hasn’t all gone Zuma’s way. Former allies have peeled away. A new era of activism has arisen and outspoken civil servants have stepped forward to join a cross-section of civil society and a robust media. As a divided ANC square off for the elective conference in December, where there is everything to gain or to lose, award-winning journalists Adriaan Basson and Pieter du Toit offer a brilliant and up-to-date account of the Zuma era.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Biggest Political Exposé to Hit South Africa

The BIGGEST political exposé to hit South Africa by JACQUES PAUW

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw exposes the darkest secret at the heart of Jacob Zuma’s compromised government: a cancerous cabal that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women. 

As Zuma fights for his political life following the 2017 Gupta emails leak, this cabal – the president’s keepers – ensures that after years of ruinous rule, he remains in power and out of prison. But is Zuma the puppet master, or their puppet?

Journey with Pauw as he explores the shadow mafia state. From KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape to the corridors of power in Pretoria and Johannesburg – and even to clandestine meetings in Russia. It’s a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers as Pauw prises open the web of deceit that surrounds the fourth president of the democratic era.

"An amazing piece of work, stuffed with anecdote and evidence. It will light fires all through the state and the ANC." ~ Peter Bruce

"This is dynamite. Dynamite that will shake the foundations of the halls of power." ~ Max du Preez

"Once our government starts ‘banning’ books and acting against authors, we are on a slippery, apartheid-style slope" - one that is also tantamount to "full-blown censorship, the suppression of freedom of expression, and the violation of our Constitution," - statement by SaveSA

Press Release from NB Publishers:
November 3, 2017

NB Publishers, the publishers of The President’s Keepers by Jacques Pauw, has received a cease-and-desist letter from the State Security Agency (SSA) demanding that we withdraw the book from the stores and retract parts of the book.

The SSA is further threatening to go to court to get an “interdict preventing [NB Publishers] from further distribution, further printing, publishing or promotion of the book” should we not withdraw it from the book shops, and “institute criminal charges against you and any other individual concerned in relation to those parts of the book which are in violation of the relevant statutes.”

The SSA says in the lawyer’s letter, sent this week, that: “… we record that the book contains parts that are in contravention of the Intelligence Service Act, Act 65 of 2002”.

“As our client is constitutionally mandated to ensure the security of the State and protect the identity of its members and agents, it has a duty to act in instances where such security is breached either by disclosure of its legitimate operational methods, classified documents, as well as the identity of its agents,” says the letter.

This follows the publication of Jacques Pauw’s explosive new book, The President’s Keepers, by Tafelberg, an imprint of NB Publishers, on 29 October 2017.

In the book, the highly respected journalist and author Pauw – who exposed the apartheid-era Vlakplaas death squads when he worked for the anti-apartheid Vrye Weekblad newspaper – blows the lid off South Africa’s gangster state. The President’s Keepers exposes how millions of rands of tax payers’ money flowed into the bank accounts of bogus spies among other stunning revelations about President Jacob Zuma’s compromised government and dirty tricks in SA’s law-enforcement agencies.

NB Publishers stands by our author, Jacques Pauw, and the book, The President’s Keepers. Our attorney will respond to the SSA’s letter.

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Wish I could read this faster
By Sonja O on October 29, 2017
Gripping 1st couple of pages, couldn't wait to finish the chapter to write a review. If you've read, Rogue by Johann van Loggerenberg, Blood on their Hands by Gen Johan Booysen, Betrayel of the Promise, Peaceful Revolution by Niel Barnard (so many others to mention but these are recent), then I think Mr Pauw's book is about to fill in some gaps and judging by his writing style, I'm not going to get much done but read.

Shock and horror
By Kindle Customer on October 29, 2017
Absolute shock and horror for a country that once had much potential. If just a quarter of the content of this book is true, South Africa is in deep deep trouble. What lays ahead? Nobody can tell. But it doesn't look good by any account. Countries don't revive from damage like this by mere replacement of a compromised president and cabinet. The damage is deep. It will take many years to repair. And who will be there to do so? Good luck, South Africa, you're going to need it.

An extraordinary book
By JH on October 31, 2017
This is an extraordinary book, laying bare the awful cancerous rot that keeps Jacob Zuma in power and out of jail. It reads like a spy thriller. If only it were fiction, not nightmarish fact. In devastating, forensic detail, Jacques Pauw peels away the layers of corruption and criminality to expose a toxic presidency and the coterie of crooks and gangsters destroying South Africa. It is a book that every South African should read.

“He is a gangster like us”!
By Paul Pregnolato on November 2, 2017
I bought the hard copy last night at Exclusive Books at the V&A - I’m 128 pages in and It is absolutely mind-boggling at how utterly corrupt Zuma and his gang are - Nkandla is small fry compared to some of the revelations in this book - and how the machinations of a coeterie of greedy, unprincipled and corrupt thugs have brought this country to the brink of economic implosion. One comment by Glenn Agliotti (he of Brett Kebble imfamy) sums it up best:

“He [Zuma] is a gangster like us”

Fascinating and frightening in equal measure and a definite must-have if you have half a brain and give a damn about South Africa.

Brilliant journalism as always from Jacques Pauw
By Mike Campbell on October 29, 2017
Absolutely mind blowing! Brilliant journalism as always from Jacques Pauw.

Reads like a thriller
By Monica Rubombora on November 3, 2017
Rushed to buy the book because the headline news was that it was about to get banned. Just read through a few chapters & thus far it does read like a thriller. Still not sure what to make of it yet.

Five Stars
By Anthony Collins on November 3, 2017
A brilliant expose of the Zuma goverment in South Africa

Informing the public
By justin beswick on November 3, 2017
Crucial information now in the public domain that further informs the citizens of South Africa about the ongoing corruption around Zuma and his cronies.

The President's Keepers: Those keeping Zuma in power and out of prison


UPDATE - 5 NOV 2017
Facebook message by Jacques Pauw, dated 5 November 2017
"I have been inundated with requests from people who want to pay me for the free PDF copies of The President’s Keepers that they downloaded from the internet. I am not going to accept any money. This is my take: if you have a PDF copy and can afford to buy a book, please do it. Erase the PDF and buy a book or the kindle version. If you can't find a book now, read the PDF but you should still order a book. If you cannot afford a book, go for it and read it. You have my blessing. This is not about money. It is about your support that is going to enable us to legally lock horns with SARS, the State Security Agency and whoever else drags us to court. We face the potential of a multitude of legal challenges, both criminal and civil. If you read the book, you will realize that it is a tried and tested strategy of the State to legally worn out their enemies. This might well be another of those cases. It was incredibly brave of Nasionale Boeke and Tafelberg to publish this book, and we have already incurred substantial legal costs in the run-up to publication. It has the potential to be massive. According to the SSA, it will start this week when they bring an urgent application to remove the book from the shelves. We are not intimidated. We are printing even more books. Just Exclusives Books has ordered another 15,000 copies. There will be books available. You can order so long if you can't find a copy right away." - Jacques Pauw (Facebook)

UPDATE - 9 NOV 2017
“There was a time I was regarded as a communist. There was a time when my mother asked me to write under a pseudonym because I was a disgrace to the family…” – Jacques Pauw on YouTube

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