Ex-South African president FW de Klerk criticised the ANC regime's affirmative action laws as ‘racist and unconstitutional’ in an internet interview with the Afrikaans-language Radio Solidarity in Pretoria this week.
The country’s last Afrikaner president warned that black economic empowerment (BEE) laws had caused most Afrikaner whites to become destitute and homeless within just 15 years. He said this was 'not what had been envisioned' when the country’s Constitution was rewritten when he handed over hegemony to Nelson Mandela in 1994.
De Klerk however, made no mention of his concerns about the abuse of the South African Constitution in his recent English-language speech to the Royal Commonwealth Society in London, on May 12 2009 nor did he speak up about the serious erosion of rights of his own people when speaking at the National Press Club at Washington DC on May 7 2009.
De Klerk clearly practices self-censorship limiting his criticism of the ANC’s slanted Constitutional practices only when speaking publicly in Afrikaans - singing an entirely different tune on the international speakers’ circuit where he addresses his adoring audiences in English.
The question must be asked: Why does the last Afrikaner president of South Africa only dare to stand up for the rights of his own people in Afrikaans -- but not on a foreign platform when he speaks in English?Racist and discriminatory
De Klerk said in the Solidarity trade union's Afrikaans-language radio interview that the ANC’s ‘current affirmative action programme is racist and discriminatory.” He was the country’s last Afrikaner president and won the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with Mandela for his actions - worth about $1 million in cash - which he shared with Mr Mandela. He has since then earned by public speaking engagements internationally. It would be interesting if he were to repeat this particularly critical speech anywhere else in public. He can be booked here.
De Klerk said the ANC's current Black-Economic-Empowerment laws -- which bars the vast majority of whites from the entire labour market and also from higher education, and the judiciary is used to deliberately destroy the Afrikaners’ cultural rights and force them to educate their children in a foreign language -- totally against the South African Constitution's Article 9(2).The radio programme can be heard online by clicking here (Solidarity's website).
Said De Klerk: "Negotiators at that time never envisioned that demands for 'demographic representation' would be expanded to all levels of society as is now being done,' he said. The article states that the way the Constitution was written, affirmative action was only ever meant to be applied to the judiciary and to government service – but nothing more.
“Affirmative action is not in step with the Constitution which was only ever meant to be applied to government service and the judiciary. Now it is being slanted and applied across the country across the entire spectrum including the civilian, business and cultural world. That is not contained in the Constitution's article 9(2) at all”, De Klerk said.‘On the positive side: 13-million children on state-allowances’
De Klerk was however full of praise for the ANC in his speech to the Royal Commonwealth Society in London on May 12 2009, noting that ‘South Africa had much to celebrate: ‘despite a few minor administrative hitches’ … our elections on 22 April were as free and fair as those of any other constitutional democracy’. … ‘The transfer of power from one president to the next took place peacefully and constitutionally and was covered by our free and sometimes very critical media.’ Also seen as a plus point by South Africa’s last Afrikaner president was the fact that ‘since 1994 the government has built more that 3 million houses for disadvantaged communities, extended water and electricity services to more than 70% of all households – and thirteen million children and old-age pensioners now receive state allowances.”Afrikaners used to employ millions of black South Africans
This explains also why South African taxpayers now find themselves forking over more than 58% in various taxes, from council to national taxes. Yet this taxpayer-base is still shrinking rapidly, mainly because of the ANC’s black-economic-empowerment laws, which causes the impoverishment of a great many once very viable taxpayers and employers of millions of black South Africans -- namely whites.
About the future of the South African Constitution, De Klerk only had the following to say to the Royal Commonwealth Society in London where he, of course, spoke in English:“Mr Zuma has also made a number of statements that have raised doubts regarding his commitment to the independence of our courts – and particularly of our Constitutional Court. Referring to the Chief Justice he is reported to have said ‘I don’t think we should have people who are almost like God in a democracy…Why? - Are they not human beings?’
“He (Zuma) also criticized the Deputy Chief Justice, Mr Dikgang Moseneke, and said that the Judicial Service Commission should review the status of the Constitutional Court’’. De Klerk noted that ‘Mr Zuma’s remarks must be seen in the context of previous ANC moves to dilute the independence of the courts and an ANC resolution at the Polokwane conference in December 2007 to introduce new legislation to transform the judiciary’.
Government can now interfere at will in municipal affairs
De Klerk then warns:
“Zuma and other prominent ANC leaders have since then repeatedly emphasized that they will respect the Constitution and will do nothing to undermine the courts.“However, just before the election the cabinet approved a constitutional amendment that will empower the national government to interfere a t will in the affairs of municipalities. Supporters claim that the legislation will enable the government to ensure effective service delivery in South Africa’s many dysfunctional municipalities.
“Critics fear that the real purpose may be to give government effective power to overrule duly elected local authorities in municipalities run by the opposition – and in the municipalities that opposition parties may win in the 2011 elections. The proposed Constitutional amendment could be the first major test of the Zuma presidency.”
Why does De Klerk criticise the ANC’s Constitutional abuses only in Afrikaans?
De Klerk was equally negative about the country ‘having the highest number of HIV infected people in the world …”primarily because of the AIDS denialism of former President Thabo Mbeki; almost 50% of South Africans live in poverty; and our GINI coefficient - which measures inequality in societies - has remained virtually constant at .66 since 1994.’”Speaking in London he noted that ‘one of the main causes of poverty and inequality is our very high and persistent unemployment rate. At least 30% of black South Africans are unemployed or have given up looking for work. Unemployment in turn, has its roots in the dismal failure of our education system to prepare entrants for the labour market; in the effects of global competition; and in our rigid labour laws. All this has been aggravated by the influx across our porous borders of uncounted millions of economic refugees from other African countries. Unemployment and poverty are, again, among the main causes of the unacceptable levels of vi olent crime that we experience..'
Clearly, he (De Klerk) does not fear criticising the ANC-government’s performance on any other matter. Yet during two ideal international opportunities to air his discontent, De Klerk kept silent. He has thus far reserved those particular concerns only for broadcasting on an Afrikaans-language internet-radio run by the Afrikaner trade union Solidarity.
Why does Frederick Willem de Klerk, scion of one of South Africa’s foremost Afrikaner Reformed Church families want to keep quiet about the ethnic cleansing laws which are targeting his own people whenever he speaks in English? http://www.fwdklerk.org.za/speeches.php
Picture: Afrikaner pupils recently protested against the fact that they are being denied mother-tongue education in their home language Afrikaans under the ANC-regime’s so-called black-economic-empowerment laws.
This perverted application of the Constitution by the ANC-regime in turn has also directly led to the current impoverishment of the majority of Afrikaners. They are being steadily forced out of traditionally Afrikaner towns such as Pietersburg, Pretoria, Vereeniging, Vanderbijlpark and the northern suburbs of Cape Town. The ANC is demolishing Afrikaner cultural heritage by renaming traditional Afrikaner towns en masse. The poorest Afrikaners are also denied public housing and social welfare benefits and most are forced to survive only on marginal land sites where they live as paupers.
There are numerous reports of how Afrikaners are maltreated in public hospitals because of their ethnicity. The majority of Afrikaner high school graduates are denied access to public educational facilities inside South Africa. Hundreds of thousands of their best educated people have already been forced to leave the country of their birth in search of paying jobs abroad which are denied to them in their own country simply because of their ethnicity. http://www.solidaritysa.co.za/Tuis/wmview.php?ArtID=2449Shortage of nursing staff now a deadly danger for the country - http://www.solidaritysa.co.za/Tuis/wmview.php?ArtID=2443
Welfare budget above 31% of GDP
Pretoria - Top South African economist Mike Schussler warned that the country now has far too few taxpayers to support its many millions of people on welfare. There’s even less tax-revenue coming in this year than ever before with mines closing down and automotive sales still slipping.Only 5,3-million taxpayers in 2008 … and shrinking fast
In 2008, there only were just 5.3m taxpayers left in South Africa [supporting approx. 47 million] – including corporate taxpayers -- and this number is still shrinking rapidly because the country is bleeding thousands of mining and engineering jobs this year: in fact, the State is expected to receive R12 billion less in taxes in 2009 than it did last year; yet at least 13-million of South Africa's 47-million official residents are on welfare- and food-aid handouts. For the first time in its history, South Africa's social-welfare budget now exceeds 31% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product and the country has also shifted from a major food-exporter to a net importer of staple foods for the first time in its history.
Schussler warned that all this was 'a worrying burden on the tax-payer.'No kidding: the Nedbank Group economic unit predicts a shortfall in tax revenue of R9.6bn for the 2008/09 fiscal year from the reduced Value-Added-Tax payments too because there's a dramatic collapse in consumer-spending on durable goods; and the automotive industry and South African Airways still needs billions more to prop it up for another year. Question: What’s the difference between direct social welfare benefit payouts and ‘bridging finance’ to SAA and car-assembly plants? Answer: social welfare recipients don’t get fat-cat director salaries to sit on their duffs while destroying their companies.
Mines continue to shut down
Picture: Solidarity trade union warns that tens of thousands of mostly Afrikaner mineworkers are facing serious job losses and permanent destitution with their families in the Eastvaal region alone this month from the pending closure of the black-owned Padmodzi gold mines. The workers haven’t been paid properly for months and trade union Solidarity’s Helping Hand Charity has had to jump in to help feed their families. It had been one of the best gold-bearing mines in South Africa.
The country’s taxpayer base is shrinking rapidly -- not only due to the mine-closures - but also because of the dramatic emigration of South Africa’s best-qualified people, coupled to the huge number of job losses in the steel and engineering industries.
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers has again asked the ANC-regime as it has done for several years now, to prop up their collapsing industry with 'bridging finance' complaining that their car sales had dropped by 24% in 2008 on top of the 9% drop in sales they’d already suffered in 2007. Vehicle exports dropped to 195,000 units in 2008 and are predicted to fall below 140,000 units in 2009.
The government has also decided to pump yet another R1.6 billion into its consistently underperforming national airline South African Airways - or a whopping R160,000 for each employee. Schussler says the government should sell SAA instead.
And even less state-revenue was coming in due to the previous finance minister's decision to delay the mining royalty payouts because of 'falling commodity prices' and with many mines under threat of closure.Without a working electricity grid, South Africa will collapse
Still, Schussler believes the government should continue propping up state-owned electricity utility Eskom with its debt guarantee of R176bn. Indeed, without a working electricity grid, South Africa will rapidly come to a grinding halt as last year’s ‘rolling blackouts’ demonstrated. In fact these blackouts prompted many mines to actually close because the government could not guarantee them a safe steady electricity supply any longer.
Meanwhile, with the national election on April 22, the voters needed sweetening up and fast, so huge amounts of taxpayer money is to be doled out on social-welfare projects which will never earn any income or revenues in return namely;
- R12bn more for social grants this year;
- R45bn more for provinces to ‘improve education, health, roads and rural development’;
- R10.9bn more for free housing, water, sanitation and municipal services;
- R5.4bn more for improving the criminal justice sector (overhaul of fingerprint/DNA databases);
- R6.4bn more for public transport, national roads and rail infrastructure.
- R780bn for public infrastructure spending for next five years;
And, to top it all don’t forget the growing health budget because of the runaway epidemics of AIDS and XDR-TB and the fact that at least 13-million South Africans can’t afford a square meal a week anymore.
Somebody is going to have to keep propping up this collapsing society and South Africa’s 5,3-million taxpayers cannot possibly do this on their own.
Source: Adriana Stuijt