Cubans, Angolans and Namibians, fought along with the ANC in Angola to rid the region of the apartheid SADF forces. The Cubans served in Angola between 1975-1989., a photo by Pan-African News Wire File Photos on Flickr.
A history based on lies
Monday, 16 May 2011 20:55
By Udo W Froese
PICTURE this - you land at Cape Town's international airport on your way to the beautiful "mother city" of South Africa.
As you leave the building to take transport to the city, your eyes wander across to look at the splendour of Table Mountain.
Strikingly, you first see a sea of shacks as far as your eyes stretch.
The people living there are black African South Africans, living in absolute squalor.
Welcome to DA City, proudly presented as the success of the opposition Democratic Party, a city, where everything works. Or so it's packaged.
South Africa's former, recalled president Thabo Mbeki quoted an academic from the University of Stellenbosch, Amanda Gouws, as he did not want to be accused of playing the race card, if he made the comments himself, referring to the utterings of the DA, that his remarks were racist:
"The struggle against racism will be with us for a long time. This is because the racist legacy of colonialism and apartheid will be with us for a long time," Mbeki stated.
Mbeki went further in his reference to the DA leader's accusations when he stated that there were "some" who felt that black South Africans should say nothing about the hurt they felt because it was "a denial of the search for national reconciliation".
He described those accusations as a deceitful political manoeuvre to achieve short-term political gain.
Colonial-apartheid-UDI history was always used to not only confuse African lives, but also to mislead the white mindset with inaccuracies.
The founding of South Africa's Democratic Party, the Helen Suzman Foundation and their leadership is just two of such examples.
How was the Democratic Party/Alliance (DP/DA) founded?
Who were its founders and what was its true position then and what is it today?
Who are the people behind it?
What has changed since then in the late 1980s?
The DP, or as it wants to be called today, the DA, was founded in the opulent Saxonwold, Johannesburg villa of the white rugby boss of South Africa, Dr Louis Luyt.
Dr Luyt was for a long time the president of the South African Rugby Union, at that time being a white, racist colonial-apartheid organisation, openly discriminating against blacks.
Dr Luyt was also involved in the information scandal in the 1970s under the late Prime Minister John Vorster and his apartheid
Cabinet member, Dr Connie Mulder - he, who once said on SABC TV news that there will be no blacks living in South Africa, motivating the creation of bantustans.
The late Dr Connie Mulder is the father of the Mulder brothers, who lead the Freedom Front Plus.
Mulder senior's cohort in that information scandal was one Dr Eschel Rhoodie.
Dr Luyt founded the South African English daily newspaper with funds from the notorious information scandal, during which hundreds of billions of taxpayers' money were stolen and laundered.
The Citizen is still printed to this day. It is part of the Caxton publishing stable.
That newspaper was published in order to give the ruling, white colonial-apartheid Nationalist Party government an English daily medium platform in support of the already existing Sunday Times. Dr Luyt lives in retirement in Balito Bay, Durban, today.
Another founding father of the DP was the former chairman of the all-powerful, covert and exclusive Afrikaner Broederbond (AB, an elite brotherhood), then also rector of the Randse Afrikaanse University (RAU, today University of Johannesburg, UJ) in Johannesburg and eventual editor of the Afrikaans Sunday paper, Rapport, the late Dr Wimpie de Klerk. He was the brother of former colonial-apartheid president of South Africa, F. W. de Klerk.
A former executive director of the powerful Anglo American Corporation and member of colonial-apartheid parliament, however for the white opposition party, the Progressive Federal Party (PFP), the late Dr Zach de Beer; the white colonial-apartheid ambassador to the Court of St James in London, the late Dr Dennis Worral; another member of the white opposition party PFP in Cape Town's Parliament and co-founder of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), the late Afrikaner academic and multi-millionaire businessman, former rugby player, Dr Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, as well as a so-called liberal attorney from the Johannesburg suburb of Randburg, Wynand Malan, were all among the founding fathers of the DP.
It was clear then already that Dr Zach de Beer was the link between South Africa's powerful private business sector, Anglo American Corporation/De Beers and white political power in colonial-apartheid South Africa.
The Democratic Party was known from its inception, as a joint venture of influential white-owned business and exclusively white-controlled power politics.
The late Helen Suzman was the founding mother. She had a foundation in her name, the Helen Suzman Foundation.
That foundation promotes the Euro-centric principles of a "US-approved, neo-liberal Euro centric democracy for Africa".
The patrons of the above foundation were the late Helen Suzman, who had also served for decades in the white colonial-apartheid parliament under various prime ministers and presidents such as Verwoerd, Vorster, Botha and De Klerk; Margaret Thatcher's former High Commissioner to colonial-apartheid South Africa, Lord Robin Renwick of Clifton; the former West German minister of finance, Dr Otto Count Lambsdorf, who heads the liberal German foundation, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation, linked to the liberal political party in Berlin, the Free Democrats (FDP).
Lord Robin Renwick of Clifton was perceived as a very close friend of Helen Suzman.
Others were Colin Eglin, who together with Dr Zach de Beer were Suzman's colleagues in Cape Town's parliament, and the former Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) Member of Parliament, Patricia de Lille. It makes sense now that she returned home to the DA via her creation, "Independent Democrats (ID)".
De Lille was then not an elected Member of Parliament, but an appointed one.
None of the above is known to be an Africanist, or to be carrying the interests of Africans and Africanism at heart.
The Helen Suzman Foundation networks with mainly opposition parties in the Sadc region such as Zimbabwe's MDC-T, Mozambique's Renamo and Namibian political parties (opposing Swapo), in order to promote their philosophy of the "US-approved, neo-liberal Euro-centric democracy for Africa".
It was Suzman through her party political seat in Johannesburg's most affluent suburb of Houghton, who had groomed the former leader of the Democratic Party, the party that followed the PFP - Tony Leon.
Brothers Tony and Peter Leon are the sons of the retired South African judge, Ramon Leon.
Leon senior was notorious during his years as a judge in colonial-apartheid South Africa, when he was feared as a "hanging judge".
Ramon Leon, who upon retirement, advised the government of Lesotho, achieved that reputation as he had sent many a black South African to the gallows, who had refused to respect racist apartheid laws.
Leon senior has retired to Durban.
Today, his son Tony is an ambassador for South Africa's ANC-led government. Brother Peter represented the DA in the Gauteng province legislature. Peter Leon, like his father and brother, is a qualified attorney and represented, among others, the interests of the world diamond giant, De Beers.
Tony Leon, who took over from Helen Suzman, had celebrated between 1975 and 1977 the South African Defence Force in its official magazine, "Paratus". In those days Tony Leon called a military detention centre at Voortrekkerhoogte outside Pretoria, where severe torture and chemical castration were practiced, "strictly regulated and humane".
In his articles for the white apartheid defence force, the former DA head, Tony Leon, described the brutal and illegal SADF invasion of Angola "one of many splendour tasks of the army".
Helen Zille followed Tony Leon as DA leader. She became the DA mayor of Cape Town and eventually the DA premier of the Western Cape Province.
Zille's claim to fame is that she was a journalist for the folded Rand Daily Mail newspaper in Johannesburg and that she reported critically about the colonial-apartheid regime then. The history behind the collapsing of the Rand Daily Mail'is another chapter in the history of this country.
Africa's and South Africa's late African superstar, Brenda Fassie, would be turning in her grave, if she would know that that DA under Zille abuses her song, "Vulindlela" as a party-political song for their political rallies in order to fire their supporters up and jump all over the stages, flashing a clenched fist salute, similar to the ANC, PAC, SACP, Cosatu; MPLA of Angola; Swapo of Namibia; Zanu-PF of Zimbabwe; Kanu of Kenya and Frelimo of Mozambique.
Surely, MaBrrr's son Bongani and the ANC Youth League could remind the South African public that Brenda Fassie never benefited from colonial-apartheid structures and that she was 100 percent ANC. Fassie explained for all to now, that she was not allowed to perform in exclusive white areas.
Leon and Zille's unprincipled and racist concoction - the Democratic Alliance - is indeed just that.
Their history is based on lies.
--Udo W. Froese is an independent political and socio-economic analyst, columnist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.