The real reason behind Malema’s
expulsion from the ANCYL
The first point to clarify
is that a ‘suspension for 5 years’, in other words to a time when Malema is
above the age limit for membership of the ANC Youth League, is an expulsion,
not a suspension.
The conduct of Malema has
not been different from previous ANC youth leaders such as Mandela, Peter
Mokaba, Malusi Gigaba, Fikile Mbalula. So the question arises about why is an ANC
youth leader expelled now?
The answer lies in the
international situation and raises the question about who really controls South Africa:
Objectively the situation
today is much different than 2 years ago when even though the capitalist crisis
was deep, the masses had not started to resist in a generalized way. Today, the
puppets of imperialism and the imperialist leaders are threatened everywhere on
the planet. Millions of the masses are on the march in the USA, Chile,
Bolivia, China, England,
Spain, Greece, Libya,
Malawi, Tunisia, Egypt,
Syria, Bahrain, Yemen,
In every country in the world, capitalist rule is being threatened by a mass
uprising. The imperialist rulers are desperately trying to stop the wave that
has brought down their favoured agents: so far Ben Ali, Mubarak and Gaddafi
have been toppled by the masses. Despite their efforts, the mass global
uprising is spreading. Since the Second imperialist world war, there has never
been such a time when there has been such generalized hatred by the masses for
capitalism and capitalist regimes on a global scale. Every capitalist regime is
under threat of becoming the next target for the masses. The world capitalist
system is threatened to its very core.
Besides trying to infiltrate
the mass movement to betray it from within, imperialism has given the instruction
for the uprisings and attempted uprisings to be brutally crushed by force:
Thousands have been killed by the puppet regimes in Syria,
Bahrain, Yemen. The
Egyptian military has shot down a number of protestors in the streets, as has
The Botswana regime
has just survived the longest public sector strike in its history- a strike
which threatened the regime but was turned into an economic fight by their
trade union leadership, with the support of the Cosatu and SACP leadership. In
2011 the level of strikes is similar to the period of the height of resistance
of the masses against the old apartheid regime. Once again the Cosatu and SACP
leaders divided the resistance of the masses to the ‘system’ and turned the
resistance of the masses, so far, into a purely economic one. In a bid to
neutralize the mass resistance, several capitalist sectors have been forced to
concede more than 10% wage increases.
In such a climate comes the
ANC Youth League calls for ‘regime change’ in Botswana
and South Africa,
and their calls for ‘nationalization’.
It must be emphasized that
both Mandela (in his time) and Malema (today) never really wanted ‘economic
liberation’ for the masses, but had ‘self-interest’ in mind.
In the Liberator newspaper
of June 1956, Mandela wanted the monopolies to be broken up to create a
‘non-European bourgeois class’ (that is, a black capitalist class) while Malema
wants greater shares in the imperialist monopolies and does not want to pay for
them ( as the ANC has done up to now). [BEE or BEEE is where big capital lends
money to the black capitalists to buy shares in their companies- thus the
current ANC billionaires like Tokyo Sexwale and Patrice Motsepe are really
owned and controlled by Anglo American. Malema and co want free shares to be
independent capitalists in their own right].
Even though Malema and co
have only self-interest at heart, Anglo American is worried that their calls
for ‘regime change’ and ‘nationalization’ could be the spark that ignites the
next uprising that threatens their regime, not only in South Africa and
Botswana, but across the entire region. Notably an imperialist rating agency
downgraded South Africa’ s status from ‘stable’ to ‘unstable’ just before the
ANC handed its judgement of expulsion of Malema. Thus it was really Anglo
American, the main target of ‘nationalization’ that gave instruction to their
puppet regime, the ANC-SACP in government, to deal decisively with Malema.
Thus, not surprisingly, the expulsion comes with a threat of criminal charges
But is Malema any less
‘corrupt’ than Mandela who has several mansions across the country and who was
one of several who became overnight millionaires (if not billionaires)?? Anglo
American and others have been under-pricing their exports for decades.
In this way they under-invoice what their real exports are and in this way take
hundreds of billions of Rands in wealth out of
the country. In 2009 alone, Anglo American and others took out about R700bn in
wealth out of the country that they did not declare. This means that in 2009
over R1 trillion (R1000Bn) in profits was taken out of the country. [And these
are just book profits- the real figure must be much higher]. Anglo American and
others showed these record profits at the same time that over 1 million workers
were retrenched in the country. If there was a list of the corrupt in the
country then Anglo American would top.
The main production in Botswana is
diamonds which for all these decades are not even sorted and valuated there.
Only now has the sorting and valuating been brought to Botswana. But
the process where the most value is added, namely the cutting and polishing, is
still being done in Israel
and elsewhere. It is Anglo American which controls the diamonds and coal mines
in Botswana- in other words,
Botswana is a direct colony
not only of US
imperialism but a single company, Anglo American. The US military bases in Botswana are direct agencies of
imperialist-capitalist violence against the masses there and in the region. The
blood diamonds from Botswana,
South Africa, DRC and
elsewhere in Africa are shipped to Israel for cutting and polishing.
Thus Anglo American artificially props up the fascist Israeli regime and is
mainly responsible for the ongoing slaughter of the Palestinians. And yet, the
‘beacon of democracy’, the ANC expels Malema for mouthing what the Botswana masses
are crying out for- regime change! Of course Malema has in mind regime change
through the ballot box and he is merely playing to his audience for a bigger
share of the pie for himself, but imperialism cannot tolerate the slightest
challenge to their rule.
Swaziland and Lesotho
are slave labour camps for Anglo American- their regimes are brutal and
anti-worker. Through the SA regime, Anglo American sustains them. The DRC is
being plundered by all imperialists for the minerals- world imperialism
sustains the DRC regime and the various armies in the region, killing over 6
million people since 1996. Imperialism says no to regime change. Any spark will
broaden the world resistance against the barbaric capitalist system. Maintain
barbarism at all costs is the message from Anglo American. Only if the system
was about to be overthrown and if other
agents had been discredited would Anglo American turn to Malema to control the
masses from within. But for the moment, Anglo American prefers Vavi, Zuma and
Blade Nzimande to control the masses.
The leaders of the SACP and
Cosatu know full well of the practice of under-invoicing by Anglo American and
others, yet they do nothing about it. Chancellor House, an ANC front company
received R2bn for the government ensuring that well over R1 trillion in
contracts go to Anglo American and its partners for the electricity build scam.
Only 40% of those of working
age in South Africa,
have some form of job. This is the highest unemployment rate in Africa, if not the world. The only way that the youth have any future is through the expropriation
without compensation, under workers control of Anglo American and the rest of
the commanding heights in South
Africa and across the region. Our
fathers and mothers have through their sweat and blood paid over and over again
for Anglo American and other monopolies.
But such a programme cannot
be achieved within the ANC, even less the SACP. The youth need their own
revolutionary working class organization as part of a new revolutionary working
class party. But this cannot be achieved only in South Africa, but we need to unite
all the wage slaves across the region, and indeed across the world. The
imperialists are working together on a global scale through the UN, WTO, G20,
IMF, World Bank and other imperialist agencies- the working class needs its own
international, which we say should be the refounded Fourth International. We need
to unite with our class brothers and sisters at the barricades in Botswana, Zimbabwe,
Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Malawi,
DRC, Swaziland, Chile, Libya,
Greece, China, USA, etc against our local
capitalist regimes and against the global capitalist system. For the youth to
have a future, the working class needs to take political power through its own
mass action methods. For this, a decisive break with the ANC-SACP needs to take
place, the class collaborators in the Cosatu bureaucracy need to be removed.
For the refounding of the Fourth International!
Forward to Socialism!