Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. Picture: AP

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CR17 cannot liberate the masses,  SA needs an NDZ17 disruption in the status quo 

The single biggest challenge us confronted remains the economic emancipation of the masses. This reality is no more an option but an undeniable and pressing need. The ANC has simply run out of options to continue pacifying the masses to hope for a tomorrow as it relates to economic liberation.

The ANC post 2017 needs a leadership that will acknowledge the 1994 Consensus as having failing to economically advance the masses.  No amount of anger, embarrassment or feeling insulted by the analysis of a failed 1994 should force us to persist with defending the consensus.

The historic moment of talks-about-talks, with its historical footprint in the early 80’s by segments of ANC leadership from an imprisoned Mandela  to Mbeki and the late Van Zyl Slabbert – Dakar meetings  ultimately culminating  in a CODESA with a politically arranged society due to a settlement,  as economic failure is today glaring. That  failure has the economy in ownership, the subject of land as owned by and the opportunity to excel for apartheid victims as its nexus. I am afraid this hour does not need a Nelson Mandela or a Oliver Tambo or any of the great ANC leaders that have gone to rest under the blanket of dust. This moment demands leadership in a decisive break from bad deal of a 1994 Consensus.

Therefore a vote for CR17 is a vote to continue along with that failed 1994 Consensus.  Our unemployed and student youth groups  told us 1994 is and remains a project and we as older generation must stop gloating in the romanticism of that moment, blinded by the roles we played since it failed to deliver economic freedom. The CR17 campaign is a campaign that at fundamental level strives to keep the status quo of an apartheid economy as legitimized in democracy.

Ramaphosa is a benevolent of a crossbreed of colonial and apartheid wealth and remains the embodiment of that interest group.  He therefore by design offers no hope at challenging that failed economic reality for the vast majority of people defined  by apartheid in blackness of suffering. Ramaphosa represents those of the black elite that makes up the thin slice of black elites that functions as the bufferzone. A bufferzone that serves in protection of the minority white  interest on one hand and simultaneously the upkeep of orchestrated black poverty as consciously excluded from this arrangement.

The CR17 and Ramaphosa come fully endorsed as trusted by the benefactors of colonial and apartheid.  We must ask why is white monopoly capital so comfortable in trusting his leadership?. The grave unequal economy of Apartheid SA continues to underscore a relevance of that superiority since it has in democracy produced more white wealth for apartheid benefactors.

It is my contention that this moment in South Africa’s life space needs a deliberate disruption. South Africa simply does not need any reconciliation champion, it needs not any poet, philosopher-king, it does not need a delayed RET, it does not need a billionaire but this moment needs a conscious disruption, this paradigm needs shifting.

What do I mean with a disruption,  I mean a moment of unorthodoxy and daring political leadership. It would seem correct to assume in order to transform South Africa in economic sense you will need to upset the apartheid white identity benefit as an unfettered supreme economic power. That upsetting or disruption will mean you will need to have the political will to defy conventional means for empowering those who are still not empowered. It would mean one will have to question, challenge and defy the very systems created and structures designed in embedded constitutionalism that serves the false white identity.

That disruption must be willing to stand the accusations levelled claims of being corrupt when one deliberately decide to break with the standards to bring the masses to share in what is rightfully theirs. This moment calls for a tangible questioning of what we have come to accept as normative when it really confirms in analogy the tell-tale signs of an abused marriage partner that simply had enough.

This moment needs a leadership that unnerves white monopoly capital.  White Monopoly capital is not remotely intimidated by a Ramaphosa candidacy. To pretend we are all working to make SA work is to misread that some really work for maintenance of  the gross disparities of an entrenched white dominance evidenced in an untransformed  economy protected by an egalitarian constitution.

Often in this society when you raise the issue of true empowerment  for the masses it is considered as at the expense of economic growth and necessarily subverting the constitutional frame. We are told only 25% of the state’s annual procurement spend is earmarked for black empowerment, for who is the 75% earmarked and why? A disruption is needed in this space.

I say again we need a disruption of the status quo not an attempt at restoring SA to what it was at November 2015. For CR17 and those who believe in it as campaign our efforts are to be channelled in restoring SA to a time before a Nhlanhla Nene offloading which resulted in the wrath of rating agencies. We do not need the approval from narrow so called global interest to applaud forcing us  to celebrate a violent economic past and present when we have become slavishly obedient to criminally convicted rating agencies held cerebral by the dictate of an old colonial power controls.

We need a leader who believes in radical economic transformation as the pressing need of this society. We know Ramaphosa does not really believe in radical economic transformation. He glaringly lacked the courage of his convictions to publicly challenge Johann Rupert on his disrespect of ANC policy. He failed to engage Rupert in sanity or clarity of ANC policy,  instead he borrowed Rupert’s definition of RET as looting. In all honesty it’s in recent days that Ramaphosa speaks of RET, therefore his commitment to this policy is half-hearted if not forced in this season.  We may deduce he therefore is advised to speak on RET not in authenticity of personal conviction, but in public relations stint to persuade some en-route to  Nasrec.

It cannot be our aim to be an investment haven where we are dictated to by narrow self-serving colonial interest in partnership with some of the political elite that are comfortable to subject SA to the will of those who have always benefitted from SA.

Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma represents that disruption as a more appropriate leader  for this moment I have deem a needed disruption. A moment to begin fixing what a 1994 consensus failed in. NDZ sets is here to break the male monopoly and comfort of brotherhood that for 23 years have failed to deliver economic liberation for the masses.

NDZ, is a threat to the status quo, she presents utter discomfort to those of white monopoly capital. They cannot read her, they know she is not captured by capital regardless its description. She already had tumults with white monopoly capital in her former position of health minister when she took on the tobacco industry a monopoly of the Rupert Family. She did not flinch to  cancel the flawed IT contract of Gijima when she was leading Home Affairs.

NDZ is that disruption that wants to open the discussion on land claims currently constricted to a convenient 1913 cut-off period. She dared to lead discussions in the most recent National Policy Conference on this and it is close to her heart.

NDZ is attuned to the impending threat a 70% unemployment of black youth spells and have chosen radical economic transformation as her focus. Nothing makes apartheid  and colonial benefactors more angry than a candid conversation on stolen land ownership since no land came here on any ship.

There can be no discussion on economic transformation where land ownership is left at the gate of the Kraal.

Let us have this disruption and not apologise for it?

Clyde Ramalaine

Clyde Ramalaine – Columnist and Analyst
Clyde N. S. Ramalaine is an ordained and licensed member of the SA and USA clergy with over 25 years of service as a practicing theologian. Ramalaine’s incisive political analysis and commentary on a variety of issues has appeared regularly in most SA newspapers since 2010.
His work continues, among others, to appear in The Thinker, the leading Pan African Journal for thought leaders. He participates in panel discussions on subjects of his interest, and has appeared on SABC and ANN7 platforms, among others.
A published author including annual anthologies of political commentary and a volume of poetry named Gekraakte Blare.
He holds a BTH (Hons-Status) with double majors Systematic Theology and Sociology from the University of Western Cape (UWC).
He also earned a MA Theology (Systematic Theology) Cum Laude from North West University (NWU). His dissertation “Black Identity and experience in Black Theology: A Critical Assessment” is considered a ground-breaking and very relevant work in Black Theology. In such, he successfully questioned the usage of the epithet ‘black’ from a socio -historical and theological perspective.
He serves as management consultant on strategy design, analysis, and communication services for the last 22 years with serving clients in both private and public sector domains.
Analyst for Weekly Xpose.

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