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The new political thought in Africa – Indigenization

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To “indigenize” means to force local cultures to adopt another. Most changes in original culture occur when western corporations impose their products on other economies i.e. Westernization

In world politics, Indigenization is the process in which non-Western cultures redefine their belief systems and impose their religions, culture and take ownership of  native land.

Due to imperialism and the impetus to modernize, many countries have invoked Western values of self-determination, liberalism, democracy and independence in the past.

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(Above: The War In Afghanistan is part of the bigger struggle of culture vs culture)

But now that they are experiencing their own share of economic prosperity, technological sophistication, military power and political cohesion, they desire to revert to their ancestral cultures and religious beliefs.

Since the 1980s and the 1990s, there has been a resurgence of Islam and “re-Islamization” in Muslim societies as one example. This has resulted in the chaos and invasions one sees in the Middle East at present.

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(Above: Julius Malema is an adherent of the new political thought – indigenization- in Southern Africa)

And what we are seeing in South Africa is Julius Malema, the president of the ANC Youth League preaching indigenization and gathering support from  and supporting the brothers in Southern Africa who believe the same philosophy.  He is going to Zimbabwe to study nationalization and Malema has picked the right country to start his studies.

Zimbabwe has an Indigenization Minister and The Indigenization and Empowerment Bill was passed by Parliament in 2007 and signed by Robert Mugabe in 2008. The bill demands that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 percent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Mugabe has insisted the the economy must be taken out of the hands of white corporations and others and that  the the Bill will be enforced.

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(Above: Robert Mugabe’s election poster says it all. The Indigenization and Empowerment Bill was passed into law in March 2010.)

Will Julius Malema become South Africa’s first Minister of Indigenization? Malema seems to heading on a collision course with South African President Jacob Zuma despite being part of the cartel that propelled Zuma to the presidency. Tim will tell……….


Storm Clouds Gather over the Rainbow Nation

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Growing up in South Africa or the Rainbow Nation as the country has become known since the days of Nelson Mandela provided many defining moments.

It was heady days in the early 1990’s in the cities and villages in South Africa.  FW De Klerk, the then Prime Minister had made a stunning announcement in parliament that he was unbanning all political parties and releasing all political prisoners.  The path towards democracy had been set and the helter skelter journey began away from colonialism and all that went wrong with South Africa.

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(Above: Nelson Mandela captured the African spirit and presented South Africa with a dream. Sadly the Rainbow Nation is facing serious problems)

There was a new buzz between people of all colours in the streets.  “Viva South Africa Viva” was in the air as we cautiously reached out over the colour barriers that had ruled life in our country for too long.

They were hectic days as well as it was not certain that South Africa was safe from spiraling into a civil war.  Kwa Zulu-Natal (KZN) was already a war zone in which thousands of people would ultimately lose their lives.  The ANC and Inkatha fought a brutal war for control in the province while the AWB embarked on a wild raid into Bophuthatswana, one of the independent homelands that we have all forgotten about already.

Any one of these conflicts could have sparked chaos in South Africa but somehow Nelson Mandela steered the ship to still waters.  We were all proud to be South African.  We had pulled off the impossible and were proud that we had become a nation where all could live in peace together….the Rainbow Nation.

The New South Africa was hailed as an example to the world.  We had forgiven each other over the past and were birthing a new nation together.  And with Mandela at the helm we all believed it would work.

The Mandela era can be best summed up as the nation building part of South Africa’s fledging democratic history.  The coup he pulled off at the 1995 Rugby World Cup when he wore Francois Pienaar’s Number 6 jersey to the final won him the hearts of white South Africans.

Bafana Bafana the beleaguered national soccer team pulled off a similar feat in 1996 when they won the African Cup.  It felt great to be a South African and we were the “Proudly South African”.

South African entered a phase of economic growth and the JSE soared, as did the real estate market.  Houses were being built; people received electricity and running water for the first time in their lives.  We were the land of opportunity.


However, all was not well in the powerhouse of Africa and the wheels probably started falling off around the time of the Arms Deal.  This was corruption on a grand scale and when the highly successful Heath Special Investigating Unit was ordered off the arms deal investigation, it was clear that there was major political involvement.

Problems have arisen that no political leader has been able to solve thus far.  Crime is out of control, the education system is on its knees, the justice system is being abused by those in power and public heath care is in shambles.

Can South Africa gain the high ground again?  Can the country become the catalyst for the African revival?  The next five years will be critical to the Rainbow Nation.

COPE is good for democracy but bad for the ANC

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Seconds out…..round number one…….


The first skirmish in the battle for the control of South Africa took place in the Western Cape this week as by elections were held to elect new representatives.


The ANC’s administrative woes continued as they failed to register candidates in 12 constituencies.


Independents who claim to belong to COPE, the new political party who broke away from the ANC won 6 of those seats, the DA 5 and the ID 1. COPE is still busy registering as a political party and could not therefore field candidates.


However the first real sign of the battle the ANC will have to face in next years general election, took place in the 15 wards where the ANC did field candidates.


All 15 of these wards belonged to the ANC before the by election.


The results: The ANC won 3 seats, COPE 4 seats, the ID 4 seats and the DA 4.

If all the votes in these 15 wards are added up, the ANC received 32 % and COPE 27 %. The ID gained 20 % and the DA 18 %.


It is way to early to tell whether this will mean a major reduction of support for the ANC in the 2009 general election but one thing is for sure……the winds of change are blowing over South Africa once again.


Questions that must be asked is whether the ANC and their partners are mature enough to deal with the challenge in a dignified manner, or will old style African politics be employed with intimidation and violence the order of the day?


The conclusion that can to be drawn from the results is that COPE is bad for the ANC but good for democracy in South Africa. Absolute power is known to corrupt absolutely. We just need to glance north to Zimbabwe to see what absolute power did to Robert Mugabe.


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