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At the end of a marathon day of Zulu nationalists spewing bile and threatening fire and brimstone, the ubiquitous TV funeral policy adverts featuring the duo were great light relief. It was almost a reminder that we still live in the real world, and not in the world of ethnic fantasists.
So thank you Lillian and Desmond, but that'll be the first and last time you ever get gratitude from this end. The Ingonyama Trust was birthed by a corrupt deal between the National Party and its surrogate Inkatha Freedom Party when apartheid was on its deathbed.
Let's rewind a little. On Wednesday King Goodwill Zwelithini hosted an "imbizo of the Zulu nation" in Ulundi, a show of strength against the national government, the ANC and political parties. The pretext for the imbizo was to mobilise resistance to proposals that the Ingonyama Trust Act be revisited in order to ensure it does not infringe on the rights of those citizens who live in area under its jurisdiction.
Without going into the merits or otherwise of such an intervention, it is worth recording that the Ingonyama Trust — which was birthed by a corrupt deal between the National Party and its surrogate Inkatha Freedom Party when apartheid was on its deathbed — deprives South Africans living in its lands of rights enjoyed by other citizens of the republic.
The real beneficiaries of this deal are corrupt traditional leaders, the inner clique that runs the trust, businesspeople who use their connections to access the mineral rights on trust land, and of course, King Goodwill Zwelithini the Great himself. Wednesday was the th anniversary of the destruction of King Cetshwayo's capital by the British empire, an emotive and painful event in Zulu history.
But the thing that should concern South Africans is the sinister mobilisation around the Ingonyama Trust debate. The whole saga is being used as the fulcrum for King Zwelithini's quest for modern-day relevance and his insatiable quest for power and self-aggrandisement.
And how best to do that: Like the cantankerous chief from Mahlabathini and Duduzane Zuma's morally bereft father, Zwelithini is tapping into the well of nationalistic pride that unfortunately still courses through the blood of the people of the coastal province. The choice of date and venue for the fire-stoking imbizo was most significant.
The evil forces are massed at the gates of the capital. Except that this time they are not red-clad soldiers armed with heavy artillery, but democrats armed with the Constitution and the laws that it underpins.
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The total erasure by fire of Ulundi by Lord Chelmsford's forces in marked the end of the Zulu kingdom and the beginning of the subjugation and humiliation of Zulus by the colonists, who divided KwaZulu into mini kingdoms.
The tragic story of that occasion is passed on from generation to generation in those tones that every defeated people tell children so they "never forget".
But it has never been given prominence of place in Zulu commemorations until the arbitrary number of came around. Symbolically and hyperbolically for Zwelithini and his fellow travelers, the Zulu kingdom faces the same catastrophe in as it did in By Kevin Ritchie He works all the hours there are, doesn't suffer fools easily and now his eyes are burning with the passion of a zealot.
They always are when he's talking about movies. He's done 13 now, a love-hate relationship that consumes him. He's involved with a 14th. It's called Nothing for Mahala, a redemption tale with a message: Get back to the old values - if the offer of quick money is too good to be true, it is.
The only way is work hard, save and create your own wealth. The best people in the industry would have done it for less than R The problem is everyone's adding their cut to the tender. The cast are some of the best known in the business: Japhet, the legendary driving force behind the crusading and award-winning Soul City health initiative, has been friends with Apteker for a decade.
I need you to look after the business of the film. They've been beaten down all their lives. They don't have hope. It's all instant gratification.
As he speaks, Apteker - who looks like a year-old trapped in a teenager's body - is shuffling cards. His shtick used to be jokes. He'd always be telling jokes, to break the ice, make a connection, now it's magic. The South African Communist Party was formed in and had engaged itself in issues affecting workers and the working class. Our alliance is a living organism that has grown out of struggle. We have built it out of our separate and common experiences.
But it is a relationship that always disappoints these experts. Because it was tempered in struggle. This revolutionary partnership became invaluable in advancing the struggle for freedom. As we celebrate the centenary today, we pay a special tribute to generations of working class leaders who have made an impact in the history of our struggle. We also recall the Federation of South African Women which united women across the colour lines in the struggle against apartheid.
Women had also been part of earlier campaigns. As early aswomen right here in Bloemfontein, marched against dompasses. Many years later, women undertook that historic march against dompasses to the Union Buildings in We honour the many women who have played key leadership roles in our struggle. Excellencies, Compatriots and Friends, Today we also remember the contribution of the youth to the advancement of our struggle.
The Youth League played a pivotal role in energising the ANC during the s, and produced a programme of action that was adopted by the movement ininfluencing the mass action that characterised the Defiance Campaign. We recognise the militant youth of the June Soweto uprising, led by Tsietsi Mashinini and others, who challenged the myth about the might of the apartheid state. We acknowledge the Class of which contributed to the demise of apartheid by strengthening the ANC, and contributed to its overwhelming electoral victory, which led to the birth of a non-racial, non-sexist and South Africa.
The present generation of youth continues to defend the democratic gains of our struggle, through mobilising for a better life and organising masses of youth into the ANC. Excellencies, Compatriots and friends, Recognising the important role of veterans in our movement, the ANC created the Veterans League into enable these cadres to play a role in the movement and share their experience and wisdom.
Excellencies, Comrades and friends, Today we also celebrate the fact that for many generations, the ANC has promoted unity of purpose and action among the oppressed.
This Pact was meant to unite Indians and Africans and forge cooperation on the promotion of equal economic and industrial rights, removal of land restrictions, housing, education, full franchise, freedom of movement, abolition of pass laws and the removal of discriminatory and oppressive legislation from statute books. Compatriots, It is remarkable that our country was able to produce a non-racial struggle, despite institutionalized racism.
The ANC has always and shall continue to cherish the contribution of a small, but courageous contingent of White democrats, who committed themselves completely and selflessly, to the realisation of democratic change. This unity across all these divides have strengthened the ANC and brought us to this phase of celebrating years of selfless struggle.
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Excellencies, Compatriots and friends, The promotion of human rights for all has always been a key feature of the ANC since its formation. This makes our movement one of the pioneers in the development of a human rights culture in the world. In another demonstration of commitment to human rights, the ANC signed the Geneva Convention ofwhich regulates the conduct of armed conflicts and the protection of prisoners of war and civilians.
That is why when the ANC came back from exile, it came back with its prisoners of war in compliance with the Geneva Convention. This human rights culture is enshrined in the Freedom Charter and the Constitution of a post-apartheid South Africa.
It is one of the traits of the ANC that we are celebrating today. Excellencies, Compatriots and friends, The Defiance campaign was one of the outstanding landmarks in our struggle. It redefined ANC cadreship as it led to the development of a volunteer corps. The volunteers played a key role in the life of the movement. They were disciplined and participated in the organising of various campaigns.
We salute President Mandela who was our first Volunteer-in-Chief. Responding to the repression of the Defiance Campaign period, the ANC leadership called on Nelson Mandela, the Volunteer in Chief, to prepare a strategy document to restructure the movement, to enable it to adapt to rapidly changing conditions of struggle. He produced an impressive plan. The move was well timed, because as the resistance mounted, the regime escalated its repression. On the 21st of Marchpolice opened fire on unarmed demonstrators in Sharpeville, killing 69 people.
Due to increasing intransigence of the apartheid regime, the ANC deeply deliberated and took a difficult but historic and important decision to adopt the armed struggle.Actress Lillian Dube receiving her National Order
It established uMkhonto weSizwe MK as the nucleus of a national liberation army. MK announced its existence with a number of nationally coordinated sabotage actions on government installations on 16th December Nelson Mandela was its first commander-in-chief. In response to this, the regime passed laws to make death, the penalty for sabotage.
It also introduced laws that allowed 90 days of detention without trial and arrested members of the MK leadership in The majority of them served it on Robben Island. The struggle continued inside prison. Amongst the shocking acts of abuse of power, the apartheid regime instituted the Sobukwe Clause, to extend his stay. For him to be in a prison environment, they sent him to Robben Island.
Comrades and friends, There can be no better occasion than this ANC centenary, to celebrate the bravery, determination and selflessness of all the detachments of MK -the Luthuli, June 16, Moncada, Madinoga and the Young lions Detachments. We salute the first MK cadres and commanders who conducted sabotage actions from December 16, and the following immediate period.
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We acknowledge as well those who fought in Zimbabwe in and in the Wankie-Sipolilo campaign, those who conducted operations inside the country throughout the armed struggle, those who joined forces with Frelimo fighters in Mozambique, and those who fought alongside the MPLA in Angola during the s and s.
We honour Flag Boshielo who had distinguished himself in struggle since the Defiance Campaign and Faldon Mziwonke, a seasoned peasant fighter, whose track record stretches back to the s. We also pay a special tribute to the people of Botswana, Swaziland, Lesotho and Mozambique who died during the apartheid army cross-border raids in search of MK bases.
Comrades and friends, This occasion also enables us to pay our respects to the South African patriots, most of them MK soldiers such as Solomon Mahlangu, who paid the ultimate price for freedom when they were executed by the apartheid regime in Pretoria.
Our freedom was definitely not free. It was achieved through the blood, sweat and tears of many selfless revolutionaries and cadres of our movement. Excellencies Compatriots and friends, The ANC owes a great deal of gratitude to its President Oliver Tambo who worked tirelessly to establish friendships and solidarity across the world and helped to mobilise the world against the apartheid regime.
The ANC also acknowledges the support we received from socialist countries. We are also indebted to countries such as Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark for their support. The people of Zambia, through their independence movement and mass organisations, received and assisted our movement even prior to their independence.