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South Africa: What is Really Protected by the State Protection Bill!

South Africa: What is Really Protected by the State Protection Bill!

 

By Hwaa Irfan

Curiosity about certain ‘influences’ in South Africa in recent times as sporadically raised cause for concern. Initially it was around the fact that Apartheid was never laid to rest. The indigenous population is still marginalised, receive the worst housing, and the worst level of education despite the African National Congress’ supposed role in the assumed liberation of the country. This was never more evident than with the riots that arose out of poverty, and hunger in 2011. With one of worst crime rates in the world, this is no indication of being liberated. The country had been lauded the most economically advanced on the continent, yet the indigenous who sacrificed their lives and fought for freedom are worse off. It comes ocassionally the question as to why one of the best examples of leadership in the world, Nelson Mandela served a short time as president, though in general we are led to believe that he stepped down for rightly justified personal reasons.

Curiosity was raised again with former U.S. president Bill Clinton’s ongoing involvement in Haiti, a scenario that led to the kidnapping of its first democractically elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide by U.S. Special Forces in 2004, and exiling him in South Africa – that takes intent on both sides under former S. African president Jacob Zuma! The call for Aristide to return in 2011 for the Haiti elections was met with diplomatic games with Aristide not recieiving his diplomatic passport, and campaigning by prominent people in the U.S. for the South African government to release leading to Aristide’s release two days before the elections.

Then of course there was the way in which South Africa has been the testing ground for GM crops on the continent, silencing the farmers who argue against it, for a state that has obviously grown above and beyond the needs of the people accept when it comes to the vote.  The way in which Bill Gates, Monsanto, and the Rockefellers have been focusing on GM production so that it can and was legislated in, ready for exportation to the rest of the continent. With the post apartheid national land reform process a complete failure transfering less than 5% of agricultural land from white to black ownership South Africans still remain excluded from their own country. ANC is a part of the very same system as demonstrated by the ANC Youth League with leading member Julius Malema personally benefiting by hundreds of millions of rands.  This is as small scale farmers continu to be systematically pushed out of the system placing big business (which is white owned in the main) before food security, and environmental sustainability as big business farming of GM crops contaminate other crops.

The Apartheid that Wont Let Go!

South Africa’s role in global economic history is the setting of the gold standard. It begaan with the Boer War, a war that ensued becuase the Boers stood in the way of the British Empire’s claim on Transvaal gold!

It was the Boer history that led to Nelson Mandela’s acceptance of the Boer as part of the South African peoples. That history was a brutal one

Money and business is the medium of empires to claim control, and continues to today. The British medium was the Rothschild’s.

Oppenhiemers, Cecil Rhodes, Alfred Milner, Jan Smuts were part of an entity called the “Round Table” which was established in the 19th century in the firm belief of a one world government with Britain at the center a belief taught by his mentor John Ruskin, the fine arts professor of Oxford University. Rhodes was the front man, and the Rothschild as always the main financiers and thus  in control. The Rhodes Scholarships is a means to perpetuate that belief (Bill Clinton, George Stephanopoulo, Clinton’s advisor, Fred Franz  (Jehovah’s Witnesses),are Rhodes scholars).  According to Cecil Rhodes:

“I contend that we are the finest race in the world and the more of the world we inhabit the better it is for the human race. Just fancy those parts that are at present inhabited by the most despicable of human beings; what an alteration there would be in them if they were brought under Anglo-Saxon influence… Added to which the absorption of the greater portion of the world under our rule simply means the end of all wars.”

“Why should we not form a secret society with but one object: the furtherance of the British Empire and the bringing of the whole uncivilized world under British rule for the recovery of the United States for making the Anglo-Saxon race but one Empire. What a dream, and yet it is probable, it is possible.”

Thus was the Boer War engineered.

  • In 1887, the French and English Rothschild banking houses loaned money to, and invested in, the De Beers diamond mines of South Africa, and became the largest shareholders.
  • The concept of concentration camps is British, and was first applied by them to Boers in South Africa.

Their invasion of South Africa to steal the gold mines, can be equated with NATO’s invasion of Lybia to steal not only their oil, but to secure the Libyan economy’s role in the global central banking system. In 1900, through the Rothschild’s 110,000 women and children were placed in concentration camps where 28,000 of them died. Under British leaders Kitchener, Milner and Roberts, homesteads and farms belonging to Boer people were plundered and burned down, animals were killed as stated in the Cape Argus document of 1900. This left Boers who fled their plight full exposed to the brutal South Africcan winter. Rations weer halved without fruit or vegetables. The meat and flour given contained maggots:

 “there were poisonous sulphate of copper, grounded glass, fishhooks, and razor blades in the rations.”  – Met die Boere in die Veld (With the Boers in the field) by Sara Raal.

This underlines the barbaric means by which the British removed any obstacle to the gold that would sustain their empire.

Baron Edmonds Rothschilds to this day holds large stakes in De Beers Consolidated Mines Ltd., South Africa

Spreading its concept of concept of  a global economy that serves the global 1% today, the Rothschilds has a 49% stake in the Kagiso Trust Investments, a black economic empowerment group the transaction of which is to be concluded in 2012. The agenda includes tertiary education whereby the Rothschild’s through a Foundation will own 25.1% of Rothschild South Africa and will be responsible for supporting Historically Disadvantaged South Africans in appropriate Masters programmes relevant to the financial services sector.

The Protection of Information Bill was initially introduced to parliament by Ronnie Kasrils, the former State Security Minister, in 2008 at the dawn of the global economic crisis. A declared anti-zionist resigned having witnessed extreme abuses of power within the ANC.  and become one of the staunchest opponents of the Bill.

The Bill seeks to update state-secrets legislation the ruling African National Congress party said was last changed 30 years ago (when the current modus of operandus in the global economic system was established in favor of the global financia elite), during the apartheid era. It was reintroduced by current State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele.

The Bill (extracts)

National interest of Republic

11. (1) The national interest of the Republic includes, but is not limited to—

(a) all matters relating to the advancement of the public good; and

(b) all matters relating to the protection and preservation of all things owned or

maintained for the public by the State.

(2) The national interest is multi-faceted and includes—

(a) the survival and security of the State and the people of South Africa; and

(b) the pursuit of justice, democracy, economic growth, free trade, a stable

monetary system and sound international relations.

(3) Matters in the national interest include—

(a) security from all forms of crime;

(b) protection against attacks or incursions on the Republic or acts of foreign

interference;

(c) defence and security plans and operations;

(d) details of criminal investigations and police and law enforcement methods;

(e) significant political and economic relations with international organisations

and foreign governments;

(f) economic, scientific or technological matters vital to the Republic’s stability,

security, integrity and development; and

(g) all matters that are subject to mandatory protection in terms of sections 34 to

42 of the Promotion of Access to Information Act, whether in classified form or not.

(4) The determination of what is in the national interest of the Republic must at all

times be guided by the values referred to in section 1 of the Constitution.

Given the States response and support to GM crops, and land sovereignty, via this Bill, the State is protecting itself against any recourse of action.

Nature of commercial information

12. (1) Commercial information becomes the subject matter of possible protection

from disclosure under the following circumstances:

(a) Commercial information of an organ of state or information which has been

given by an organisation, firm or individual to an organ of state or an official

representing the State, on request or invitation or in terms of a statutory or

regulatory provision, the disclosure of which would prejudice the commercial,

business, financial or industrial interests of the organ of state,

organisation or individual concerned;

(b) information that could endanger the national interest of the Republic.

(2) Commercial information which may prejudice the commercial, business or

industrial interests of an organisation or individual, if disclosed, includes—

(a) commercial information that is not in the public domain, which if released

publicly would cause financial loss or competitive or reputational injury to the

organisation or individual concerned;

(b) trade secrets, including all confidential processes, operations, styles of work,

apparatus, and the identity, amount or source of income, profits, losses or

expenditures of any person, firm, partnership, corporation or association.

In fact, the commercial aspect is the only category identified as reason for ‘state protection’ with the term ‘crime’ and ‘politics’ as relative terms that can change meaning depending on whose interests are at stake. The mineral rights of South Africa were secured by the Round Table back in the 1900s., and continues through the Oppenheimer family which in turn controls banking, business, newspapers, and politics with De Beers and Standard Chartered Bank (founded by Cecil Rhodes) in the frontline.

Bill Desmond Tutu, the Nelson Mandela Foundation, business leaders, South African editors, civil society groups and artists like Nadine Gordimer are against the Bill. It contravenes :

Bill of Rights

Section 16 of  – “…to freedom of expression, which includes freedom of the press and other media; freedom to receive or impart information or ideas; freedom of artistic creativity; and academic freedom and freedom of scientific research”.

Section 32  -”any information held by the state; and any information that is held by another person and that is required for the exercise or protection of any rights”

A former African National Congress (ANC) MP, Andrew Feinstein whose exposure of a corrupt multibillion-pound arms deal would be perceived as a criminal/enemy of the State. The Bill also conflicts with the Protected Disclosures Act of 2000, and the Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000. To help quell fears over the Bill, NEPAD Business Foundation arranged a public forum to discuss how this Bill, should it be passed in parliament, in other words a one-sided debate. The opening remark was made by Geoff Rothschild, Chair: NEPAD Business Foundation Operations Committee, and the closing comments were made by Geoff Rothschild.

Passed in November 2011, activism against the Bill gains momentum as the fears remain the same though often simply conveyed as a means of restricting media access to information, when discusions like the expanding nuclear power production in South Africa have been taking place as recently as MAY 2012. The Bill sets a bad precidence for democracy in Africa as a whole, making the plundering of Africa a sustainable activity as the global exerts all efforts to garner the rest of the worlds’ natural resources in their favor. It probably seemed like practical advice when Martin Kingston, lead investment banker of Rothschild South Africa added to the debate on the nationalization of resources, that the countries overburdened social budget could not withstand the diversion of money away from social spending to developing mines, but that is the kind of anti-austerity talk that increases dependence on foreign investment, which leeches local dependence. There are already countries that have broken away from the Washington Concensus, and have proved this kind of thinking valid only in the sens that it provides an opportunity for ‘investors’ to make more money without investing in the mean of supply of that money. For instance, structural decline, and had shed about 500 000 direct jobs in the past 10 years as a result of dwindling resources and rising costs. Refineries, and investors have benefited in those 10 years.

Right2Know

Sources:

Laing, A. “South Africa Passes Secrecy Bill.” http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/southafrica/8907057/South-Africa-passes-secrecy-bill.html

Smith, D. “South African Campaigners Unite Against Secrecy Bill.” http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/06/south-african-campaigners-secrecy-bill

Palitiza, C. “South Africa’s Smallholders Lose Battle for Seed Security.” http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=107523

“Protection of Information Bill” http://www.info.gov.za/view/DownloadFileAction?id=118894

Wesso, R. “South African Food Sovereignty Campaigners Move to Occupy Land.” http://pambazuka.org/en/category/features/75772

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