Will the new cohort of parliamentarians defend the Public Protector?

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By Andile Mngxitama

The office of the Public Protector is under attack from the usual white right-wing interests through the judiciary. The political representatives which purport to represent the black opinion and black interests in parliament have often joined the Democratic Alliance (DA) led lynch mob. The racist DA has a mandate to defend the interests of white monopoly capital and it does so unapologetically.

The office of the Public Protector under advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane is seen as hostile to the interests of white monopoly capital. This has opened the floodgates to attacks on her person and integrity. Now that the ruling party has elected a pro-white monopoly capital President, we can expect it to fully join the DA in the attacks against the Public Protector. The sad truth is that no political party is going to consistently and unapologetically stand up for the Public Protector in parliament. The configuration of the current parliament is essentially pro-white monopoly capital.

The main reason why the Public Protector is under attack by the ruling class media and courts is because of two main findings she has made; one on ABSA and the other on the South African Reserve Bank. It is important to distinguish between the ruling class and the ruling party. The ruling class are the owners of the means of production and are not sitting in parliament, they only sponsor parliamentary representatives. The ruling class is white monopoly capital. The majority of parliamentarians are its stooges because they are funded by the ruling class.

The ruling class also owns the media and has inordinate ideological influence over the judiciary. If a matter comes to court between an ordinary person and a representative of the ruling class, it is almost a given that the court will side with the ruling class. This is so because the state is actually owned by the ruling class. The current Public Protector is seen as inimical to the interests of the ruling class, hence the media and judicial onslaught instigated by the political class which represents the ruling class.

The previous Public Protector was openly pro-ruling class and was therefore the darling of the pro-ruling class media and courts. This was irrespective of how shoddy and inferior her reports often were. After her retirement from office, the previous Public Protector, advocate Thuli Madonsela, was given what some have claimed is a ‘thank you’ cushy job at the University of Stellenbosch, where Johann Rupert is the Chancellor. Advocate Madonsela is accused of refusing to investigate corruption claims made against Johann Rupert and other representatives of the ruling class.

The current Public Protector’s main sin from the perspective of the ruling class was her finding that ABSA must pay back the money that it, together with the likes of Johann Rupert, stole from the South African Reserve Bank just before the end of apartheid. Thabo Mbeki commissioned an investigation on the staggering north of R26 billion theft. The London based investigators or the CIEX gave Mbeki a report which confirmed the theft and Mbeki inexplicably shelved the report.

Madonsela was asked to investigate what happened to the CIEX report and its findings. For five years she did nothing. Black First Land First (BLF) put pressure on her to investigate. She instead lied and sent BLF members to jail on false charges. After two years, the case against BLF was thrown out by the court.

The current Public Protector completed the investigation and found that CIEX was essentially correct and she ordered that ABSA must pay back the money. Bizarrely, the Reserve Bank went to court to say it doesn’t want ABSA to pay the money back. This is complicated by the fact that the wife of a pro-white monopoly capital Trevor Manuel is the CEO of ABSA and they are known to be ideologically linked to Pravin Gordhan, who is believed to have influence over the Reserve Bank. Join the dots.

Advocate Mkhwebane shocked the ruling class by finding that it must account and pay back the money. She didnt end there, she went further and recommended that the mandate of the Reserve Bank has to be reviewed so that it becomes explicitly pro-people. For these findings she has been targeted for campaigns of vilification by the media and the courts. The tenor of the attacks is calculated to convey the message that she is incompetent and she must be removed.

The sad reality is that the 6th parliament representation is essentially pro-white monopoly capital and therefore we can expect more attacks on the Public Protector driven from parliament. The ruling class wants another Thuli Madonsela in that office and this parliament is likely to oblige.

Hands off the Public Protector!

Black First Land First (BLF) is appalled by the systematic attacks on the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane. The attacks are synchronized and well coordinated by agents of white monopoly capital. The sin of the Public Protector was to find that ABSA must pay back the money it stole from the people and that the South African Reserve Bank (SARB) must stop being a tool of capitalist accumulation and to this end, it must serve the interests of the people.

The campaign of vilification and constant loud voices calling for the Public Protector to step down are calculated to wear her down and finally bully her into being an agent of white monopoly capital, just like her predecessor, Advocate Thuli Madonsela, who served white monopoly capital with distinction.

The method of breaking down senior state officials into being servants of white monopoly capital was perfected through its application on Chief Justice
Mogoeng Mogoeng. They started with massive attacks on him and then praised him whenever he criticised the President. The attacks became unbearable for him. After a while, the allure and relief of white praise pulled him decisively into the side of white monopoly capital. This is what they are doing with the Public Protector right now.

BLF calls on society to defend the Public Protector and to support her findings that ABSA must pay back the money and that SARB be transformed to serve the interests of the people instead of the white monopoly capital. BLF says #HandsOffThePublicProtector.
ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE OF THE BLACK FIRST LAND FIRST MOVEMENT (BLF NCC)

12 July 2017

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