Herman Mashaba, a South African politician and business man as well as former mayor of Johannesburg who recently expressed his intentions of forming his own political party is purportedly on an opinion finding engagement mission with the people of South Africa.
Dubbed the People’s Dialogue, the purpose of his initiative is said to be on how to turn around South Africa’s economy but if you carefully look at his approach, this man may carelessly initiate the greatest genocide ever witnessed in Southern Africa.
By his anti-immigrant trump card and the LET’S BUILD A MOVEMENT THAT PUTS SOUTH AFRICANS FIRST mantra, one wonders if Mashaba is just trying to be a Trump copycat without carefully looking at the damaging genocidal impact of his ‘illegals’ utterances when politically illiterate youth that he is trying incite and excite gets charged into a xenophobic frenzy against black foreign nationals.
How should South Africa’s foreign policy shift towards countries that are sending their citizens here because of their failures? – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 31/01/2020
Coming into South Africa is too easy. We have tens of thousands of kilometres of open border! I am considering a border barrier and more patrols along our borders to protect our country. Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 30/01/2020.
It is even disturbing to note that an award winning millionaire businessman and former Mayor of the Johannesburg metropolis like Herman Mashaba who is slowly turning himself into a ‘junior Donald Trump’ thinks that desperate job seeking and human rights surrendering black foreign nationals that come to South Africa are sent by their respective governments.
A man with business interests across industries and who sits in various boards of many companies should rather be knowledgeable enough to direct his discourse towards the leaders of the respective countries that have its citizens flocking into South Africa than to bad mouth desperate and vulnerable people of his own race and also subject them to further danger.
Just having a look at how he is alleged to have started making it in life as reported by Wikipedia, Mashaba who is said to be a strategic thinker who bought a car without having a licence, then drove it with having learned to drive is now a champion of formalities and legalities belittling and trashing those who find themselves trying to make it in a similar situation like he was in the apartheid era.
From a young age, he was a strategic thinker – he bought a car without having a license and drove out of the dealership without ever having learned to drive. He drove himself from one selling job to another, in the process confirming for himself that he was a natural salesman with an unswerving instinct for business. He started selling “SuperKurl” African hair-care products and became their number-one earner. He soon realised that these products excited him and that he wasn’t content to be just an employee. – Wikipedia
When he is comfortable with the Wikipedia narrative above, it means if he was a foreigner now in South Africa, years later, he would celebrate to be called a boarder jumper who built a multi-million business in a foreign land without proper documents.
Even though, here and there Mashaba has touched on this and that concerning South Africa’s wellbeing, his main rallying card is the sensational issue of illegal immigrants that he has found to resonate more with the economically desperate, easy to manipulate politically illiterate xenophobic and racist classes of South Africans.
Why can’t we have an honest discussion about ILLEGAL immigration? It is costing our country dearly and corrupt politicians are too scared to talk about it. Share your thoughts. – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 26/01/2020.
Mashaba must be challenged to provide research based factual information on the extent of damage that immigration into South Africa by the blacks that he so much hates has caused whether they are illegal or not and those findings must be compared with other factors that have contributed to the downfall of the South African economy.
If there are serious major factors that have brought down the South African economy that Mashaba is not vocal about, well-meaning people must also start to question the justification of his passionate hate for black people that come to seek jobs in South Africa.
Herman’s description of the so called illegal black foreigners as ‘illegals’ is very disturbing.
You can even imagine the expression on his face when he thinks, sees, imagines or even hears about these humans that he calls in a way that seems like to him they are trash suited for the dustbin.
If you carefully look at the photos above which he posts on his social media platforms, they are images of ‘black’ people only and one wonders if there are no illegal immigrants of other races in South Africa.
Based on Mashaba’s political and business track record, he cannot be excused for political immaturity and tactical bereftness in his anti-black immigrant political manoeuvring.
This is because, as a business and political strategist, he knows very well that to form another political party in a country that is already saturated with political parties, you may need to carelessly arouse the emotions and sentiments especially of two main classes of people in South Africa.
In this case, the two main groups that he seems to resonate with are the desperate and politically illiterate short term thinking groups of xenophobia charged and racist citizenry.
Besides the anti-immigrant rhetoric, Mashaba seems to lack any other solid relevant approach towards establishing himself on the national South African political landscape except exciting the emotions of the desperate youths that he is also likely to quickly dump when he gets into power if his short memory of reality is to be carefully analysed.
The context of his short memory is that his so called illegals are mere victims of politics in their respective countries just like he was during apartheid.
These people are in his country to seek jobs of which he Mashaba as a business minded leader, he can mobilise his youths into productive entrepreneurs who can employ their fellow Africans than to merely consider them as virus invested people who needs to be quarantined.
This maybe the reason why Mmusi Maimane in a diplomatic way expressed his dismay at Malaba’s political choices.
“To me, to add another political party to the plethora of parties that are available, would be to add party number 49 in the 48 that are there, and I am saying that’s not the immediate solution of our country. Actually, what we need is to ask the 18 million South Africans why they didn’t vote last year,”
…..“The big distinction here is that we are not just saying we are a party for a party’s sake. I’m not here to contest 2021 or anything like that.” Maimane is quoted to have said in the Daily Maverick -22/01/2020.
At this point, it is critical to ask if Herman really believe that these ‘illegals’ have something to do with South Africa’s downgrade and the serious state of affairs at South African Airways, Transnet and Eskom that he doesn’t as much vehemently engage in as he does with the black foreigners in South Africa.
It seems like the ‘affluent’ Herman is trying to clean South Africa of the trash like black foreign nationals in order to create room for nationals of other races.
The man who claims to have struggled against poverty and the horrible apartheid regime has suddenly forgotten the effect of evil governments on people who are fleeing their countries and the impact of poverty among the African folk by choosing to spray ‘political Corona and Ebola’ ideological viruses on the sick African continent.
It is interesting to note that he does not even care to help his followers differentiate between an illegal and legal immigrant in the same way that he is not helping people to also understand that there are still some advantages associated with the presence of foreign nationals in South Africa.
If and when it is true that Mashaba genuinely believes in the power of education and entrepreneurship, why does he not concentrate on spreading the gospel of entrepreneurship to these desperate South Africans and seek to economically empower them so that they can also be potential employers to their suffering but hard working fellow Africans that flock into his country.
It is not just the illegal immigrants that are causing the problem – it is the employers who break the law to hire them! What can we do to encourage our business community to hire South Africans?! We definitely need to make it easier to hire them. – Herman Mashaba – Facebook, 29/01/2020.
If and when Herman is really serious about the development of South Africa, let him fundraise or mobilise resources for a research on how many entrepreneurship minded South Africans are prepared to hire their own South African fellows as permanent labour especially taking into consideration the work culture prevalent among the youth that he wants to incite.
Some responses by business minded people on his Facebook platform have already highlighted the major challenges affecting South Africa, but unfortunately such facts do not appeal to some politicians who want to rise to power through excitement rather than enlightenment of their fellow countrymen.
Responding to a news article that appeared in the Herald, a Zimbabwe newspaper that said Zim to verify SA cop killers’ nationality. Herman quickly responded on his Facebook page on 27 January by saying “Soon these cop killers will be back in our country committing more crimes. We NEED borders”.
This shows that to Herman, due processes are not necessary as long as the subject of discussion is a black foreign national in his country.
He forgets that these people he calls “illegals” may be suffering in their own countries but cold bloodied murders especially at gun point is something that they are not bringing to South Africa and if truth be told, it’s actually a phenomenon they are adopting in South Africa of which they are disturbingly likely to export back to their homes if and when their countries get right.
While responding to a news report by Xinuanet.com that said Tanzanian police arrested 27 Ethiopian illegal immigrants in transit to South Africa, Mashaba also as usual quickly reiterated his anti-fellow African vibe by saying “THANK YOU to the Tanzanian police for doing what our country is all too often unable to do!”
However, many entrepreneurial South Africans have clearly explained to him the challenges that business people in his country are struggling with, of which an immigrant whether considered illegal or not is helping to solve but the black hater, Mashaba has his mind made up especially about fellow Africans whom he considers as ‘contamination’ in his land.
Below are some of the opinions expressed by people on his People’s Dialogue initiative:
TK Taki Vumbi: Finding productive workers in SA is a nightmare and one of the main reasons that manufacturers are leaving in droves every quarter. A number of us have tried incentives and it did nothing but backfire. Paying substantially more than the market-clearing rate did nothing but cause unions to become unmanageable and demand similar raises from entire bargaining groups before ending strikes. And the strikes happen for everyone in solidarity, regardless of how well you pay workers. And the well-paid workers are just as happy to burn tires and company property. The unions work their members up into a bloodlust and convince them that they should be paid the same as an accountant, so you can’t win no matter what you do. Unions see to it that you’re always the enemy.
Mikel Deejay: Economically South Africa benefits a lot from the failure of her neighbour’s economies. If SA shifts her foreign policy towards countries like Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique definitely the pain would be felt by SA than those countries. I think as citizens of Africa we need a strong body that holds corrupt regimes liable and have unified punishment. Also SA has a massive role to play but unfortunately these comrades have this awful brotherly code
Pinkie Honor: …This reminds me of Zimbabweans laughing at Zambians and Somalians in late 80s early 90s they thought they won’t be in those countries situations, look were Zimbabwe is today
Tebogo Leviticus Nehemiah: Truth is: our fellow South Africans they find reason not to come… To work. And most of the time this immigrants they very loyal to their jobs. I am not talking about theory, but I have seen it and still struggling with. South Africans brothers and sister mostly don’t value their jobs, maybe that’s why most employers prefer immigrants…..
I am yet to find if there is an English word that describes a serious incorrigible and inexplicable hate by a person of one race against those of his own race.
What boggles the mind is Herman’s absolute, boiling, hellish hate for Africans who are foreigners in South Africa as compared to all other races.
Although it can be difficult to immediately confirm at the moment, but investigative journalism and independent research may end up proving that Herman is merely a voice of a hidden racist master who is behind the scenes judging from his subtle ‘apartheid’ language.
Military Interventions Are Failing To Counter Extremist Insurgency
Military interventions have manifestly failed, time and time again, to be effective as regards counter insurgency. These interventions are adopted under the guise of some multilateral arrangements or with the disguised blessing or direct of the UNSC.
For context purposes, let’s start the discussion with the AU peacekeeping mission in Somalia, held under the blessings of an entire UNSC resolutions, Res 2472 that authorized AU member states to use military force to intervene and counter the Al Shebaab insurgency in 2007.
This military centric approach was to last, ostensibly for six months but has been renewed time and time again whilst the level of violence in Somalia and troop contributing countries has only but increased.
The recent Global Terrorism Index (2020) shows that Somalia is beset by instances of terrorism whilst numerous forays by Al Shebaab into Kenya (Westgate Shopping Mall and Garisa University Asymmetric terror attacks) proves that retributive violent incursions into troop contributing countries is a menace that can be seen to be a direct by-product of military centric approaches to regional crisis.
The events in the Niger Delta where France, probably per the doctrine of R2P has been militarily entangled highlights that this one size fits all approach to COIN is not effective as it is parroted to be
The Comminique released by SADC in Botswana also sought to address issues of troop contribution to Mozambique.
Therein lies the challenge. The triumvirate trio of Zimbabwe, Namibia and Angola, under the auspices of regional integration and national sovereignty intervened, militarily, in the DRC (Operation Sovereign Legitimacy) in 1998.
The intervention was directly responsible for the collapse of the Zimbabwean economy (Black Friday Market Crash), descent into anarchy and chaos of the hybrid post-colonial state, escalation of violence in the Great Lakes region and a rise in fragile states within the greater equator zone.
The proliferated increase in arms of war resulted in the emergence of warlord (e.g. Bosco Ndagana, Wamba dia Wamba) and subsequent assassination of LD Kabila.
The SADC led intervention did not manage to bring peace and stability into the war ravaged country yet 18 years after Zimbabwe pulled out of the Congo at the behest of SADC, the country is part of an agenda and international conspiracy to intervene again. No lessons learnt.
Any involvement of foreign troops in a COIN initiative is guaranteed to be a cataclysmic failure. The rapture and related chaos to follow gives traction to this analogy.
Hyper nationalism is clear. People generally despise foreign military presence.
The Sunni Insurgency of 2003-2013 in Iraq gave us good lessons. Despite being told and made to believe that foreign troops under the guise of the Bush Doctrine are going to be seeking to restore democracy which was alleged to have been masterbated upon by Saddam Hussein, the people of Iraq said no to foreign occupation, rose up, took up arms and the resultant anarchy led to the emergency of Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, founder of modern day IS.
The by-product of military intervention is clear:
- More gangs
- More anarchy
- Less stability
- More chaos
- More deaths
- Regional escalation
I will not even mention Libya and that NATO led intervention.
For context, the insurgency in Cabo Delgado is clearly LOCALIZED with the direct risk of escalating into a Boko Haram kind of scenario once foreign troops are involved.
Definitely Mozambique needs help but that help must be in the form of capacity building and enhancement programs aimed at ensuring that the country has got institutions and systems capable of muting in the bud the escalating violence.
There are many ways of engaging in COIN. Clearly, there is a need to mix COIN approaches by the Mozambicans themselves, the thrust being to put more emphasis on civilian centric approaches and gelling it with law enforcement thrust.
Cost of cooperation must be made high meaning that decapitation measures of attrition ought to be successfully implemented whilst respecting human rights. This has been done before.
We saw this in Sri Lanka. The 26 year old Tamil Insurgency wad muted by a home grown COIN thrust as directed by the Rajakpaksa Model.
No foreign troops were involved. The death of Prabakaran signaled the end of the insurgency. This is what SADC ought to appreciate.
Reprisal attacks in many of these porous bordered SADC states will make economies collapse. Imagine the negative ramifications say to tourism of one tourist resort center is attacked.
A more pragmatic way of doing it outside of the usage of guns and tanks is the institutional/law enforcement thrust
Definitely, the SADC Communique represents a dedicated belief in the efficacy of multilateralism to resolve domestic challenges but that again, has got its limits.
To understand these limits and thence predict prognosis, the Asymmetric Warfare Equation shall be used:-
The asymmetric warfare equation is thus
AW=Asymmetric Threat (AT) + Asymmetric Operations (AO) + Cultural Asymmetry (CA) + Asymmetric Cost (AC)
AW= AT +AO + CA+AC
Are there any asymmetric operations currently underway in Moz? Yes!
- Diplomacy (EU etc.)
- Military (Wagner Group, Dyke et al)
- Economic sabotage (e.g. takeover of Mocimba de Pria port)
The last two aspects of the equation paint a gory picture as to cost of intervention.
Definitely, IPB (intelligence preparation of battlefield) already is making it clear that military centric COIN even per countries with strong defense budgets, shall be extreme.
Use Afghanistan and Boko Haram for there is definite similarities. As regards that, Zimbabwe does not have capacity, e.g. it needed SA engineers to help us rehabilitate broken infrastructure brought about by the asymmetric event, Idai.
What are the cultural issues per cultural asymmetry in the restive region of Cabo Delgado, Mozambique?
- Values (Islamic)
- Target population (demographics and structural issues indicate sympathy to the insurgency cause)
Is there an asymmetric threat in Mozambique? Yes
- Information warfare
- Disruptive threats (Idai)
- Unknown threats e.g. Climate Change induced
We are alien to Islamic values. It will quickly escalate into a religious conflict. Check Armenia vs Azerbaijan and related alliances that are emerging.
What are the likely costs to be incurred by any intervention (AC)
- Cost of action (Indonesian incursion into East Timor costed an equivalent of 50% of its GDP. Forced to quit. Same as the Rhodesians and also operation sovereign legitimacy by Zim in DRC)
- Cost of defense
Prognosis of intervention:
Our border with Mozambique (+/-1000) is too long and porous for guerilla warfare to be defeated.
Our capacity ravaged due to sanctions and amplified vices such as corruption. Per doctrine we are ok but anything post that dololo (nothing).
Chifamba’s Alleged Illegal Immigrant Status Takes a New Twist.
The Court was told by an investigator in the Department of Home Affairs that the 25 March 2020 dated stamp which was on the passport of Setheo Engineering’s Brighton Chifamba was in truth and fact, fraudulent.
However, former Acting Director General of the Department of Home Affairs, Mr T. Mavuso clarified the misunderstanding in a conversation with one of our correspondence today.
He pointed that contrary to the assertion made under oath by the investigator, the stamp of 25 March 2020 did not need to be endorsed as the date of re-entry fell within the 90 days maximum allowable exemption period for Zimbabweans visiting South Africa.
“The maximum period allowable for Zimbabweans to travel on a visa free basis was 90 days and if a person spends 10 days for example during the first visit, it means the person will have a credit of 80 days to visit SA without needing a visa and each time the person visits, no endorsement will be required.” He explained
Mr. E. Banda, Managing Director of law firm, Banda and Associates said: “I am not sure how the Magistrate presiding over the bail hearing is going to take it when he discovers that the Court could have been intentionally and deliberately lied to in order to induce it to make a ruling that is not in the interests of justice.”
“Based on the audio with Mr. Mavuso, it is clear that the Court was misled into believing that Mr Chifamba’s entry stamp was fraudulent and as such he was in the country illegally. After attending the bail hearing, I could not help as the question as to whether the misrepresentation made to Court was intentional or a consequence of ignorance on the part of the Home Affairs official,” said a member of the C2C initiative.
At the core of the Setheo saga is an allegation of unjust enrichment caused by purported inducement made to 2 dismissed City Power officials to fraudulently pay an amount of R66 million to Setheo with nothing to show for it
Contrary to this allegation, it is Setheo’s case in a pending civil matter against City Power that the cancellation of the contract between the two parties at the instigation of the former Mayor, Herman Mashaba, was ultra vires the law and no facts justified the allegations in the criminal matter.
The heads of arguments by the NPA and Chifamba’s attorney will be presented tomorrow and the Magistrate is expected to make a ruling thereafter on the bail application.
South Africa’s NPA 3 Year Long Setheo Investigation Ridiculous – Advocate Banda
In response to questions on the circumstances leading to the arrest of Brighton Chifamba, a foreman who worked for South Africa’s Setheo Engineering on the Eldorado substation, the NPA’s Ms. Mjonondwane hinted on the imminence of more arrests as investigations are still being carried on a corruption case that has been ongoing for around three years.
The upgrading of the Eldorado substation was abruptly stopped as ordered by South Africa’s former Johannesburg Mayor, Herman Mashaba, following a dispute relating to allegations that City Power had paid R66 million to a contractor, Setheo in 2016 while no work was done.
Two Setheo directors and two City Power employees were then arrested and after 12 appearances in Court, the charges were provisionally withdrawn.
“It is the decision made in 2016 to arrest suspects without any prima facie grounds and evidently prior to the completion of investigations by the Hawks that must be interrogated here. One would have expected that after three years, investigations would have long been finalized. For the NPA to suggest that investigations are still ongoing is ludicrous,” said Mr. Banda, an attorney who is closely following the case.
In an article titled “Who Is Who and What Is What In The Brighton Chifamba, City of Joburg, Setheo and City Power Case?” written by Brian Kazungu, an editor of an online publication, iniAfrica.com, he said that the NPA was yet to respond on clarity sought on the matter since the spokesperson was waiting for a go ahead on draft responses.
Iniafrica.com reported Mrs Phindi Mjonondwane, the NPA Spokesperon to have said “I saw your email, I am still waiting for a CCU to respond and check if my draft response is correct because what you are asking is evidential material and the matter is subjudicae, so they are just checking my response and if I am in order, we will be able to respond as soon as possible”.
The upgrading of Chifamba’s title in relation to the Eldorado Park project has been questioned because it has been confirmed that his role was that of foreman with no direct reporting links to the targeted Setheo directors.
The NPA is also reported to be pinning its hopes on the pending bail hearing of Chifamba based on an allegation that Chifamba was at all along an illegal immigrant.
Chifamba who is said to have voluntarily presented himself to the police at Palm Ridge on 12 October 2020 has been confirmed to have been on a valid 90 day temporary visa whose expiry was due during the Covid period.
The Department of Home Affairs whose official testified at the bail hearing argued that the entry visa in Chifamba’s passport on 25 March 2020 was fraudulent in that it was endorsed as was the case in relation to the stamp of 6 March 2020.
Chifamba’s lawyer however asserted that the visa was legitimate and no endorsement was necessary as his 6 March stamp was still valid and in any event the 25 March entry was within the maximum exemption period of 90 days per year granted to Zimbabweans.
A close relative to Chifamba said that is pathetic that the NPA would attempt to cling to straws as a bait to force Brighton to be a state witness on a case that the NPA has failed to establish after three years of investigating whether fraud was in truth and fact committed.
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