I will not be silenced
My fellow comrades and I will not be diverted by hypocritical personal attacks, writes Carl Niehaus
IAM aware that attacks of a highly personal nature against me, and others associated with Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma’s campaign for the Presidency of the ANC, have commenced.
These attacks are currently carried on social media, but I am also aware that much broader and well-coordinated viciously negative campaigns have been planned and are about to be launched that will also include the mainstream media.
Although these attacks are of a personal nature, their true intention is to damage the highly successful campaign of Dr Dlamini Zuma.
In my specific instance, I am also attacked in order to try and damage the Umkhonoto we Sizwe Military Veterans Association (MKMVA), and to undermine MKMVA’s support for Dr Dlamini Zuma.
In all these instances the lynch mobs that are being unleashed have no intention to constructively engage any of us, or the campaign of Dr Dlamini Zuma, about the substance of the campaign and the detailed arguments that are being advanced in favour of Radical Economic Transformation (RET).
They know that as far as substantive policies and addressing the genuine and urgent needs of our people, they fall dismally short and are on a hiding to nowhere - thus they indulge in anti-substance and anti-intellectual personal attacks.
Those who trade in insults and personal character assassination usually suffer from utter intellectual bankruptcy, for their only currency is to attack the person rather than to engage the person’s arguments.
In my instance, instead of engaging me about my views they play the man by referring to events of 10 years ago.
This detestable approach is prevalent among those supporting the maintenance of the status quo, and denialists of the fact that White Monopoly Capital is primarily responsible for our economic woes.
They know very well that far more definitive of my life, than the events that they try to concentrate on, is that I am a liberation fighter who joined the ANC and Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) 39 years ago. I was arrested for the underground activities that I carried out as an MK member, and tortured in detention.
A court of the apartheid regime found me guilty of ‘High Treason’ and sentenced me to 15 years imprisonment, of which I served 9 ½ years until I was released because of the negotiations between the ANC and the National Party (NP) government.
Ironically, we have not seen those who are attacking me, and others who support the campaign of Dr Dlamini Zuma, similarly attacking FW de Klerk and other former apartheid leaders who are allowed to express their views freely. That despite the fact that these apartheid apparatchiks have committed heinous crimes against our people
It is appropriate to remind those who launch these myopic and selective personal attacks on us that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) found that Mr De Klerk failed to make full disclosure of gross human rights violations committed by senior members of government and senior members of the South African Police (SAP), despite being given the opportunity to do so.
The Commission furthermore found that this failure to do so constituted material non-disclosure rendering Mr. De Klerk an accessory to the commission of gross violations of human rights, and that he was morally accountable for concealing this from the country when, as the executive head of government, he was under obligation to disclose the truth known to him.
Despite all of this I have not heard those who now want to silence me, and others whose views they do not like, complaining about De Klerk expressing his views or asking whether he has been rehabilitated. This is selective morality and arrogance of the worst kind.
I understand very well that these narrow personal attacks are backed and supported by White Monopoly Capital in order to silence the criticisms against them, and to prevent a leader of the calibre of Dr Dlamini Zuma, who is committed to the advancement of Radical Economic Transformation (RET), from being elected as President of the ANC. I will not be silenced, I will continue to execute my democratic right to speak up, and I will do so as a longstanding member of the ANC and of MKMVA who is proud of my credentials as a freedom fighter. The voices of the poor and the marginalised will not be silenced.
The policies and the positions that seek to liberate the masses of our people will not be abandoned in the midst of noise and hypocritical antagonism.
I call on our people (especially Africans) who have suffered for far too long under the oppressive joke of White Monopoly Capitalism to intensify the struggle for the advancement of Radical Economic Transformation (RET) in order to ensure that the Second Phase of our National Democratic Revolution will indeed be implemented.
In order to achieve this, all of us must not allow our attention to be diverted by counter-revolutionaries who want to derail us, but focus with undiminished determination on our goal - which as comrade Dr Dlamini Zuma’s campaign slogan states so clearly must be: RADICAL Economic Transformation, Now or Never.
Carl Niehaus with Ace Magashule during a campaign for Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma.