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THE BURNING OF OUR PARLIAMENT: IS OURS A SOVEREIGN STATE? – TIISETSO MAKHELE

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TIISETSO MAKHELE

By Tiisetso Makhele:

“The capitalist state serves as the managing committee of the bourgeoisie” – Karl Marx

Of the national key points

Firefighters work among the smoke after a fire broke out in the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham
Firefighters work among the smoke after a fire broke out in the Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham

The burning of the South African Parliament is not a joke, or a matter which must be dealt with soft gloves. It is a serious matter and I hope our leaders and agencies will treat it as such.

This episode reminds me of other incidents when our national key points and strategic premises, assets were undermined. In 2013, an aeroplane with foreign nationals landed at Waterkloof Military Base.

I wrote scathing pieces about this undermining of our state and key points. I also harassed one Atul Gupta on a piece I wrote on May 3, 2013 (Link:https://www.facebook.com/1415944463/posts/4938160377920/?d=n), titled ‘The Guptas must not bully the SA government with money’. That incident was shameful.

guptas landing at Waterkloof Military Base
guptas landing at Waterkloof Military Base

In 2020, a group of marauders stormed the Senekal court, firing shots and even burning police vehicles. I equally lambasted this undermining of the state. A few questions comes to mind?

South Africa's government has condemned an "anarchic" protest by white farmers who stormed a court building and burnt a police vehicle on Tuesday.
South Africa’s government has condemned an “anarchic” protest by senekal white farmers who stormed a court building and burnt a police vehicle on Tuesday.

1. Why are our national key points not being guarded by soldiers or police? Having travelled to a few countries around the world, I must say we really don’t take the security of our key points seriously. We also don’t take the security of the masses of our people seriously. We need to change this.

2. Where are the soldiers who Skop en Donner our people when incidents like those above happen?

3. Where are the police who parade along red carpets at our SONA fashion shows when our key points are undemined?

4. What is the role of our intelligence?

5. Who would want to see Parliament burnt and why? Those who stormed the courts, would they have done it if ours was an Afrikaner government? Can South Africans go to India, Pakistan, Netherlands, Somalia or Lesotho and do as some who are from those countries do when in our country?

Of the arrest of the alleged arsonist

The case against Zandile Mafe has been postponed to 11 January 2022 for further investigations. Mafe is allegedly linked to the fire that destroyed the parliament #ParliamentFire #ParliamentAttack
The case against Zandile Mafe has been postponed to 11 January 2022 for further investigations. Mafe is allegedly linked to the fire that destroyed the parliament #ParliamentFire #ParliamentAttack

I don’t think I am going to manage to sleep after seeing what happened in court today. Ntate Mafe seems shocked. Looking at the images of him sleeping by his humble possessions, probably homeless, simply broke my heart.

I know investigations are ongoing but one can only say, this is hurtful to watch.

Is ours a sovereign state or a committee managing the affairs of the bourgeois minority? I suspect the latter is true but further investigations will prove.

Tiisetso Makhele is an African Marxist. He writes in his personal capacity


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