Justice Malala on SONA15: “We are Indeed Teetering on the Verge of Being a Police State”

Justice Malala“In the mind of this ANC, a conspiracy was unfolding in Parliament on Thursday and it had to be crushed ruthlessly using the intelligence services and anything else that came to hand.”

These are the words of Justice Malala, political commentator and author of Let Them Eat Cake, on the violence that erupted during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation Address on Thursday, 12 February 2015.

Malala writes in a column for Rand Daily Mail: “Violence is always an option in the view of this ANC, hence the presence of armed goons ready to rush into Parliament.”

“We are indeed teetering on the verge of being a police state,” Malala argues, citing opposition MPs being forcibly removed from the chamber, Baleka Mbete calling Julius Malema a cockroach – a chilling reference to the Rwanda genocide – and the link that exists between public protector Thuli Madonsela, former minister Pallo Jordan, EFF leader Julius Malema and trade unionist Zwelinzima Vavi.

This is a familiar, depressing pattern in ANC politics. There is a securocratic wing of the party that is obsessed with conspiracy. It is a wing that Jacob Zuma, as head of ANC intelligence between 1985 and 1994, knows very well. He is its leader.

This is the ANC that ruthlessly and cruelly arrested, tortured and killed unknown numbers of its own members in exile in camps such as Quattro. It is a party of suspicion, fear, conspiracies and the resultant and inevitable loss of an ethical and moral compass. The ANC‘s natural instinct is towards enlightenment, but this ANC, led by Zuma, veers towards the darkness. That is why Thursday happened.

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