Jin Liqun, Secretary-General of the AIIB Multilateral Interim Secretariat; Shi Yaobin, Vice Finance Minister, China; Yee Ping Yi, Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, Singapore; and delegates to the 5th CNM gathered for a group photo. (File Photo: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank)
BEIJING: The 57 founding member countries of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank began signing articles of association setting up the new institution on Monday (Jun 29).
Australia became the first country to sign the document in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, an AFP journalist at the ceremony saw.
The AIIB, which will have billions of dollars to lend, is expected to go into operation later this year. It has been viewed by some as a rival to the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, and the United States and Japan – the world’s largest and third-largest economies…
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Please lalso note this related post:
UPDATED: This email came in late this morning from Catherine, and I think it is very important that you all take time to read it! ~J 🙂
Friend of Solari,
You may have noticed that we have been managing repeated denial-of-service and hack attacks at solari.com recently. For this, we apologize.
These attacks have been quite fierce this year, coming from many different places both in the United States and around the world. The long-term solution is our new website which we intend to launch this summer and which we believe will be much harder to hack. The short-term solution is to continue to do the many things our systems team is doing to make the current site as invulnerable as possible.
I would like to compliment our systems and operations team – they are doing a…
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Why did the Mineworkers have to die for a better wage when the land, the minerals and resources belong to We, the People in the first place?
The 1955 Freedom Charter, which was ratified by the now-ruling ANC states:
“THE PEOPLE SHALL SHARE IN THE COUNTRY’S WEALTH!
The national wealth of our country, the heritage of all South Africans, shall be restored to the people;
The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the banks and the monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole;
All other industry and trade shall be controlled to assist the well-being of the people;
All people shall have equal rights to trade where they choose, to manufacture and to enter all trades, crafts and professions.”
It is We, the People vs CORPORATIONS now;
Time to wake up and look at who the players are lurking in the shadows behind the criminals …
By G. T. Maqhubela
29 June 2015
The report of the Farlam Commission of Inquiry into the Marikana massacre in North West province in August 2012 has cleared Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and other political leaders of any responsibility for the 44 fatalities.
The report, a shameless cover-up, was finally released by President Jacob Zuma last Thursday evening, three months after the commission delivered the report to the presidency. The president stated in a live television broadcast of the summary that “the accusations against [Ramaphosa] are groundless.”
The massacred workers were employed at Lonmin’s Karee mine in Marikana. As many as 41 miners were killed by the police, and others were fired upon by their own union officials in the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM). Miners marched to the local NUM office on August 11, 2012 to demand official support for strike action, which had overwhelming support among the workers…
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the first domino has fallen which will ripple thru the entire economic world; Babylon has fallen because it’s core is diabolical and corrupt; a script was written in the mists of time which is being enacted; we are probably in the middle of what Christians would call tribulation; however, this is the end of tyranny with a 1 000 year peace on the horizon;
No-one will want to be ruled by anyone else; self-governance and self-determination will be the order of the day; there are currently over 1 000 anarcho-nations and micro-nations world-wide with their own constitution and Declaration of Rights; all working towards their own remedies of their vision for a new society regarding natural health, un/home schooling, currency/barter/exchange networks;
Too many are still looking towards their slave-masters to sort this mess out for them; we have reached the critical mass in the desire for a better life; then comes the necessity for action;
Almost there … all it will take is for a few more people to stand up and join the action; for the judicial activists and all people reading this: help tip the scales of natural justice; go to http://www.itnj.org
Greek Domino falls, China moves in to pick up the pieces
Posted by benjamin, June 29, 2015
So, it has finally happened, Greece has shut down its banks and imposed capital controls. And so the dominoes start to fall. This is only the first act in a grand opera that will continue to unfold in the coming months. To try to guess what is in store for the European Union, it is good to take a look at how the fall of the Soviet Union took place. The fall of the Soviet Union began with a widespread sense of dissatisfaction with the government among both the working class and the elites. This gave birth to strikes and demonstrations in Poland that led to the fall of the Polish government in June of 1989. In November of that year the Berlin wall…
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© Josh Sager – June 2015
Last week, several states—including South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama—removed the Confederate flag from their public buildings and are signaling their intentions to abandon the symbol for all state uses (ex. license plates). This is very encouraging and definitely a step by southern states towards distancing themselves from their racist histories.
Unfortunately, the removal of the Confederate flag is a largely rhetorical gesture, given the fact that many of the same evils that the Confederacy stood for are alive and well—one of these is the institution of slavery.
Yes, slavery still exists in the United States today. While it isn’t as pervasive or brutal as it was in the past, slavery has survived the decades since its supposed abolition by moving into the prison population. In many states, inmates are forced to work at little or no pay and are horribly punished if they refuse…
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Welcome back, Malaysia 🙂
Malaysia is not like any other country. Its a “BOLEH LAND“, capable of everything and anything stupid.
All the ongoing and unresolved scandals and corruptions are nothing to be concerned about. They’re merely routine stuffs which will not in any way affect the economy, or the well being of the country and the rakyat (citizen).
Corruptions are rampant at the top level of govern-ment, and its not something new. IT IS THE way of life of Malaysian politicians and is the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for govern-ment linked companies (GLC) to do business. Non-compliance of this SOP will render any honest business/man a no-deal situation and he becomes obsolete.
ALL the political parties including the oppositions are in turmoil. This is not to be taken seriously. In house fighting, or gunning downs of inter-parties are normal scenarios and it does NOT mean the collapse of the Malaysian political…
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From: Analysis of a Country Embezzled; J. Audrey:
The reader must understand that it took centuries and generations to get where we are today, which is nearly the peak and grand finale of this attempted one world order. In following a pattern of crime one must always follow the money; this will be explained to the reader how this international theft has converted everything of monetary value into the few and mighty, known as the “Banksters.”
Some of the documents read to follow this trail date back to 1199. Others date to 1213, that being the “ Magna Carta 1215”1, ‘“The Privileges and Prerogatives Granted by Their Catholic Majesties to Christopher Columbus April 30, 1492”2 also is part of the evidence exposing this worldwide fraud. Numerous Charters read are dated in the 1600′s, including; “The First Charter of Virginia April 10 1606,”
“The Second Virginia Charter 23 May 1609”, “The Third Charter of Virginia; March 12, 1611,” “The Charter of New England : 1620,” “Charter for the Province of Pennsylvania-1681,” “Charter of the Corporation of the Bank of England 1694,”3
In 1826 came the Bankruptcy Law which came under “Agriculture”.
Additionally, documents dating back to 1863 include the letters to and from The Rothschilds found in “Vindication” and further explained in “A Country Defeated In Victory Part II (see pages 2-6) by James Montgomery.”4 The letters found in these documents even include the mathematical formula the Rothschild’s crafted showing intent and how the bank notes will provide such a great profit no one could resist the investment and those uneducated will bear the brunt of the burden.
Also put into play in 1863 is the First Bank Act, that of which Abraham Lincoln could see what the future held for America and drafted The Lieber Code, also known as General Order 1005. President Lincoln placed the military in charge of America’s real money protecting the assets from the cancerous international bankers spreading to anyone coming in contact with the toxic Rothschild’s blood with no antidote but for those blue bloods.
In 1867 The Reconstruction Act was passed placing the country under military authority, to which Andrew Johnson vehemently opposed and drafted his veto.
In 1907, The Corporation Trust Company of America was created as a Delaware Corporation, later amended on April 15th 1930 to The Corporation Trust Company, now omitting the words “of America” as it is now.
1 h ttp://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/medieval.asp
2 h ttp://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/15th.asp
3 h ttp://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/17th.asp
4 `Vindication’, pages 168-179, by Judge Rutherford [and appeared in a St. Louis Mo. in the 1890’s:]
5 THE LIEBER CODE of April 24, 1863 also known as Instructions for the Government of Armies of the United States in the Field, General Order No 100, or Lieber Instructions signed by President Abraham Lincoln had become a worldwide Corporation through which every deed, document, contract and securities is funnelled.
…. “To keep and maintain safe deposit vaults and boxes and to take and receive
upon deposit for safe keeping and storage stacks, bonds, securities, papers, books and documentary records and personal property of every sort or kind, and to let out vaults, sages and other receptacles.
To promote, reorganize or otherwise assist and afford facilities to any company or companies organized or to be organized under the laws of the State of Delaware or elsewhere and desiring to do business in the State of Delaware and elsewhere, and to act as the agent, trustee or otherwise for and in behalf of such corporation”….
In addition to the above reference documents numerous Congressional Records were also diligently studied to obtain evidence of a pattern of fraud committed worldwide.
Some of those Congressional records are:
The Federal Reserve Act of 19137, and Trading with the Enemy Act of 19178
“…On May 23, 1933, Congressman, Louis T. McFadden, brought formal charges against the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve Bank system, The Comptroller of the Currency and the Secretary of United States Treasury for numerous criminal acts, including but not limited to, CONSPIRACY, FRAUD, UNLAWFUL CONVERSION, AND TREASON. The petition for Articles of Impeachment as thereafter referred to the Judiciary Committee and has YET TO BE ACTED ON.”….. 9
The U.S. Bankruptcy of 1933 is yet another key in this expose’ of international fraud committed by the few elitists claiming all worldly rights.
Also part of this devious plan is The Bankruptcy Act of June 27-28 1934;
“…To amend an Act entitled “An Act to establish a uniform system of bankruptcy
throughout the United States”, approved July 1, 1898, and Acts amendatory
thereof and supplementary thereto.”…..10
June 28, 1934,.Is.3550.1,[Public, No. 486.]
Even further documented evidence supporting the intent of world domination is shown through the Congressional Record of 1940.11 This document shows that the vying parties were the Jewish money changers and the English Colonists, which were explained in greater detail in the Charters listed above.
After 1940 in this intentional chain of events comes the International Organizations Immunities Act of December 9, 194512
In 1946 the United Nations Charter was drafted, but the US Bankruptcy of 1933 shows that that act was done through The UN, which for anyone who can do the math will clearly see was 13 years before the UN existed, further establishing the intent, forethought and malice in the plot to rule the entire world through the Rothschild’s International Banks, already indebted to the Vatican, which would now be aiding and abetting as a co-conspirator.
6 Certificate of Incorporation of Corporation Trust Company of America, 26th day of March 1907
7 Federal Reserve Act, 1913
8 Trading with the Enemy Act Oct 6, 1917-HR 4960
9 Congressman McFadden on the Federal Reserve Corporation Remarks in Congress, 1934 AN ASTOUNDING EXPOSURE
10 CONGRESS. SESS. I. C S. 868, 869. JUNE 27, 28, 1934. 1289
11 US Congressional Record Proceedings and Debates of the 76th Congress, Monday August 19, 1940 Third Session, Debate of Honorable Judge Thorkleson, Steps Toward British Union, a World State, and International Strife—Part I
12 International Organizations Immunities Act, December 9, 1945 AN ACT To extend certain privileges, exemptions, and immunities to international organizations and to the officers and employees thereof, and for other purposes as the Vatican is also known as “Banco Vaticano,” meaning Vatican Bank.
There are so many documents providing irrefutable evidence of this intent to control the world’s wealth by the banks that the reader would become overwhelmed before even getting to the best part of this plot.
On Jun 28, 2015, at 1:36 PM, Anna Von Fritz <email@example.com> wrote:
A lot of what appears to be judicial misconduct isn’t “judicial” in any sense, it is purely private business being carried out under false presumptions and pretenses.
The Commissions review “judicial” actions to make sure that the judge is benefiting the corporation’s interests and that they are giving the correct APPEARANCE of being a court and acting according to “law” while in fact functioning as privateers.
You must ALWAYS remember what you are dealing with–
Sent from my iPhone
On Jun 28, 2015, at 9:22 AM, ARNIE ROSNER <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
In the service of the creator.
It takes so few words to express the truth!
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The NWO commandments: http://www.rense.com/general16/georgi…
We are constantly inundated with poisons forced on us through GMO foods, pharmaceuticals, fluoridated water supply, microwave radiation, and chemtrails.
The ignorant will buy into the whole global warming/population control agenda because they have been force fed this garbage their whole lives and are no longer capable of critical thinking.
For those that think the world is over populated due to food and energy shortages, you need to understand that the multi-national corporations create these shortages by forcing farmers not to grow, limiting development of new technologies etc., all to manipulate prices for their own gain.
God never advocated population control but Satan does.
The U.S Military Will Use Weather as a Weapon on AMERICAN Citizens …
Greece is a country that is an example of not just the problems in the EU and the eurozone but also the problems in the world. Since 2006 Greek debt is up by 50 percent to 320 billion euros. During the same time, Greek GDP has fallen by over 20 percent. Greece should never have joined the EU and certainly not the eurozone with the euro as their currency. Historically, culturally, economically, Greece does not belong in the same group as say Germany.
The result of this unhappy union has created a financial wreck that’s been kept from sinking by the troika, which is the IMF, the EU and the ECB. The troika has mistakenly done all they can to keep Greece afloat. But it makes no sense whatsoever to prop up a bankrupt nation with more debt when they can’t repay any of it at any time.
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we have put our vote of confidence behind the ITNJ; the importance of the International Tribunal for Natural Justice cannot be over-stated; we have been at the forefront of judicial activism and there is NO other global movement out there that is anywhere near the level of progress and development as the ITNJ;
And for those of you who are not sure here are a few things to consider:
1. There is no them or us, only us; time to put our differences aside and focus on what we have in common; this is what I like about the ITNJ, thus far; we know what daunting task lies ahead and what binds us, and we pay no attention to our differences;
2. Where your rights end, mine begins; how can I possibly expect you to respect my rights when I am not willing to consider yours? freely give and freely you will receive;
3. “Freedom is not worth having if we do not have the freedom to make mistakes” – Gandhi; we are people and will err; so, bear with us on those occasions, our intentions are for the greater good;
4. All ITNJ volunteers are people who intend to find remedy for ALL People; no-one gets left out[
5. We are here to serve, but please do not treat us as doormats;
6. You are the court, we are merely facilitators in order to assist YOU to find remedy; please consider making donations towards YOUR court;
In Peace, ARR, bt
I have signed up with the ITNJ and implore ALL of you to do the same:
Rebecca Cope, Director
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On Jun 28, 2015, at 1:04 AM, ARNIE ROSNER <email@example.com> wrote:On Jun 27, 2015, at 10:18 PM, Steve Curry <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:Arnie;Take a few lessons in courage from Gavin!I believe this attitude is what you are after. Yes?
Yes.I have been following Gavin’s progress and results.
Is there some reason the good folks of Colorado have not joined in along the same lines? Notice the streaming video is broadcast live…
And what about our great patriot Randy Due Have we left him in the dust? And Commander Fitzpatrick III? Is he too a forgotten man?
And what of the innocent people all across the globe suffering at the hands of the empire—the ongoing slaughter—paid for with American tax payer money and all being conducted in the name of Americans by impostors?
The same impostors…
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Family Security Matters
The United States no longer has, as the Constitution designed, a government composed of executive, legislative and judicial branches, separate, but equal in power.
The federal government is now an alliance of branches, devoted to the preservation of government itself, separate, not from each other, but from the American people and dedicated to tyranny.
The policies pursued by the Obama Administration and facilitated by cowardly politicians and a compliant media are not simply the intersection of radical ideology and incompetence, but a dangerous subversive element of an anti-American and anti-Western strategy.
Cultural Marxism and its many variants, such as political correctness and multiculturalism, is now firmly ensconced in the White House and the Democrat Party, while the Republican Party, dominated by eunuchs and the avaricious, continuously accommodates its “principles” to match an ever-shifting leftward movement of the “conventional wisdom.” It does so solely in…
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There is more information on common-law and Natural Law at http://www.itnj.org
If you scroll down the menu bar and open the common-law page:
• Origin of common-law
• Evolution to common-law
• Full text of Commentaries on the Laws of England Volume I to IV, by Sir William Blackstone considered an expert in the field;
• Natural law
Important deception/remedy documents to read from the same page:
• 1789 Judiciary Act – An act to establish Judicial Courts of USA
• 1794 Jay Treaty – of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation between Crown & USA
• 1798 An Act Respecting Alien Enemies We are enemies in the field
• 1863 Lieber code, general order 100 Instructions for armies in field
• 1983 Credit River Decision Foreclosures null & void
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but we have a few questions to ask Pope Francis which will be brought before the ITNJ [www.itnj.org]; we need to strike at the root of a polluted earth, hopelessness of the poor (which is man-made and artificial) and the exploitation by the elites, hidden behind fiction corporations; it concerns us when we read claims made such as from the following excerpt [Banking!Foreclosure!The 12 Presumptions of the Roman Court
files.meetup.com/562554/THE HISTORY OF TODAY’S SLAVERY v2.pdf ]
The 12 Presumptions of the Roman Court
Article 299 – Roman Court
A Roman Court is a Forum for the exclusive private business of a Law (Bar) Guild sanctioned by the Roman Cult, also known as the Vatican, in which members of the guild presume certain roles on behalf of the “government” in order to make profit for the guild and its members through direct asset seizure and the commercialization of various securities, bonds and bailments.
The meaning and source of the word “court” in respect of Roman Court is derived from the Latin word cautio meaning “securities, bond and bailment” as the primary commercial business of ancient Roman Cult sanctioned law guilds since the 13th Century.
Prior to the creation of the Bar Associations in the 19th Century, the private Bar Guilds were known as “guilds” as well as “livery” companies and often by the name as Judges and Notaries since the 13th Century coinciding with the invention of Indulgences of the Roman Cult.
In order to make “guild” money, called “Guilt” or “Guilty”, the Private Bar Guilds normally oversee a unique hidden trust for each controversy or “suit” that comes into the private Roman Court. Any bonds that are generated, called “Guilt bonds” are connected to the hidden trust, which the private Bar Guild members are sworn to deny exists.
A Roman Court does not operate according to any true rule of law, but by presumptions of the law. Therefore, if presumptions presented by the private Bar Guild are not rebutted they become fact and are therefore said to stand true. There are twelve (12) key presumptions asserted by the private Bar Guilds which if unchallenged stand true being Public Record, Public Service, Public Oath, Immunity,
Summons, Custody, Court of Guardians, Court of Trustees, Government as Executor/Beneficiary, Executor De Son Tort, Incompetence, and Guilt:
And then there is also the matter of the Motu Proprio issued 11th July, 2013 against transnational criminal organizations and pirates fronting as public officials; https://giftoftruth.wordpress.com/2015/02/01/pope-francis-makes-a-law-destroys-every-corporation-in-the-world/
Pope Francis will be asked some questions and because all are equal before the One Law of “do no harm, cause no loss” and the Golden Rule, he is accountable as a man, a peer; only then will lasting change for we, the people be restored.
Any higher claims we make are our own claims, nothing more; this world is an upside down mirror of the truth; rulers and leaders are servants of the people and accountable at all times;
And so it shall be; all rights reserved; in peace, bt
Matt, IMO, has zero clarity on this subject and is only adding to the confusion! When will he awaken? ~J
Pope Francis issued his encyclical on the environment last week, irking many conservative pundits. (photo: Francesco Zizola/NOOR/Redux)
Why Are So Many Pundits Trashing the Pope?
27 June 15
“While the pontiff sanctimoniously attacks ‘those who are obsessed with maximizing profits,’ Carrier Corporation — a $13 billion for-profit company with 43,000 employees worldwide (now a unit of U.S.-based United Technologies Corp.) — ensures that the air in the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel stays clean and cool.”
I’m normally not a big fan of the Catholic Church, or popes in general. But if anyone should be allowed to adopt a…
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Commentators have missed the real significance of Justice Antonin Scalia’s dissent in the gay marriage case. He calls the decision a judicial “Putsch,” an attempt to overthrow a form of government—ours. His dissent, joined by Justice Clarence Thomas, was written “to call attention to this Court’s threat to American democracy.”
His comment about the Court using the kind of reasoning we find in a fortune cookie is a funny line. But there is much of the Scalia dissent that is not funny and which serves as a warning to the American people about what the Court has done to us.
Scalia understands the power and meaning of words and he chose the word “putsch” for a specific purpose. One definition of the term means “a secretly plotted and suddenly executed attempt to overthrow a government…” Another definition is “a plotted revolt or attempt to overthrow…
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Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has ordered the immediate dissolution of the parliament, paving the way for snap polls in the country 10 months ahead of schedule.
“The president signed a gazette notification a short while ago dissolving parliament with effect from midnight today,” said government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne on Friday.
According to the notification, the elections were ordered to be held on August 17. The candidates will also have until July 13 to file nomination papers.
Under Sri Lanka’s law, elections should be held between 52 and 66 days after the parliament’s dissolution.
Sirisena was elected on January 8, replacing his predecessor and strongman Mahinda Rajapakse.
The move to dissolve the parliament came after Rajapakse’s loyalists repeatedly blocked the reforms pushed by the new government.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party (UNP), which faces three…
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- South Africa
- 24 Jun 2015 01:32 (South Africa)
Momentum is building around an anti-corruption march to the Union Buildings in August, but so too are mutterings that this could be a proxy campaign to mobilise against the ANC. The suggestions arise mostly because Zwelinzima Vavi is one of the figureheads of the campaign, and he has been on a collision course with the ANC. Vavi says the march is neither anti-ANC nor anti-government. But the organisers of the march do need to tailor their messaging or the march could morph into a general whinge session about everything wrong with our society, including bad political leadership. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
If you thought that government could not do anything else to make the Nkandla scandal worse, think again. Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko has disclosed that it cost R26,000 to compile his controversial report on Nkandla, which he was not required to produce in the first place. In response to a parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Dianne Kohler-Barnard, Nhleko revealed that the funds were spent on architectural and cultural experts he consulted to justify that the upgrades at Nkandla, such as the cattle kraal and amphitheatre, were in fact security measures. The purpose of the exercise was to excuse President Jacob Zuma from having to pay back the money, as had been recommended by the Public Protector’s report.
You would think that after the long-running fracas and public outrage over the Nkandla spending, government would resist having to spend more money justifying the expense. But no. The police minister, who took it upon himself to conduct his own investigation, saw it fit to use even more public funds on his report, which also recommended that more upgrades at taxpayers’ expense were required.
This is how deaf senior members of government are to the mass outcry over Nkandla and indifferent they are to efforts to curb wastage of public funds. Even without the funding being exposed, Nhleko’s report was somewhat of a tipping point that prompted the civil society campaign against corruption.
Last week, prominent civil society figures such as former Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, Section27’s Mark Heywood and Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim announced an anti-corruption campaign that would culminate in a mass march to the Union Buildings on 19 August. The campaign initially involved 29 civil society organisations and eight trade unions. Heywood says they have since been inundated with requests from organisations and individuals to join the cause.
“The issue of corruption has struck a chord and the march has captured people’s imagination. There is a feeling that we have a reached a point where enough is enough and we need to demonstrate our opposition and stop corruption,” Heywood said. He said more unions, youth organisations and a range of faith organisations had come on board in the past week.
In response to questions about the campaign being perceived to be anti-ANC, Heywood said this was an “easy line of attack” that would not wash. “The campaign does not have a political agenda. It does not have an anti-ANC agenda. We would like to reach out to and have participation of ANC members who are affected by corruption.”
“Corruption and looting of resources is a thread that runs through many of the ills upsetting and undermining people’s dignity. Our focus is on corruption, looting, abuse of power and the demand for public accountability,” Heywood said. He said many people’s anger was pushed over the edge by Zuma’s attempt to trivialise and “laugh off Nkandla”. “That cripples the fight against corruption. We are trying to un-paralyse the fight against corruption,” he said.
David Lewis, the executive director of Corruption Watch, which has also joined the campaign, said there was a growing level of outrage about the levels of corruption and the march would be an outlet for people to express their views. He said while there were many who despair whether anything could be done about corruption, South Africans are generally unwilling to passively accept that corruption is a way of life.
Regarding criticism that there was too much focus on corruption in government and not enough on the private sector, Lewis said that generally, acts of corruption involved private or business people on one side and public officials on the other. “Public servants are the frontline custodians of public resources and invested with public power. That is why there is particular outrage about corruption in the public service,” Lewis said.
He said the organisers of the campaign would try to focus the demands and the messaging around corruption but because of the big media and public audience the march would draw, there might be some opportunism. “There are some people who think that everything that is unfair is corruption. Corruption is very far reaching but it is important to try and keep focus,” Lewis said.
The one person whose words and actions will be closely watched is Vavi. Because of his expulsion from Cosatu, there are suspicions from his former comrades in the federation, the ANC and the South African Communist Party that he will use the anti-corruption campaign as a launch pad for a new political project. For this reason, they interpret the anti-corruption message to mean “anti-ANC”.
But Vavi says the march is “anti-whoever is involved in corruption”.
“We do not want to present it as anti ANC or anti-government. If the ANC decides to present itself as opponents of the campaign, then the march will be anti-them. If the ANC says people have the right to express outrage and the campaign helps government focus on the matter, then that will put pressure on everyone involved in corruption.”
“The march is purely against corruption and whoever is involved in it, whether they are in business, in the trade unions, in government, an ANC leader or a DA leader,” Vavi said.
Regarding the march becoming a general complaining session about issues that may not be strictly deemed as corruption, such as load shedding, Vavi says many problems could be traced back to corrupt activity. He said he had no doubt that something suspicious was going on at Eskom and therefore had called for a judicial commission of inquiry into the “mess”. Therefore the issues concerning the power utility we “legitimately within the ambit of the anti-corruption campaign”, Vavi said.
He said the focus of the march had to be broad to focus on the “cancer of corruption” in the public and private sector. He said all those involved in collusion in construction and bread companies, inflating the costs of building schools and corrupt activity in the upgrades at Nkandla as well as renovations at ministerial homes should be jailed.
In response to questions about the cross section of organisations joining the campaign, including trade union Solidarity, Vavi said they would not turn away anyone as long as they were equally concerned about corruption. “We don’t have perfect agreement on everything. We agree on the matter of corruption but do not agree with Solidarity, for example, on the issue of transformation, which they are fighting. We hate that. But if (Julius) Malema endorses the anti-corruption march, we won’t turn them away. Civil society will take the lead of this campaign,” Vavi said.
While the initiative might be raising hackles in the alliance, there have not been any official statements from them about the march. ANC national spokesman Zizi Kodwa said “people have the right to march, we can’t stop them”.
Asked whether the ANC supported the anti-corruption campaign, Kodwa said: “That is precisely our position. We are worried about corruption in the public and private sector. Anyone who raises such concerns should be welcomed.”
Asked whether the ANC would make a call to its members to support the march, Kodwa said: “We don’t even have to make that call. It is part of our programme. I am sure the organisers themselves are ANC members.”
In response to questions about Vavi’s role in the campaign, Kodwa said: “We are not at all worried. Why should we be worried? He has been vocal on the issue of anti-corruption so there is nothing wrong with it.”
As momentum continues to build towards the march and the messaging zeroes in on issues such as Nkandla, some ANC leaders might not be as generous in their reaction. With the parliamentary ad hoc committee established to consider Nhleko’s report now set to conduct an onsite visit to Nkandla on 22 July, the issue is likely to evoke even more outrage.
Nkandla will no doubt be the most uttered word on 19 August, much to the chagrin, or perhaps mirth, of its number one citizen.
But the pressure is now firmly on the organisers to make the march a worthwhile cause and not a passing craze. They need to remain resolute in their message while still aiming for as broad support of the march as possible. Perhaps they should look again at the marches organised by many of them as part of the Mass Democratic Movement during the ’80s. The Apartheid regime was such an easily defined enemy that it was not too difficult to energise people in displays of mass defiance and protest.
In corruption, the organisers have a disease eating the very soul of our society. For the first time in almost 30 years, there is another easily definable enemy that thousands can feel outraged enough to take to the streets. Keeping the anti-corruption message clear and strong, however, and the energy associated with it pure and effective, might prove difficult.
The temptation should be resisted to challenge democratic outcomes through the campaign as it will be too easy for beneficiaries of corruption to hide behind perceptions of a proxy campaign for regime change. Targeting bad leadership is another campaign for another day. DM
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